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Emilia Smith

Emilia Smith, CPM, LDM, IBCLC, is a midwife and lactation consultant. She is a graduate of Birthingway and is thrilled to be a part of the faculty at the institution that supported her through her midwifery training. She now teaches Fetal Assessment and Postpartum in the midwifery program and Complex Maternal Situations,  Pregnancy & Birth Impacts on Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding Education & Counseling in the lactation program. She is also a clinical preceptor. She feels unbelievably lucky to be a part of Rosehip Midwifery along with Birthingway faculty member Heather Hack-Sullivan. During her process of becoming a midwife and lactation consultant, Emilia also became a mother. She is now a mama to three amazing and strong people. “Becoming a mother for the first time was a transformative experience. I was at once myself and new; motherhood felt simultaneously foreign and familiar. My children are constantly teaching me new things about myself and the world and I am so grateful for their presence in my life.”

emilia.smith@birthingway.edu

Emily Davis

Hi, I’m Emily. I’m a student doula, counseling graduate student, and yoga instructor. I’m passionate about global maternal health, particularly the intersection between a mom’s happiness and holistic body, mind, and spiritual health.

I’d love to be a part of your birth to bring clarity, information, and emotional support!

 

 

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Liisa Ferguson

Hi, my name is Liisa. Congrats on this season of your life – you are amazing, brave, and strong! All of us doulas believe you deserve the best care during your birth! 

As a doula, I…

  • Provide informational, emotional, and physical support during labor/birth
  • Listen to your hopes, desires, and fears/reservations surrounding birth
  • Help create a space where you are supported during your labor
  • Support each unique birth – what works for one may not work for another
  • Witness the strengths each woman presents during birth

What services are provided?

  • Meet-and-greet interview
  • 1-2 prenatal visits
  • On-call, text/phone, and informational support
  • Labor/birth support
  • 1-2 postpartum visits
  • Babywearing education/safety

About Me

I have lived in Portland for 15 years. My husband and I have been married for almost ten years and we have two children. I have a degree in social work and some graduate work in mental health counseling. Prior to becoming a doula, I worked at a college with students with disabilities. When I am not with my clients, I love being a mom to my two children, and I ride my bike, kayak, knit, or ignore my dishes while I catch up on tv shows.

I look forward to getting to know you!

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Lacey Dean-Sangare

Greetings! My name is Lacey and I am a trained Labor and Postpartum Doula providing one or both services to women and families. Before becoming a doula I have had ample experience working with diverse communities and in multicultural settings. I feel driven to serve women, as well as multicultural families, who are seeking support during the pivotal and life changing experiences of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the first few months of bringing the precious new soul home.

I am here to assist with change and adjustment. I am a supporter, an encourager, a listener, and an informer. Education is how we make informed decisions. An important aspect of my work is to assist in the education and information accessed by the mother and family so that she can then make informed choices about her labor, delivery and postpartum infant care that match her needs and wants in having the most fulfilling birth experience. Each woman has the RIGHT to labor and deliver how she sees RIGHT for herself.

As a labor doula I believe in providing a safe, calm, and woman-centered laboring space. I provide trauma-informed care. I also believe in being a tool for helping partners take on a supportive role during labor. If desired by the mother and partner, my focus as a labor doula is to assist the partner in providing soothing support in whichever capacity the woman needs. This partner support can not only increase the safety a woman feels during the vulnerable process of labor and delivery but it is an incredible bonding experience for the couple. I support women in what they need with no judgement or influence to change or go in one specific direction. Women do what they need. I serve women in home births or hospital births. I serve women with all types of births, whether it be a natural vaginal delivery, a medicated or epidural vaginal delivery, induced labor, or caesarean birth. I encourage – you be true to you.

I am inspired by women’s strengths, abilities, intuitions, and individual processes of becoming or being mothers. I am extremely eager and passionate in my work of supporting women and families during this miraculous transition. Each mother and family I work with has different needs; our time together fits your desires. My hopes are to assist a family to labor, deliver, and live in a postpartum atmosphere where they can look back on their first memories with the new child with a “wasn’t it wonderful” attitude.

In addition to providing labor and postpartum doula services, I am in the process of becoming a certified Birth Educator in hopes of teaching Childbirth Preparation classes to low-income and multi-cultural families. When I am not “doula-ing” or teaching I enjoy gardening, biking, reading, blowing bubbles with my son, and spending time with family here in the US and in Senegal!

Diam ak Salam. Peace and Peace.

Lacey

 

Would you like to contact a Student Doula?

Please note that individual student doulas may not be available for your due date. Not all students have chosen to post their profiles at this time. Please contact the Specialized Programs Coordinator using the form below and you will have the opportunity to interview the student doulas who are available for your due time.

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