About Tara Schields

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Long before I became a mother of four, I was a devoted and trusted nanny to many families when I first moved to California from Indiana in 1998. After starting my own family, I continued to work as a part-time nanny, gaining over 20 years of newborn care experience. This lifelong love of newborns naturally led me to focus on a career in postpartum doula care.

My years as a hands-on mom, experienced nanny and an active member of several mom groups in my community have provided a wealth of valuable knowledge that I am able to use in my work. I have found real purpose working alongside mothers, fathers and their newborns, minimizing their stress and making the early days with their new baby a beautiful time for everyone in the family.

I am constantly continuing my education in this field by taking new courses and workshops several times a year. As a professional and as a person, I am trustworthy, calm, down-to-earth, compassionate, knowledgeable, humble, organized and reliable. I constantly strive to maintain professional boundaries, including the respect of each family’s parenting styles and parental decisions.Families feel at ease with me because I am a natural caregiver and teacher who is supportive, nonjudgmental and attentive to the individual needs of each family.  

I am available to help families with 24/7 care in addition to overnight care. To see my specific availability, please visit my DoulaMatch calendar.


Early Childhood Education
Indiana University

Trained Postpartum Doula

Trained in Working with Multiples
ABC Doula Service

Advanced Newborn Care Specialist
Newborn Care Solutions

Over 20 years experience with newborn care

Over 3,000 hours of postpartum care completed

Red Cross Certified in Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid