For Doulas

Let us provide the structure so you can focus on the client.

A career as a doula is some of the most rewarding work you’ll ever do, but there are challenges unique to birth work that we feel are best addressed within a supportive community. Birth First believes in supporting the doula’s profession, family life, culture, and spirit, and we accomplish this by encouraging each doula to create a meaningful business that honors their values and accommodates their lifestyle. Our Birth First Doula community is committed to fostering sustainability, inclusion, and success through promoting, mentoring, and inspiring our doulas.

Our Agency Model

As an agency, Birth First Portland Doulas takes care of the business side of things and generates client leads so our doulas can do what they love most: care for their clients! In exchange for investing time and monetary resources into marketing, advertising, and back-end systems, Birth First Doulas collects a flat-fee from each client who hires a doula through the agency. Doulas who join the Birth First team sign on as Independent Contractors and enjoy the flexibility that accompanies this status while also reaping the benefits of a supportive structured community and steady stream of clients.

Our Mission

Birth First Portland Doulas’ mission is to positively impact the profound life transition of families during their birthing years, promote equity amongst birthing people and doulas, engage in anti-racism action, nurture the professional experience of doulas, and uplift the doula profession as a whole.

Our Values

Birth First Portland Doulas values non-judgemental support for every person and birth experience, supports families of all ethnicities, identities, and relationship styles, nurtures doulas both professionally and personally, fosters a spirit of community and abundance, and strives to communicate respectfully and mindfully.

*Wondering what steps we’re taking to achieve our mission and values? Please ask us – we’re an open book!

Mentoring & Continuing Education

As the owners of Birth First Portland Doulas, Rebecca and Brooke have a lot of experience to share! Together, we have 28 years of combined doula experience, have attended over 800 births, trained and mentored numerous doulas through MotherTree and Birthingway College, and taught a variety of continuing education classes for birth workers. When you join the Birth First Doulas team, you have access to the support and camaraderie of all the amazing doulas in our community, and for doulas who are interested in continuing education, Birth First will also periodically offer classes and workshops to enhance the doula skill set and enrich the doula experience.

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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

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