Testimonials

Green Festival Speakers

Ana Paula Markel

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Ana Paula Markel is a Certified Doula, Certified Childbirth Educator and DONA-Approved Birth Doula Trainer. She was twice named “Childbirth Educator of the Year” and was voted “Most Inspiring Doula” by the Doula Association of Southern California. Ana writes for the website BusinessofBeingBorn.com and Midwifery Today magazine, and is featured in Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein‘s film The Business of Being Born and their book Your Best Birth. In 2008 Ana founded BINI Birth, a childbirth education center for doula training, workshops, classes, yoga, Hypnobirthing, Breastfeeding classes and support groups for new mothers. Ana Paula serves as an advisor for the Ina May Gaskin Documentary about doulas and birth in Brazil, and has been a guest on Bravo TV’s The Rachel Zoe Project. Ana Paula serves on the board for DONA International and is on the advisory board for PAM (Pregnancy Awareness Month). She is the mother of four children.