$800 to $2100
Years in Operation: 1
Type of practice: Agency
Clients per month: 12 to 15
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
We work in all the Portland metro area hospitals.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
We work in all the Portland metro area birth centers.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
All of our Birth First Portland Doulas are highly trained and certified and have been individually selected for their quality services. Fees vary based on the doula’s experience level, number of births attended, and additional services offered.
Portland, OR Service range 40 miles
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Kathy with BirthFirst Doulas was amazing! Her effusive energy was simultaneously invigorating and calming. She was an integral part of our birth preparation and experience. I cannot imagine going through all that was birth without her. Aside from her general awesomeness, she brought a wealth of knowlege around birth, emotions, and coping techniques.
Working with the Birth First Doulas and our Doula Kathy, exceeded our expectations from both a doula agency and our amazing doula herself. Kathy was a joy to work with and provided the perfect combination of being fully present and available during the birth process, while allowing my husband and I to share an intimate and powerful experience between the two of us. She gave us the confidence during our first laboring experience that enabled us to deliver our first baby trusting she had our backs the entire time. Kathy has continued to go above any beyond in our postpartum period, by visiting and holding baby, talking through our thoughts and experience and continuing to support us and become a lifelong family friend. I couldn't recommend Kathy more. If you're looking for a sweet, loving, bubbly and strong energy as your Doula, Kathy will bring that and more. We love Kathy!
The BFD agency themselves were amazing as well. Facilitating a speedy response when I began looking for our doula at 17 weeks pregnant. They handled the financial aspects allowing us to create a pure connection with our doula outside of money. They provide many extra services including a wonderful birth class and nurturing circle, and so much more.
Rebecca Durlin Smith was our Doula for the birth of both of our daughters. It’s hard to put into words how much her energy and knowledge helped me through each of the experiences. The first birth was 3 days long and Rebecca was there for me when I needed her. She even spent the night in the hospital with us the night before my first daughter was born. After that birth I had to have emergency surgery and she made sure my husband, baby and family were calm and taken care of. For the second birth we originally decided against a Doula for financial reasons and we thought we knew what we were doing the second time around. Well we realized how wrong we were a month before the due date when a couple things happened that made us completely question our care team. Thankfully, Rebecca had an opening and took us on at the last minute. She helped us switch our Midwife team and birth hospital and I’m so thankful for this. We really felt cared for and confidant about the birth after switching. The second birth ended up being a planned c-section turned into an induced vaginal birth. Little girl flipped at the last second! Rebecca stayed by my side and helped me make some big decisions. Even though we didn’t plan on an induction everything about the birth was great. I will never forget the conversations I had with Rebecca right before I started pushing and right after our daughter was born. She will always be a very important part of my daughter’s birth stories. She was absolutely worth every penny. A real life birth angel!
Rebecca and Brooke are amazing at what they do. We hired Birth First Doula's for our first child and it made a huge difference in our experience. Prior to labor, all of the consultation and advice we received was invaluable. On 'labor day' Rebecca was on call and helped talk through early labor signs over the phone before we got in the car and headed to the hospital. Once in the hospital labor room, Rebecca was able to coach with positions, breathing, and relaxation throughout the entire birthing process. Without her we would have never tried some of the positions that really helped progress labor. She was level-headed and a great leader in a situation that was very foreign to both my wife and I. I cannot recommend Birth First Doula's highly enough!
Rebecca Durlin Smith was our Doula for the birth of our son. We are first-time parents and knew we needed extra support during labor and delivery. Having Rebecca as our Doula was one of the best decisions we've ever made. I had a very long labor and she was with us every step of the way. Rebecca was supportive, informative, comforting, and helped me and my husband welcome our amazing baby into this world. We can't thank Rebecca enough! Our birth experience was immensely better because she was by our side.
My husband and I hired Birth First Doulas to guide us through our first birth experience, and we are so incredibly grateful for all of their loving guidance and care throughout the process. We truly feel like we couldn't have done it without them!
When we initially hired them, we knew we wanted a knowledgeable team to help us outline our birth preferences while I was pregnant, as well as inform any decisions that needed to be made during labor. Brooke and Rebecca were an integral part of our team every step of the way, leading up to, throughout, and after the birth of our son. What we didn't anticipate was a complicated labor that spanned several days, and we felt so fortunate to have had Brooke and Rebecca by our side providing resources and care throughout it all, including home visits, several phone calls and texts, and multiple trips to the hospital.
If you are looking for a compassionate, professional, responsive, and informed team that is highly respected among the medical community too, Birth First Doulas is for you! Hiring Brooke and Rebecca was hands down the best decision we made leading up to the arrival of our son.
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