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About
Anna Forsberg

Intuitive and Heart-centered Support

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Anna Forsberg is a Postpartum Doula living and working in San Diego. Her life's passion is to usher postpartum families through the threshold of postpartum finding joy and healing along the way.  

She is the current Board President of the San Diego Birth Network and is actively pursuing efforts to decrease the Black Maternal & Infant Morbidity, as well as increasing access to quality postpartum care for all people. She is a founding member of Our White Work, a collective of white identifying birthkeepers dedicated to standing together against white supremacy by supporting Black organizations. Anna is also a member of Showing Up for Racial Justice, the San Diego Chapter. 

She is a wife and mother to three children, ages 12, 8 and 6. After 12 years of keeping small humans alive, she's trying to become a plant mama (tips are welcomed!). Her favorite things are chai tea, a meal enjoyed with friends, playing board games with her family and talking about all things postpartum with no shame or judgment. 

Want to get to know Anna more? Check out the podcast features, testimonials and more linked here.

About
Lara Grimmer

Nourishment-centered Support

About

Whole Heart Postpartum

Whole Heart Postpartum has been blooming since after the birth of Anna's second child, when she started realizing that this postpartum period was considerably easier, despite having a baby who just didn't enjoy being a baby, nor sleeping.

 

Inspired by the work of Brené Brown on whole-hearted living, it is Whole Heart Postpartum's goal to support families in a way that proves to ourselves our own inherent worthiness. Along the way we hope to laugh, cry, be vulnerably courageous and grow together. 

 

Whole Heart Postpartum officially launched in Spring 2019 and in Summer of 2021 officially expanded to welcome, Lara Grimmer, fellow doula and long lost sister, as an equal partner. Whole Heart Postpartum has plans to expand in the future to better serve the community.

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Recognition of Crisis

 

It is important to recognize that some parents enter postpartum in an even more heightened state of depletion and are at an even higher risk of developing a Postpartum Mood and Anxiety disorder and/or a serious medical condition that could result in death.  Black birthing people are 3-4 times more likely to die in pregnancy, childbirth and the first year postpartum. Their babies are 2-3 times more likely to die in the same time frame.  Sadly, Indigenous (Native American and Alaskan Native) birthing people are not far behind, they are 2 times more likely to die. 


We must demand our systems to rid their implicit biases, to educate all care providers about the immediate demand for change. And as community members, we need to find ways to support Black families. If you have come to this page looking for support and would like to receive it from a Black care provider,  please visit my Resources page to connect with our excellent colleagues.

Anna Forsberg is a Postpartum Doula living and working in San Diego. Her life's passion is to usher postpartum families through the threshold of postpartum finding joy and healing along the way.  

She is the current Board President of the San Diego Birth Network and is actively pursuing efforts to decrease the Black Maternal & Infant Morbidity, as well as increasing access to quality postpartum care for all people. She is a founding member of Our White Work, a collective of white identifying birthkeepers dedicated to standing together against white supremacy by supporting Black organizations. Anna is also a member of Showing Up for Racial Justice, the San Diego Chapter. 

She is a wife and mother to three children, ages 10, 7 and 4. After 10 years of keeping small humans alive, she's trying to become a plant mama (tips are welcomed!). Her favorite things are chai tea, a meal enjoyed with friends, playing board games with her family and talking about all things postpartum with no shame or judgment. 

Lara Grimmer is a Postpartum Doula based in Encinitas. She felt strongly drawn to the service of mothers, babies, and families after she crossed the threshold into motherhood. Following the birth of her second child, she left a 13-year career in environmental consulting to stay home for two years then enthusiastically trained to become a postpartum doula in early 2019. Called a ‘natural caretaker’, Lara fully embraces the adage that a mother is born each time a baby is born. She truly loves providing all manner of support to families–whether first-time or seasoned parents–with a listening ear, a nourishing meal, and calming presence. She is passionate about gently guiding parents as they rest, heal, cocoon at home, and ultimately find their parenting wings. Getting to snuggle infants at the same time as mothering their mothers is a serious bonus!

 

Lara has been a UC San Diego Extension-trained Lactation Counselor since early 2020. She finds great joy in supporting parents as they learn to feed their babies, whether through breast/chestfeeding, formula, or a combination. Lara’s love language is food and cooking, and one of her greatest joys is the loving preparation of nourishing foods for her postpartum families. Lara is training to become a certified Postpartum Navigator to help address gaps in maternal healthcare. She is a member of the Postpartum Health Alliance, San Diego Birth Network, and San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition. 

 

Lara is married and the mama to two children, ages 9 and 5. As if that weren’t enough,she has acquired way too many houseplants over the past few years, and she and her family recently adopted a dog. Her favorite things are watching her children laugh, a good cup of coffee, time spent outdoors, and preparing food for those she loves.