Meet Our Doulas

Birth First has some of the most experienced doulas in town. We work in all the Portland metro hospitals and birth centers and create an affirming space for every family style and configuration. All of our Birth First Portland Doulas have completed certified trainings and were individually selected for their quality services. Fees vary based on the doula’s experience level, number of births attended, and additional services offered.

Rebecca Durlin Smith

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, co-lead of the Mother Tree Doula Internship program, and co-owner of Birth First Portland Doulas.

Brooke Noli

I’ve delighted in assisting families through the birth journey since becoming a certified doula back in 1999. Since then I’ve attended over 600 births in the Portland metro area, trained as a midwife, worked as a counselor specializing in the childbearing years, and trained student doulas. I am also a co-owner of Birth First Portland Doulas.

Alicia Edeline

As a birth and postpartum doula, I provide physical, emotional, informational, and spiritual support in a thoughtful and compassionate manner throughout each phase of the process. My wish for you throughout your childbearing experience is that you find strength, courage, confidence, and intuition and carry that forward in meaningful ways.

Bri Dewey

As a doula, my role is to be an open-minded support person for you and your partner as you forge your way through this vulnerable and transformative time in your lives. I aim to provide a safe space to talk, evidence-based information, and customized tips that will guide you through the process and help you tap into the tools within you.

Atika Hagen

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. In addition to being a birth doula, I’m also a postpartum doula with Bridgetown Baby and a Certified Sleep Consultant.

Camilla Rae

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.

Kathy McLean

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.

Crystal Broer

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.

Kelly Turner

A deep commitment, a grounded presence, and soothing support are what you can expect from me. 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.

Kim Kovac

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.

Whatever The Situation,
Birth First Doulas Can Help

All Birth First Doulas 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.

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Areas We Serve: NW Portland, NE Portland, N Portland, SW Portland, SE Portland, Sellwood, Beaverton, Hillsdale, Tigard, West Slope, 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, single parents, surrogacy, hospital birth, birth center birth, home birth