San Francisco Bay Area Birth Doula, Photographer and Birth Advocate

mountain view / california

Birth Doula & Photographer

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I’m Amelia Protiva, certified doula, photographer and birth advocate.

I'm overwhelmed by the love of Jesus and the heart of a good man. Simple, intentional living is what makes my heart throb.

I believe in surrounding myself with friends who feel like family, keeping bouquets of fresh flowers on the table, and eating dinners by candlelight. I believe that every life is worthy of being celebrated no matter how small it may be.

After working as a photographer professionally for several years and pursuing creative arts for a decade, I experienced birth as it was meant to be. I quickly realized that serving mamas as they navigate the beginnings of their relationship with their little one filled my heart to overflowing.

I believe birth & the transitions following should be an empowering, beautiful experience–bringing your family closer together. However your little one chooses to make his or her entrance into the world, I believe every moment of your journey is worthy of being celebrated!




advocating for bay area mamas & their families


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“Every birth is a natural birth: each of us is part of nature, not separate from it, and nature is always stunning in its variety. Your birth, then, is part of the natural world, however it unfolds.” 

— Lauralyn Curtis

As a doula, I feel incredibly honored to be invited into a mama's birth space. It's a bit like walking on holy ground.

My practice is based in the deep-seated belief that birth is natural and normal–a life-changing journey through which you should feel empowered, informed and unconditionally supported. I believe that you should feel both comfortable and respected. My role is to advocate for you, hold space for you, and work with you and your partner to achieve your birth plan without obstacles.