B*E*S*T Doula Service in Los Angeles

The Doulas of B*E*S*T


tracy * Margie * Cheri * Yvonne * Joni * Nancy * CarolAnn * Becca * Kate

tracy hartleytracy hartley has owned and operated B*E*S*T (Birth Empowerment Support Team) Doula Service since 1996 and has supported more than 650 babies and families during pregnancy, labor, birth and immediate postpartum. She is trained in birth hypnosis, spinning babies, childbirth education, breastfeeding basics and  more. She has served as President, webmistress and Director of Membership of DASC (Doulas Association of Southern California) and was awarded the Doula of the Year 2004 and Doula Mentor of the Year 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2015 by DASC and was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. (more about tracy)

Margie LevyMargie Levy has been a doula since 2002 and is certified with DONA International. She believes that all expecting parents need and deserve the support of someone trained and experienced in childbirth. Having great support makes labor and birth more comfortable and enjoyable!

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Cheri Masek Cheri Masek has been working with women and their families as a doula since 2000. She was trained and certified through DONA and is a board member for DASC. She has also taken many lactation courses, including the UCLA Lactation Education extension course. She provides continual support during labor and birthing, and on to breastfeeding at the hospital and home. Cheri is a strong believer in "welcoming life gently."


Yvonne Novak Yvonne Novak began her journey supporting women before, during and after birth, as a La Leche League Leader and Bradley Childbirth Instructor in 1979. She has had the privilege of attending birth for more than 30 years and has chosen doula support as a full-time commitment for the past 17+ years. She is also a childbirth educator and offers lactation support. <

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Joni Lucarelli Joni Lucarelli is a DONA certified birth doula who, over the past 12 years, has brought her knowledge, humor and heart to the births of over 300 babies. She passionately believes that every mother has the right to choose the birth experience she is hoping to have, without judgement and therefore adapts her role as your doula to fit your vision. "Your birth philosophy is my birth philosophy, because my vision for your birth doesn't matter. yours does!" Joni's goal is to offer knowledge, resources, support and confidence for you to birth the way you want. It is her deep desire that you be able to look back at your birth experience with joy, knowing you and your partner were able to make informed decisions that were best for your family. She enjoys working in harmony and with professionalism with a client's medical team to provide support during pregnancy, labor and delivery and is respected by midwives, nurses and doctors all over Los Angeles. She also provides placenta encapsulation services to help during the postpartum period.



Nancy Beyda Nancy Beyda began working as a childbirth educator and doula over twenty years ago, following the transformative births of her own three children. She believes that every family has the right to a positive and empowering birth experience like hers. Nancy is certified as a teacher of Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga, and is currently serving families as a midwife with a home birth practice in the Los Angeles area.

CarolAnn Braun CarolAnn Braun became a certified birth doula (through the Doula Organization of North America-DONA International) since January of 2006. She has also supported new families in baby care and breastfeeding since 2006.



Becca Gordon Becca Gordon has been a labor doula since 2010, after learning what a doula was by seeing "The Business of Being Born" and becoming certified through CAPPA. As well as being a doula, Becca is an experienced yoga instructor, childbirth educator, and midwife assistant whose passion is working with women's health including fertility, pregnancy and postpartum support. Raised in Memphis, TN, Becca now lives in Los Feliz with her husband Lee.

Kate Zachary Kate Zachary is a DONA trained Birth and Postpartum Doula since 2011, although feels like she's been a doula her entire life. Originally from Chicago, Kate believes her Midwestern roots are what keep her grounded during the excitement of welcoming new life into the world! She believes that women are capable of remarkable things when they feel empowered and safe to follow their truest instincts.

















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