Portland Oregon Doula

Alison Akan, Portland Doula

I’m an advocate of equality to all. As your birth doula, I’m there to ensure you are respected, supported, and empowered during your journey through pregnancy, birth, and beyond. I am fascinated by birth and the power, challenges, and growth that it brings. I feel great fulfillment in being a reassuring presence for the birthing person, partners and any caring birth attendants. No matter the labor and birth environment, I help you through with emotional, evidence based, and physical comfort measures. I’m eternally grateful to be the person you choose to experience this journey with.

I’m an American with Puerto Rican ancestry but moved to Sweden at the age of twelve. It was a great age to learn a new language and culture, and it shaped me in countless ways. Sweden has a very diverse culture and I learned to respect and honor people from many different countries. My calling to support people encouraged me to became a nurse/midwife assistant, and I worked in labor and delivery in Sweden for two years where I attended over 300 births. I treasure every experience as we are all truly, so unique. Birth work is the most magical job on earth to me and there is nothing I would rather be doing.

I moved back to USA in 2016 and met my husband in Los Angeles four months after arriving. He had also recently moved from his home country of Turkey to study at UCLA, and we got married four months later. We have just recently moved to Portland and we love looking for places to explore and meeting new people. When I’m not studying all things pregnancy and birth, I am most likely meal prepping or at the gym. Being married to a fitness professional definitely helps keep me organized, healthy and active, and I believe fitness and nutrition can play an important role in our quality of life. Meeting people where they’re at, helping make small, daily, habitual change – especially during pregnancy, labor and postpartum – is something I love encouraging if there is an interest.

Doula Training

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DONA Approved Birth Doula Training

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DONA Approved Childbirth Education Training

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DONA Approved Breastfeeding Support

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DONA Birth Doula Certification (in process)

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6 Month Birth Doula Internship, Mother Tree Birth Services (in process)

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Oregon Traditional Healthcare Worker (in process)

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Cultural Competency Training

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American Red Cross Adult & Infant CPR

Areas Of Specialty

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Unmedicated Birth, Out Of Hospital Birth, Water Birth

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Virtual/Remote Doula Support

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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

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IVF Pregnancy

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High Risk Pregnancy/Birth

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Medical Induction

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Twins/Multiples

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Single Parent Support

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Religious Families

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Military Families

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Adoption

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Surrogacy

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Culturally Appropriate Care

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LGBTQIA+ Families

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Polyamorous Families

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Body Positive

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Trauma Informed Care

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Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

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Recovery From Addiction

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Pregnancy or Infant Loss

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Massage & Acupressure

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Babywearing

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First Aid & CPR

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Fluent In Swedish

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Alison’s Testimonials

“Calm, capable, intuitive, gentle, soothing, compassionate, and encouraging. Those are all excellent ways to describe our doula, Alison. Though it was her first birthing experience here in the States, my husband and I always felt confident in her abilities. She has a unique medical background, having chosen a career in healthcare in the country of Sweden. Once she moved back to America, Alison decided to become a certified doula, and I am sure glad she did. Having her as an extra support person during labor with my second child was indeed a God-send. Carrying a child and giving birth is one of the most demanding physical experiences a woman can endure, and having to do it during a pandemic made it a bit more challenging. I never thought that COVID-19 would have an impact on my labor and delivery in February 2021. It did, however, and Alison was there to assist both my husband and I. Not only did she give me excellent exercises (i.e., the Miles Circuit) to do towards the end of pregnancy, she also had several labor positions for me to try. She helped me stay calm and relaxed while breathing through my contractions, and she encouraged my husband as my primary support person. For anyone who is not sure if they should have a doula, I would highly recommend that they do. And they should most definitely look into getting Alison – they will not be disappointed.”

Rachel

“Alison is simply amazing. She was a real lifesaver for both myself and my husband during my labor. I’m grateful to have had her aid me through the most memorable yet life-changing experience that I’ve ever had. When I first met her, I knew right away that she’s the doula that I wanted to work with. Not only is she extremely knowledgeable in her profession, but also genuinely passionate and takes pride in helping mothers and babies alike. She took the time to get to know me and how I wanted my birthing experience to be. Then she walked me through what I can expect before, during, and after my daughter’s birth. I was super nervous and excited, just like any new mother would be, but Alison helped me calm my nerves and reassured me that she would advocate for me all the way through. And, of course, she did. She showed up right when I needed her and was patient and extremely calming throughout my labor process. She made sure that I was well taken care of by nurses and doctors. If it weren’t for her, I would not have had the beautiful pictures that I will cherish forever! She also followed up with us postpartum to ensure we were doing well and if we needed anything. Overall, Alison is an incredible doula that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you once again, Alison!”

angie

“Alison is a gem of a human being.  She provided doula care and emotional support throughout my pregnancy, labor, and delivery.  She was the first person who came to our home when I went into labor, and supported my husband in being an active participant in this part of the experience.  She kept me feeling calm and collected throughout the process.  Alison communicated the entire time with my midwives, and knew exactly when it was time for us to head to the birth center.  While there, she was a hands on support, offering touch massage and encouragement throughout the process.  I couldn’t have birthed without her.  And I wish she would have been here for my second birth!  She is such a wonderful gift of light, and I will always think fondly of her.”

bryana

“I met Alison during my pregnancy experience she was incredibly helpful. Alison was always available to me when I needed and she mentally guided me through the entire birthing process. After meeting with Alison, she explained to me her commitment and knowledge to being a doula and demonstrated her abilities every time she met with me and my baby. From the beginning Alison has been able to give me peace of mind and has expressed not only with words but her actions how she is a great caregiver on a mental and physical level. During my birthing experience Alison was there for me when I needed her to be. She stayed by my bedside until she knew me and my baby were receiving the best care. She expressed her genuine caring personality to me, which meant more to me than everything else combined.”

Arpa