Meet Our Portland Doulas

Birth First has some of the most experienced doulas in Portland and Vancouver and we pride ourselves on offering a variety of doula packages to fit each family’s needs. Our doulas have completed certified training, 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!

Brooke Noli & Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas
Brooke Noli & Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas
Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

Rebecca Durlin Smith (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.

Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

Brooke Noli (she/they)

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.

 

Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

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 firmly believe that knowledge is power.

Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

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 to come home to yourself.

Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

Kathy McLean (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.

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. I’m an American with Puerto Rican ancestry but moved to Sweden at the age of twelve.

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 stand beside the birthing person, support their beliefs and desires, and ensure that the memory of birth is positive and cherished so it can be looked back on fondly for a lifetime.

Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

Tallina Long (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.

Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

Ashley Fryer (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.

Giselle Edwards (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 love working in a hospital setting, where there are so many people and tools to support birth, and 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

Teal Brady (she/her)

The multifaceted nature of pregnancy and birth fascinate me! 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’ve attended births in hospitals, at home, and in birthing centers and I consider it an honor and privilege to be a part of your birth experience. 

Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

Liz Haebe (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.

Rebecca Durlin Smith, Birth First Doulas

Rebekka Maye (she/her)

Ever since having my own children, babies, birth, and breastfeeding have been my passion. ​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. 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. 

Whatever The Situation,
Birth First Doulas Can Help

We offer a variety of 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.