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.

Portland, Oregon Doulas

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. 

Doulas Portland Oregon

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.

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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.

Doulas Portland Oregon

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.

Portland, Oregon Doulas

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.

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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.

Doulas Portland Oregon

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.

Doulas Portland Oregon

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.

Doulas Portland Oregon

Camilla Rae (she/they)

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.

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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.

Doulas Portland Oregon

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.

Doulas Portland Oregon

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.

Doulas Portland Oregon

Brooke Noli (she/they)

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.

Doulas Portland Oregon

Sarah-Denise Elolaimi (she/her)

I am the oldest of eight children and have witnessed birth since the age of nine. I am a mother of three and come from a Palestinian American background. I am partly bilingual, speaking Arabic and English, and I’ve spent my life traveling to and from the Middle East. I take great pride in working with the BIPOC community and enjoy learning about different cultures and backgrounds. I firmly believe that knowledge is power.

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Ashley Fryer (she/her)

I often describe working with me to be like working with your big sister’s cool friend – there’s not much you could say that would shock me, I know all the best secrets, and I don’t bring any of the baggage your actual sister might. My sense of humor is dry and sometimes inappropriate but my approach is spiritually grounded, empathic, and supported by a community of wise elders.

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Giselle Edwards (she/her)

The act of childbirth is jaw dropping every time. As your doula, I am here to support you so you can fully appreciate the wonder of your own birth story. I’m here to talk it all out, I want to listen to your expectations and help fill in the gaps of the unknown so you can feel empowered entering the hospital. My goal is to advocate for you in any way I can and explore the options that will give you the most positive birth experience.

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.