Service Area: Portland Metropolitan Area, Columbia County, and Washington County
Phone number: 503-369-7468
Fees: My fees are based on a very open sliding scale and differ depending on situational needs. Please feel free to contact me for a free consultation and we’ll discuss what your specific fee might look like.
- Free consultation to discuss your birth hopes and get to know each other.
- Email and phone support throughout your pregnancy and postpartum stage.
- Two to three prenatal visits to discuss comfort measures, preparation, and answer questions you have.
- Assistance in preparing a Birth Plan.
- Attendance at one of your prenatal visits with your OB/midwife combined with one of our visits, should you desire for me to meet them in advance.
- On call availability for your birth from 38 to 42 weeks gestation, though I can usually be available earlier if complications arise.
- Emotional and physical comfort measures during your labor, along with support and limited breastfeeding assistance immediately after birth.
- If a cesarean birth becomes necessary and depending on the situation I can accompany you into the OR for continued support (Some Hospitals have restrictions).
- Postpartum visit to discuss your birth and answer newborn and breastfeeding questions.
I grew up in a large family, on a small farm. My mother is a retired Registered Nurse from the Intensive Care Unit and my dad is a business owner and Hearing Instrument Specialist. I have an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences and have been a Certified Labor Doula since December of 2013.
I remember going to the hospital to visit my mother at work and thinking “I want to do what mama does when I grow up”. The day I realized that she helped those who were deathly ill or passing from this world, I knew I wanted to help those coming into it.
As I became an adult, that dream turned into a reality. I studied labor and birth, the complications that can occur, and the beauty of a natural delivery. What’s more, I learned that women need help in order to accomplish this. Help to bear the pain. A hand to hold through a contraction. An encouraging word to make it through transition. A knowledgeable friend to explain to them where they are in labor and the progressions they’ve made. Someone to show them, help them into a position change when it is needed. A woman needs someone to look them in the eyes, when they can’t take it any more and are about to ask for pain medication, and say “…you can do this. I know you can, because I believe in you!” And when she looks into that someone’s eyes, she needs to know that they themselves believe in what they’re saying.
I wanted to be that someone, so I became a Doula.