Birth & Postpartum Doula
Prenatal, Postpartum & Deep Tissue Massage • Out-Call Massage • Certified Innate Traditions Postpartum Care Provider • Belly Binding • Bone Closing & Postpartum Sealing Ceremonies
My passion is supporting families in their life's transitions with therapeutic touch and compassionate care. I have been practicing massage since 2012 and have been a doula since 2014. I have a strong foundation in anatomy and kinesiology through massage as well as education in Spinning Babies, Optimal Fetal positioning and Prenatal Yoga. As a birth and postpartum doula, I have served all combinations of families and love to help facilitate the bond between parents and their babies. I see pregnancy as a time to reset one's life and evaluate habits, goals, desires, needs and everything you thought you knew about life, and perhaps cultivate a new way of living to pass down to your child. I teach the importance of self-care and nourishing one's self before others and feel that changes in our communities start with new parents, even before a baby is born. I always feel so honored and humbled to witness a baby's birth into the world and those moments are proof that love is the one thing that matters.
In my free time, I love to hike, garden, walk with my dog and husband and explore Portland on my bike.
- NW Academy of the Healing Arts, Seattle WA 2012-2013
- Bodywork for the Childbearing Year, Carole Osbourne, Seattle, 2013
- DONA Birth Doula training with Big Belly Services, Seattle WA, 2014
- Advanced perinatal Massage therapy, Kate Jordan, 2016
- Prenatal/postpartum/mom&baby Yoga Training, Nature’s Whisper Yoga, San Diego CA, 2016
- Spinning Babies Optimal Fetal Positioning, Nicole Morales, San Diego 2016
- Belly Binding, Bianca Tema Mercado, 2016
- Innate Postpartum Traditions Training, Rachelle Seliga-Garcia, San Diego, 2017
- Spinning Babies Breech Body Balancing, Nicole Morales, San Diego, 2017
- CAPPA Postpartum Doula Training, Darla Burns, Santa Clarita, 2018
Birth Doula fee: $1400
Postpartum Doula fee: day $30/hour (4 hour minimum)
night $35/hour (8 hour minimum)
SEND ME A NOTE:
"Where do I even start?! Emily is not only an amazing doula but she's also an excellent massage therapist. I was lucky to have Emily as our doula for the birth of my son in November 2017. My husband and I knew from the moment we met her that we wanted her to be a part of our birth support team. She is kind, calm and confident in her abilities. I received a couple prenatal massages and wish I had more because it was the most relaxed I've ever felt! She creates a very peaceful atmosphere and you leave feeling so refreshed. As a doula, she is incredibly knowledgeable about the birth process and shares so much valuable information and tips to prepare parents for labor. She demonstrated different positions that could be helpful during labor and exercises to help baby get into the best position. Our prenatal appointments made my husband and I feel very well prepared for a homebirth. I had a long labor and Emily was there when we needed her which was quite a long time. She provided so much support by doing hip squeezes and applying pressure to my lower back. I'm almost certain that we would not have achieved a homebirth without Emily's support. Emily also made postpartum visits which I enjoyed. She even connected us with amazing resources when my son had trouble latching. She provided support and encouragement via phone and text throughout the entire time. Although I don't have any other doulas to compare Emily to, I can just tell that she is one of a kind and would recommend her to any mom, homebirth, birth center or hospital, she will be amazing!"
- Heather & Shawn
"Emily is a fantastic doula. My husband, Edward and I highly recommend her. Emily was our doula in San Diego for the birth of our first child on February 17, 2018. She is knowledgeable, compassionate, and gentle, which we found very helpful for our birth experience. She was available to us before, during, and after the birth of our daughter. We are so glad we found her and she will always hold a special place in our hearts. We consider her a friend for life."
- Lauren & Edward
"We were so grateful and blessed that we found Emily. Not only was she there during the labor (and in what turned out to be an unexpected dire situation), but the after-labor days became very difficult. Emily was ALWAYS there for us. She helped us coordinate with additional doulas in the group to be able to provide 24/7 care to our newborn as our household recovered for an unexpected emergency while at the same time welcoming a new member to our family. Emily was ALWAYS kind, caring, compassionate, she would always listen to any of our concerns or comments. She was practically a member of our family in the 2 weeks that followed were she was with us almost every day. Thanks to her experience in the doula service, I write this as the husband, she was just exceptional. I would ALWAYS recommend Emily, without hesitation, without even thinking about it. Anyone who chooses to have emily as their doula for their delivery and post-labor services, is very fortunate to experience a golden jewel of a person. She will always be there for the delivery time, to care for the newborn, to coach, and to help introduce this new little one to the entire family."
- Jack & Rachel