I would always feel more confident in being Lincoln’s mom and providing for him after the encouragement from her visit. I also just loved spending time with her!
— Allison
Portland Doula Collective Brave Birth Isis Armendariz

Isis Armendariz
Birth & Postpartum Doula

Isis@bravebirth.com

(503)941-6510


She witnessed and served us through a beautiful storm I still am barely able to speak about without crying.
— Marialicia

Bio

As your Postpartum Doula, I bring an extra set of hands, a warm-heart, and a source of calm support into your family’s home. I understand that parenthood can be a uniquely transformative experience for every family and every journey should be honored in that way. I deeply believe that when families receive encouragement, positive modeling, and gentle guidance during the early weeks and months after the arrival of baby, they can find their own rhythm and confidence to meet the challenges that may arise during this time of profound transition.

There is no one, single way to parent and successfully care for an infant. Approaching my role as a Doula with the least amount of intervention helps you find your way as a parent, while I gently course correct if needed. I find this to be the most effective way to empower families to grow in strength.

I found myself called to providing compassionate postpartum support for families after realizing the major shifts that occurred in my own family and self after the birth of my own baby. I believe that everyone can greatly benefit and deserving of individualized supportive care during pregnancy and the first months following the birth of their baby. When parents and babies are held up, and society honors the sacred time of bonding that must occur in order for families to truly thrive, we all benefit collectively. 

Experience & Relevant Education: 

  • Certified Birth Doula (DONA)

  • Certified Postpartum Doula (Birthingway College of Midwifery)

  • Completed 1 year of AmeriCorps Birth Doula Program

  • Former volunteer with Gateway Doula Project 

  • Certified in Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED 

  • Emergency Childbirth for Doulas with Holly Scholles, MA, CPM, LDM

  • Trauma-Informed Care with Brooke Noli

  • Rebozo: Uses in Pregnancy and Birth with Carrie Kenner

  • TENS Unit use in Labor with Carrie Kenner

When I’m not supporting your family or attending trainings about new parenthood— you’ll find me working in my garden, crafting, practicing yoga, and exploring the Pacific NW with my amazing son, Bodhi.  

FEE

Birth Doula Fee:  $1500

Postpartum Doula Fee:  day $35/hour (3 hour minimum)
                                           night $37/hour (8 hour minimum)


TESTIMONIALS:

"I'm not really sure what to write but I wanted to praise Isis.  We meet for the first time a few months before my due date. She was very friendly and I automatically felt comfortable with her.  She even came to my home,  which was nice with me not driving.  She was so personable.  I loved that she didn't try to push any of her beliefs on me but encouraged my plan and ideas for an ideal birth.  I am so thankful for her.  When it came time to me giving birth she prepared and helped my birth coach to be prepared. She didn't leave my side for the full 13+ hours of labor.  Thanks to her I was able to have an undedicated labor.  Honestly, it was a dream and I hope when I have more kids I am to haves Isis by my side.”

-Larissa Shwartz

“I had the good fortune of contracting with Isis Armendariz prior to the birth of my daughter, Natalia. I am a single mother and I was a practicing midwife and doula for over a decade. I thought I was well prepared for my birth and early postpartum. My birth ended up being surgical and I needed a significant amount of support. I left the hospital two days later in a daze, swollen, and exhausted. I arrived home debilitated and unable to do anything for myself, much less care for my newborn daughter. It was so hard. Isis began caring for our family within days of us arriving home. She witnessed and served us through a beautiful storm I still am barely able to speak about without crying. Isis’ arms were the first arms I allowed my daughter to sleep in when I was too broken to hold her myself through the night. I am weeping as I write this, remembering that night, the fear I felt and the comfort I drew from her.

Isis was present, clear in her communications and boundaries, and always arrived on time. Her combination of insight, intuition, sensitivity, and skill, make for a wonderful doula that I highly recommend.”

 -Marialicia Gonzalez

“My family had the privilege of working with Isis as our Postpartum Doula. After an incredibly emotional delivery, I was struggling with balancing processing my experience and being a new mom. Once my husband went back to work, Isis was a godsend to providing care to both my son and myself. She spent time with Lincoln and I during the day and overnight, holding him so I could shower or sleep, folding laundry, providing tricks and tips for soothing Linc, and a variety of other things. I would always feel more confident in being Lincoln’s mom and providing for him after the encouragement from her visit. I also just loved spending time with her. Being a new mom can be isolating and I so appreciated her willingness to just have conversations with me. She truly provided exactly what I needed in this short stage of life. I can’t wait to see her again whenever I have kid #2!”

-Allison Davies