Mission Statement: To support birthing people and their families from pregnancy, childbirth and beyond by providing informational, emotional and physical assistance and biodynamic care.
Vera is a certified Labor and Postpartum Doula serving the greater Portland area. She received training and certification through Birthingway College of Midwifery’s rigorous program which observes the biodynamic model of care. Like many doulas, Vera feels that she has been called to support birthing people and their families. This call became even more pronounced with the birth of her niece in 2018. Bearing witness to her sister’s courage, determination, strength, and vulnerability during her long and challenging labor was a profound experience that changed her perspective on no less than life itself. During her certification process, she was lucky to be able to support birthing people in a variety of settings and circumstances, which furthered her belief in the importance of providing biodynamic care and practicing deep listening to determine how to best support each person’s needs in any given moment.
Vera advocates for a birthing person by encouraging them to use their own voice; exercises a gentle demand for a birthing person’s right to informed consent and informed decision making; employs a myriad ways to comfort a birthing person during the challenges of labor; and provides encouragement to do everything possible to follow their birth preferences (and help to ensure a positive experience and memory even if it is not possible to follow their preferences). She and her doula partner also provide photography and videography services to birthing people who wish to memorialize their birth with creative visual storytelling.
Vera believes that the birth experience matters; the postpartum period matters; integrating a new human into a family system matters. These are major life events that benefit greatly from having a strong support system. She wholeheartedly loves this work.
She lives with her partner in NE Portland, and is a dedicated Auntie and Godmother. Outside of her work as a doula and videographer, she enjoys meditation and yoga, writing, cooking and baking, creating and promoting art, and immersing herself in nature as much as possible! Vera is a certified yoga instructor, specializing in restorative yoga, and a Reiki II practitioner.