Liz Haebe, Birth First Doulas

Liz Haebe, Portland Doula

I often tell the clients I’ve worked with that I don’t take being in the birth space with them lightly. I understand it is a privilege to witness such an intimate experience and I often find myself weeping right along with them when a new little one comes into the world. I am honored to work with a diverse group of families over the last few years, and while I have worked hard to gain knowledge and experience, I am humbled by how much I take away from the people who choose to work with me. This isn’t just a one-way relationship, rather, we can learn from each other and share in the twists and turns of birth and postpartum together. As a birth doula, I want it to be known that I am the doula for the whole family, and not just the birthing person. It is my duty to make sure that everyone has what they need to thrive in this setting, as well as all the information they need to make informed choices. I want the families I work with to trust that we are going through this time together and they will always have someone in their corner. As a postpartum doula, I want to make the transition easier for families whether that’s allowing everyone to eat a meal together without having to juggle a million things, or to get some much needed and well-earned rest. Being with those families just starting out has always been my heart’s calling and I’m honored to be able to work with you. 

I’m originally from Las Cruces, NM and came to Portland in 2007. I live at home with my dog, Brisket, my sister and her two terriers, so it’s a house full of little ones all day long! I am, also, a Childbirth Educator with the Birth First Education Center and Providence Hospital. In my free time, I love to read trashy romance novels, binge tv and movies, listen to entirely too much Taylor Swift, and sample the cuisine that Portland has to offer.

Training

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CAPPA Labor Doula Training

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Intensive 6-Month Internship with Mother Tree Birth Services

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Advanced Full Spectrum Doula Course with Cornerstone Doulas

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DONA Postpartum Doula Training with Mother Tree Birth Services

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Supporting Survivors Who Birth, Eri Guajardo Johnson and Cornerstone Doula Trainings

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Lamaze Childbirth Educator Training

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Certified OHA Traditional Healthcare Worker

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Collaborative Practice Advanced Doula Training

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Trauma Informed Care Training

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Seahorses And Unicorns, Transgender Birth Workshop

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Cultural Competency Training

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CPR/BLS Certified

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Pushing for the Pelvic Floor

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Acupressure For Doulas

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Gender Affirming Birthwork 101 and 201 w/Moss Froom

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Childbirth Educator 

Birth Doula Areas Of Specialty

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Unmedicated Birth

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Virtual/Remote Doula Support

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Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

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High Risk Pregnancy/Birth

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Medical Induction

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Single Parent Support

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Adoption

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LGBTQIA+ Families

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Body Positive

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Trauma Informed Birth Care

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Abortion Support

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Pregnancy or Infant Loss

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Survivors Of Sexual Abuse

Postpartum Doula Areas Of Specialty

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Cesarean Recovery

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Cooking

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Birth Processing/Birth Story Listening

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Trauma Informed Postpartum Care

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Postpartum Anxiety & Mood Disorders

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Nursery Set Up

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Supporting The Transition Back To Work

Liz’s Testimonials

“At no point did Liz balk at the hurdles and obstacles. She fielded anxious texts and phone calls at all hours. She set up zoom meetings and did a remarkable amount of virtual handholding through the steps I found overwhelming (which was everything – it was all overwhelming when you’re simultaneously coping with suddenly working at home, losing physical access to your support systems, and trying not to get sick and die). Liz consistently balanced her empathy for my experience and feelings with strategizing how to deal with the situations that helped keep my sanity and continue moving forward. The day that I was scheduled to be induced, my doctor called saying doulas were allowed back at the hospital. Top ten best phone calls of my life. In the delivery room, Liz was present, gentle, skilled, and supportive to both me and my partner. I joke that my little one waited to arrive until Liz could properly join us instead of hanging out on a video chat via laptop. I cannot say enough about her positive impact on this experience for my husband and I. Should we have another child in the future, I will be requesting Liz as our doula.”

MANDY, NE Portland

“Liz was incredible with my VBAC! She is warm, funny, and very passionate about helping you deliver your baby the way YOU want to without any judgement or reservations. I had a very fast and intense labor and Liz was very quick to meet me as I was being admitted into Labor & Delivery. I had discussed with her previously of wanting to have an all-natural VBAC and she was supportive all the way through. When I couldn’t think or breathe, she was there calmly guiding me through everything and helped me regain control. She was my voice to the nurses and midwives when I couldn’t speak because of the pain and exhaustion. I can honestly say that if it weren’t for her encouragement and support, I would’ve had a very different delivery.”

TINA, MILWAUKIE

“Liz became everything I needed before, during and ever after my son was born. She checked-in with me (as much or as little as I needed) before hand and was a supportive presence throughout the long 30+ hours of labor I endured. I had my husband and my mother in the room and being the nurturing person, I am, I knew that I would struggle with their needs vs. mine, and that’s where Liz stepped up. She tailored herself to my very specific needs: I needed someone to be with my mom and comfort her when I was unable to. I needed someone to make sure my husband drank and ate, when I was unable to. I needed someone to tell me everything was going to be ok, when I was unable to believe that. Liz was there for all of that and more. A week after our son was born and we were finally settled in our home trying to get into the new rhythm of newborn life, my husband reflected on the experience and said “I’m so glad Liz was there. I didn’t know what to expect but I’m so glad.” Sometimes you simply don’t know what you need until you’re in the moment and Liz was there for those moments of uncertainty.We will all look back at our birth experience for what it was: a unique and universal experience across the human experience but what made my birth so special was knowing Liz was there, watching over us and I am forever grateful.” 

ANDREA, NE PORTLAND

“Getting our doula Liz with Birth First Doulas was the best choice we did! We got a late start on our journey, starting just 2 weeks before our daughter was born. Rebecca did a great job matching us with Liz. My husband and I felt an instant connection with her and she made us feel supported and at ease. During labor, Liz was there the whole time with us (30+ hours!). She knew just what to do to help me feel comfortable. Liz was an amazing support for my husband as well. She was so easy to talk to and always made my husband and I feel we had a voice, a choice, and a laugh. We could not have felt more cared for during our time with Birth First Doulas, especially during covid times.”

mandy & MIKE, beaverton