Elizabeth Gritzmacher

I found my way to the world of birth by seeking meaningful work in the service of others. The first time I was invited to be present for a birth, I knew I had found my calling. Birth is powerful, magical, intense, sacred, and real. Being a doula is about ensuring the best care and support for birthing people and their families during one of the most profound and transformative experiences of our lives. It’s about working collectively to give each baby the best possible start to life. Being your doula is an honor and a privilege, and it is a joy to work alongside you and your family to help ensure a well-supported, informed, and empowered pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience. We will work together to prepare you for what to expect when labor begins. We’ll explore your birth preferences, and identify and try to answer any questions you have as they arise. I believe every birthing person deserves a doula: a grounding presence who knows birth and is able to remain an objective support throughout, someone who doesn’t come and go like nurses and doctors, who can help to navigate the unknowns, and whose warm hands know just where to push to help ease the pain. I bring a calming and warm presence to the birth space, and I support my clients in giving birth on their own terms. When not working with new and growing families, I love to spend time with family, friends, and my sweet and supportive partner, Adam. I love to hike, backpack, cook, travel, read, and watch sunrises over Mt. Hood from my kitchen window. I’m also a professional photographer, focusing on maternity, birth, and newborn sessions.

Partnership Model

I work in a partnership model with Vera Hyatt, which means that when you hire us, you get the benefit of two doulas’ experience, knowledge, and empathetic care. We’ve received the same training through Birthingway College and have had the privilege of attending several births together, thus our doula approach, philosophy, and style are very similar. Sometimes we joke that we are like one person because we often finish each other’s sentences, and some people have asked us if we are sisters! We like to think of this similarity as a benefit to you — that no matter which one of us attends your birth, you will receive the same warm hands, the same empathetic ear, and the same excellent quality of care. Our partnership means that we both attend the initial consultation, two prenatal appointments, and your postpartum follow-up. Whoever is on call when you go into labor will attend your birth, while the other remains available to be called in later if labor is long and fresh energy would be helpful. We absolutely love working together and supporting our clients as a team, and would be elated to work with and support you for your upcoming labor and birth!

Training

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Labor Doula Certification from Birthingway College of Midwifery

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Collaborative Practice Training with PDX Doulas at OHSU

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Adult and Pediatric CPR / First Aid / AED Certification

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BA in Latin American Studies, Psychology. Prescott College, 2008

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Elizabeth’s Testimonials

“Elizabeth was kind, thoughtful and well prepared as a doula. She advocated for what my partner and I wanted/needed during the birth and brought a calming voice to the experience. I am forever grateful to have shared such a special moment in my life with her.”

NOELLE, NE PORTLAND

“True thoughtfulness is rare and beautiful. Thank you so much for everything you’ve done for me! I truly appreciate all the thought and time you put in to care for me. You have such a kind and generous heart.”

NADIA, VANCOUVER, WA

“Elizabeth’s presence was comforting, calming, and grounding to both myself and my partner. She set a nice mood in the room and gently supported him in being my main support person – but when I needed a second hand to hold or a reassuring look she was always right there. She was fully present, providing us with comfort tools and helping us communicate with hospital staff, but also gave us just the right amount of space to connect as partners during a big moment in our life together. I’ve given birth before, and had a doula present then, and while that was a positive experience this time was above and beyond better. I know a lot of that is thanks to Elizabeth. It felt right to have her there – it’s clear she was meant to do this work – and she will always be an important and joyful part of our son’s birth story.” 
 
JESSICA, N PORTLAND
Birth First Doulas, Portland, Oregon

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Areas We Serve: NW Portland, NE Portland, N Portland, SW Portland, SE Portland, Sellwood, Beaverton, Hillsdale, Tigard, West Slope, Sherwood, Hillsboro, Gresham, Tualatin, Milwaukie, Lake Oswego, West Lynn, Happy Valley, Oregon City, and Wilsonville, Oregon, and Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, WA

Hospitals & Birth Centers We Serve: Kaiser Sunnyside, Kaiser Westside, OHSU, Legacy Good Samaritan, Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Meridian Park, Legacy Salmon Creek, PeaceHealth, Providence Portland, Providence St. Vincent’s, Adventist, WHA Midwifery Birth Center, Andaluz Waterbirth Center, Alma Birth Center, Canyon Birth Center, and Home Births in Portland, Oregon

Doula Services Specialities: childbirth classes, natural birth, unmedicated birth, vaginal birth, water birth, epidural assisted birth, cesarean birth, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), high risk birth, induction, twins and multiples, previous miscarriage and loss, LGBTQ+ families, body positive, single parents, surrogacy, hospital birth, birth center birth, and doula services for home births in Portland, Oregon

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