The Birth First Doula Package

Our Birth First Doula Package is a comprehensive service designed to support you and your family through the entire experience of pregnancy, labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum. This all-inclusive package provides you with continuity of care at each stage of your childbirth journey, and having a Birth First doula in your corner ensures that there is at least one childbirth professional in the delivery room who knows your family’s unique hopes, goals, and concerns and is dedicated entirely to improving your birth experience. It’s like having a childbirth educator, personal coach, and trusted confidant all wrapped up into one familiar expert who works just for you!

Some Birth First Doulas may offer additional services in their package, but at a minimum,

all of our doulas provide
the following:

Some Birth First Doulas may offer additional services in their package, but at a minimum,

all of our doulas provide the following:

Free Interview

This is a time for you to meet with a Birth First doula or doula team to discuss their specific doula services, explore your reasons for wanting doula care, and determine if it’s a good fit for you and your family.

2 Prenatal Visits

A trusting relationship is the foundation of doula care. These meetings are focused on getting to know each other, having open discussions, and building your support team. Together, with your doula, you can create a personalized birth plan, review labor positions and comfort measures, and dig into anything else you might want to explore.

Ready Access

When you reach out, your doula will promptly reply. It’s so simple but so important to know that a compassionate and knowledgeable doula is just a phone call away. Your doula can make suggestions and listen in a way that even the best doctor or midwife simply doesn’t have the time for.

Info & Resources

Your doula can share evidence-based research so you can make informed decisions and point you towards vetted local resources so you can find trusted prenatal and postpartum services offered in the Portland area.

On-Call Services

Beginning at 37 weeks in your pregnancy, your doula is officially on-call for you. Being on-call means that your doula doesn’t leave town, her cell phone is on at all times, and she’ll answer her phone 24/7. If there’s a reason to believe that you might go into labor before 37 weeks, your doula can make arrangements for on-call services to begin earlier.

At Home Labor Support

For those who want to labor in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible, your doula’s presence can be especially reassuring. Your doula can normalize the labor process and help keep things calm so you can feel safe and secure at home. She will offer tips on labor progression and comfort measures and help you determine when it’s a good time to transition to the hospital or birth center.

Birth Support

At the hospital or birthing center, your doula offers support in a variety of ways including:

  • Informational support and navigating medical protocols
  • Physical comfort methods and coping techniques
  • Effective positioning and labor progression techniques
  • Mental and emotional encouragement
  • Support and breaks for your birth partner
  • Working with your medical team to honor your birth preferences

Day of Photos

If desired, and when your doula is not needed in other ways, she will happily take pictures or videos during labor, birth, and/or just after your baby is born so that you can have visual memories of this incredible moment in your lives.

Breastfeeding Support

After your baby is born, your doula stays with you for 1-2 hours to assist with breastfeeding, encourage family bonding, offer support during the delivery of the placenta, remind pediatric staff of your newborn decisions, and rejoice in the beauty of your baby.

Postpartum Home Visit

Once you’re home and nesting in with your baby, your doula comes to your house to offer transitional support focused on processing the birth experience, assisting with breastfeeding, answering newborn care questions, discussing your transition into parenthood, and anything else you want to check in about.

New Parent Group

All Birth First clients are given 3 free attendances at our Nurturing Circle For Growing Families group, which offers a soft place for new parents to land and be in community with other new parents and babies. This group is facilitated by professional postpartum doulas and lactation consultants from Bridgetown Baby.

Postpartum Resources

For six weeks after delivery, your doula is available for informational support by phone, email, or text to help answer questions and provide you with Portland-metro resources as needed.

Free Interview

This is a time for you to meet with a Birth First doula or doula team to discuss their specific doula services, explore your reasons for wanting doula care, and determine if it’s a good fit for you and your family.

2 Prenatal Visits

A trusting relationship is the foundation of doula care. These meetings are focused on getting to know each other, having open discussions, and building your support team. Together, with your doula, you can create a personalized birth plan, review labor positions and comfort measures, and dig into anything else you might want to explore.

Ready Access

When you reach out, your doula will promptly reply. It’s so simple but so important to know that a compassionate and knowledgeable doula is just a phone call away. Your doula can make suggestions and listen in a way that even the best doctor or midwife simply doesn’t have the time for.

Info & Resources

Your doula can share evidence-based research so you can make informed decisions and point you towards vetted local resources so you can find trusted prenatal and postpartum services offered in the Portland area.

On-Call Services

Beginning at 37 weeks in your pregnancy, your doula is officially on-call for you. Being on-call means that your doula doesn’t leave town, her cell phone is on at all times, and she’ll answer her phone 24/7. If there’s a reason to believe that you might go into labor before 37 weeks, your doula can make arrangements for on-call services to begin earlier.

At Home Labor Support

For those who want to labor in the comfort of their own home for as long as possible, your doula’s presence can be especially reassuring. Your doula can normalize the labor process and help keep things calm so you can feel safe and secure at home. She will offer tips on labor progression and comfort measures and help you determine when it’s a good time to transition to the hospital or birth center.

Birth Support

At the hospital or birthing center, your doula offers support in a variety of ways including:

  • Informational support and navigating medical protocols
  • Physical comfort methods and coping techniques
  • Effective positioning and labor progression techniques
  • Mental and emotional encouragement
  • Support and breaks for your birth partner
  • Working with your medical team to honor your birth preferences

Day of Photos

If desired, and when your doula is not needed in other ways, she will happily take pictures or videos during labor, birth, and/or just after your baby is born so that you can have visual memories of this incredible moment in your lives.

Breastfeeding Support

After your baby is born, your doula stays with you for 1-2 hours to assist with breastfeeding, encourage family bonding, offer support during the delivery of the placenta, remind pediatric staff of your newborn decisions, and rejoice in the beauty of your baby.

Postpartum Home Visit

Once you’re home and nesting in with your baby, your doula comes to your house to offer transitional support focused on processing the birth experience, assisting with breastfeeding, answering newborn care questions, discussing your transition into parenthood, and anything else you want to check in about.

New Parent Group

All Birth First clients are given 3 free attendances at our Nurturing Circle For Growing Families group, which offers a soft place for new parents to land and be in community with other new parents and babies. This group is facilitated by professional postpartum doulas and lactation consultants from Bridgetown Baby.

Postpartum Resources

For six weeks after delivery, your doula is available for informational support by phone, email, or text to help answer questions and provide you with Portland-metro resources as needed.

Consultations

If you’re not looking for doula support but would like to get detailed information and practical guidance on how to plan for labor, delivery, and after the baby’s born, then individualized consultations might be an excellent fit for you. These sessions offer individuals and couples an opportunity to speak with a professional doula about how to navigate the sometimes confusing path through pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum.

Individual Consultations are designed to help you:

  • Identify your childbirth goals
  • Evaluate your options
  • Provide specialized information and resources
  • Get you on track towards decision-making and sustainable solutions that you can apply to the childbearing years.

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Postpartum Doula Services

Many of our Birth First Portland Doulas offer postpartum services, so if you’re wanting a doula who can provide both services, just let us know. Birth First is also affiliated with Bridgetown Baby, which is the premier postpartum doula agency in town. Birth First Doulas has a long-standing collaborative relationship with Bridgetown Baby that allows us to offer seamless wrap-around care to our shared clients.

Placenta Services

Some of our doulas encapsulate placentas, but we are also affiliated with Portland Professional Birth Services, Portland’s most trusted placenta processing company.

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Areas We Serve: NW Portland, NE Portland, N Portland, SW Portland, SE Portland, Sellwood, Beaverton, Hillsdale, Tigard, West Slope, Gresham, Tualatin, Milwaukie, West Lynn, Happy Valley, Oregon City, Wilsonville, Vancouver, Camas, Washougal

Hospitals & Birth Centers We Serve: Kaiser Sunnyside, Kaiser Westside, OHSU, Legacy Good Samaritan, Legacy Emanuel, Legacy Meridian Park, Legacy Salmon Creek, PeaceHealth, Providence Portland, Providence St. Vincent’s, Adventist, WHA Midwifery Birth Center, Andaluz Waterbirth Center, Alma Birth Center, Canyon Birth Center, Home Birth

Our Specialities: natural birth, unmedicated birth, vaginal birth, water birth, epidural assisted birth, cesarean birth, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), high risk birth, induction, twins and multiples, previous miscarriage and loss, LGBTQ+ families, single parents, surrogacy, hospital birth, birth center birth, home birth