Tallina Long, Birth First Doulas

Tallina Long, Portland Doula

Growing up as a big sister to six brothers and one sister prepared me for a career in and around birth work, childcare, and teaching. After years of being a toddler whisperer and working with families in daycare and outreach programs, I felt the call to birth work. While getting my doula training and certification, I went from being merely interested in birth to being downright in awe! The science and magic of labor and birth is amazing, and I am now honored to be your friendly neighborhood doula. I strive to assist my clients where they are, in the birth that they want, with a little humor and a lot of support. I love to serve Portland families of any stripe, creed, religion, or size with quality doula services and have a special place in my heart for LGBTQ+ families. 

Born and raised in the Wild West (okay, Denver isn’t the wildest place), I love the beauty of nature and the mountains, and I miss the Rockies every day. Fourteen years ago, I moved to Oregon with my then boyfriend (now husband) and we both earned our degrees here and fell in love with the Pacific Northwest. We also unexpectedly met and fell in love with another woman, and we are now a happily married triad. Being queer and polyamorous is wonderful and hard, and informs my birth work since communication is so vital when navigating healthy relationships of any kind. 

Encouraging new parents to find their way through labor and birth, get some sleep in the postpartum, and develop community through the first few years of parenting are some of my strengths. Let’s face it, bringing a new life into this world and parenting that life is hard. Intuitively knowing how to navigate labor and your baby’s needs is not always possible, but having an understanding ear and knowledgeable support person makes it that much easier.

Doula Training

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Madriella Birth Doula Certification 

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Birthingway Birth Doula Training 

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Madriella Postpartum Doula Certification (in process) 

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Infant and Child CPR and First Aid Certification

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Building on the Infant and Toddler Mental Health Foundations at Portland State University

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Bachelor of Arts in Social Science at Portland State University 

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Certified Early Childhood Childcare Provider in the Central Background Registry for Oregon

Areas Of Specialty

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Unmedicated Birth, Out Of Hospital Birth, Water Birth

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Surrogacy

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Adoption

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Single Parent Support

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High Risk Pregnancy/Birth

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Medical Induction

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Body Positive/People Of Size

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LGBTQIA+ Families

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Polyamorous Families

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Polyamorous Families

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Postpartum Doula Care

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Trauma Informed Care

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Placenta Encapsulation

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Recovery From Addiction

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Military Families

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Infant Sleep Educator/Consultant

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Baby Sign Language

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Baby-Led Weaning

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Cloth Diapering Education

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First Aid & CPR

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Tallina’s Testimonials

“I didn’t know I needed or wanted a doula, until I met Tallina. She explained what a doula is and it was clear in her explanations how passionate she is about birth. I was incredibly anxious during my pregnancy because, in addition to being high risk, I had lost two prior pregnancies. Tallina was amazing at hearing my concerns, validating my feelings and affirming when I needed to reach out to my doctor. During our home prenatal visits, she taught my partner how to massage and help relax my body before and during labor. I had to be induced and Tallina showed up at the hospital ready for anything. She was highly in tune with my body and emotions – bright and chatty or gentle and soothing as my mood and labor changed. If there is anyone on the planet who could keep my anxious self calm, and even laugh, during an epidural, it’s Tallina. She’s a gem and a treasure and I, hands down, would absolutely have her present and participating during any future births.”

lela, SE portland

Tallina was great! So supportive of the patient. She was a joy to work with and I would LOVE to work with her again. Thank you, Tallina!

Monica, L&D Nurse

My son is thriving under Tallina’s care. I love that Tallina provides guidance on baby’s development and milestones, helping us to navigate teething, first foods, baby-proofing, etc. Tallina is always coming with new ideas on how to stimulate and challenge my son with sensory activities, outdoor time, and water play.

emily, se portland

Tallina was my nanny for about a year. My son thrived in her care. He was excited to see her everyday and they had lots of fun exploring Portland’s toddler friendly activities. He seems ahead of the curve in communication and I’m sure that’s in a larger part due to her care and philosophies.

Kate, SE portland