Portland Doula

My Story

12 years ago I experienced the transformation into motherhood and was I profoundly changed. Birth taught me so many things that forever changed me.

  • I was strong.  Stronger than I ever knew.
  • I was capable and ready for this most challenging job of being a mother.
  • How to truly be in the present moment.
  • How to surrender and release control.
  • That life is sacred and I was so grateful to be a part of the circle of life.
My son and daughter meeting for the first time, 2006

My son and daughter meeting for the first time, 2006

 

I had two natural births and I can honestly say while it was the hardest work I have ever done, it was by far the most empowering and beautiful experience of my life.  What made my births so manageable and positive was being fully educated, feeling my husbands loving presence and the encouraging female support by my side that truly believed in me

I wanted to share with others of what the birth experience could be and so I became a certified Doula and Educator of The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth. For the past 10 years I have had the most amazing time helping couples have truly positive birth experiences, with joy over fear. 

Having Sherilee as our doula made a huge impact! I was able to have the birth I wanted and dreamed about. She was a huge part of our team that made it all possible. She helped my husband in a really big way too, making him feel secure and allowing him to stay calm and focused. He has said numerous times that he would have been freaking out the whole time if she hadn’t been there.
— Kristen M.

Portland Hospital Doula

My Philosophy

I believe in every Mother finding her voice and power in birth.  It is important that she feels respected and heard, and given a safe place to experience the joy of becoming a Mother.  In my 10 years as a doula, I have come to truly believe that birth is better when you don't feel alone. My role is to support the mother-to-be in what she wants her birth experience to be and helping her partner feel fully engaged and present for his partner. 

The following quote is my deepest pursuit and desire.

“You are a birth servant. Do good without show or fuss. If you must take the lead, lead so that the mother is helped, yet still free and in charge. When the baby is born, they will rightly say: ‘We did it ourselves!’  Tao Te Ching


Portland Or Vancouver Wa Doula

My Training

  • Certified Instructor of The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth, AAHCC, 2006
  • Certified Bradley Doula, AAHCC, 2006
  • Certified Placenta Specialist, IPPA, FCEC, 2013
  • Aromatherapy for the Birth Professional, 2015
  • Certified Infant Massage Instructor, 2012 CIMI
  • Spinning Babies Workshop
  • Rebozo Workshop

 

Having Sherilee as our doula made a huge impact in our birth. It made it our story and very personal. It helped us to have the birth that we wanted. We count it as an extraordinary event in our marriage and that wouldn’t have happened without her. It is our story, we are closer because of it and she helped to create that.
— Julie H.

Vancouver & Portland Birth Doula at the following:

Legacy Salmon Creek, Legacy Emmanuel, Peace Health Vancouver, Sunnyside Clackamas, Kaiser Portland, Vancouver Clinic, OHSU, Good Samaritan, Providence Willamette Falls, Providence St. Vincents, Canyon Medical Center, Alma Midwifery, Adventist Health, Andaluz Birth Center & all Home Births