Grace Schoenlank

I am proud to provide heart-led and open-minded support for pregnant people before, during, and after birth. My work honors the biological aspects of birth and focuses on strength in collaborative practices. I am sensitive to the diverse birthing needs, intentions, and situation of each person and want the people I work with to feel heard, capable, and able to make informed decisions throughout. My goal is to help reduce fear around birth and reproductive experiences and to be present with you throughout your process in whatever physical or emotional state you may be. I want to support you in discovering what makes your experience what you need it to be so that you may move into the rest of life ready for whatever is next. Reproductive experiences, whether or not they are pregnancy and birth, can take us down many different paths. When you and I decide to work together, I am honored and committed to walk alongside you throughout an experience that may be deeply personal, powerful, and transformative.

My practice is rooted in my belief that all people deserve the power and resources to make decisions about their own bodies, genders, sexualities, and families for themselves and for their communities. Everyone has the right to have children, not to have children, and to parent in a safe, healthy environment. Work as a doula has affirmed my desire to be part of something greater than myself and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to serve in this way.

Originally from Arizona, Portland has been home for over a decade. Over the years, life has gently nudged me in the direction of birth work through experience with wilderness medicine, as a yoga instructor, exposure to the midwifery model of care, work in the immigration legal field, experience as a community organizer, and work as a caregiver for people in various stages of life. In my free time, I find joy in singing folk tunes, admiring the magic of the natural world, and adventuring with my pup and family. I live in SE Portland and work in all corners of the community. I am reliable and resourceful, empathetic and curious, with a calm presence and gentle demeanor. I received my doula training through Birthingway College of Midwifery in 2016.

Grace can be contacted by phone (602)327-3265, email gschoenlank@gmail.com, at DoulaMatch or at www.graceschoenlank.com.