What is a doula?
Birth doulas are knowledgeable about, and experienced in, the birth process.
A labor doula provides emotional, physical, and informational support to birthing people before, during, and just after childbirth. We think our doulas are pretty special. They bring a wealth of knowledge and years of experience, they have supported hundreds of families on their journey to parenthood. They are skilled at helping protect the pelvic floor during labor and birth, having been trained by Dr. Lisa and Dr. Katie. Our doulas are grounded in evidence based information, are staunch supporters of patient advocacy, full of compassion, and truly love what they do!
Postpartum doulas work with families after bringing home a new baby. They provide day or night support and are there to help with a wide range of things from light housekeeping to infant care. They can help you get some much needed rest, teach you how to baby wear, change a diaper, or give that first bath. They are also great with older children in the home, can offer resources for other care providers, take care of the day's dishes and laundry,make meals and snacks, and help new parents to find their rhythm and learn about their baby’s cues. It really does take a village to raise a baby and our Postpartum doulas can be your guides to figuring it all out!
Becoming parents is a huge life transition. As your doula, I’m here to help you find the information you need, keep a sense of humor about it, and let the rest go. I strive to include both birthing parents and their partners in the conversation, preparation, and process of creating birth and postpartum plans. As each birthing family has unique needs and preferences, I hold space for you to find your path for your birth experience. I truly believe having the right kind of gentle, accepting and strong support during this time can bring more peace to families and the whole of society. I love to bring my own sense of calm and delight to pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I will listen with an open mind to your wants, wishes and needs. I have a mellow nature that tends to put people at ease so you can also enjoy this incredible time.
I have been educating myself about birth and babies since I was pregnant with my first child in 1999. While in labor, I had an epiphany that I wanted to help other parents to have the kind of support that I received. I was naturally drawn to attachment parenting and started making and selling infant slings and nerding out on bonding, baby wearing, and the parent/baby connection. As a new mother I trained as an Infant Massage and Communication instructor, deepening my interest and commitment to healthy families. Four more babies and 20 years later, the humbling magic of birth still draws me in.
In 2006, I attended DONA approved Sacred Doula Training. This in-depth training that honors the rite of passage that IS birth, uses birth art, affirmations, the power of story and listening. It fueled my passion to surround parents with support even more. Since that time I have been helping families as a birth and postpartum doula. To be of service in offering comfort and ease in the challenging transition into parenthood is such a life enhancing blessing to me. I continue to seek out education about birth, reproductive health, and babies, and to believe that this is the most fun and interesting work I could be doing. I have found that being a doula does not limit me to helping ONLY with birth and babies, but rather it is a part of who I am. I use the same reverence and skills to help people through all kinds of life transitions and challenges. Using reiki, other energetic practices, and essential oils enhances the healing and help I can provide exponentially.
Mama to five growing kids from elementary school to college. I love to dance, make things with my hands, walk in the forest and hug trees, cook delicious food and sing. In a past life I received a BA in Language Studies (Japanese) from UC Santa Cruz and traveled overland from Denmark to India.
Training and Education
Sacred Doula Training with Carrie Kenner (DONA) 2006
Supporting Parents Through Grief with Carrie Kenner 2007
Undisturbing Birth Workshop with Sarah J. Buckley MD 2014
Advanced Doula Training with Carrie Kenner (DONA) 2017-2018:
- Powerful Prenatals
- Journey Through the PelvisPlacenta Encapsulation
- TENS Unit and Rebozo Skills
- Breast/Chestfeeding Resources and Skills
- Business Skills for Doulas
- Supporting Families in Grief
- Sacred Birth Journey for Couples from Anni Daulter of Sacred Pregnancy
- Belly Binding and Sealing from Anni Daulter of Sacred Pregnancy
Birth Fee $2000
As your dedicated doula, my primary focus is to provide unwavering support and nurturing care for you and your family throughout the transformative journey of childbirth and the postpartum period. With a heart full of compassion and a wealth of knowledge, I aim to be your steadfast companion, guiding you through this incredible life-changing event.
My ultimate goal as your doula is to help you achieve the kind of birth you have envisioned, while also being fully prepared to adapt if circumstances take a different path. In my doula practice, I am deeply committed to nurturing not just the physical well-being of families but also their emotional and mental health. I strive to create a warm and comforting space where you can feel heard, supported, and cared for.
I firmly believe that every birth is unique, and my approach centers on empowering you to make informed decisions, ensuring that your preferences and desires are respected throughout the process.
Having received my DONA birth and postpartum training from MotherTree in SE Portland, I have honed my skills and expertise to support you in various birth scenarios. From cesarean births to natural unmedicated water births at home or birthing centers, as well as VBAC births, I am well-equipped to provide the care you need during this transformative time.
Furthermore, I have been blessed with the experience of motherhood myself, having welcomed five children into the world. This firsthand knowledge has given me invaluable insights and empathy into the joys and uncertainties that come with becoming a parent. I understand the importance of feeling surrounded by love and support during labor and delivery, and I am committed to being that pillar of strength for you and your family.
Connecting with people and nurturing them have always come naturally to me. My passion for caregiving led me to offer babysitting services to friends and family from a young age. As a young adult, I also had the opportunity to work as a nanny for several families, giving me exposure to diverse parenting styles and family structures. This diverse background enables me to approach each family with an open heart and mind, customizing my support to suit your unique needs and preferences.
My husband and I are proud natives of Oregon, and we call the vibrant city of Portland our home. Our household is a lively and loving one, filled with teens and a joyful toddler, not to mention our two lovable dogs, five chickens, eight fish, and an adorable axolotl. Family and nature hold a special place in our hearts, and we spend our weekends engaged in activities such as cheering on kids at sporting events, hiking in the beautiful outdoors, enjoying a game of disc golf, or creating memories by the beach.
Your journey into parenthood is an adventure filled with joy and excitement, but it can also be accompanied by uncertainties and questions. I am here to help you navigate this path, providing reassurance and a sense of calm as you embrace the transformative experience of bringing a new life into the world.
With me as your doula, you can rest assured that you have a caring and knowledgeable companion by your side, every step of the way. Let us embark on this beautiful journey together, and I promise to be your unwavering source of support and understanding.
Birth Fee $2200. Includes two massages.
Full Spectrum Doula and Placenta Specialist
Every birth. Every body. I am here for you.
When we view birth as a holistic experience and when we work through physical/emotional challenges it ultimately allows connection. Connection to your partner, to your baby, and to your new identity as a parent. And when we create the safe space you need to have the best possible outcome, you find your own strength in vulnerability. This is my hope for you. I am there to support you and your care team, with a calming and reassuring presence every step of the way.
I feel all birthing people deserve respect of their stories and of their bodies. I am a strong advocate for all my clients and I have extensive experience working with LGBTQ+, mood & anxiety disorders, trauma survivors & PSTD, twin families and loss/fertility journeys. Because pregnancy/birth can be such a vulnerable time, my sensitivity to all that you bring to this experience is always valued and heard with empathy and compassion.
Postpartum is a huge transition for every family and utilizing both my own experience as a parent of a high needs baby and my training in perinatal mood & anxiety disorders, as well as traditional methods of care, I am there to support you in those first few vulnerable months of parenthood. I offer Placenta Encapsulation and baby wearing education, lactation guidance, nourishing feasts and emotional support. I also specialize in families with multiples and am happy to aid in setting up effective and efficient systems to aid in your daily rhythms. I am here to provide individualized quality care for you and your family and my goal is to set you up for long term success.
I’ve trained with DONA and Doula Training International (DTI) as a Birth and Postpartum Doula, as well as earning my Reproductive Health Certificate. I’ve studied the art of Rebozo with Gena Kirby and trained with Wendy Scharp in Lactation & Breastfeeding. I am certified in CPR/AED and am an IPPA trained Placenta Encapsulator. I have had extensive experience in Grief/Trauma Counseling, Art Therapy, Cultural Humility and I am PSI trained in Perinatal Mood & Anxiety disorders.
I am a Queer mama who immigrated from Canada. I live in NE Portland with my partner who is a hard working Nurse Practitioner, our tenacious 8 year old, a love bug kitty named Wolfie and a rambunctious dog named Freya. When I’m not at a birth, with my clients, or educating myself further, my days are spent gardening, playing the piano, keeping my kiddo busy by the river or in the forests, and baking super yummy treats. I pride myself on living healthy and staying strong but I’m always up for a good local IPA! The hoppier the better!
Birth Fee $2600
Birth and Postpartum Doula and Certified Lactation Counselor
There are moments in life that connect us to each other in ways we could have never imagined. The intersections of woman to mother, of man to father, of individuals forming families, of science and nature, these are the moments that can seem both miraculous while mundane and then somehow, blend into one and other seamlessly. Birth is possibly one of the greatest of these intersections. Within these amazing intersections, great change occurs, and not only is a child birthed, but so too, is a parent.
As a doula, I support these intersections where new life is brought into the world and family grows. I believe in the power of the birthing person and feel called to be of service and support during a time of great vulnerability and strength. I seek to help create a birth experience that feels safe, supported, empowered and loving for everyone involved in the birth story.
I help the birthing person through knowledge of natural pain coping techniques, labor positioning and comfort massage. I’m a big advocate for evidence based information and have a great appreciation for all of the options a birthing individual has - from a cesarean, epidural, or induction to an unmedicated home birth in the water. Everything has its place and I want to help you figure out what works best for your body, your baby, and your family. I believe the power of feeling in control of one’s body and of one’s desires during the birth experience can greatly enhance the enjoyment felt surrounding birth - this drives me to help my clients become their own best advocates. I believe that even the smallest of voices should be heard and respected as if they were the loudest of roars and one of my goals is that my clients are heard throughout their birth experiences. This story belongs to you, the birthing family, and I would be honored to assist you in the specific ways you need to navigate this incredible time in your life.
I worked in the Oregon and Washington wine industry for many years before I felt a calling to be of service to families during a time of incredible growth. On my path to becoming a midwife, I was delighted to find my home in doula work. I trained as a Birth and Postpartum Doula through Mother Tree Doula Services in Portland, Oregon where I have mentored other aspiring doulas. I volunteered as a Labor Doula for the Gateway Doula Project at Providence Hospital, I served as the Board President for PDX Doulas at OHSU where I also mentored new doulas. I have served as a general board member for Birthingway College of Midwifery and was both the Vice-President and President of the Oregon Doula Association. I have been certified as a Birth Doula through DONA International and as a Traditional Health Worker for Oregon State. I am a Certified Lactation Counselor and the Practice Manager at Jewell Chiropractic. I gave birth to my first child in December 2019 with the much appreciated help of an epidural, and to my second in February of 2022 unmedicated at home in the water. I have a personal understanding of how strange it is to be a brand new parent during a pandemic. When I am not busy supporting birth and new families, I can be found at home with my kiddos baking, gardening, or playing and feeling so lucky to be their parent. When they are sleeping I’m constantly trying new crafty things - macrame, crochet, weaving, and my latest adventure is embroidery - so far my flowers look a little wonky, but I’m enjoying the process!
Experience and Relevant Education
- Healthy Children's Project Certified Lactation Counselor Training
- The Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice Board Certified Lactation Counselor
- DONA Certified Birth Doula
- Oregon State Traditional Health Worker
- DONA-approved Birth Doula Training with Mother Tree Birth Services
- DONA-approved Postpartum Doula Training with Mother Tree Birth Services
- Birth Doula 6-month Internship with Mother Tree Birth Services
- ICEA-approved Childbirth Educator Training with Portland Doula Love
- HypnoBirthing with Kadie Barber HBCE, CD(DONA)
- Culturally Competent Care Training with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Collaborative Practice and Professionalism Training with PDX Doulas
- Spinning Babies Training with Tammy Ryan, AvdCD/BDT(DONA), SpBT
- Spinning Babies Training with Gail Tully, CPM, Spinning Babies Founder
- Trauma Informed Care with Mandy Davis Ph.D., LCSW
- The Impact of Stress on the Developing Fetus with Sherri Alderman, MD, MPH, IMH-E
- Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Men and Non-Birth Partners with Sam Stevens, MS, LMFT
- Gender Diversity in Health Care with Amy Penkin, LCSW
- Bridging Theories of Grief with Judith L.M. McCoyd Ph.D., QCSW, LCSW
- Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED Certification
- Advanced Massage and Acupressure Training for Doulas with Jennie King, LAc, LMT
- Basics of Lactation Management for Doulas
Birth Fee $2600