Jesica Dolin, BSM, CPM, is a Birthingway Alumni who has returned to teach at the school she graduated from over a decade ago. She has been a midwife for the past 11 years, 8 of those in a busy birth center, and three years in a peaceful home birth practice. At this point she only attends births for repeat clients, and fills her time with midwifery education and advocacy work, and mothering her 6 year old son.
Hello! My name is Sara Laya, and I completed my Labor Doula training in Fall of 2015. My passion for supporting healthy birth experiences began when I was a senior psychology student in Santa Fe, and chose to write my thesis on the significance of an empowered birth experience in regards to baby’s attachment style, and overall connection to the world as safe and loving. Essentially – how important these first moments of life are!
The support I provide is to encourage women to trust in their bodies and the birth process; I will stand by you and the choices you make along the way. My role is to provide educational information and resources so you can make informed birth choices. As a birth companion, I draw on my knowledge and experience as a yoga instructor, holistic voice coach, and intuitive healer to provide emotional, physical and positive communicative support. As a voice coach, I have guided many women into relaxation and ease through the medium of mindful breath, expression and song; the nature of this process translates into the realm of preparing for birth and laboring, as breath and vocalization can support the natural opening needed for birth!
Doula Services include:
~ setting birth intentions with you
~ exploring labor positions
~ supplying resources and info
~ listening to you, your concerns and questions
~ being available, via text, email, or phone, 2 weeks before due date , and 6 weeks following birth.
~ on-call, 2 weeks before and after your estimated due date.
~ 2 prenatal visits, 1 postpartum visit
~ thorough physical and emotional support during your labor, with positioning, massage, acupressure. . . and simply holding space
Optional Services: the full scope of my Specialties include:
~ guidance through visualization
~ breathing exercises, opening the voice in sound and song
~ prenatal yoga and meditation
Since summer of 2015, I’ve been happily living a bit outside of Portland, on a small farm, near Oregon City; my little home serves as a recording studio, meditation space, office, library, and more…! When I’m not focusing on my doula services, I’m likely writing music, recording my album, dancing, jogging, brewing oolong tea, in meditation….and helping others to open their voice, through my coaching practice ‘Liberation Through Voice.’
Claire is a doula-in-training who finished the classroom portion of certification in November. Ey are excited to serve pregnant families, and have a special interest in assisting the queer and polyamorous communities here in Portland.
Claire also teaches and performs aerial silks, will delightedly pet any dog you put in front of em, and enjoys watching Star Trek.
Leora Marialicia González’s interest in midwifery and the cycles of life and death began in her late teens after attending her niece’s home birth seven months after the death of her brother-in-law. For almost 16 years, as a CPM, labor and postpartum doula & childbirth educator, she served childbearing families via Daraluz Midwifery Services, her practice in the greater Boston area. Now, so happy to be at Birthingway, she teaches Complex Situations III, merging her knowledge of the biodynamic midwifery model with her extensive experience as a palliative and critical care RN. She is passionate about building bridges between the traditional and modern medical communities – helping each to become culturally sensitive to one another. Spanish is her first language and she is fluent in Brazilian Portuguese. She currently works in home–health in Portland and is always learning. For fun, she hikes, camps, dances, writes poetry and prose, brews tasty teas, hangs in her hammock, and spends as much time in nature as possible.
Hello, My name is Angie. I have recently finished the 27-hour labor and delivery workshop and I am excited to serve you as a doula. I became fascinated with the birth process during my first pregnancy. I was amazed by the little life in me that moved and kicked and made her presence known. I think pregnancy is an amazing and beautiful miracle, and a time that should be prized and savored. It would be an honor to assist you during this precious time.
As a doula, I will offer you and your partner informational, physical and emotional support. My goal is to assist you in maintaining your birth plan as much as possible and to help you be an advocate for yourself and your birth plans. I also look forward to helping you gain information that in turn, will help you to make informed decisions during this time in your life. I am passionate about moms and partners being able to make their own choices for their birth process.
During labor I will also assist you with relaxation, positioning and breathing techniques and offer message. I will stay by your side, encourage you and hold space for you. I will be available to walk, rest, talk and maintain silence with you and your partner.
After an initial interview, My Services include:
- 2 prenatal visits in which we will get to know each other and I will help you with a birth plan if you need.
- I will be available to you by phone, text or email for any questions you might have.
- I will be on call 24 hours a day, 2 weeks prior to your due date.
- I will be by your side during your labor and delivery.
- I will stay to assist you after delivery for 1 hour.
- I offer 1 postpartum visit where we can talk about your birth story and experience. Plus you may call, text or email me for any support for 6 weeks after your delivery.
Hi! My name is Megan. I am in the process of being certified and will be serving in the areas around Estacada, Sandy, Boring, Damascus, and Clackamas. I am extremely excited to be a Labor Doula and in the near future I will be getting my Postpartum Doula training as well. I am also thinking of being a Lactation Consultant, but we will see where the future leads! I honestly would have never thought in my wildest dreams that I would be a Doula! I never even knew what a Doula was up until about a year ago. Before that I was sure I was being called to be a nurse, but in the end that was not my heart’s calling. I had become very interested in birth and pregnancy and decided to do some digging into that field. I somehow stumbled across Birthingway and before I knew it I landed in the Labor Doula program and I am loving it! I am a huge supporter of natural births and home births. Of course I support all mother’s and whatever they wish their birth experience to be. Birth is a completely natural event. I believe that every woman is created perfectly to birth her children into the world. If you choose me to be your Doula I will be there for you, to support you, and to listen to you and your wishes.
A little bit more about me, I’m a country girl. I live in Estacada on a five acre farm with my family and our small goat herd. We have one batch of baby goats every year and they are such a joy! We also have a large garden which I love to work in and I have a very expansive Dahlia garden every year as well. I love hiking, and just being in the woods. Anything that has to do with being out in nature I’m game for!I am also an artist. I have been drawing since I can remember. I love to draw, do colored pencil art, and paint. In the future I hope to have a little art business, but we will see. Music is also a passion of mine. I took piano lessons for a few years, but singing is really what I enjoy. I am a total book worm! I will pretty much read anything you put in front of me. I love to read and write fantasy and sci-fi. Honestly, I have a lot of hobbies, but I love every single one of them!
I am so excited! I really look forward to meeting you and hearing all about your baby!
Laura Bartko, CNM, MN, NP completed the nurse-midwifery program at OHSU in 2007, and has been attending homebirths since 2009. She currently practices in Oregon City and Estacada at Trillium Midwifery and Women’s Health. She supports women throughout their lifecycle with annual exams, gyn care, herbal and homeopathic consultations, and natural menopause support. She graduated from the Toronto School of Homeopathic Medicine in 2005 and is currently working towards her certification in herbal medicine for women.
She lives out in the country with her husband and three beautiful children, all born at home with a Birthingway-trained midwife!
Hello! I’m Michelle Hankins, a transplant from Texas who made SE Portland home in 2013.
Birth can be overwhelming and frightening I won’t lie!–but it is also filled with extraordinary grace.
I want to help you through the process so you can dwell in the peace.
Little more about me: I’ve been married for 26.5 years, our four children range from ages 12 to 24, and I gave birth to each of them naturally at home. The first grandbaby will be arriving this spring!
When I had my firstborn at home, I was blown away by the sweetness of grace that came with the delivery. I jokingly state that I found it “spiritually addictive” – I wanted to have that vibrant, peace-filled joy at every birth! Soon I started helping friends and family with their deliveries, too.
I came to Birthingway College of Midwifery thinking of those midwives and doulas who helped me through my labor and deliveries. I can’t imagine doing it without them.
Now I enjoy being the support, servant, and encouragement to the friends and families I help that those midwives and doulas were to me!
With my service you will receive:
- 1-2 Prenatal appointments
- Text/email/phone correspondence for questions or concerns
- On call service starting 2 weeks before your due date, through the birth of your child
- Continuous labor support
- 1-2 Postpartum appointments
2738 NE Broadway St.
Portland, OR 97232
I view birth as a safe and natural process, honoring that every woman’s journey to motherhood is unique. It is my goal to safeguard the physical and emotional health of the mother and baby through individualized, evidence based care.
Greetings! I am a new student doula as of December 2015 and I am so excited to be here! The more I learn about childbirth, the more I find it fascinating, awe-inspiring, and an incredibly significant moment in a woman’s life. I’ve often heard people say that the only important outcome of childbirth is a healthy baby. While I agree that this is the most important outcome of childbirth, I believe our culture doesn’t readily acknowledge that for a birthing woman, the process of giving birth and how she feels about that process is also important. I would like to be able to assist birthing women in that process, with the hope that I can help them to feel positive about and in control of their process.
The birth of a child and the birth of a mother is a sacred event. I consider it an honor to receive an invitation to attend a birth. Upon receiving such an invitation, I provide continuity of care including being present for prenatal visits, labor, birth and at least one postpartum visit. Families come in all shapes and sizes, and I’m happy to meet and support all types of families.
I’m a Portland native and have lived in or around Portland most of my life. I’ve traveled quite a bit in my life, but something about Portland always draws me back. In my spare time, I enjoy baking pies, cooking, gardening, reading, hiking, and visiting farmer’s markets. I have never given birth myself and will never, as I had a hysterectomy due to cervical cancer a few years ago. While this was not how I imagined my life playing out, I do believe it gives me a unique opportunity to bring unbiased care and assistance to other women as they labor and give birth. Despite this, my husband and I were still able to have a family, via gestational surrogate (so I know a little something about alternative families). My son just turned one, and being with my husband and my son is my absolute favorite way to spend time!