About Our Complementary Practitioners

The South Bay Homebirth Collective houses several practitioners who provide complimentary care or offer classes in our space.  We invite you to see how their services can work with your family to help you maintain optimal health and well-being.

Paula Calhoun, 
Doula, Placenta Encapsulator, Photographer, Hypnotherapist

Pregnancy and birth has been Paula’s passion since attending her very first birth in 1986 as a Medical Assistant.  Paula found her calling as a birth doula over eight years ago.  She loves sharing her knowledge and experience with expectant and new families.  Paula trained with DONA International and is a Certified Hypnotherapist.

Paula is very excited about her work as a Belly and Birth Photographer


Paula is also the proud mother of 3 awesome children, born in 1990, 1992, and 1999. 


To learn more about Paula and her services, visit her website: www.picsbypaula.com


Patricia Madden,
Doula, Childbirth Educator

Patricia is seasoned, Certified Doula with many years of experience and knowledge. She is absolutely passionate about birth and the families that she has been serving since 1998. Patricia doulas for both home and hospital families and teaches our Tips and Tools for Active Birth class.  


Patricia is happily married and has three children, born in 1992, 1995, and 1997.  


To learn more about Patricia and her services, visit her website: www.doulasanjose.com


Neta Shani

Growing up with a sick younger brother, Neta always knew she wanted to help others. She ended up taking a small detour as a hi-tech manager but quickly realised that was not her passion. Neta’s passion was to work with kids so after completing the full program of Chinese Medicine she took another whole year of chinese medicine for pediatrics. And then realised that some kids are not happy with needles (or their mom is way too worried it), so she started seeking out gentle tools that are extra friendly for the little ones. Later she saw that so many of the moms were also expecting and she wanted to be able to provide them with the most professional care, that has led her to join a hospital training for pregnancy and postpartum. Having her own twins challenge her with chronic ear fluids and FTT, Neta started seeking yet another tool that would benefit her patients, and after a while she found NAET allergy elimination which has helped her own kids and since then many others. Many of her pediatric patients find NAET extra effective for colic/reflux, eczema, etc. some mamas come benefit from NAET during their morning sickness, emotional issues, constipation, inductions, and more. 


To learn more about Neta and her services, visit her website: www.netashani.com


Tracie Lynch, 
Student Midwife, Doula, Placenta Encapsulator, Childbirth Ed.,  Hypnotherapist

Tracie’s journey working with birthing families began right after the homebirth of her oldest son.  She knew that she wanted to share the same support that she received with other families. She completed her Birth Doula training with DONA international and began attending births soon after.  Her experiences with her own two HypnoBirths led her to become a Certified HypnoBirthing Practitioner and ultimately a Certified Hypnotherapist. She is thrilled to join the amazing women of the South Bay Homebirth Collective in sharing all the joy and power that birth can bring to our families. She is scheduled to be a Licensed Midwife in early 2018


She is the proud Mama of four awesome kids born in 2001, 2006, 2009, and 2014


To learn more about Tracie and her services, visit her website: www.simplejourney.net

Barb Silvester,
Massage Therapist

Barb Silvester is from Orange County, NY. She began practicing yoga in New York City in 1995, around the same time she decided to give up her career in investment banking to pursue her passion and become a massage therapist. Barb moved to Sydney, Australia to attend Nature Care College where she acquired two diplomas: remedial massage and lymphatic drainage. Her initial passion in using massage was to work with pre/postnatal women as well as people living with cancer.

Within several months of returning to the States, she opened Bodhi Bliss, a center for yoga and massage, in Milford, PA. Barb taught yoga, certified yoga teachers and massaged clients during all stages of their lives. She also massaged for Hospice doing lymphatic drainage and myofascial release. Barb has applied the myofascial release technique to dozens of cesarian birth scars, scars from cancer surgeries and damaged skin from radiation.

Barb also performs unique work with the pelvic floor muscles during pregnancy. These muscles tend to create pain in the last month or so of pregnancy. Barb's training has taught her that leaving these muscles too tight can contribute to tearing during a vaginal birth. Releasing the pelvic floor muscles can give huge relief to some unidentifiable pain or discomfort. It is hugely beneficially for women who have hip dysplasia or misalignment in the pubic symphasis. Every pregnant body can benefit from this non-invasive technique.

Barb has long been passionate about the wonders and challenges of pregnancy, and going through the process herself clarified her resolve to help other women benefit from the techniques she facilitates. Barb has a 5 year old son and 20 month old daughter. Her own pregnancies and births helped her find greater understanding to the complex and unique experiences that lie within the stages of pregnancy, loss, birth and the self-discovery of motherhood.

Barb is very passionate about the human body and its willingness to continuously rebalance itself.  She truly enjoys helping people through life's experiences.

To find out more about Barb's services, please email her at silvester.barb@gmail.com


967 W Hedding Ave, Suite 110  San Jose, CA  95126

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