Portland Certified Doula Kathy McLean

Kathy McLean, Portland Doula

Ever since I can remember, I have loved being around pregnant people and babies. That love is why I am here today doing my heart’s work as a doula. The transformation of a person into a parent is awe inspiring and something to celebrate. It is a time to honor birthing people and help guide them to their instinctual voice so they can make the best decisions possible about the upcoming birth and their baby. My hope is to empower you and be a source of compassionate enthusiasm every step of the way. I will also support your partner so they have the best birth experience possible. Together we will find which relaxation, physical, and emotional comfort measures are best for you and your partner. A birth plan can be created so everyone can be reminded of your preferences for you and the baby. 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 the birth to create the foundation necessary to raise a child. In addition to being a doula and business owner, I am the lucky mom of Maddie and Lucy (who have left the nest) and wife to my charming husband George for over 30 years. I love to cook, read cookbooks, and eat really good food. Pickleball is my new favorite activity and can’t get enough of it. Skiing comes in a close second.



DONA Certified Doula (Doulas Of North America)


DONA-approved Birth Doula training with Mother Tree Birth Services


DONA-approved Postpartum Doula training with Mother Tree Birth Services


Intensive 6 month internship through Mother Tree Birth Services


Trauma Informed Care training


Infant and Adult American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR AED Certified


Collaborative Practice and Professionalism Training through PDX Doulas at OHSU


Spinning Babies Training with Gail Tully


Providence Shadow Program with staff doulas


Oregon State Traditional Health Worker

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Kathy’s Testimonials

At first I’d never heard of a doula before and when I had met Kathy I was very intrigued by her work. Further along into my pregnancy she became family to us. Very informative and supportive and all together a great person. With my future pregnancies I wish for her to be by my side again. Even when it got complicated at the end she was there and helpful . . . Anybody who has the chance of having Kathy as their doula is a lucky person! Thank you so much Kathy for being my doula and becoming a part of the family. Couldn’t have done with you!

Ariana, Portland

Kathy is so wonderful. Kind, informative, compassionate and responsive. This was my first pregnancy and Kathy answered all of our questions as well as informed me of all of my options during the laboring process. She was supportive of all of my requests and wishes for delivery. She helped take the fear and turned it into such a joyful time for my partner and I. One of the things I loved most about Kathy’s service is how she helped my partner get so involved. She helped us both feel in control and as comfortable as possible . . . She has been a blessing throughout our journey and we are so thankful for her support as our doula. We highly recommend Kathy. Thank you so much for all that you do!

Leticia, Portland

Kathy was absolutely fantastic through the entire process of my son’s birth. My birth plan pretty much went out the window when I had to be induced at 41 weeks and I am so thankful to have Kathy by my side. She was my voice of reason and the perfect cheerleader. Despite pretty much nothing going as planned, my birthing experience was still a good one thanks to Kathy. She was fantastic after my son arrived as well. She was a huge support to me through our struggles to figure out breastfeeding. Words cannot express how thankful I am for everything she has done for us and I can’t wait for her to witness the birth of my next child.

Brianna, Vancouver

Let me tell you how AMAZING Kathy is! My husband and I are first time parents and had no idea what to do. Well let me tell you, getting Kathy was one of the best decisions that we ever made! She was there to comfort me and really help me through my labor. I honestly don’t know how I could have done it without her. SERIOUSLY! She took away my fears and made me feel like I could actually do it, like I could give birth . . . She did everything she could to make me more comfortable, we tried many different things and not only that but she has such a warm personality . . . She really gave me the confidence I needed to make it as far as I did. Thank you so much Kathy! You have no idea how much I appreciate everything you did for me and how much you helped me!

Justine, Portland

Kathy was so good to us! She met with us multiple times before birth, drove an hour at 3am to be at the hospital with us, took pictures and videos for us (cause we asked her to:), met with us twice after the birth, and checked in with us here and there after! She’s so knowledgeable, supportive, EMPOWERING, and does all of it from the bottom of her heart. So incredibly grateful!!

Amy, Hood River

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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, our wellness center studio & classroom rentals and a variety of additional doula services in Portland, Oregon