Doula ClassesIn Portland, Oregon

We offer in-person doula classes and birth worker classes at the Birth First Education Center in SW Portland, just off of the I-5. Check out our class descriptions below!

Doula Classes
Doula Classes in Portland, Oregon

Acupressure For Doulas

In-Person Doula Workshop

This is a 2 hour workshop. Acupuncture has been used to aid birthing folks for thousands of years in birthing new life into this world. In this doula class, birth workers will learn some basics of Chinese medical theory, several acupressure points used in Chinese medicine to help in the weeks before and during labor, and have some hands-on practice implementing acupressure techniques to incorporate in birth settings.

Alyssa Schaffer is a licensed acupuncturist and NCCAOM certified herbalist in the state of Oregon who specializes in reproductive health, fertility, pregnancy, and postpartum care. She is a body positive practitioner who aims to foster a space of inclusion and comfort in her treatments for every body. She can be found practicing at Luna Wellness in NE Portland.

*Masks are required during this in-person class.
*Space is limited to 16 people.   

Teacher: Alyssa Schaffer

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $75 per person

Pushing To Protect The Pelvic Floor

In-Person Birth Worker Class

This is a 2 hour class for birth workers (doulas, midwives, nurses, etc.) and is taught by Dr Lisa Jewell, a Chiropractic Physician specializing in perinatal health here in Portland OR. In this class you will learn the anatomy and function of the pelvic floor, how to teach proper engagement and relaxation of the pelvic floor muscles, the correct biomechanics and optimal positions for your clients to be in during the pushing phase for to minimize pelvic floor damage. Postpartum healing recommendations and guidelines for return to exercise will be reviewed and a handout is included.

Lisa Jewell (DC) has been a practicing chiropractor in Portland, Oregon since 2015 and loves calling this area home. Originally from Wisconsin, she completed her Doctor of Chiropractic at Palmer West in San Jose, California. She fell in love with the West Coast and the more holistic approach people take to their health. Dr Lisa’s clinic, Jewell Chiropractic, has a uniquely tailored treatment style focusing not only on pain relief but whole body care, with special training in Webster technique, pelvic floor and core rehab therapy, birth prep as well as postpartum and breastfeeding support.

*Masks are required during this in-person class.
*Space is limited to 16 people.   

Teacher: Lisa Jewel, DC

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $75 per person

Taming Fears: Supporting Parents In Pregnancy & Birth

In-Person Birth Worker Class

This is a 4.5 hour workshop is for birth workers. In this class, you will engage with trauma-informed practices, gaining tools for having difficult conversations with parents about their fears in birth, helping them to explore ways to navigate the unknown and unwished-for, and to take action without attachment to outcome.

Christine D’Esposito (she/her) is a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator with over eighteen years of experience in the field of birth work. She first discovered Birthing From Within in 2003 at her first doula training. It was the concept of honoring birth as a rite of passage and a transformational experience for everyone involved that spoke to her most. Christine’s classes are taught through an inclusive and trauma-informed lens.

*Masks are required during this in-person class.
*Space is limited to 16 people.   

Teacher: Christine D’Esposito

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $185 per person

Building a Coping Mindset In Expecting Parents

In-Person Birth Worker Class

This is a 4.5 hour workshop is for birth workers and focuses on advanced techniques for teaching coping in labor and birth. You will learn and experience Birthing From Within’s foundational pain-coping practices, including ways to engage parents in using vocalization for labor.

Christine D’Esposito (she/her) is a certified Birth and Postpartum Doula and Childbirth Educator with over eighteen years of experience in the field of birth work. She first discovered Birthing From Within in 2003 at her first doula training. It was the concept of honoring birth as a rite of passage and a transformational experience for everyone involved that spoke to her most. Christine’s classes are taught through an inclusive and trauma-informed lens.

*Masks are required during this in-person class.
*Space is limited to 16 people.   

Teacher: Christine D’Esposito

Location: 7800 SW Barbur Blvd.#3, Portland Oregon 97219

Fee: $185 per person

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