As the founder of Gentle Journeys Birth Services, as a nurse and as a certified labor and postpartum doula, it is my honor to come alongside mothers, newborns, and their families in the metro Portland, OR area to offer compassionate, evidence-informed care and support during pregnancy, labor, and the weeks after birth.
Whether you are looking for a doula or simply looking for information on your pregnancy journey, I hope this website will be a helpful step along the way.
A labor doula comes alongside you to offer informational, emotional, and physical support during pregnancy and birth.
A doula honors your wishes for whatever kind of birth you are wanting and works to help support you on that journey. Sometimes this means helping you find the information you need for the decisions you need to make. Sometimes this means giving your partner tips on how they can best support you through the next contraction. Sometimes it means rubbing your back, giving an encouraging word, or reminding your medical team what is on your birth plan.
Postpartum doulas offer informational, emotional, and physical support to parents during the first few weeks and months after giving birth.
A doula assists with things like breastfeeding support, professional referrals, laundry, dishes, holding the baby while you take a nap/shower, reading to your other kids, or giving you a foot massage.
Often in the busy days and weeks after birth, people don't get the nourishment they need. I love baking healthy snacks for breastfeeding moms and offer several gluten-free and vegan cookie & breakfast bar options. These can be made ahead of time and delivered to you or made in your home during postpartum visits.
Please reach out to me about any questions you may have!