Vera Hyatt

Supporting birthing people and their families is indeed a calling, which for me became even more pronounced with the birth of my niece. Bearing witness to my sister’s courage, determination, strength, and vulnerability during her long and challenging labor and recovery postpartum was a profound experience that changed my perspective on no less than life itself. I naturally fell into the role of doula for my sister and for many birthing people since. It is my great honor to be of service to families in a variety of circumstances and with varying needs, and I find profound purpose and meaning in making the transition into parenthood as smooth as possible by providing physical, emotional, and informational support so that each person can make an individual, informed decision for themselves, their baby, and their families. I believe 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. I wholeheartedly love this work. I live with my partner in NE Portland, and am a dedicated auntie and godmother. Outside of my work as a doula and videographer, I enjoy meditation and yoga, writing, cooking and baking, creating and promoting art, and being in nature as much as possible! I am a certified yoga instructor, specializing in restorative yoga. 

Partnership Model

I work in a partnership model with Elizabeth Gritzmacher, 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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2012 : Yoga Teacher Training-200 (Hatha & Ashtanga)

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2013: Reiki II certification

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2016: Documentary Filmmaking workshop

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2019: Labor Doula Certification (Birthingway)

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2019: Infant CPR certification

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2019: Postpartum Doula Certification (Birthingway)

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2019: Rebozo for comfort during labor (Gena Kirby)

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2019: Collaborative Practice training (PDX Doulas)

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Vera’s Testimonials

“Vera is a wonderful doula. I would highly recommend her to anyone. She was attentive, patient and supportive through my entire LONG labor. She was my advocate in the hospital and helped explain the procedures to me in ways that were easy to understand during such a stressful time. When she didn’t have an answer she would find one. She was excellent support for me and extremely valuable. Her calm nature made me feel at ease. At first, we didn’t consider a doula, but looking back, I am so glad that we decided that Vera was part of my sons birth plan.”

CHELSEA, CASEY & BABY LIAM, HILLSBORO

“Vera was such an amazing doula. I had a hard time trying to write a review, because I felt like nothing I said would do her justice. I decided I wanted a doula very late into my pregnancy at 38 weeks. Vera set up a meeting, when I sat down with her I automatically I felt my worries and stress about labor dissipate as she went into detail and described what  to expect ( I learned it was nothing like the movies) and we went over my birthing plan. She has a very peaceful and wise way to her, she leaves you feeling very informed and confident. That next week I went into labor and Vera meet us at the hospital, ready and in phenomenal spirits. My labor was not quick, actually quite the opposite, but she never once lost that tranquil way about herself, and maintained the ability to step right in and help. My labor was very hard and at times felt like this baby was never going to come out (My baby was born OP which we found out while giving vaginal birth) Vera kept me calm and my eye on the prize, now looking at my labor and delivery I really don’t think I could have had that amazing experience without all her hard work. If you are reading this and looking for a labor doula Vera is unbelievable and I would recommend her!! Thank you Vera for mastering your craft.”

ASHLEY, SW 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

Our 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 home births in Portland, Oregon

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