meet the team
Our doulas are different. Instead of a single doula (who is running around from birth to birth, possibly stressed and overworked) we work in teams so you are always supported. This means your doula is always present when she’s with you.
You choose a doula team that fits the style and dynamic you desire and they will be with you every step of the way.
All of our teams are 100% committed to the work they do. They also each have their own unique specialties and traits, which is why we never assume our teams are one size fits all. Who you ultimately work with is up to you. We support all birth plans and families.
Our doulas are NOT hobbyists - we take our work seriously, and are well-trained and care deeply about what we do. Birth is our business, but it’s also our passion. All of our doulas are experts.
Giving birth to my son 18 years ago in a different country without the support of family and friends and feeling a little overwhelmed, I knew that I needed to give that support to others. After falling in love with my son, I knew I was meant to be a mum and that planted the see to start a wonderful journey down a path of discovery to give my care and energy to other mums that needed to surround themselves with love and support in their journey.
As a birth doula and postpartum doula, I believe every woman has a choice about the way she wants to birth & parent, and what kind of birth story she wants to write. By honoring her choices and supporting her through birth and postpartum, whether it’s a single mother, or a traditional or nontraditional family, each woman, and partner should have the love, care and respect to bring a child into the world and to start parenthood with a positive feeling in a nonjudgmental environment.
I have a great understanding and caring for the mental wellbeing of mother and family. I myself have dealt with postpartum depression with my second child. I can identify with mothers and families where depression, anxiety and bipolar may be a concern. I have volunteered with NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and volunteered with Baby Blue Connection.
I am a trained Newborn Care Specialist; I have worked with many families of multiples; and I am infant CPR AED trained.
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 is important to me. I have completed two 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 trainings, 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- and 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.
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.
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, hosptial, 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.
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.
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 afterwards. 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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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 family 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 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 trainings 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.
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.