Meet Our Portland Doulas

Birth First has some of the most experienced doulas in Portland and Vancouver and we pride ourselves on creating an affirming space for every family. Our doulas have completed certified trainings, have a range of experience levels to fit your budget, and a variety of personalities to fit your family’s style.

Rebecca Durlin Smith (she/her)

Since 2010 I have lived and breathed pregnancy and birth and I have been honored to provide doula services to over 250 families. In addition to being a certified doula, I am also a childbirth educator, prenatal yoga teacher, placenta specialist, doula mentor in the Mother Tree Doula Internship program, and co-owner of Birth First Portland Doulas. 

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Kathy McLean (she/her)

As your doula, I will help guide you to the outcome you are hoping for and help navigate when uncertainty presents itself. I believe that all families need support before, during, and after birth to create the foundation necessary to raise a child. My hope is to empower you and be a source of compassionate enthusiasm every step of the way.

Alison Akan (she/her)

I’m an advocate of equality to all. As your birth doula, I will be there to ensure you are respected, supported, and empowered during your journey through pregnancy, birth, and beyond. No matter the labor and birth environment, I will help you through with emotional, evidence based, and physical comfort measures.

Teal Brady (she/her)

Pregnancy and the birth process fascinate me in all its multifaceted nature. Giving birth is life altering and I believe every birthing person should have a positive birth experience however they envision it. The joy in my work is building relationships with clients and meeting them where they are, with an open heart and mind. I consider it an honor and privilege to be a part of your birth experience.

Telia Anderson (she/her)

I’ve always been interested in birth, women’s empowerment, and babies.​ My primary focus is to provide you with physical, informational, and emotional care that can help you be more prepared and aligned with the outcome you envision. My goal is to bring these dynamics together while also holding space for you and your loved ones on the way to welcoming a new life into an atmosphere of your choice.

Trina Baumgartner (she/her)

I believe that with support, all birthing people can feel loved through their transformation – they can seek their biggest selves, discover home and bravery from within, and welcome their babies into this world with grace and glory. When you work with me, you can expect warmth, honesty, support, and a space for you to come home to yourself.

Liz Haebe (she/her)

For me, being a doula is all about offering comfort, personalization, and meeting the birthing person where they are. If you want me down on the ground with you, that’s right where I’ll be. My goal is to make your birth the best possible experience for you and your family, while also offering support and information so you can feel empowered.

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Rebekka Maye (she/her)

My life experience as a mother of three has enriched my doula work by helping me to become a more empathetic, intuitive, and active listener, and my goal as your doula is to hold space for you, provide comfort physically and emotionally, and encourage you to listen to your intuition as you navigate this journey called birth.

Kim Kovac (she/her)

My approach to birth work is grounded in intuition, tradition and evidence-based information. I believe pregnancy, labor and birth should be supported by informed choice and a caring birth team, and I am dedicated to being present at all births with tenderness, patience and revelry. My hope is that I can help you to find softness in your strength.

Emma Anderson (she/her)

My experiences have taught me that birth can at times feel overwhelming and as such I take a very calm and quiet approach to birth work. My job is to help untangle all that complexity, unjumble those words, and really help you understand what it is that you are navigating. I will be many things for you on this journey – an educator, a cheerleader, an advocate.

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Crystal Broer (she/her)

As a doula, my goal is to be a calm and informed presence in the room providing comfort not only to the birthing person but also to the loved ones supporting the birth experience. My overarching intention as a doula is to ensure the memory of birth is positive and cherished and that it can be looked back on fondly for a lifetime.

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Atika Hagen (she/her)

I’ve always been drawn to working with people and find my best self when helping others. I’m a genuine and curious person, always wanting to support families in ways that are authentic and meaningful. I enjoy cultivating a safe space for pregnant people and their partners. In addition to being a birth doula, I’m also a postpartum doula and a certified sleep consultant.

Camilla Rae (she/her, they/them)

With over 20 years of infant care experience, I can proudly say that I am passionate about birth, parenting, and all things baby. Working with expanding families during the perinatal year continues to deepen my love for this calling. I am drawn to birth by a deep seated belief that gentle and thoughtful beginnings have the power to heal.

Brooke Noli (she/her, they/them)

After attending hundreds of births, I can say with confidence that birth itself has been one of the great teachers of my life. It has shown me the magic that is possible in this world, the strength that is needed to let that magic in, and the love that unfolds in its wake. I’m honored to support families during this transformational time and to support doulas as a co-founder of Birth First Doulas.

Whatever The Situation,
Birth First Doulas Can Help

We offer Full Doula Packages & Half Doula Packages to fit each family’s needs, goals, and budget. All Birth First Doulas are highly trained, enjoy working collaboratively with medical providers, and support a variety of labor and birth experiences including: unmedicated births, water births, epidural assisted births, vaginal births after cesarean section (VBAC), complex or high risk births, IVF births, twins and multiples births, and cesarean births.

Please visit our Vancouver, WA Doula Page for doulas that service the Vancouver, Washington area.

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Many of the photographs on this site were taken by Portland Birth Photographer: Natalie Broders and She Saw Things

Birth First Doulas is proud to be in alliance with Bridgetown Baby & Community Doula Alliance

Doula Service Locations: 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, Wilsonville, Oregon, and Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Washington

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, Hillsboro Medical Center, WHA Midwifery Birth Center, Andaluz Waterbirth Center, Alma Birth Center, Canyon Birth Center, and Home Births in Portland, Oregon

Doula Service Specialities:  birth doula service, childbirth & parenting classes, newborn classes, certified doulas, natural birth, unmedicated birth, vaginal birth, water birth, epidural assisted birth, birth advocacy, 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, and a variety of additional doula services in Portland, Oregon