Diverse Doula Program

The Diverse Doula Program is a community based doula program dedicated to creating spaces for diverse doulas, especially Black, Indigenous, Latino/a/x, Asian and other racially and linguistically diverse, underrepresented doulas, to reclaim, celebrate, and receive mentorship and emotional support to practice their cultural and traditional birth and postpartum models of care. Based on client requests and preferences, DDP matches expectant parents with culturally specific doulas to help families successfully navigate and mitigate social determinants of health such as racism, stress, poverty, education, employment, housing, and access to other culturally specific services.

What is a Community Based Doula

A community based doula is a trusted member of their respective community who is:

  • Dual trained to provide both birth and postpartum support
  • Provides more prenatal and postpartum visits

Community Based Doulas identify as members of racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious, LGBTQ, or lived experience (addictions, homelessness, DV/IPV, teen pregnancy, refugee, military, incarcerated, etc.) community that they serve.

As an organization, Community Doula Alliance uses a reproductive, economic justice, and racial equity framework in order to increase awareness and promote the number of Black, Indigenous & Latino/a/x doulas in the workforce.

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Aleecia Hodges

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

Hello I’m Aleecia, a Certified Birth Doula, Certified Lactation Education Specialist and Mama of two. Like most Oregonians, outdoor activities bring me peace and spending time with my family warms my heart.
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Alma Landon

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

I’m trained to advise, inform, and offer emotional and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and after the birth of her child with a calm and peaceful mindset.
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Alondra Berber-Chavez

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

I am bilingual in Spanish & English. My goal is to help pregnant individuals recognize the value of their birth and baby. 

Aurora Corona

Aurora Corona

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & Private Pay

Beatriz Gutierrez

Beatriz Gutierrez

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

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Catherine Braxton CFSD, LMT

Private Pay

My name is Catherine, as being a Black Queer trauma informed full spectrum doula, an educator, herbal enthusiast and licensed massage and Craniosacral Therapist.

Claudia Salazar

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

Mi nombre es Claudia Salazar, vivo en Troutdale oregon. Soy de Jalisco, estoy casada tengo 2 maravillosos hijos. Ahora estoy orgullosamente certificada como Doula de nacimiento y feliz de poder apoyar a todas las mamás que necesitan apoyo emocional durante el embarazo,parto y postarto.

Cleme Martinez

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

My name is Maria Clementina, I am from Mexico and grew up in a little town where traditional medicine was common.
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Cynthia Preciado

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & Private Pay

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DeJunique Brown

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

My name is DeJunique, along this journey of pregnancy care knowledge, I realized that a lot of traditional and cultural practices have been lost due to the westernization of birth…

Desha Reed-Holden, MPH

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

My name is Desha a native of South Central, Los Angeles, CA. She holds a Masters of Public Health with a concentration in Health Equity from Xavier University of Louisiana.
Emily Ker

Emily Ker

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

I grew up with a lot of different cultural influences. My mom is Brazilian, my dad is American, I was born in the Philippines, and grew up in Mozambique and Malawi.

Erika Márquez

Erika Márquez

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & Private Pay

Erika Zamora Valle

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

My name is Erika Zamora Valle.
Mexican
My ancestral heritage was formed by a traditional midwife grandmother and a traditional hiervera grandmother, I served at the Gynecology-Obstetrics Hospital and had the opportunity to compare a birth at home and in hospitals.
Esther Pierre

Esther Pierre

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & Private Pay

Estrela Martinez

Estela Martinez

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

Hanna Voronina

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & Private Pay

As a mother of two beautiful children, my journey into the world of childbirth and maternal care began with the profound experiences of my own pregnancies. These transformative moments ignited within me a passion and a calling to support and guide others through their own unique childbirth journeys.

Heidi Acosta

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

My name is Heidi Acosta. I was born in Nayarit, Mexico but have lived in Oregon most of my life. I am fluent in English and Spanish.
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Idara Ette

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

Idara’s doula practice was inspired by her mission to become an advocate and her purpose in life is to radiate; love, happiness and joy. She became a doula because she has a deep passion and devotion for supporting families during the childbearing years.
Indira Shelley

Indira Shelley

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

I am Mexican and was born in Tijuana, Mexico. I have been married for 27 years and from that marriage three wonderful children emerged.
I studied business administration in Tijuana and after eight years married to my husband, we decided to move to the United States for the first time. It was a difficult journey for me because it was another country, culture, customs and another language. But when you set goals in your life and want to be successful, yes, you can achieve it.
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Irena Cheredayko

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & Private Pay

A multi-talented force for positive change, weaving compassion and expertise into every facet of her life. With a rich background as a doula, social worker, health educator CHW, and translator, Irena has dedicated two decades to making a meaningful impact on the well-being of individuals and community.
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Janelle Lowery

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

I am a Holistic Full Circle Doula of Color happily supporting families of all kinds in the Vancouver, WA, Portland, OR metro areas. As a Full Circle Doula, I am passionate about education when it comes to pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum and provide evidence based information to help you make informed decisions about your care.
Jeny Orozco

Jeny Orozco

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

My name is Elsa Jeny Orozco Sanchez. I was born in Mexico, I currently live in Portland, OR. I am married and have 2 children of my own. I feel blessed to be part of this incredible profession, being able to support each mother, during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum; physically, emotionally.

Joyce Zara

Joyce Zara

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

My name is Joyce Zara, I am a Full Spectrum Doula/Birth Companion, poet, storyteller, grief tender, survivor, culture bearer, and a ceremonialist residing in Portland, OR.
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Joy Sadi

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & Private Pay

I am from Democratic Republic of the Congo. My dedication to supporting birthing people through their journeys as a doula is truly inspiring.

Katrice Thabet-Chapin

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

Katrice, affectionately known as Kat, is a dedicated mother to four beautiful and brilliant daughters, as well as a sassy cat, an elusive hamster, and sociable betta fish. She goes by the pronouns she/her and is passionate about uplifting reproductive and environmental justice within her community of birthing people.

Kenia Ayala

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

I am a migrant from Honduras, located in Central America. I Moved to Oregon when I was 12 years old. I built a family and I love providing services to the community as a Birth Doula.

Lina Thomas

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

I am a doula and a Ph.D. in Statistics. How come? Well, during my teenage years I started practicing meditation and since then have dreamed of having a job that uses it.

Lilian Olero

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

Lilian is a CHW/PSS/CLC/Birth Doula and also a co-founder of Pendo La Mama Doula services that specialized in doula support in Portland Oregon.
Lucia Estrada

Lucia Estrada

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & Private Pay

Lulu Garcia

Lulu Garcia

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

Luz Torres

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & Private Pay

Hello, my name is María de la Luz Torres. I am 36 years old. I am a proud Latina Birth Doula. I speak Spanish and English therefore I am bilingual.
Marie Paul Joseph

Marie Paul Joseph

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & Private Pay

Maritza Cime

Maritza Cime

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

Marree Jefferies

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & Private Pay

Hello! My name is Marree Jefferies. I was born and raised in Portland Oregon in the North and North East neighborhoods. I have a Bachelor’s of Science (BS) in Psychology from Portland State University.
Martina Chavez

Martina Chavez

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

Nanu Saywon

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

NanuSaywon is dedicated to walking alongside birthing people and their partners through their
pregnancy, birth and postpartum journeys.
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Nellie Dande

Private Pay

Robin Booker

Robin Booker

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

Hello! I am Robin Booker, Labor & Postpartum Doula stationed in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Trained through Birthingway College of Midwifery.

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Veronica Blay-Kenya

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & Private Pay

My name is Veronica, I am a multi lingual doula, I speak English, French, Twi, Fanti, Nzema. My being here, is as a result of my love for mothers and their children.

Wendy Maravilla

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

I was born in Central America and raised in San Francisco California. I moved to state of Oregon to build a family and provide services to the community as a Birth Doula.
Yemaly Perez Alexander

Yemaly Alexander

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

Yemaly is a native Venezuelan growing up with two brothers and two sisters, in both urban and farming areas. Academically educated in Maracaibo and immigrating to the US in 1992 she received her Certificate of Naturalization in March of 2017.