After sharing the birth experience with some close friends, and seeing the strength that women possess in this very special time, I realized that I really loved this environment and wanted to make a career out of giving emotional and physical support to mothers during their birth journey, no matter what path they may choose. Therefore after 14 years banking, I quickly made necessary changes so that I could share the birth experience with many more mothers.
I completed my birth doula training through DONA in 2008 and my future goals include becoming certified as a postpartum doula, this will allow me to help each mother in the important weeks after giving birth as well.
I am very happy to be a part of PDX Doulas. We are volunteer community of Doulas that give our support to laboring mothers at OHSU hospital. Through this group I have forged bonds with other doulas in Portland that share the same passion for birth that I have.
I was raised very close to the Hispanic community here in Oregon and find great satisfaction working with mothers whose first language is Spanish. I spend many hours a month volunteering in my community, much of which includes working with teens to help them cope with the trials that life feeds them each day.
My husband of seven years and I share seven nephews and nieces that we adore and love to spend time with. We also enjoy our awesome dog, traveling, music and cycling around the beautiful city of Portland that we love to call home.
Dads & Doulas
There was a time when expectant fathers were portrayed as anxious, floor-pacing, cigar-smoking men... who were tolerated in hospital corridors until the long-awaited moment when a nurse or doctor would announce they were the proud father of a daughter or a son. Today's expectant fathers are different.
When it comes to pregnancy, birth, and parenting, today's father may want to share everything with his partner. He may want to be actively involved; ease his partner’s labor pain, welcome his baby at the moment of birth and help care for his newborn at home. A birth doula can help a father experience this special time with confidence.
Many fathers are eager to be involved during labor and birth. Others, no less loving or committed to their partners' well being, find it difficult to navigate in uncharted waters. With a doula, a father can share in the birth at a level in which he feels most comfortable. The doula’s skills and knowledge can help him to feel more relaxed. If the father wants to provide physical comfort, such as back massage and change of positions, and help his partner to stay focused during contractions, the doula can provide that guidance and make suggestions for what may work best.