Gretchen Retka – Birth Doula

Gretchen received her training from toLabor (formerly ALACE). With a love for travel, Gretchen has attended birth in a variety of settings including home births with traditional midwives, hospitals alongside nursing staff and birth centers internationally. Passionate about providing care which empowers each and every family leading to healthy birth outcomes, Gretchen is very grateful to be a part of the diverse Santa Cruz community. Honoring birth as a rite of passage, drawing upon training in relaxation techniques & energy work along side intuitive loving care, each birth is an opportunity to step more fully into individual and collective empowerment alongside a birthing community. Gretchen is a Certified Professional Birth Doula, Activist, Postpartum Doula and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. Also offering yoga & music to the Santa Cruz community!