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About Brooke Noli

I’ve delighted in assisting families through the childbirth journey since becoming a certified doula back in 1999. In the 20 years since then, I’ve attended over 600 births in the Portland metro area, worked in all the local hospitals and birth centers, and supported a wide range of birth experiences. I currently also train student doulas, provide newer doulas with mentorship and supervision, and teach continuing education classes for birth workers. I first began my journey into this work as a birth doula but pretty quickly got onto the midwifery track. After three years of midwifery training, it became clear that what I loved most was the unique support role that only doulas can offer, so I wholehearted embraced my doula practice again. As my interest in the psychological aspects of birth grew, I was inspired to get a graduate degree in psychology, and, since 2008, I’ve been offering counseling services focused on the emotions, concerns, and transitions that arise during the childbearing year. My midwifery, counseling, and teaching experience supply my doula practice with a unique level of expertise and understanding that I would love to share with you and your family and that I share with everyone at Birth First Doulas, which I co-own with Rebecca Durlin Smith.

PARTNERSHIP MODEL
I work in a doula partnership with Rebecca Durlin Smith. Together we have attended over 800 births and bring 25 years of birth experience to share with our clients. Hiring one doula means hiring both of us and receiving the benefits of a doula team, which includes drawing from each of our extensive knowledge bases, knowing that if one doula is away the other doula is still available, and having the reassurance that a fresh doula is available if your labor lasts a while and your other doula starts getting fatigued. You basically get two doulas for the price of one, and our clients love the continuity of care that this model ensures.

TRAINING
√ Doula Certification from Birthingway College of Midwifery, 1999
√ Midwifery training and apprenticeship at Birthingway College of Midwifery, 2000-2003
√ Postpartum Doula Workshop at Birthingway College of Midwifery, 2004
√ Certificate in Process Oriented Psychology from the Process Work Institute, 2003-2005
√ MA degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from Northcentral University, 2005-2008
√ Trauma informed care, perinatal psychology, rebozo, acupressure

 

About Rebecca Durlin Smith

The most empowering event of my life was the birth ofPage-1-2 my first child. The support and confidence we received from our amazing medical team and doula, plus the work we put into preparing for our baby’s birth, ignited in me a passion for pregnancy and childbirth that cannot be extinguished. Since 2010 I have lived and breathed pregnancy and birth –  to date I’ve been honored to provide doula services to over 250 families. In addition to being a certified doula, I am also a childbirth educator, prenatal yoga teacher, placenta specialist, co-lead of the Mother Tree Doula Internship program, and co-owner of Birth First Portland Doulas. I am committed to increasing the professionalism and effectiveness of doula care through training students and developing doulas. As your certified doula, I am honored to help you build and grow the strength, confidence, and joy available to you through your birth experience. I work together in a doula partnership with Brooke Noli, which means you hire us as a team and enjoy all the benefits of having two experienced doulas at your fingertips.

PARTNERSHIP MODEL
I work in a doula partnership with Brooke Noli. Together we have attended over 800 births and bring 25 years of birth experience to share with our clients. Hiring one doula means hiring both of us and receiving the benefits of a doula team, which includes drawing from each of our extensive knowledge bases, knowing that if one doula is away the other doula is still available, and having the reassurance that a fresh doula can always arrive if your labor lasts a while and everyone is getting fatigued at the same time. You basically get two doulas for the price of one, and our clients love the continuity of care that this model ensures.

TRAINING
√ Birth Doula & Childbirth Educator Certification through The Bradley Method
√ Doula Certification through Doulas of North America (DONA)
√ Pre/postnatal Yoga Certification through Britt Fohrman
Spinning Babies/optimal fetal positioning, acupressure, trauma informed care, labor massage
√ UT Austin, B.A. Geography/Environmental Resources, Anthropology Minor

 

About Alicia Edeline

Being of service to others is my passion, and that passion has found a home in supporting families as they welcome new life into this world. As a birth and postpartum doula, I provide physical, emotional, informational, and spiritual support in a thoughtful and compassionate manner throughout each phase of the process. I love meeting you where you are and simply being a companion to where you are headed. My wish for you throughout your childbearing experience is that you find strength, courage, confidence, and intuition and carry that forward.Your life experiences may influence how you are feeling about your pregnancy, birth, specific needs and type of support you desire. Through prenatal planning and our discussions, we will discover what you and/or your partner may need and how I can best support you through this transformative life event. I am experienced in comfort touch, optimal fetal positioning, rebozo, mindfulness, homebirth, highly medical/high risk pregnancy, hospital birth, home birth, water birth, VBAC and more. This is your journey, this path belongs to you to walk, to choose, to learn and to grow.Born and raised in a small town in the Sierra Foothills of Northern California, the importance of family and community were instilled in me at an early age. My life path didn’t immediately lead me to birth work, I first studied linguistics and German in Chico, CA before making my move to the “big city” landing a job in the corporate world. In between supporting new families and individuals, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Kevin, and my two dogs.

PARTNERSHIP MODEL
To best serve you, I often work in a partnership with Bri Dewey to provide the benefits of a doula team. These benefits include two unique sets of knowledge, experience, and styles, constant doula support in the event of an extended labor, and continuity of care (built-in back-up if one of us is not available). You get two doulas for the price of one, and visits with us are always a fun time!

TRAINING
√ DONA-approved Birth Doula Training with Mother Tree Birth Services

√ DONA-approved Postpartum Doula Training with Mother Tree Birth Services
√ Lamaze-approved Childbirth Educator Training with Mother Tree Birth Services
√ Intensive 6 month internship through Mother Tree Birth Services
√ Basics of Lactation Management for Doulas
√ Babywearing for Birth Professionals with Adjoyn
√ Trauma Informed Care with Brooke Noli
√ Infant and Adult American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED Certified
√ Collaborative Practice and Professionalism Training through PDX Doulas at OHSU

 

About Bri Dewey

Pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding are normal, healthy, beautiful, and awesome! But that doesn’t mean they are easy. As a doula, my role is to be an open-minded support person for you and your partner as you forge your way through this vulnerable and transformative time. I aim to provide a safe space to talk, evidence-based information, and customized tips that will guide you through the process. You already have coping styles and tools within you, and I can help you tap into them when right when you most need them. I can also assist you and your partner through reassurance (normalizing and framing what’s happening), comfort techniques (positioning, movement, and touch), information (reviewing your options), and hopefully some humor and laughter (if you’re into that). I believe that birth and early parenthood experiences influence how we feel about ourselves and how we parent, which has far-reaching impacts on our society. I want you to feel like the strong and amazing human that you are when you reflect on your unique birth story. My wish is for your journey to be as empowering and joyful as possible, and I would be honored to be a part of your team. My obsession with all things pregnancy, birth, and postpartum started long before I considered becoming a parent, and upon becoming a mother I learned that my passion was not satiated by my own experience but ignited by it! Originally from sunny Colorado, I came to Portland on a whim in 2007. Prior to birth work, I was a trainer and project manager at a staffing firm, a psychometrician at a forensic psychology practice, and a bartender. I live in Southwest Portland with my hilarious husband Ross, our two little humans, and our cuddly cat. If I have spare time, you might find me listening to podcasts about true crime, talking about placentas, enjoying the amazing food at local eateries, tackling heaps of laundry, or strolling the aisles of Target like I’m made of money.

PARTNERSHIP MODEL
I work in a doula partnership with Alicia Edeline. Hiring one doula means hiring both of us and receiving the benefits of a doula team. These benefits include two unique sets of knowledge, experience, and styles, constant doula support in the event of an extended labor, and continuity of care (built-in back-up if one of us is not available). You get two doulas for the price of one, and visits with us are always a fun time!

TRAINING
√ DONA-approved Birth Doula Training with Portland Doula Love
√ DONA-approved Postpartum Doula Training with Mother Tree Birth Services
√ Intensive six-month internship with Mother Tree Birth Services
√ ICEA-approved Childbirth Educator Training with Portland Doula Love
√ Basics of Lactation Management for Doulas
√ Babywearing for Birth Professionals with Adjoyn
√ Collaborative Care Advanced Doula Training with PDX Doulas
√ Trauma Informed Care Training with Brooke Noli
√ Spinning Babies Training with Tammy Ryan
√ Placenta Specialist
√ Adult and Pediatric CPR / First Aid / AED Certification

 

About Atika Hagen

As the daughter of a midwife, some of my first memories are of babies making their way into the world, and I enjoy cultivating a safe space for women and their partners as their family expands to welcome another member. I’ve always been drawn to working with people and find my best self when helping others. I’m a genuine and curious person, always wanting to support families in ways that are authentic and meaningful. In addition to being a birth doula, I’m also a postpartum doula with Bridgetown Baby and training to be a Certified Sleep Consultant. My original training is as an artist and I earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in photography and book arts at Oregon College of Art and Craft. My doula work is an extension of this orientation, combining attention to detail with an appreciation of the beauty of life in all its forms, from the mundane to the transcendent. I am the mother of two amazing boys who do a great job of keeping me on my toes, and when I’m not working, I can be found at the climbing gym, practicing the ukulele, or adventuring with my family through the many parks and puddles in Portland.

PARTNERSHIP MODEL
I work in a doula partnership with Camilla Rae and we work as a team to serve you.

TRAINING
√ DONA-approved Birth Doula Training with Portland Doula Love
√ Postpartum Doula Training with Birth Arts International

√ Postpartum Doula at Bridgetown Baby
√ Certified Sleep Consultant Training with Family Sleep Institute (in progress)
√ Trauma Informed Care Training with Brooke Noli

 

About Camilla Rae

With over 20 years of infant care experience, it wouldn’t be an understatement to say I am passionate about birth, parenting, and all things baby. Working with expanding families during the perinatal year continues to deepen my love for this calling. I am drawn to birth by a deep seated belief that gentle and thoughtful beginnings have the power to heal. I started my higher educational career at Reed College studying sociology with an emphasis on social justice and diversity. So it should come as no surprise that in my spare time I love nerding out to the latest research on pregnancy and keeping up to date on modern and traditional birth practices. In February of 2018,  I welcomed my first child, Maverick, into my family. His presence has been a welcome reminder to slow down and rediscover wonder. I enjoy sewing, traveling and spending time in community.

PARTNERSHIP MODEL
I work in a doula partnership with Atika Hagen and we work as a team to serve you.

TRAINING
√ DONA Approved, Birth Doula Training at MotherTree
√ Metta Lineage Doula Apprenticeship
√ Project Nurture Doula in association with CODA
√ Lactation Update for Birth Professionals with Melissa Cole
√ Placenta Encapsulation Specialist
√ Cornerstone Childbirth Education
√ Yoga Way to Birth training for practitioners
√ Supporting Survivors Throughout the Childbearing Years with A Safe Passage
√ Finding Pleasure in Labor, Birth, & Postpartum with Julia Jones and Debra Pascali-Bonaro
√ Abortion Doula Training with Bay Area Doula Project
√ Adult and Infant CPR, AED, and First Aid Certified
√ Neonatal Resuscitation Training with Karen Strange
√ INNATE Postpartum Community Education Series with Rachelle Garcia Seliga
√ INNATE Postpartum Ancestral Grief & Healing with Rachelle Garcia Seliga
√ INNATE Postpartum Advanced Training with Rachelle Garcia Seliga (complete December 2019)
√ Family Sleep Institute Child Sleep Consultant (certification in June 2019)

 

About Kathy McLean

Ever since I can remember I’ve loved being around pregnant people and babies. That love is why I am here today doing my heart’s work as a doula. The transformation of a person into a parent is awe inspiring and something to celebrate. It is a time to honor birthing people and help guide them to their instinctual voice so they can make the best decisions possible about the upcoming birth and their baby. My hope is to empower you and be a source of compassionate enthusiasm every step of the way. I will also support your partner so they have the best birth experience possible. Together we will find which relaxation, physical, and emotional comfort measures are best for you and your partner. A birth plan can be created so everyone can be reminded of your preferences for you and the baby. As your doula, I will help guide you to the outcome you are hoping for and help navigate when uncertainty presents itself. I believe that all families need support before, during, and after the birth to create the foundation necessary to raise a child. In addition to being a doula and business owner, I am the lucky mom of Maddie and Lucy (who have left the nest) and wife to my charming husband George for over 30 years. I love to cook, read cookbooks, and eat really good food. Pickleball is my new favorite activity and can’t get enough of it. Skiing comes in a close second.

TRAINING
√ DONA-approved Birth Doula training with Mother Tree Birth Services
√ DONA-approved Postpartum Doula training with Mother Tree Birth Services
√ Intensive 6 month internship through Mother Tree Birth Services
√ Trauma Informed Care training
√ Infant and Adult American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR AED Certified
√ Collaborative Practice and Professionalism Training through PDX Doulas at OHSU
√ Spinning Babies Training with Gail Tully
√ Providence Shadow Program with staff doulas
√ Oregon State Traditional Health Worker

 

Our Doula Philosophy

  • We believe in honoring the labor and birth experience as a transformative life event.
  • We believe there are as many ways to give birth as there are pregnant people in the world, and that a doula’s role is to encourage and unfold your distinct birthing style while offering complimentary suggestions and information.
  • We believe it’s a doula’s job to support and encourage the couple’s relationship before, during, and after the birth process so that their entry into parenthood is accompanied by a sense of teamwork and success.
  • We believe that every family is unique, and that a doula needs to understand and respect your family’s beliefs, preferences, communication styles, and coping techniques in order to provide you with the individualized care you deserve.
  • We believe that birth’s journey can sometimes be unpredictable and mysterious, and that a sense of openness, flexibility, and reverence may be needed.
  • We believe in and practice informed consent and offer parents balanced information about the risks and benefits of procedures so that they can make well-informed decisions about what’s right for them.
  • We believe that all families deserve the additional support of a caring and knowledgeable birth doula, who will help them navigate the experience of labor and birth with greater ease and confidence.