Student Labor Doulas

Birthingway College of Midwifery does not supervise student doulas and is not responsible for their conduct in their role as prenatal, labor, and postpartum support for the expectant mother and/or her supporters.

Birthingway makes no claims regarding these students, other than that they have completed the classroom portion of their training. These students are now volunteering or charging low fees for their services in order to complete the number of births required for certification as a labor doula by Birthingway College of Midwifery.

The students are not supervised when providing doula services to clients during this practicum period.

Anyone contacting and engaging the services of the student doulas listed below does so voluntarily, and holds harmless Birthingway College of Midwifery for the conduct of these students. If you choose to work with a student doula, you are entering into a relationship with that doula, and not with Birthingway College of Midwifery.

  • Karen Chlosta Karen ChlostaHi! My name is Karen. As a doula, I work to create a safe and non-judgemental space to support you through aspects of birth that may feel like uncharted territory. No two births look the same, and regardless of what that narrative might look like, I’m here to follow, support and cheer you on in that ...
  • Vera Hyatt Vera HyattLike many doulas, I feel that I have been called to support birthing people and their families. This call became even more pronounced with the birth of my niece in 2018. Bearing witness to my sister’s courage, determination, strength, and vulnerability during her long and challenging labor was a profound experience that changed my perspective ...
  • Christinia Lively Christinia LivelyChristinia discovered her passion for birth work through her personal birthing experience with her two children. She realized the importance of agency through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. In addition to being a doula, she is a breastfeeding peer support counselor. She understands the importance of communicating personal needs, and to have them respected is critical to ...
  • Maria Sayre Maria SayreLabor & Postpartum Doula I was first inspired to become a doula after observing the birth of my friend’s daughter in 1990 and after experiencing three births of my own I came to realize the value in having a supportive birth team and began my journey to help other women and families. I am continuously developing ...
  • Susanna Hebner Susanna HebnerMy name is Susanna Hebner (Suebear) (she, her, hers,) I’ve been a doula since 2010. I took some time off to give birth to my youngest and be a stay-at-home parent to my two kids (Artan and Rosie). We moved from Greensboro NC to Portland in 2015. I like to make baked goods, read and play ...
  • Ruth Straub Ruth StraubHey there, I’m Ruth. I’m a trained Labor and Postpartum Doula, servicing Seattle WA and the surrounding areas. It is my goal to provide Physical, emotional, and educational support in a way that will empower you in your own personal birth and postpartum journey. By helping families gain knowledge and confidence, they can be empowered ...
  • Rachel Hanson Rachel Hanson is a student Labor Doula trained at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR. She has always found the process of birth to be sacred and amazing. She is passionate about mothers feeling empowered, safe, and capable of birthing and making decisions. She offers emotional, physical, and educational support. She knows that life ...