our doulas

meet the team

We're more than just postpartum doulas.

We're Newborn Care Specialists. We're Infant Sleep Specialists, and we're postpartum doulas. This combination allows a higher level of infant care training mixed with nurturing support for your family, and most importantly professional sleep support from day one.

All of our Doulas and Newborn Care Specialists are 100% committed to the work they do. They also each have their own unique specialties and traits, while also working cohesively with one another. support.

Our doulas are NOT hobbyists - we take our work seriously, and are well-trained and care deeply about what we do. Supporting families during the childbearing year is our business, but it’s also our passion. All of our doulas are experts.

We personalize our support.

Tiffany, our owner, speaks with each family interested in working with us, learning about them as individuals, hearing their anticipated needs, and gaining insight into the uniqueness of each family. She will help match you with doulas, coordinate schedules so you don't have to. Ensuring the highest quality of personalized care is one of our values.

We proudly support all birth plans, family structures, and parenting philosophies.

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Leja

MEET LEJA

  • Newborn Care Specialist
  • Postpartum/Twins Doula
  • Infant Sleep Support
  • Birth Doula

 

As your doula, my goal is to help you prepare for birth and parenthood in as many ways as possible. I support the choices that express the needs of you and your family by cultivating your own knowledge, self-awareness, and motivation as well as providing you and your partner with my full support and gentle guidance throughout the entire journey of birth to parenthood.

 Ways my friends describe me are, relate-able, loyal, self-aware, grounded, nurturing, trustworthy, strong and positive smart-ass. I love to laugh!
My doula journey started in 2015 at Birthingway College of Midwifery here in Portland. Embracing birth doula work and life, I quickly moved on to learning how to continue supporting families as a postpartum doula. I have continued to grow my experience working with families as well as valuable trainings. Today I am grateful to be a board member for the Oregon and Portland Doula Associations facilitating doula education, legislation & connections within the birthing community.
 
When I'm not doing birth work, I'm busy being mama to my one & only kind-hearted & outgoing little girl. We love finding new places to hike and explore with our dog. Summer days will usually find us playing in our favorite swimming hole and picking berries. I enjoy preserving the harvest and strive to live in a sustainable manner. I cannot live without music, all kinds, seriously. As your doula, I am honored to provide guidance in growing your family with confidence!
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MEET TIFFANY

  • Infant Sleep Specialist
  • Sleep Coach
  • Postpartum/Twins Doula
  • Birth Doula
  • Owner/Matchmaker

 

As a doula,  I am always honored to be invited to a birth to hold the space for families to have an empowered and positive birth and parenting experience. 

Intuition, patience and an open mind are the foundation of my support to you. My goal is to build a relationship of open communication and trust within your care team. My previous professional history wholly compliments my doula work. I managed non-profits working with adults with intellectual disabilities providing me with years of experience supporting people in making their own informed choices and making their voices heard.

My current focus in Birthing Stone is supporting all of our families in finding the perfect match of services and doulas. I also love offering our in-person sleep coaching to help families get the important sleep they need.

Ongoing education and training are important to me. I have completed two birth doula certifications, an intensive internship through Mother Tree Birth, and attended many ongoing education trainings. I advanced my labor training by completing the Spinning Babies workshop, HUG training, and lactation education modules. I am also trained and experienced in postpartum care and facilitated the postpartum doula training at Birthingway College of Midwifery for several years. I am a former Faculty for the labor doula division of CAPPA- an international organization for training doulas and childbirth educators.

I’m a mom of two rambunctious, loving and smiling little boys. We enjoy gardening, heading to the beach with our springer spaniel, Jackson, and baking. My partner & I relish in date nights- which usually include trying new great food and exploring Portland. 

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MEET RAEBEN

Birth Doula

I’m a big believer in milestones—in those key moments of human development that form us into who we are becoming. These milestones are thresholds of deep vulnerability and significant challenge that, depending on how we are supported, can inform our sense of resilience, self-worth, and empowerment. Birth is definitely one of those thresholds. If you feel understood and supported in your birth goals and values, and if you receive empathy and have resources for choice in your most challenging moments, you will be more capacitated to thrive as a new parent and as a human being.

I’m also a big believer in biology. We know that if a person feels stressed and unsupported, their birth can have more complications and interventions. But we also know that when a person is able to feel safe and connected, is given the power of choice, and is treated humanely, their body will work optimally for a safer, shorter labor with better outcomes for the birthing person and their baby. I also believe that there is no one-size-fits-all way to give birth and my goal is always to support your personal values and needs with all of the skills, resources, and tools at my disposal.

I’m a big believer in preparation—not just planning for the big day itself, but laying a solid foundation for all the days to come. I love helping clients create dynamic, flexible, useful birth plans to clarify their own goals and needs and best communicate those needs to their care providers. I am also very keen on helping families come up with a postpartum plan so that in everything from feeding (for everybody) to sleep (for everybody!!!), from healing and self-care to returning to work, parents have the resources and support they need to thrive.

I’m definitely a big believer in doulas and have been practicing as a doula since 2001! Since 2013, I have also been the Doula Programs Coordinator at Birthingway College, where I get to train, educate, mentor and certify the next generation of amazing labor and postpartum doulas. I am a co-founder and the current President of the Oregon Doula Association and I serve as the appointed doula chair for the Traditional Health Workers Commission under the State of Oregon.

I have two big kids who I love watching grow into their own hilarious and competent people. In my spare time, I love collaborating on projects with my thoughtful soulmate/husband, as well as gardening and cooking really delicious food.

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MEET CASEY

Birth Doula

When I became pregnant with my first child I researched everything I could about what to expect and felt empowered through gaining this knowledge. Once my daughter was born, I realized how little I had prepared for after the baby’s arrival and how helpful a doula would have been for not only my birth experience but postpartum as well. I started learning more about doulas and believed I had found my passion. I attended doula training with DONA International and attended my first birth soon after.

Over four years later, I have obtained my Lactation Counselor certification and attended many continuing education seminars, focus groups, and trainings. Prior to living in Portland, I helped start community support groups for parenting, breastfeeding, and postpartum, as well as helping to organize a maternal mental health awareness event.

As a mother of two, I consider myself an advocate for women and draw from my own experiences and educational background to help support families wherever they are in their process. I’m so excited to work as a doula in Portland.

I have experience working with infants, twins, siblings, VBAC, water labor and birth, family-centered cesarean, LGBT, single-parent families, hospital, birth center, and home birth. It is my hope that each family’s birth I attend feels supported, prepared, and well informed for the next step on their journey.

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MEET CASANDRA 

  • Postpartum Doula
  • Birth Doula

Casandra's sweet smile is welcomed by each postpartum family she supports.

Her experience as a doula comes from a passion of helping birthing people find their strength, no matter their own experience- and a true desire to assist families in accessing doula care who normally wouldn't be able to.  She's offered yoga classes for a youth detention center and worked at a local birth center assisting families directly after the birth of their baby.

She values the innate power a parent has in caring for their baby, as well as the power of having a village.

She loves spending time with her son, yoga, and exploring the beauty of the PNW,

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MEET MEGAN

  • IBCLC (Lactation Counselor)

 

Megan is an International Board Certified Lactation Counselor. She graduated from Las Positas and Birthingway College of Midwifery is a Preceptor and Clinical Training Instructor at Birthingway, and has hundreds of hours working with families and babies.

Megan has a passion for science and the human body and channels that into her love of helping mothers and babies. She offers them strength and support to overcome any of their challenges. She strives to provide unbiased and evidence-based support while helping people reach their goals. Her experience working with single births, twins, newborns, toddlers, children with tongue-tie, and families in the LGBTQ community have given her a wide breadth of knowledge to share with new patients.

After the birth of her own daughter, Evelyn, Megan found herself struggling with her personal breastfeeding journey. She felt as though she had put so much effort into how her pregnancy, labor, and birth would be that she was underprepared for what would happen afterward. An IBCLC stepped in and helped raise her confidence, taught her necessary skills to trust in herself. After this interaction, she realized she wanted to help other parents, the same way someone had helped her. Going back to school was a daunting task with a toddler but she followed her dreams. She passed her board exam on the first attempt and has enjoyed a career of helping families ever since.

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MEET ERICA

  • Postpartum Doula
  • Infant Sleep Doula
  • Twins Specialist
Erica Cianni is a certified postpartum doula.  She received her training through Birthingway Midwifery.  She is the proud mother of four children who manages to take whatever life throws her way with poise, calm, determination, empathy, and humor.  It was her experience raising her own children, two of which are twins, that brought her down the path to becoming a postpartum doula.  She is passionate about sharing the knowledge she has acquired over the years, through challenges and triumphs of caring for her own newborns.  She is excited and honored to be a support and resource to new parents as they enter this wondrous new chapter in their lives no matter how many babies they are welcoming!
After 10 years of parenting her first two children, Erica thought she had it all figured out until she was blessed with twins.  This was a game-changer!  She and her husband had to dig deep and rely on the resources they had as well as be quick students and learn on the fly, to juggle this new amazing, but sometimes overwhelming, norm.  Two infants at once presented many different challenges then they were used to.  There were double the feedings, double the diapers, not to mention double the babies to figure out.  It truly was the survival of the fittest.  Early on, it became apparent that the keys to survival included a consistent schedule, help from their own tribe, constant love, and a little humor didn't hurt.  What else are you going to do with double diaper blowouts other than laugh? 
Erica has a background in Oncology, and here she learned how to be present for people and help guide them during difficult times in their lives with individualized care and compassion.  She is committed to continuing this support through her work as a doula.  While these two things couldn't be on the more opposite sides of the spectrum, being there for people when they need you is the common denominator.  She knows the importance of but also has the skill set to provide new moms with support and attentiveness during their new transition into motherhood that while really exciting, can be a little scary and overwhelming.
Erica has a warm, inviting demeanor with a quick smile and an even more infectious laugh.  After a few moments with her, you will feel like old friends. In her free time, you can see her cheering on her kiddos at the baseball and soccer fields.  Or spending time with her girlfriends who have all been friends since high school.
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MEET RHIANNON

Newborn Care Specialist
Infant Sleep Specialist
Infant Sleep Coach
Postpartum/Twins Doula
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Rhiannon is an experienced and reliable postpartum doula, Newborn Care Specialist, and Mommywise Certified Sleep Coach.

She brings over 20 years of nanny and caregiving experience to the families she supports- with experience traveling with families, working with high profile families, and supporting families through loss. 

She loves working with all families to help them transition into life with a newborn, and get more sleep as their baby ages. 

She brings confidence, a bright and positive personality, and lots of laughter to each family she works with. 

When she is not caring for others, Rhiannon enjoys traveling, visiting museums, photography, horseback riding, trivia, and volunteering.  

 

 

Jessica Becker

MEET JESSICA

  • Infant Sleep Coach
  • Newborn Care Specialist
  • Postpartum Doula
  • Infant Sleep Specialist

Jessica comes to Birthing Stone as a Postpartum Doula, Newborn Care Specialist and Mommywise Certified Sleep Coach.

She's a "natural" with babies and has long served families in a variety of capacities prior to her pieces of training as a doula and NCS, but her true passion is sleep coaching. 

She travels the country supporting families, and is always up for an adventure- whether it be a few days sleep coaching or a week of live-in support for families with newborns. 

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MEET MOLLY

  • Newborn Care Specialist
  • Postpartum Doula
  • Twins Doula
  • Infant Sleep


My doula journey began in 2016 when I became a certified postpartum doula through CAPPA.

My love for newborns and supporting families began way before that. I completed my college internship in the Labor and Delivery and NICU of a big hospital in Boston. I spent over 10 years nannying for a number of amazing families, then moved on to opening my own indoor playground and party center in Montana where I taught mommy and me classes and toddler art classes.  

I have a B.S. Degree in Health Science from UMass Boston, and I am currently working toward completing the Lactation program at PSU to become an IBCLC. I am currently completing my clinical hours at the mother-baby unit of a local hospital, and loving every minute!

I am passionate about supporting families along their unique journey, whatever that may look like for them. I have extensive experience working with twins, LGBTQ families, single-parent families, postpartum mood disorders, families needing extra lactation support, and preemies. 

 

Take a look at our doula team profiles to get a feel for each doula team and let us know who you think will be a good fit. Not sure? Don't worry, we help you find the right duo for you.

To be matched with a doula team, contact us for a free in-home consult.