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Found 5 Pros in Hillsboro, OR, USA | Birth doula support
EXPERIENCE
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Families served
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Birth fee
$0 $7500
HOURLY RATE
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Ashley Stetson

Portland, OR

2 reviews • 270 families supported • 9 years experience

2 reviews • 270 families supported • 9 years experience

I have been a Birth Doula for 9 years, attending 270+ births. I started birth work after the birth of my triplets in 2011. They ignited a fire in me to help families have positive birth experiences. I love natural birth and community birth but it is just as important to support families choosing or needing more medical options. I have a passion for families expecting multiples, VBAC parents and LGBTQ+ families. I have also been teaching HypnoBirthing with The Birth Education Center since 2013.

Care philosophy

My goal as a Doula is to help families turn on their inner advocate. To help connect to evidence based information and tools to create a positive experience. I love learning what comfort measures work best for each family.

Areas served

  • Hillsboro, Or
  • Vancouver, Wa
  • Beaverton, Or
  • Tigard, Or
  • Aloha, Or
  • Cornelius, Or

Reviews

  • Heather
    June 7, 2022 at 4:28 am | Peer review

    Ashley is the most amazing human and doula I have ever met. Her knowledge of the birth world blows my mind every day! She’s incredibly compassionate and her clients adore her. Ashley trusts birth, trusts the people who give birth, and knows how to create an environment to let birth happen with out trauma.

$ flexible
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Lindsay Thomas

Portland, OR

3 reviews • 9 families supported • 2 years experience

3 reviews • 9 families supported • 2 years experience

My journey as a birth worker all started when I became pregnant with my son Sage. My husband and I were so thrilled at the thought of becoming parents. I decided fairly quickly that I wanted to have a homebirth. It was such a spiritual experience. I didn’t know the strength and endurance I had in me to birth my son. Just knowing what power every single person possesses in bringing their baby's earthside was so profound and magical to me. I soon right after became obsessed with everything that had to do with womb wellness, fertility, pregnancy, birth, and herbal support. I knew right away that I wanted to utilize my compassion and energies on supporting parents in every way I could, especially in the postpartum period. I joined a labor doula workshop at Birthingway College of Midwifery in the summer of 2019 and the Doulas of Color Business Workshop beginning of 2020 to learn more. Shortly after joining, I decided to start my own practice and that is when Hózhó Doula Care was born. I was born and raised in Tulsa, Ok, and have lived in Portland for the past 9 years with my husband, my son Sage, and 2 cats, Bev and Carol. I am a Diné adszáán (Navajo woman) who is strongly passionate about herbal support, anything wellness, reproductive health, and justice. I come from a strong lineage of Diné who have passed down to me what it is to be an Indigenous person in this modern world we live in now and how balance is key to life.

Care philosophy

My approach is a fusion of Holistic, Spiritual, and with Evidence-Based Information Birth is 100% spiritual and physiological. You are bringing another life through from a spiritual portal, you and your baby work together to do this. That alone is such a transcendent interconnected journey. Not one birth is the same, each is different and unique, your story is yours and yours alone.

Areas served

  • Portland Metro
  • Vancouver

Reviews

  • Jacy
    April 6, 2021 at 3:52 pm | Client review

    My son was born on Christmas Day and Lindsey was right there with us.

$ flexible
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Ali Buchanan

Portland, OR

3 reviews • 5 families supported • 5 years experience

3 reviews • 5 families supported • 5 years experience

Ali Buchanan (she/her) is a certified postpartum doula and a trained full spectrum doula where she is honored to work with parents and families to transition into their new roles before and after birth. She's also Executive Assistant to the Dr. Rebecca Dekker of the Evidenced-Based Birth community to provide current research and best practices in order to empower and educate families across the globe. Before answering her calling to birth work, Ali completed a BA in Psychology from Miami University and went on to obtain her MS degree from Eastern Illinois University in Higher Education, where she focused her thesis on Ethnic Lesbian Identity Development within the African American and Latinx communities. In 2015, Ali experienced her ideal first pregnancy and birth but had a devastating postpartum experience leading her to become a postpartum doula helping other moms transition into their new roles. After moving to Portland and finding an amazing community, she continued her education during the pandemic to become a full spectrum doula! She has a passion for working with underrepresented communities, advocating for mental health/self-care, and empowering others to be their best selves in a non-judgmental supportive way!

Care philosophy

The birthing & postpartum period is sacred & transformational. I am honored to be part of your parenting journey. I focus on unbiased, client-centered support and evidence-based care to help you feel empowered in your decisions and parenting goals. My mission is to support your emotional, mental, and physical well-being while holding space for you & your partner as you navigate your new family.

Areas served

  • Portland, Tigard, Tualatin
  • Beaverton, Vancouver (WA)
  • Newburg, Sherwood, Wilsonville

Reviews

  • Jamie
    February 1, 2021 at 2:51 pm | Peer review

    As a mom of three, a birth doula, and childbirth educator, here is what I know: You want Ali on your birth team.
    Even if you read all of the books in preparation or had the most perfect birth experience – becoming a parent is a challenging rite of passage for all of us. It’s impossible to know what you will need most in your postpartum experience until you are holding baby in your arms and living the reality that you were only dreaming and guessing about before. Fun plot twist? Those needs can change multiple times a day in those first few weeks.
    Ali’s compassion, wisdom, and leadership are exactly what every new parent needs in their life. Ali shows up with a wholehearted and authentic passion for supporting families in this stage of life – fueled by her own personal motherhood journey and her commitment to learn the art and science behind quality postpartum doula work.
    I know that if you add Ali to your birth team, you will experience what I have: a friend that listens in a way that makes you feel fully seen and validated, a generous sharing of confidence and grit that will inspire you to persevere in the face of challenge, and if the moment calls for it a smile and laugh that will make you remember that you haven’t always been a sleep-deprived new parent trying to figure out how to make it through the day.
    Ali is equal parts inspiration and encouragement and generously provides the exact kind of energy women need as they transition into motherhood.

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Barb Buckner Suárez

Portland, OR

0 reviews • 2000 families supported • 22 years experience

0 reviews • 2000 families supported • 22 years experience

I'm a mother to four children and happily married to my partner of 23 years! I work with families all along their parenting journey: from, "We think we want to have a baby" to "Help - the baby screwed up our relationship!" My passion is supporting families through pregnancy, birth and parenting by providing current, evidence-based information & comfort measures for labor and birth, skills to survive The 4th Trimester, and a blueprint for how to continue to grow a family that thrives over the long-haul. All of this happens either through group classes or private sessions. I have limited availability to provide labor and birth services as a doula. My couples coaching and connection sessions can happen at any point along the parenting journey. This work is my passion and what I'm supposed to be doing with this one wild and precious life of mine. I'd love to be of service to you!

Care philosophy

As a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, a Doula, a Certified Becoming Us Facilitator, a Couples Connection Educator and a Couples Coach, I believe that making the decision to start a family is a HUGE life transition - and no matter how birth unfolds, what matters most is the connection you share as you welcome your baby into this world. Baby-proofing the couple relationship is my specialty!

Areas served

  • Portland
  • Beaverton
  • Gresham
  • Lake Oswego
  • Tualatin
  • Vancouver, WA
$ flexible
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Jessica Nocket

Wilsonville, OR

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

0 reviews • 5 families supported • 1 years experience

My goal is to provide care and love to everyone that needs it during this special time. I would love to, eventually, start a non-profit offering birth and postpartum care to support many family situations, and support children being born in a stress-free environment, with love and good health.

Care philosophy

My care philosophy is to provide support for all families. I understand the many birth and postpartum options available and support the use of them all. If you want a natural birth or medicated birth, to breastfeed or formula feed, are a christian female or a unicorn birther, a person living with disabilities, struggling through a difficult pregnancy or postpartum experience - I support you.

Areas served

  • Greater Portland and Salem areas

Doula Services: FAQs

A doula is a professional that provides emotional, physical and educational support to new parents before, during, and after childbirth and into the early postpartum period. Doulas are companions who strive to give families a safe, positive, and healthy labor experience. They provide parents with evidence-based information and education on childbirth and are someone who the parent can turn to with questions and concerns about having a baby. Doulas also take an active role in collaborating with the parent to create a birth plan.

A certified birth doula offers advice and techniques to help reduce the stress that the parent often experiences during childbirth and provides you with education about different aspects of delivery and labor and what comes after.

There are two ways you can hire a doula through Meela in Hillsboro, OR.  

You can browse through the available doulas in Hillsboro, OR and send the doulas you are interested in a message, introducing yourself and setting up an interview. We recommend interviewing at least three before hiring your top doula.

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While the cost of a doula can vary based on experience and the services offered, you can expect the average cost of a doula in Hillsboro, OR to be $992, which is the average cost of a doula in the state of Oregon. The cost of a doula in Hillsboro, OR can range from $827 to $1,158. These costs are based on a representative group of 283 doulas surveyed by Meela across the state of Oregon. The average cost of a doula in Oregon is about the same as the U.S. national average cost of a doula, which is $971.

When hiring a birth doula in Hillsboro, OR, you and your doula will discuss and agree upon a fee structure, and your doula will send you itemized invoices through Meela, which you can pay securely through the app.

Some insurance companies will cover all or part of the cost of hiring a doula. Contact your insurance company to find out if they offer any coverage for hiring a doula; not all insurance companies do.

You can hire two types of doulas in Hillsboro, OR: a birth doula and a postpartum doula. The birth doula is during your pregnancy and through the birth of your child. They provide you with emotional, physical and educational support during your pregnancy, your labor and delivery and for the first few hours after your child is born.

A postpartum doula will support you for the first few weeks after the baby is born. They provide in-home assistance, including teaching you how to take care of your newborn, acting as lactation consultant, and can provide some night nanny services.

Yes, a birth doula can provide support during a Cesarean birth and delivery. Doulas are non-medical professionals and do not replace obstetricians, physicians, midwives or nurses. They are an additive member to the team and provide emotional, physical and informational support to the birthing parent, partner and family. It is up to you whether the certified doula can remain in the operating room during the procedure.

When you hire a doula in Hillsboro, OR, your services typically include several in-person prenatal sessions, 24/7 phone and text support, full attendance throughout your labor, and several hours of support immediately following your birth.

A doula in Hillsboro, OR can help you in any kind of birth. Certified doulas are able to assist parents in creating the ideal “birth environment” and help parents deliver their baby safely. A doula can provide support during the birth whether it occurs in a hospital, a home, or another birth center of some kind. Doulas are there to support you in your desired birth preferences, whether that is a preference for natural, non-medicated, assisted, C-section or anything else.

Certified doulas can also act as a liaison between you and hospital staff regarding your childbirth expectations and preferences. For example, if your preference is to have a non-medicated birth, a doula can help guide you through that process and create a personalized birth plan. A certified doula in Hillsboro, OR does not replace medical staff (such as your obstetrician and nurses).

When a surgical procedure is required, there are some situations in which a birth doula can also remain in the operating room, although this is not an expected obligation. A certified birth doula can also assist hospital staff to improve the overall birthing experience. A doula in Hillsboro, OR will typically stay with the parents for several hours after birth to help them with birth recovery.

Evidence suggests that a birth doula in Hillsboro, OR can help improve parent satisfaction with their baby’s birth and delivery. The involvement of a doula can also lead to shorter deliveries with less complications.

Recent studies show that parents who have a support person like a doula by their side throughout labor and childbirth are more likely to:

  1. Give birth without the need for pain medicine
  2. Describe their birth experience in a positive way
  3. Give birth without the need for medical intervention, such as C-sections or vacuum delivery
  4. Experience a shorter labor

You can hire a doula early in your pregnancy to allow you time to get to know each other and to begin planning for your later trimesters, labor, birth, and aftercare. It is ideal to hire a doula when you are around 20 weeks along, but you can start looking for one before that.

It is never too late to hire a doula in Hillsboro, OR; you have right up to your due date to find a doula near you and receive all the benefits of doula support.

While many people think that a doula and a midwife are the same thing, their educational background and job duties are different. Doulas are non-medical professionals who provide emotional, physical and educational support, while also offering actionable advice and guidance to new parents about how to nurture their baby.

A midwife is a certified nurse-midwife (CNM) or a certified midwife (CM). CNMs are medical professionals that are certified and licensed by the American College of Nurse-Midwives. CMs are also certified, but they do not have nursing backgrounds.

Doulas are not medical professionals; they focus on the emotional support for the parents and the family before, during, and after the birth of the baby. Their job is to provide information, advice, and support to the family not diagnose any medical conditions or provide medical advice.

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