Kelly Turner

My energetic personality and ability to make people feel comfortable in just about any situation paired with my nine years as a public high school teacher in rural Alaska and Portland have equipped me with the tools that drive my doula work. A deep commitment, a grounded presence, and soothing support are what you can expect from me. I place a lot of respectful emphasis on listening to my clients’ needs and strive to bring the information and heart they seek to the table. Being there for the coparent with caring and enthusiastic support and information is also one of my highest priorities. I am invested in being present in my wraparound care of you as your birth doula, which means your emotions around your birth story, the early days of feeding, newborn care in your home, and your birth healing are all on my radar. I wholeheartedly believe every birthing person deserves to feel safe, loved, and listened to during their birth and postpartum experience. From our first meeting until we conclude our walk together and you move into your new normal as a family, “I’ve got you.”

It wasn’t until I gave birth myself and I needed lots of postpartum support that my strong nurturing instinct for mothers and their babies kicked in. I understood the value of quality prenatal care and education and how vital it is in shaping a person’s birth experience. The childbirth process, labor positions, breastfeeding, and birth preferences creation are some of the topics we discuss prenatally. And during labor, I employ a variety of comfort and positioning techniques. I like to say that a birthing person’s medical advocacy begins when they choose their own birth attendants (spouse, grandparent, doula, primary care provider). And when a birthing person has the right attendants at their birth they have a large hand in determining that person’s ultimate comfort level and birth outcome. It’s as simple as that. 

In addition to being a birth doula, I’m also a postpartum doula, childbirth educator, placenta encapsulation specialist, and birth photographer.

Training

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BA Theater Arts and Communication Arts, Linfield College, ‘04

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Masters of Arts in Teaching, Lewis and Clark College, ‘07

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DONA Birth Doula Training

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DONA Postpartum Doula Training

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ICEA Childbirth Educator Training

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Belly binding training

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Hypnobirthing trained Doula

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Kelly’s Testimonials

I’m 58 and I’d only recently heard the word ‘doula’ when my daughter told me that she had hired one named Kelly to help her through the birthing process and that she thought I would really like her. Fast forward to the labor: halfway through the delivery my son in law felt the energy in the birthing room begin to lag and he said it was now time to bring in the secret weapon…..Kelly! To say that Kelly is a force of nature would be an understatement. Think of Mary Poppins and you will be close to what Kelly brings to labor and delivery. Kelly has a way of bringing peace and renewed purpose to the birthing process for everyone but most especially for the mother. Throughout the next several hours Kelly suggested different positions for laboring all while gently encouraging and helping my daughter to find the strength she needed to complete the process. Now that I’ve seen a doula in action I dearly wish that I had known that people like Kelly exist. I would highly recommend Kelly and know that she would be an incredible asset to your arsenal as you navigate the beautiful and labor intensive process of bringing your newborn into the world.”

elizabeth white, garden home

As a labor and delivery nurse, I appreciated Kelly’s presence the other night in our shared birth. She was an amazing advocate, especially when it came to her client’s comfort, informed care, and consent. She set the stage for a warm and open labor space and supported her client and her partner in the most indispensable ways. I appreciated her collaborative effort and her respectful communication with the nursing staff, OB team, and anesthesia team. All in all, I hope to work with Kelly again because she exemplifies the type of birth support that I aspire to provide. Thank you!!! I think she is amazing!”

rachel, ohsu

When Matt and I first met Kelly she was giving a presentation on birth workers and what she does as a doula. One of the first things I remember her saying was that she really came in to this work not for the babies (even though she loves them), but for the moms. She wants to empower mothers to advocate for themselves and for the type of birth that they want; to inform mothers about all of their options; to reassure mothers that even if absolutely nothing goes the way you had wanted it to go, it’s ok. I can say from experience that Kelly does all of these things and so much more. Kelly was such a rock for both me and Matt during my labor. Nothing really went the way that I had wanted it to and Kelly was there to support us and advocate for the choices that I made. She came up with some ideas for pain management, supported Matt when he needed it, listened to me as I cried tears of frustration, and helped me process and be OK with the decision that a c-section was the best route to go. Through all of these experiences, I felt a sense of calm with Kelly being there. I can honestly say that hiring Kelly was one of the best decisions that Matt and I had made. Kelly is a joy, a rock, a friend, and always heart centered. It’s clear that for Kelly, this is a calling and a passion. It’s a profound and magical thing to watch.”

jasmine, nE Portland

“Kelly was VERY highly recommended to us and her personality is what initially sold us but we were also impressed by the support and educational options she offered. Kelly visited our home and helped us create an excellent birth plan. As our due date approached, Kelly was very available and helpful, answering any and all questions that we had, she reassured us each step of the way and took great care in making us feel comfortable and supported. Soon enough, the time arrived and my wife started her labor. We felt at ease laboring at home as much as we did because Kelly was there. During active labor at the hospital, my wife and I were able to see why Kelly was so highly recommended. She arrived and immediately established an excellent rapport with the hospital staff, positioning herself as a liaison and facilitator for the entire process. Kelly made the delivery room as comfortable as possible. She coached my wife through each and every contraction and translated all of the obscurities that come with medical jargon. There was a moment through all of this when I imagined what it would have been like without Kelly and, frankly, I cannot picture it. I would have melted down, my wife would have punched me in the face, and the entire thing would have come with an unthinkable amount of stress, more so than there already was. My wife and I agree that there is no better way for expecting parents to spend their money. We are blessed and gracious to have met her and would recommend her to absolutely anyone who is planning on having a child.”

pete, beaverton

“Kelly is distinctly REAL and refreshing. Her knowledge and experience certainly make her a wonderful doula, but it is her one-of-a kind personality, genuineness, and natural ability to bring positivity and strength to others that make her exceptional. This combination makes her the unshakable grounding force needed while undergoing some of the most important and intense experiences in life. She was masterful at making my husband and me feel both confident and comforted throughout pregnancy, labor and the postpartum. She met all of our needs and exceeded our expectations. We felt totally prepared and supported going into my natural childbirth. While there were curveballs during the course of labor, Kelly had front-loaded us with research-based information that helped us navigate our options and make informed decisions that were best for our family. Kelly is a true godsend. She empowers! We are so fortunate to have such a special person share in the birth of our child, and there is no one else in the world we would pick!”

kristin, northwest heights

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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, West Lynn, Happy Valley, Oregon City, Wilsonville, Vancouver, Camas, Washougal

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, Home Birth

Our Specialities: 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, home birth

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