“As humans, we have biology on our side, the innate abilities each birthing parent possesses provide them with the skills and knowledge needed to nurture and grow human life. This amazing ability is a source of strength for the birthing person. I believe that each time a new life comes into the world, the birthing person can draw upon this fundamental strength and knowledge to help guide the birth process.”
Kelly’s approach to doula work
There are moments in life that connect us to each other in ways we could have never imagined. The intersections of woman to mother, of man to father, of individuals forming families, of science and nature, these are the moments that can seem both miraculous while mundane and then somehow, blend into one and other seamlessly. Birth is possibly one of the greatest of these intersections. Within these amazing intersections, great change occurs, and not only is a child birthed, but so too, is a parent.
As a doula, Kelly supports these intersections where new life is brought into the world and family grows. She believes in the power of the birthing person and feels called to be of service and support during a time of great vulnerability and strength. She seeks to help create a birth experience that feels safe, supported, empowered and loving for everyone involved in the birth story.
Kelly helps the birthing person through knowledge of natural pain coping techniques, labor positioning and comfort massage. Kelly believes the power of feeling in control of one’s body and of one’s desires during the birth experience can greatly enhance the enjoyment felt surrounding birth – this drives her to help her clients become their own best advocates. She believes that even the smallest of voices should be heard and respected as if they were the loudest of roars and one of her goals is that her clients are heard throughout their birth experiences. This story belongs to you, the birthing family, and Kelly would be honored to assist you in the specific ways you need to navigate this incredible time in your life.
Kelly worked in the Oregon and Washington wine industry for many years before she felt a calling to be of service to families during a time of incredible growth. On her path to becoming a midwife, she was delighted to find her home in doula work. Kelly trained as a Birth and Postpartum Doula through Mother Tree Doula Services in Portland, Oregon where she now serves as a mentor to other aspiring doulas. She volunteers as a Labor Doula for the Gateway Doula Project at Providence Hospital, is the Administrative Director for PDX Doulas at OHSU where she is also a mentor to new doulas. She is a certified Birth Doula through DONA International and is a registered Traditional Health Worker for Oregon State. Kelly lives in NE Portland with her partner, Matt, their sweet old cat Roarie and their adorable French Bulldog, Duckie. When Kelly isn’t busy supporting birth and new families, she enjoys cooking, jazz, finding new teas to try, shopping for vintage dresses, working on her goth garden and dancing around the house to bad pop music.
Certification, Training & Education
- DONA Certified Birth Doula
- Oregon State Traditional Health Worker
- DONA-approved Birth Doula Training with Mother Tree Birth Services
- DONA-approved Postpartum Doula Training with Mother Tree Birth Services
- Birth Doula 6-month Internship with Mother Tree Birth Services
- ICEA-approved Childbirth Educator Training with Portland Doula Love
- HypnoBirthing with Kadie Barber HBCE, CD(DONA)
- Culturally Competent Care Training with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Collaborative Practice and Professionalism Training with PDX Doulas
- Spinning Babies Training with Tammy Ryan, AvdCD/BDT(DONA), SpBT
- Trauma Informed Care with Mandy Davis Ph.D., LCSW
- The Impact of Stress on the Developing Fetus with Sherri Alderman, MD, MPH, IMH-E
- Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Men and Non-Birth Partners with Sam Stevens, MS, LMFT
- Gender Diversity in Health Care with Amy Penkin, LCSW
- Bridging Theories of Grief with Judith L.M. McCoyd Ph.D., QCSW, LCSW
- Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED Certification
- Advanced Massage and Acupressure Training for Doulas with Jennie King, LAc, LMT
- Basics of Lactation Management for Doulas
- AAAS Enology and Viticulture
Photo’s of Kelly in Action
Kelly was the perfect doula for our family. She helped my partner feel at ease and our 3 year old was absolutely in love with her. I felt like I had forgotten everything about the whole birth process since having our first, and Kelly was incredibly prepared with getting to know all of us and creating a birth plan that was flexible, yet kept elements that would keep me comfortable during the birth. For anything I had questions about, she was so knowledgeable, and helped us find resources for placenta encapsulation, support groups, and more. I remember the day (night) of the birth as relaxed, and though it didn’t go as I had hoped, we had already talked about possible outcomes, we had plenty of time to calmly discuss alternatives, and I felt informed and not rushed in the decision making process. Kelly helped talk out the decisions with us and I can’t thank her enough for the support that day. I had quite the emotional roller coaster for a bit after the birth, and as postpartum support Kelly just knew when to reach out to me, when I usually avoid contacting people in dark times. I really can’t say enough good things about how she helped our family through this time of welcoming our second child. She is easy to talk to, attentive, great with the whole family, kind hearted, and perfect for this work.
You are amazing at what you do and can’t imagine what we would have done without your help and support. Any family who gets to work with you is going to LOVE you.
Kelly, you are my hero! You made the weeks leading up to my labor so much less scary and as bad as my labor was, it would have been unbearable without your support. You will always have a place in the hearts and lives of baby A and I. Thank you!!
-Robbin R. (Client)
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