Doula Consultations

Consultation sessions can focus on whatever interests or concerns you most, but here are some topics that people frequently focus on:

Understanding Your Birth-Related Options

Portland has a rich birth culture that provides individuals and couples with a wide array of options. All of this choice is empowering, but it can also be a bit overwhelming! For instance, you can decide to have your baby at a hospital, birth center, or at home. If you elect to give birth in a hospital, there are several to choose from each offering distinct advantages and disadvantages. You can hire a doctor, nurse-midwife, naturopathic midwife, or direct-entry midwife as your medical provider, and there is also the option of having a birth doula to assist you. Unmedicated birth, water birth, epidural assisted birth, and cesarean birth are all options, and there are many other choices to be made along the way. Consultations can help you understand and sift through all of these various choices so you can decide on the direction that’s right for you, your family, and your specific set of circumstances.

Creating a Birth “Plan”

You can’t plan how your baby’s birth is going to unfold because there are always some unexpected twists and turns along the way that require flexibility. However, creating a birth plan can nonetheless be an excellent tool for expecting parents and their medical providers. A birth plan can be useful as an educational tool to help you better understand what to expect at the hospital, the kinds of choices you have, and how to advocate for yourself. Consultations are used to help you design a personalized plan that lists your specific goals and requests so that medical providers will better understand your preferences.

Getting Ready for Labor & Birth

Whether you want to better understand the stages of labor, learn practical and effective coping strategies, or prepare mentally and spiritually for the experience of birth, a consultation can help. Maybe you’re trying to figure out which type of childbirth education class is the best fit for you and your partner. Or perhaps you’re just looking for a rundown on the “tried and true” techniques that have been helping people with contractions for centuries. Or maybe you want to dive in more deeply to explore what this transformative path has to offer and how to cultivate a mindset that will serve as a strong foundation from which you can draw. Whatever your goals, we can get you started.

Postpartum Checklist

When asked, “Are you ready for the baby to arrive?” many expecting parents begin to scan the list of things they still need to buy or the co-sleeper that still needs assembling. While having appropriate baby gear is essential, many other considerations and preparations can influence how the first weeks and months unfold with your newborn. The postpartum can be a delicate time – your lifestyle, relationships, and hormones will be changing. Consultations can help you set up appropriate support systems and get you mentally and emotionally prepared for this profound shift in lifestyle.

Welcoming Baby #2

So you’ve been in love with your first-born for a while now, and you’re excited that another baby is on the way, but you’re starting to wonder how the transition from one to two children is going to work.

  • Who will take care of your first-born when you go into labor?
  • How will you help your first-born ease into this big transition?
  • What will you do when the baby needs to nurse and your toddler needs your full attention?
  • Is the human heart really capable of loving two children equally?

Consultations can help you find answers to these types of questions and sustainable solutions for your growing family.

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Areas We Serve: 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, and Wilsonville, Oregon, and Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, WA

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, and Home Births in Portland, Oregon

Our Specialities: childbirth classes, 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, body positive, single parents, surrogacy, hospital birth, birth center birth, and home births in Portland, Oregon