Meet the Doulas

Community Doula Program (CDP) doulas provide physical, emotional, and information support during birth, pregnancy, and the early weeks of parenting. Currently more than 100 doulas provide care to families who speak the same language and/or share a similar culture.

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Meet some of our current doulas

Ghada

Hi, my name is Ghada. I am a doula serving families in Benton county. I love helping people and being like a mom to them. I enjoy working with all families and speaking Arabic allows me to help other Arabic speaking women and families. It brings great joy to me when I hear from women that they feel so happy and well supported having me as their doula.
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Anne

Hello! I am a full spectrum birth doula supporting families in Polk, Marion, Linn and Benton counties. I believe that birth is an experience you will always remember, and you deserve to look back and feel empowered. I can help by offering emotional support, comfort measures, and local resources tailored to your needs. I enjoy educating and empowering families to make decisions for themselves and their new family. I would love to meet with you and create a birth plan that is right for you.
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Jaya

Hi! What I love to bring to birthwork is focusing on supporting open communication about each mother's physical and mental health. Being a licensed massage therapist provides me with an ability to facilitate body awareness and relaxation. People tell me that I help them increase confidence in preparing for birth and helping with the recovery process. I lived in China for three years, where I studied Mandarin and learned about philosophies of health through my work at the medical universities. I love supporting families.
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Yesenia

Hi, my name is Yesenia and I love being a doula. I dream of a day when I can work full time as a doula serving families in Linn, Benton, & Lincoln counties. I am in the process of becoming a qualified medical interpreter so that I can expand the services that I offer to the Spanish speaking families that I serve. I love being present when a baby is born and helping families communicate with medical staff. My clients have shared that they feel well supported and pampered by having me as their doula.
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Hanne

Hello! I’m a birth doula and childbirth educator, committed to serving parents in Benton and Linn counties. I love working with parents as they prepare for the births of their children, and am especially happy when I can help to ease their concerns and increase their confidence. My special interests include: use of various comfort measures & baby positioning methods; trauma-informed care; hypnosis; and easing communication between parents and medical caregivers. Both mothers and their partners say they appreciate my soothing & competent presence. Also, I have a lending library and lots of resources to share!
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Kathryn

Hi, I’m Kathryn! I am a birth doula because I want to empower women to believe in themselves and their innate strength as women and mothers. It’s an honor to come alongside families during this major life transition, like a friend who happens to be well versed in everything birth related. Families who I’ve worked with say they appreciate my peaceful, positive presence. I’m a good listener and great at knowing which comfort measures and positioning techniques to use throughout the birthing process. I enjoy using my expertise to help improve the experience for you and your loved ones.

Testimonials

Doula Care Benefits

"I think of the lasting impacts on the child of having a doula. So if we were able to avert trauma, we'd be able to make them feel supported and avert maybe more serious prenatal mood and anxiety disorders. If that child were able to have a start where they have a stronger attachment, a more sensitive responsive parent. So that is how I think if it, it is not just the mother, but the infant as well. I really think that this program helps parents get a positive start to help break the cycle of trauma for children if we can start them off with fewer traumas."

Benefits of Being a Doula

"(AEB) It’s part of my cultural traditions and family traditions is to be very closely involved in the birth process. And I am the youngest of 8, and there are 5 girls in my family, so I have been to almost all of my sister's births. From that I really gained an appreciation of the process the importance of having people present. And it wasn't until later, through academic work that I learned about the structural inequalities in the medical system here in the US for women of color, I don't think I really understood those types of inequalities until later in life. I think is huge just to kind of disrupt the healthcare system here and to really create a presence at the birth."

"This program has just been incredible, I mean you know you think its gonna be really awesome to be at birth, but then when you are actually there every time its just…I don't know, its just amazing to see like what moms are doing and how you are just like a small little part of it and yet you made a big difference. Sometimes you feel like you didn’t do much but the families feel your impact so much; it is just the most incredible thing. For me its just a passion to be there for moms and to make sure they have a good birth experience. To be able to live out that passion, I don't even have words for it."

"The Community Doula training has taught me how to be a better mom to my own girls."

Are you considering a doula for yourself or someone in your family?
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