Our Full Doula Package Includes:
If you need some guidance on how to find the right doula, our matchmaker is there to help! She will be able to answer all of your questions and get a better understanding of what you are looking for in a doula to help you narrow down the options and ensure you interview with doulas who are likely to be a good fit.
Once some matches are made, interviews are set up so you can meet with the doulas, discuss their services and style, explore your reasons for wanting doula care, and determine who will be the best fit for you and your family.
A trusting relationship is the foundation of doula care. Prenatal visits provide a chance to build your relationship, talk about your hopes and goals, discuss hospital policies, create a personalized birth plan, review comfort measures, and much more.
Your doula is available via text, email, phone, and video as needed throughout the journey to answer your questions, provide reassurance, and help you weigh up your options.
Childbirth Education Classes
Birth First clients get to attend our Stages Of Labor Crash Course, Labor & Birth Techniques, and Live Q&A classes for free! These offerings ($160 value) are open to the entire Portland community and provide opportunities for education, community, and connection. Learn everything you need to know about the stages of labor, comfort measures, labor progression, and much more.
Newborn Care Classes
Birth First clients get to attend our Newborn Care Class, Newborn Feeding Class, and Newborn Sleep Class for free! These popular classes ($260 value) are open to the larger Portland community and taught by certified postpartum doulas from Bridgetown Baby and certified sleep trainers from Full Circle Sleep.
When you reach out, your doula will promptly reply. It’s so simple but so important to know that a compassionate and knowledgeable doula is just a text, phone call, or video away. Being on-call means your doula has her cell phone on at all times and she’ll answer her phone 24/7 once you reach 37 weeks.
In the unlikely event that your doula happens to be ill when you go into labor, Birth First has a wide net of back-up doulas to draw from so you’re sure to have the support you need. We’ve got you covered!
In-Home Early Labor Support
For those who want to labor in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible and avoid going to the hospital too soon, your doula’s presence can be especially reassuring and help get you into a rhythm that sets the tone for the entire journey. Your doula can normalize the labor process, keep things calm so you can feel safe and secure at home, offer tips on progression and comfort techniques, give your parter breaks, and help you determine when to transition to the hospital or birth center.
Hands-On Active Labor Support
During active labor at the hospital, birthing center, or home, your doula can assist with all of the following: normalizing the labor process for you and your partner; physical comfort techniques and coping methods; effective positioning and labor progression techniques; optimal fetal positioning; mental and emotional encouragement; support and coaching for your birth partner; facilitating communication with your medical team; making sure your voice and preferences are heard; taking photos if desired; and much more!
Immediate Postpartum & Breastfeeding Support
After your baby is born, your doula remains available for 1-2 hours to assist with breastfeeding, encourage family bonding, and remind pediatric staff of your newborn preferences and decisions.
Once you’re home and nesting in with your baby, your doula provides transitional support focused on processing the birth experience, discussing your transition into parenting, answering newborn care questions, reviewing your recovery, assisting with breastfeeding, and anything else you want to check in about or need resources for.
New Parent Nurturing Circles
Birth First clients can attend our weekly “Nurturing Circle For Growing Families” for free! This group offers a soft place for new parents to land and be in community with other new parents and babies. The group is facilitated by professional postpartum doulas and lactation consultants from Bridgetown Baby.
Discounts On Specialty Services
Birth First clients receive discounts on a variety of speciality services such as postpartum doulas, lactation consultants, massage, acupuncture, photography, and much more! These services are offered by some of the best prenatal and postpartum practitioners in town.
In addition to free attendance at our weekly New Parent Nurturing Circle, your doula is available for several weeks after delivery for informational support by phone, email, and text to help answer questions and provide you with excellent Portland-metro resources and referrals.
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Doula Service Locations: 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, Wilsonville, Oregon, and Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, Washington
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, Hillsboro Medical Center, WHA Midwifery Birth Center, Andaluz Waterbirth Center, Alma Birth Center, Canyon Birth Center, and Home Births in Portland, Oregon
Doula Service Specialities: birth doula service, childbirth & parenting classes, newborn classes, certified doulas, natural birth, unmedicated birth, vaginal birth, water birth, epidural assisted birth, birth advocacy, 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, home birth, and a variety of additional doula services in Portland, Oregon