Doula Jobs In Portland, Oregon

We provide the structure so you can focus on the clients!

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 supported within a loving 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 in Portland, Oregon is committed to fostering sustainability, success, belonging and joy through promoting, mentoring, and inspiring the doulas on our team.

Our Agency Model

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 resources into marketing, advertising, back-end systems, and community building, Birth First Doulas collects a flat-fee from each client who hires a doula in our group. 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. If you are looking for a doula job in the Portland or Vancouver areas, we’d love to hear from you!

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, nurture the professional experience of doulas, engage in anti-racism and queer affirming action, and uplift the doula profession as a whole.

Our Values

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

Benefits Of Joining The Birth First Team

Clients

Enjoy a steady stream of clients to interview with and choose how busy you want to be.

Website

Your bio on the BFD website and affiliation with our name, logo, reputation, and credibility.

Contracts

BFD handles client contracts and money collection so you can focus on your client relationships.

Back-Up

Our built-in network of back-up doulas is always available so you’re covered if ever back-up is needed.

Community

Monthly team meetings to foster connection and camaraderie with like-minded doulas.

Space

We have a brick and mortar space in SW Portland for perinatal events, education, and gatherings.

Independence

You still run your own business, take work outside BFD, and schedule your off-call time.

Mentoring

6-month mentoring program for doulas who want it and monthly birth processing opportunities.

Classes

Clients get our entire line-up of childbirth education and newborn classes for free.

Becoming An Anti-Oppressive Organization

Racism and white supremacy are forces that have shaped all of us and need to be actively resisted and fought against. At Birth First Doulas, we are committed to becoming an anti-oppressive organization and fighting white supremacy culture in ourselves, others, and the systems with which we engage. Becoming an anti-racist organization is ongoing, long-term work and we are currently engaged in evaluating our policies, procedures, materials, and decision-making processes through an anti-oppressive lens. We are committed to learning and we are doing this work with help from the amazing team at the Courage of Care Coalition in order to build a more just, compassionate, and equitable workplace for doulas that reduces harm and values community and belonging.

Becoming A Queer Affirming Organization

For too long birth work and reproductive spaces have been dominated by cis-heteronormative cultures that exclude queer experiences and discriminate against the queer community. Birth First Doulas is dedicated to collective liberation and the affirmation of LGBTQ+ doulas and families. This requires ongoing education and learning, and we’re currently evaluating our policies, procedures, materials, and decision-making processes through a queer affirming lens in order to create a community of inclusivity that honors, respects, and celebrates people who identify along the queer spectrum.

Mentoring & Continuing Education

As the co-founders of Birth First Portland Doulas, Rebecca and Brooke have a lot of experience to share! Together, we have 30 years of combined doula experience, have attended over 900 births, trained and mentored numerous doulas through MotherTree and Birthingway College, and taught continuing education classes for birth workers. When you join the Birth First Doulas team, you have access to the support, camaraderie, and knowledge of all the amazing doulas in our community, and for doulas who are newer to the profession we offer a free 6 month mentoring program. Birth First will also periodically offer continuing education opportunities to enhance the doula skill set and enrich the doula experience.

Portland Doula Jobs & Mentoring

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