Our Mission

Brave Birth believes in honoring and supporting the whole doula: her profession, her family, and her spirit. We achieve this through a group model of membership in which we collectively promote, mentor, and love one another. By creating a supportive community for ourselves, we create a supportive community for our clients, and by nurturing our own skills, talents, and passions, we arrive full-hearted and ready to nurture you and your family. Brave Birth believes in the importance of wrap-around care and support throughout the entire childbearing year for our clients, so we created complimentary Pregnancy Circles and Parent Circles, which have quickly become one of our most popular offerings. Our mission is to create a community in which birthing people, families, and doulas all thrive together.

Our Leadership Team

We like to think we're the luckiest leadership team around, not only because we respect and love one another, but because all of us bring our unique strengths and passions to this work, which creates the solid foursquare foundation upon which the Brave Birth community is built and nurtured. Nicolette Wessling is one of the founders of Brave Birth and the brilliant brainchild behind its innovative approach and future directions. Beth Keenan is our community coordinator and her administrative work and extraordinary people skills keep everyone smiling and cared for. Rebecca Durlin Smith brings her compassion, keen awareness, and mentorship to all that we do and tracks the myriad of details essential to our community's well-being. And Brooke Noli's nearly twenty years of birth experience provides us with some invaluable insights and wisdom along the way, she truly encourages us to be our best selves. In this life, it's such a gift to find a career that you are passionate about and the fact that we get to serve together, well, that leaves us just a little bit speechless. We are forever grateful for the folks who have supported us along the way. Our families. Our friends. Our colleagues. And our amazing clients.

How It All Began

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At a quaint little coffee shop in Portland's Clinton neighborhood, two doulas started a beautiful courtship. Over sips of coffee and bouts of laughter, Nicolette Wessling and Kelly Greblo soon saw in each other the same effervescence and aspirations. They walked away from that moment and couldn't stop thinking about the possibilities. Brave Birth Doula Care was born out of these humble beginnings and since that day it has grown into a beautiful community of support, respect, and love.