Meet Our Vancouver Doulas
While all Birth First Doulas attend births in both Portland and Vancouver, several of our doulas live in Vancouver and especially enjoy supporting families in that area. All of our birth doulas have completed certified trainings and we pride ourselves on creating an affirming space for every family style and configuration. Fees vary based on the doula’s experience level, number of births attended, and additional services offered.
As a doula, my goal is to be a calm and informed presence in the room providing comfort not only to the birthing person but also to the loved ones supporting the birth experience. My overarching intention as a doula is to stand beside the birthing person, support their beliefs and desires, and ensure that the memory of birth is positive and cherished so it can be looked back on fondly for a lifetime.
I often describe working with me like working with your big sister’s cool friend – there’s not much you could say that would shock me, I know all the best secrets, and I don’t bring any of the baggage your actual sister might. My sense of humor is dry and my approach is spiritually grounded and empathic. My intention is to provide families with the space and support to grow in the unique way that is right for them.
I am the oldest of eight children and have witnessed birth since the age of nine. I am a mother of three and come from a Palestinian American background. I am partly bilingual, speaking Arabic and English, and I’ve spent my life traveling to and from the Middle East. I take great pride in working with the BIPOC community and firmly believe that knowledge is power.
The act of childbirth is jaw dropping every time, and as your doula, I am here to support you so you can fully appreciate the wonder of your own birth story. I want to listen to your expectations and help fill in the gaps of the unknown so you can feel empowered entering the hospital. My goal is to advocate for you in any way I can and explore the options that will give you the most positive birth experience.
My goal is for each client to feel supported in their personal experience, recognizing that each labor journey has its own unique path to birth. My background in massage therapy allows me to offer soothing comfort touch to clients and hold space for the emotional components that may arise. I also truly enjoy sharing resources and handouts to help clients learn as much as they may want.