Blair McMillan

Blair McMillanHello, my name is Blair and I am passionate about pregnancy and birth. I believe that all women deserve to have a positive and empowering birth experience and will to do my best in helping you accomplish this. You can count on me to be compassionate, reliable and supportive. I believe in you and your ability to bring your baby safely into the world. You can rest assured knowing that I will be there to help you through the process.

I feel strongly that ensuring a woman in labor feels safe and supported contributes to a positive birth experience. You can count on me to support you in your decision making throughout your entire birth experience. I will hold space for you and work to ensure your birthing environment is kept to your ideals.

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

Phone: 503-880-0757
Email: blair.mcmillan@birthingway.edu

Claire Wilde

Claire WildeHello, and thank you so much for visiting! I am so excited that you’re considering having a labor doula at your birth.

As your labor doula, I will do everything I can to support you emotionally, physically, and informationally before, during, and after your birth. When we meet for the first time, we will focus on your vision for your birth experience; I know this will be one of the most important episodes of your life, and I want you to come away feeling strong, beautiful, empowered, and confident. The decisions you make during this time will among be your first parenting decisions, and it is impossible for them to be “wrong” as long as you feel that they are right for you!* My role is to support you as you make them according to the biodynamic model. This means I intend to protect and help facilitate the beautiful flow and balance of hormones that characterize the pregnancy, labor, and postpartum periods, while also individualizing my assistance to your personal goals and visions for your birth.

In our prenatal visits, I will support you in creating a plan that outlines these goals and visions. If you prefer to approach the birth without a plan, that’s wonderful too. In either case, we will talk about how to hold space for what you imagine while being flexible enough to flow gracefully with whatever happens. We will talk about how you’re feeling physically and emotionally as the birth approaches, and cover a variety of ways to maximize your wellbeing and comfort before, during, and after you deliver your baby.

I am a Portland native, and am so grateful that I get to call this beautiful part of the world home.  I fell in love with birth work after attending the birth of my nephew and studying women’s health as a Gender Studies major in college. When I’m not doula-ing, I work as studio manager at Sellwood Yoga, where I practice regularly, teach yoga for children and families, and am preparing to begin my teacher training. I live in the Sellwood neighborhood with my wife, dog, and two cats, and in my free time I love reading, writing, hiking, and being silly with my five nieces and nephews.

*As far as I’m concerned, choosing to parent, place a child for adoption, or terminate a pregnancy all constitute wise, loving, and courageous parenting decisions. I am happy to discuss any options you may be considering, and I support and celebrate all family constellations, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or partnership status.

Serving the greater Portland area and surroundings.

Services include:

  • 1-3 prenatal visits, depending on when we connect with one another
  • On-call availability two weeks before and after your estimated due date
  • Continuous labor support until 1-2 hours postpartum
  • 1-2 postpartum visits
  • Spanish language skills

Contact Info:
claire.wilde@birthingway.edu
503-260-2546

Website coming soon!

TarynAckelson

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

Hi!

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.

503.808.0377
molly.scott@birthingway.edu

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

503-862-8218
info@katmlui.com
www.katmlui.com
www.innerspacetechniques.com