Calina Selmanson

Serving Portland and surrounding areas since 2005-(Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and parts of Yamhill County)

I welcome clients of all backgrounds, diversities, ethnicities, sexualities, genders and family structures. Offering non judgemental support, evidenced based and current education to support informed decision making.

I am a Certified Postpartum & Labor Doula through Birthingway College, a Certified Educator of Infant Massage through the International Association of Infant Massage and Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist through the International Placenta & Postpartum Association.

I began my path as a doula at age 18 and completed my labor doula training at Birthingway in 1998. That same year I worked with my best friend through the entire process of prenatal care, labor and postpartum time. I later helped that friend prepare for and welcome two more children as her doula and nanny. These experiences were pivotal in shaping my identity and philosophy as a doula. Through these early experiences I realized the value and benefits of continuity-of-care, serving families throughout the entire childbearing year.

While embarking on a career as a doula, my passion for the healing arts grew as I sought out many opportunities to add to my caregiver skill set. These include massage therapy, reiki, nutrition and herbal medicine, among many other modalities.

I formally completed my postpartum doula training, while enrolled in the midwifery program and certified in 2011.

I completed my midwifery studies in 2016. It was through this rigorous program and becoming a mother that I realized my deepest desire, serving women and their families in the role of a doula. Albeit, more skilled, confident and educated.

When preparing to have my own child, I was met with a myriad of unforeseen challenges. I experienced a surprise cesarean, after working very hard for three days to have an un-medicated water birth. Heavy with sadness and disappointment, I realized that my baby had her own plan. The birth had to unfold on its own accord, in order to provide a safe outcome for us both a very tough new mama lesson that has humbled me and given me even greater compassion for “Homebirth Cesarean Mamas” and all cesarean mothers alike. Planned or unplanned surgical birth is an incredible rite of passage to motherhood and is often an arduous recovery, which I see as under recognized.

I offer group and private infant massage classes at a discounted rate for doula clients. See and for details. And placenta encapsulation services and remedies. Doula clients receive a special rate through available packages.

As an experienced herbalist, nutritional counselor and trained midwife, I instinctually incorporate this collective wisdom into all of my work.
I feel honored to serve your family during this transformative time!

When I’m not supporting you as your doula….
I enjoy spending quality time with my fun-loving and wild daughter Tulsie and my sweet and wonderful husband Aaron, along with our high strung and talkative furry child Mate’
My passions include wild-crafting herbs, plant medicine, cooking and kitchen alchemy, wine, gardening, aromatherapy, astrology, yoga, hula hooping, tarot, music and being near water.