Taryn Ackelson

TarynAckelsonTaryn is a certified postpartum doula, completing classes at Birthingway College of Midwifery to be eligible to sit for the IBCLC board exam in 2016.

Taryn is a devoted mother of two. Her childbirth experiences inspired a desire to work with families, helping to build support for new parents through the prenatal, childbirth, and postpartum periods. Itʼs her hope to share education, awareness, and resources that strengthen and enrich the parenting experience. Taryn is dedicated to caring for mothers, infants, and families after birth – nourishing the heart, soul, and body of clients.

Taryn has started Moonshadow Postpartum Care, a full service doula cooperative, to provide education and care throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. Services include: postpartum doula support, prenatal childbirth education and breastfeeding classes, lactation counseling, and sibling support for births and the first 12 weeks postpartum.

Website: www.moonshadowpostpartumcare.com
Phone: 503-680-5556
Email: moonshadowdoula@gmail.com

New! Lactation Tuition Waiver Program

Students must show both enthusiasm for lactation consultation work and the ability to bring this work back to their specific communities.

This tuition waiver covers half of the tuition, registration, and technology fees for each term they are registered to take courses. Recipients are required to purchase necessary texts, course-packs and equipment, and to pay other required fees (including lab fees), and late registration fees if enrolling after the registration deadline.

There will be one designated tuition waiver opportunity within the four-class series.

Birthingway strives to provide diversity and multi-vocal trainings by not being redundant in our awards of tuition waivers. Applications are evaluated based on the population they are planning to work with, and the level of need in that under-served community/population.

Students currently enrolled in the Lactation or Midwifery Program will not be considered for the tuition waiver.

Molly Scott

Molly Scott

Molly Scott


My name is Molly and I’m currently in my first year of the midwifery program here at Birthingway. I understand that birth is a sacred and transformative time in a woman’s life and the need to feel safe, secure, heard, and supported is so important. I will work hard to ensure you and any partner you have feel heard and comforted in your birth. I feel my education at Birthingway has provided me with ample knowledge in how to bio-dynamically support mothers and partnerships in birth, emotionally, spiritually and physically. I believe touch is a valuable tool during birth, and have recently completed a weekend class on massage techniques for the pregnant and laboring women.  As a labor doula, I will make sure that you and your baby’s well-being is the first priority. In alignment with completing the practicum I would ask that we get together for 1 prenatal and 1 postpartum visit, alongside the birth. I also want to acknowledge that I have only attended one birth at the time I write this bio. I am so grateful for your embrace of hiring a student doula.

Blessings to you in your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.


Kat Lui

Kat Lui

Kat LuiAloha, and mahalo for visiting! I am a healer and meditation therapist, available for doula work in the greater Portland area.

When you enlist my services, you get a stable and mature practitioner who handles situations with calm and grounded mobility. You can relax into a safe bubble of reassurance and fully experience the wondrous miracle that belongs to you and your family. I bring connection, empowerment, and opening into the birthing space.

During your birth, I will be the guiding force that brings you back to center if you get rocked out of balance. When you find yourself in magical moments, I will protect your experience, and facilitate a space for warmth and presence. As your doula, I reinforce your connection with your Self, your values and principles regarding birth and family.

I am enthusiastic about working as a doula, and integrating meditation spaces and techniques into birthwork. In my therapy practice, my major focuses are with Rebirth & Reconnection to Soul Forces (love, joy, compassion, enthusiasm, wonder) and working with trauma. These are skills that will come in handy in the labour room.

May your journey be blessed and rewarding. I look forward to the possibility of working together.

Services provided:
– 1-2 prenatal visits
– On-call availability 2 weeks before and after your estimated due date
– Support throughout labour and 1-2 hours after birth
– 1-2 post partum visits

Client Responsibilities: Services are provided free of charge in return for the following agreements:
– You agree to contact me to schedule prenatal and post partum visits
– You agree to call me when labor begins, understanding that it can take 1-2 hours before I can arrive
– You agree to fill out an evaluation of my services


Martha Santi

Martha McLaughlin email: marthaannsanti@gmail.com
cell#: 971-295-2631

Speaks basic Spanish and basic French, Certified Yoga Teacher and Labor Doula.

Specializing in Holistic Approach and High Risk pregnancies.

My passion is helping women navigate mindfully through pregnancy, labor and postpartum and I would love to be a part of your birth team.

It is my joy to incorporate my yoga training and my counseling experience when I work with my doula clients. I have been trained in the biodynamic approach to birth and have assisted with both medicated and non-medicated vaginal births in various hospitals in the greater Portland area and can travel to Vancouver, WA. Please check out my website to learn more about me and what services I offer: www.marthasanti.com