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 Portland Doulas believes in supporting the doula’s profession, her family life, and her spirit, and we accomplish this by encouraging each doula to create a meaningful business that accommodates other important aspects of her life. Our Birth First Doula community fosters sustainability, satisfaction, and success by 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, to nurture the professional experience of doulas who work with us, and to uplift the doula profession as a whole.

Our Values

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

Mentoring & Continuing Education

As the owners of Birth First Portland Doulas, Rebecca and Brooke have a lot of experience to share! Together, we have 26 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 not only have access to the support and camaraderie of our other great doulas but there are also built-in opportunities for mentoring with Rebecca and Brooke so you can ask questions about running your doula business, working with complex cases, and finding sustainable paths forward. 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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Areas We Serve: 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, and Wilsonville, Oregon, and Vancouver, Camas, Washougal, WA

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, WHA Midwifery Birth Center, Andaluz Waterbirth Center, Alma Birth Center, Canyon Birth Center, and Home Births in Portland, Oregon

Doula Services Specialities: childbirth classes, natural birth, unmedicated birth, vaginal birth, water birth, epidural assisted birth, 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, and doula services for home births in Portland, Oregon