Meet Our

Portland Doulas

Birth First has some of the most experienced doulas in Portland and we pride ourselves on offering a diversity of birth and postpartum doulas to fit each family’s needs. All of 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. Contact us today to begin the process of finding your perfect doula match!

Doula Team
Doula Team
Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

Rebecca Durlin Smith

Birth Doula (she/her)

I absolutely love being of service as a doula! I have said yes to my true calling for over a decade and am honored to have provided birth doula care to over 300 families. In addition to being a certified doula, childbirth educator, and prenatal yoga teacher, I am also a placenta specialist, doula mentor for the Mother Tree Doula Internship program, and co-founder of Birth First Doulas.

Trina Baumgartner, Birth First Doulas

Trina Baumgartner

Birth Doula (she/her)

I truly believe that within each birthing person lies immense strength and courage. As your birth doula, I take a strengths-based approach to my work, honoring and celebrating the incredible capabilities you possess. Birth is a journey of self-discovery, and I am here to walk alongside you, providing unwavering support, encouragement, and guidance every step of the way. 

Jennifer Lunceford, Birth Doula

Jennifer Lunceford

Birth & Postpartum Doula (she/her)

I am passionate about providing your family with educated, unconditional support during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum. I’ve attended over 600 births and bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to each client’s unique experience. I rely heavily on a practiced intuition and strive to understand your unique needs and how best to meet those needs.

Robyn Bibb-Gall, Postpartum Doula, Birth First Doulas

Robyn Bibb-Gall

Postpartum Doula (she/her)

As a postpartum doula, it is my passion to offer the best support, care, and educational resources possible so that each family member feels nurtured and empowered by the end of our experience together. I love helping help families learn about milestones, how to care for newborns, and how to prepare for the next stages of infant development. 

Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

Liz Haebe

Birth & Postpartum Doula (she/her)

The first time I was in a birthing room, it felt like home. 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.

Sarah-Denise Elolaimi, Portland Doula

Sarah-Denise Elolaimi

Birth Doula (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 firmly believe that knowledge is power.

Keely Scowcroft, Birth Doula

Keely Shea

Birth Doula (she/her)

My mission is to provide holistic birth doula care that is person-centered, trauma informed, and evidence based. I aim to create a nurturing space so families can listen to their own intuitive wisdom and deeper knowing. My training in Reiki, Somatic Trauma Therapy, and the Body Ready Method all help me to hold space for the range of emotions, thoughts and feelings that can arise during this vulnerable and powerful time.

Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

Tallina Long

Birth & Postpartum Doula (she/her)

As your friendly neighborhood doula, I strive to assist my clients where they are with a little humor and a lot of support. I love to serve Portland families of any stripe, creed, religion, or size and have a special place in my heart for LGBTQ+ families. Encouraging new parents to find their way through labor and birth, get some sleep in the postpartum, and develop community are some of my strengths.

Krissie Oliver, Portland Doula

Krissie Oliver

Birth Doula (she/her)

My goal is for each client to feel supported in their personal experience, recognizing that each labor journey has its own unique path to birth. My background in massage therapy allows me to offer soothing comfort touch to clients and hold space for the emotional components that may arise. I also truly enjoy sharing resources and handouts to help clients learn as much as they may want.

Kathy McLean, Portland Doula

Kathy McLean

Birth Doula (she/her)

Ever since I can remember, I have loved being around pregnant people and babies. 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.

Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

Giselle Edwards

Birth Doula (she/her)

The act of childbirth is jaw dropping every time, and as your doula, I am here to support you so you can fully appreciate the wonder of your own birth story. 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.

Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

Ashley Fryer

Postpartum Doula (she/her)

I often describe working with me 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 my approach is spiritually grounded and empathic. My intention is to provide families with the space and support to grow in the unique way that is right for them.

Elana Einstein, Birth First Doulas

Elana Einstein

Postpartum Doula (she/her)

As your postpartum doula, my approach is rooted in compassion, respect, and personalized care. I am here to listen to your needs, answer your questions, and provide non-judgmental guidance. Whether it’s assisting with newborn care, offering household support, or simply providing a compassionate ear, I am dedicated to being a reliable and nurturing presence in your life.

Portland Doula, Cortney Bubbles Donaca

Cortney “Bubbles” Donaca

Postpartum Doula (she/her)

Need a personal hype-woman or down-to-earth listening ear? I got you. A warm meal or a clean living room sounding like a dream? I’m making it a reality. Would love some alone time to do self-care or need the other kiddos to be entertained? I’m reporting for duty. My approach is a delightful blend of professionalism and comedic relief, with a large topping of compassion.

Portland Postpartum Doula

Sarah Hope

Postpartum Doula (she/her)

I am passionate about providing parents with calm and confident postpartum support as they navigate the ups and downs of early childhood. My personal experience with traumatic birth, miscarriage, and perinatal mood and anxiety challenges allow me to be fully present with families, and it is my heart’s work to provide them with companionship and reassurance.

Krystle Gard, Birth First Doulas

Krystle Gard

Postpartum Doula (she/her)

For the last 12 years, I have worked as a postpartum doula, birth doula, and birth assistant, and I currently teach classes on Newborn Care, Postpartum Preparation, Twins, and Intimacy in the 4th trimester. I  have three children (twins and a singleton) and have been a surrogate three times. I love providing all families with the opportunity to learn and grow, especially in the postpartum.

Allissa LaPort, Birth First Doulas

Allissa LaPort

Postpartum Doula (she/her)

The postpartum period is such a crucial and special time for families and everyone deserves support, respect, and to be heard during this foundational time. My goal as a postpartum doula is to help navigate this experience so it can be a positive, supportive, and informative season of growth. I see the perinatal time as a sacred experience for all involved. 

Rauna Portland Doula

Rauna Otteson

Birth & Postpartum Doula (she/her)

My aim is to create a nurturing presence and confidence around the birth and postpartum period and to bring a sense of calm to the transition into parenting. I’ve supported over 100 familes with postpartum doula care and I value building a relationship with clients during such a personal and vulnerable time. I have a vast amount of experience that I would like to share with you. 

Heidi Long, Portland Doula

Heidi Long

Birth Doula (she/her)

I have dedicated myself to this line of heartfelt work because I believe that an empowering and beautiful birth is possible with the right support. I understand the unpredictable and wonderfully unique nature of each birth and am honored to guide all my clients with deep listening, specialized care, and a calm presence in order to support the newest beginnings, from pregnancy to postpartum.

Heather Ward, Portland Doula

Heather Ward

Birth & Postpartum Doula (she/her)

Growing your family truly takes a village of compassionate, knowledgable and supportive people. My passion is being a part of that village as an experienced birth and postpartum doula! I have been a birth doula since 2003 and attended over 500+ births and I have been a postpartum doula since 2007.

Calina Selmanson, Portland Doula

Calina Selmanson

Postpartum Doula (she/her)

It is my goal to be your advocate and to help instill confidence and calm in the confusion and chaos of parenting. I can guide you through newborn care, feedings, and help you become a master at soothing your baby. I will help you problem solve tricky situations when the going gets tough, be a listening ear, or cook some nourishing food, wash dishes, or hold your baby while you eat and rest.

Abra Rogers Postpartum Doula

Abra Rogers

Postpartum Doula (she/her)

I’m passionate about normalizing postpartum care and committed to providing personalized support and education to assist new parents in navigating the intricacies of their evolving family dynamics. With over a decade of experience as a postpartum doula, I create a nurturing environment during vulnerable moments while also infusing positivity and humor into challenging situations.

Crystal Broer, Portland Doula

Amanda Squires-Gil

Postpartum Doula (she/her)

As your postpartum doula, I’ll be there to lift you up as you carve your path forward and settle into the role of parent. Postpartum can be a rollercoaster and sometimes you just need a little light to help guide you back to yourself. I specialize in anti-racist, culturally competent support for anyone who would appreciate some serious TLC throughout their postpartum experience.

Brooke Noli, Portland Doula

Brooke Noli

Birth Doula (she/her or they/them)

I’ve been honored to support over 600 families on their childbirth journeys and find immense joy in the special connection created within the doula relationship. My primary goals as a doula are to ensure that you and your partner feel heard, respected, supported, and informed each step of the way, and to offer individualized care tailored to your unique needs and hopes.

Heather Meyer Birth First Doula

Heather Meyer

Birth & Postpartum Doula (she/her)

I have supported over 750 births and postpartum families, and the most important thing as your doula is to listen to you and be present with you during prenatal visits, in the midst of labor and birth, or at home while snuggling baby in arms. I want to hear about who you are, your beliefs as an individual and family, your most treasured hopes and range of fears, and what support feels like to you.

Kind Words From Our Lovely Clients

We have so much love and appreciation for Birth First Doulas! We are beyond grateful to have found our doula and honestly can’t imagine this journey without her!! She was absolutely incredible and brought such a joyful and positive energy to the room, which is much needed during the different ups and downs of pregnancy/labor and beyond. Throughout pregnancy she provided so many wonderful resources to ensure we were making informed decisions and felt prepared for not just the labor, but how to thrive once the baby was here. I had an unmedicated out of hospital birth and she was by my side supporting me the entire time – I truly believe I was successful in sticking to my birth plan because of her (though as I learned nothing will go as planned so it’s important to be flexible!). She 110% supported my decisions without judgement, which really allowed me to trust my intuition and not second guess myself. I could go on and on about our wonderful birth doula, we are so grateful to Birth First Doulas for helping us find her!!

Dalia, Portland, Oregon

We were so lucky that Birth First matched us with our doula! From the start she was responsive, full of suggestions and ideas, and took the time to get to know us and really listen to our hopes and wants. She provided resources and information and checked in regularly to see how things were going. When our pregnancy and delivery circumstances changed, she was there every step of the way and did everything she could do make sure we were taken care of as a family. She provided a ton of emotional support as well as practical advice and reassurance. During labor and delivery, her calming nature and capable presence were fantastic to have guiding us, and it was such a relief to have her coordinating with nurses, helping us advocate for our desires, and giving us suggestions to keep things moving. Postpartum, our doula continued to be such a huge help and support person as we navigated this new journey – giving tips and tricks for newborn care. We appreciate her so much and can’t imagine having had any other doula by our side!

Hallie, Portland, Oregon

Choosing Birth First Doulas was one of the best decisions my husband and I could’ve ever made for our journey through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. It was through Birth First that we found our amazing doula, and from the moment we hired her, she was so attentive, supportive, and extremely helpful. She was full of knowledge surrounding pregnancy and birth. She always responded in a timely manner and never once did she forget to follow up when she said she would! She made us feel very seen and cared for throughout the entire journey of becoming first time parents. She made what could’ve been a traumatic experience into one of the most positive experiences in our lives. The day our daughter made her journey Earthbound is now a memory we cherish and love to relive very often. Our doula did everything she possibly could to comfort us both during uncharted waters. If you are looking for a highly professional and nurturing doula to join your birth team, we HIGHLY recommend Birth First Doulas and all that they offer their clients!

Randee, Portland, Oregon