I’ve enjoyed assisting families through the childbirth journey since obtaining my doula certification from Birthingway College of Midwifery in 1998. Since then, I’ve attended over 600 births in the Portland metro area, take great pleasure in working with expecting parents and growing families, and teach the Labor Doula Workshop and Perinatal Psychology courses at Birthingway College of Midwifery.
Shortly after becoming a certified doula, I pursued a career as a homebirth midwife and completed three years of midwifery training and apprenticeship. I now apply those years of specialized midwifery training to my doula practice and bring the knowledge and skills of a midwife and childbirth educator to my doula work.
In 2008, I completed an M.A. in psychology with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, and since that time I’ve been working as a counselor in private practice. My experience as a counselor supplies my doula practice with a unique level of care and knowledge, and I have a special interest in counseling focused on the emotions, concerns, and transitions that arise during the childbearing year.
I’ve worked in all the hospitals in the Portland metro area, enjoy working collaboratively with hospital staff, and feel confident in my ability to successfully support a variety of labor and birth experiences including: natural childbirths, epidural assisted births, vaginal births after cesarean section (VBAC’s), water births, homebirths, and cesarean births.
Since 2010 I have lived and breathed pregnancy and birth, as a certified doula, childbirth educator, prenatal yoga teacher, and placenta specialist. I’ve been honored to provide doula services to nearly 200 families. I have advanced training in everything from Spinning Babies optimal fetal positioning and labor massage to trauma informed care, homeopathy and acupressure. I am committed to increasing the professionalism and effectiveness of doula care through training students, as a Co-Lead of the Mother Tree Doula Internship program.
The most empowering event of my life was the birth of my first child. The support and confidence we received from our amazing midwives and doula, the education we received in our childbirth classes, and the work we put into preparing for our baby’s birth ignited in me a passion for pregnancy and childbirth that cannot be extinguished.
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. As your childbirth educator, my goals are to help you get the tools you need to make informed decisions (prenatally and during labor and birth) and to find ease and empowerment in your birth journey. As your placenta specialist, I am honored to support your postpartum period through the ancient art of placenta processing.
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 women 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 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.
"My wife and I could not have been happier with Brooke and Rebecca as our doulas. They worked seamlessly together and we appreciated their different personalities but coordinated approach. They helped ease our anxieties leading into labor and brought support, guidance and warmth to what ended up being a lengthy labor. Plan on using them again if there is baby number two!"Sloan & Kate, SW Portland
I can't imagine going through a birth without a doula, and Brooke is a top notch one! My wife and I were looking for a doula who would be comfortable working with a same-gender couple, and Brooke expressed ease and comfort with us. She truly is oriented toward the couple, not just the birth mom, and we both felt incredibly supported through the entire experience. The tools she brings- her previous history as a midwife, her listening skills, her genuine compassion, her sense of calm, and even her photography skills were so appreciated. We had an unexpected C-section, and Brooke was wonderful at shepherding that event in a way that helped us come to terms with what was happening, and in the postpartum visits, to help us process and tell our story. I highly recommend her!Hilary & Jennie, Wilsonville
"I don't even know where to begin. Brooke and Rebecca's care was impeccable from the beginning. Communication was clear and prompt and my husband and I instantly felt we were in good hands at our first complimentary consultation session. They asked many questions of us and we of them. They were well organized and complete. We felt informed about every step of the process and in creating our (loose) birth plan. As I neared and passed my due date, induction became a hot topic. I was of advanced maternal age and with some of the stressors in my life I was feeling a bit of pressure to usher Matthew into this world. I had many a phone call with Brooke (who was to be on call for my labor) discussing pros and cons. She assured me she was on my team no matter what I chose to do. All in all, I don't know how I would have survived my birth without Brooke. I could not have asked for a better resource, advocate, or friend in this process. I would not do birth without Brooke or Rebecca, for sure!"Erika & Kevin, Camas
"I knew early on that I wanted a doula, but I wasn’t sure if I could find one that would respect my decision to have an epidural. When I first spoke with Brooke, I was immediately relieved by her open, non-judgmental style, and I knew she was the doula for me and my partner. We created a detailed birth plan and talked about the best stage of labor to get an epidural and how to avoid interventions like pitocin and cesarean. We followed our basic plan and it worked! I had a normal vaginal delivery with the comfort of pain relief, which was just what I wanted! I’m so thankful to Brooke for her good counsel and guidance, and her help with breastfeeding and newborn care was also invaluable for us."Joanne & Kim, Hillsboro
"We feel deeply grateful to have had Rebecca and Brooke by our side through pregnancy and birth. They were unfailingly present with support, guidance, and resources as we prepared for our daughter’s arrival, and our prenatal visits and (many!) texts gave me the confidence to let go of the anxiety I felt around labor and delivery. Their wisdom also helped us make choices that supported the type of birth that felt right for us and our baby. Even more helpful still was their gentle coaching on how to let go of control and be with the birth process as it unfolded. When it came time for our daughter to be born, labor went much faster than we expected. In the midst of that whirlwind, I remember so well the feeling of reassurance and safety I found in Brooke’s presence. She offered just the right words to help me trust in my intuition. So much of childbirth is out of our hands, but Brooke’s nurturing presence allowed me to believe in my ability to bring our daughter into this world safely and swiftly. A few months into motherhood, their postpartum encouragement continues to feel integral to our journey. As I reflect on becoming a parent, I cannot imagine birthing without the support of these two remarkable women. They are truly a gift and I look forward to calling on them again as our family grows."Emily & Meg, SE Portland
"Brooke and Rebecca were the best thing that happened during my pregnancy since we had a few medical issues along the way. They were amazing and super helpful, not only on the labor day, but prior to that as well. It was great to have all their support in this special moment!"Virginia & Pedro, NW Portland
"Brooke was our doula for both our daughters’ births, and we cannot sing her praises highly enough! As our doula, Brooke provided support, reassurance, and encouragement, in addition to being able to interface with hospital staff collaboratively and helpfully. We are so grateful to have shared two of the most profound life experiences with Brooke, and should we be blessed with a third babe, we would welcome the opportunity to work with her again."Lauren & Zach, Beaverton
"Having Brooke by our side, we felt completely supported every step along the way. It was comforting having someone present who we were familiar with since the hospital staff was all new to us. Since it was our first pregnancy, it was nice to have someone to call when we suspected labor was starting. We wanted to stay at home as long as possible and Brooke was willing to come to our home to be with us as soon as we wanted the extra support. Brooke and her doula partner, Rebecca, were so supportive throughout our whole pregnancy and always had answers, recommendations and resources for any question we had. Brooke has a calming presence that put us at ease and looked out for us at the hospital, which meant my husband and I were able to focus on each other and the experience. It took the stress off to have someone there who could interpret what was going on and answer any questions we had along the way, as well as provide pain management tips. We also found the postpartum support extremely helpful. From soothing tips, to the postpartum visit and parenting resources, we continued to feel fully supported as we navigated parenting. We highly recommend Brooke and Rebecca -- they're a doula power team."Beth & Kevin, North Portland
"Of all the things we did to prepare for the birth of our daughter, none was as valuable as hiring Brooke. During pregnancy, she answered all of our questions with ease and helped me accept and move through the intense thoughts and feelings that came up in me in those last weeks. Brooke’s words calmed and centered me during labor, and she intuitively knew what I needed each step of the way. She encouraged me and my husband to work together through contractions, and when we had to make a difficult decision, her knowledge and care made all the difference. She was an incredible source of strength and support for us, and we’re so happy she was there to help bring our daughter into the world."Morgan & Josh, Tigard
"I was fortunate enough to attend births with both Brooke and Rebecca as a baby nurse and knew I wanted to hire them even before our interview. As a nurse and doula myself I'm comfortable with the birth process but knew that it was unknown territory for my husband. Brooke and Rebecca did a beautiful job supporting us both through nine days of prodromal labor followed by a quick active labor. Their calm, reassuring presence was exactly what we needed. Rebecca came to our home to help us through some Spinning Babies maneuvers and to talk through our frustrations. Brooke attended our delivery and was such a soothing presence as contractions hit hard and I pushed out my big, beautiful girl exactly the way I had envisioned. My midwife was so impressed with Brooke that she asked for her card to refer other families and we gladly recommend this fantastic duo to any expectant parents."Johanna & Mac, SE Portland
"Throughout the pregnancy and birth, Brooke’s emotional support encouraged me. She was with me every inch of the way, and when I felt I couldn’t do it anymore, Brooke, with a few words, helped me to connect with the baby. This connection allowed me to find my inner strength, and then my son was born. Brooke knew how to be a part of the ring of support without taking away my husband’s involvement, and my midwife and nurses loved her, which was so important in creating the right environment. Brooke was outstanding and exactly what we hoped for!"
Ayelet & Sam, SW Portland
I can't say enough great things about Brooke! We would not have been able to manage an unmedicated birth without her guidance and support. She was cool and collected which kept my husband and me calm. My son's birth was better than I ever could have imagined or hoped. Brooke is the best investment in my health to date.Paige & Paul, N Portland
A true professional! I knew that I would hire her within the first 30 seconds, as she has an energy about her that is really incredible and warm. She was a tremendous source of strength for me when my due date came and went and I was extremely frustrated and had many decisions to make. During labor, Brooke's presence completely transformed my birth experience. Her calm and soft demeanor made every contraction more tolerable and I felt completely safe and cared for in her presence. As a nurse, it was of utmost importance to have a doula that worked well with the medical team and Brooke's professionalism and people skills allowed her to seamlessly mesh into the team. I will never have a baby without her.Korie & Stu, St. Johns
We can't say enough about what an amazing doula Brooke was for us in the birth of our second child - an all-natural successful VBAC at OHSU. She helped us think and talk through so many issues ahead of time, especially processing some of our previous birth experience and providing a wealth of information and resources. Brooke was so good at listening and tailoring her support to our needs, fears, and desires ahead of time, and she played an absolutely critical role in labor and delivery. She provided exactly the support I needed, and her calm, encouraging, knowledgeable presence enabled me to have an altogether empowering birth experience. I feel so fortunate to have been able to have Brooke by our side through it all and can't recommend her enough!Ann & Zach, SE Portland
Brooke supported my husband and I during the birth of our son and we can't say enough good things about that experience. Brooke's insight and intuition about what might feel best, or connect my husband and I more deeply during the birth process, or what type of pain relieving techniques might be most useful was incredibly valuable. Her presence brought a sense of security and calm to the labor and birth. Brooke also provided such kind and helpful support in the weeks before and after the birth and continues to be a source of wisdom when I am looking for baby or post-partum info. We recommend Brooke's services to anyone for a home, birth center, or hospital birth and will certainly hire her again in the future.Julie & Jeff, SE Portland
"My two experiences of childbirth were remarkable and empowering transitions. Brooke was my doula for both my sons’ births, and it’s impossible for me to recall the magic and amazement of delivering them without thinking of her too. Brooke’s endless patience with my endless questions, her sense of humor, compassion and respect, her confidence in my health and the health of my unborn sons, as well as her confidence in my ability to successfully deliver gave me so much comfort and belief in myself. Any family or woman who is able to work with Brooke during pregnancy and delivery will not only have second to none care, they won’t be able to imagine having the experience with anyone else."Polly & Patrick, N Portland
"My husband and I agree that hiring Rebecca and Brooke as our doulas was the best decision we made during my pregnancy. Rebecca and Brooke are experts in the field, tremendously kind, supportive, accommodating, and skilled. Having successfully guided so many births, nothing surprises them, and the experience and wisdom they are able to impart as a result helped us prepare long before the big day of. The day of our daughter's birth, Rebecca was on-call, and from start to finish she was amazing. I was able to have the unmedicated birth that I hoped for and cannot imagine having gone through that experience without her support. We know we would have gotten the same love and support from Brooke too had she been on call that day. We can't recommend these two ladies more highly."Meghan & Tim, NE Portland
"There is a peaceful, confident, and supportive aura about Brooke, and she is very knowledgeable and experienced. During prenatal visits, Brooke provided me with in-depth, unbiased information that allowed me to think through my options and make the right decision for myself and my baby. During the birth, there were some scary moments and Brooke was calming, reassuring and knowledgeable. She knew when to step in and when to stay in the background. She was politely assertive with hospital staff when I needed someone to speak up for me, and she had wonderful suggestions to ease the pain, help me relax, and be in the moment. I was also very happy with how Brooke included my husband and really encouraged us to be a team"Edith & Jeff, NW Portland
When we chose Brooke to be our doula, one of the reasons I leaned towards her was because I liked the way she connected with both my husband and me. I honestly thought he would need more support getting through our child's birth than me.Well, life works in funny ways. The birth plan we envisioned was turned upside down due to our baby being breech, so we went from preparing for a natural waterbirth to navigating a planned cesarean. I don't know what I would have done without Brooke's unflagging support, patience, accessibility and resourcefulness. Brooke was right by our side, making the experience far more tolerable and humane. She truly helped to make our birth experience the best it could possibly be, and we were blessed to have her in our corner.Hillary & Zach, NE Portland
My husband and I both felt very supported through the pregnancy, labor, and postpartum by Brooke - both individually, as a couple and as a family. Not only is she very knowledgable in the field of pregnancy, delivery, and postpartum, but her additional training and approach as a therapist makes her especially adept at understanding and supporting the emotional and psychological landscape of birth. In my experience, this inner aspect of pregnancy is as important as the physical, and Brooke helped us to navigate this terrain deeply, compassionately and knowledgeably. Brooke is a wonderful doula!Elizabeth & Roman, SE Portland