Giselle Edwards, Portland Doula
I felt the call to become a birth worker to advocate for the highest possible care in hospitals for those whose voices may be excluded from mainstream narratives. My main objective is to be an emotional through line from the start to the end of your birth, a support system I felt was missing in my own children’s unique births. I love working with families, whatever that family looks like, and helping the whole family to make this beautiful transition. I want to hear all of your excitements and concerns, provide you with tools and resources, and help you navigate opportunities to ensure the most positive birth possible.
I was born and raised in the Portland area and then traveled to Illinois for college. After graduation I lived in Montana, NYC, and Los Angeles before winding up back home in the PNW. I was inspired by the power of birth while witnessing a friend’s son enter the world 10 years ago. The act of childbirth is jaw dropping every time. As your doula, I am here to support you so you can fully appreciate the wonder of your own birth story. I’m here to talk it all out, I want to listen to your expectations and help fill in the gaps of the unknown so you can feel empowered entering the hospital. I love working in a hospital setting, where there are so many people and tools to support birth. My goal is to advocate for you in any way I can and explore the options that will give you the most positive birth experience, even if that means finding your voice to say “No.”
Birth can be intimidating (both anticipating it and experiencing it) but I embrace the rawness of birth and want to break it down so everyone can find the perfect moments in that rawness. I always have a smile on my face, I never want to miss anything, and I like to laugh (mostly at myself). I love riding bikes and scooters around the block with my kids, singing show tunes, and telling myself this is the year I will set up my basement ceramic studio.