Diverse Doula Project

The Diverse Doula Project 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.

Aleecia Hodges

My name is Aleecia, I am a Birth Doula, Wife and Mother. I enjoy the outdoors, going on hikes, camping trips and occasionally getting away to a hot spring with my family and friends.
Ali Buchanan

Ali Buchanan

Ali is a certified full spectrum doula and childbirth educator where she is honored to work with parents and families to transition into their new roles before and after birth.

Alicia Roach

My name is Alicia Roach, I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I am a mother and teacher to 5 wonderful boys.

Aurora Ayon-Mendoza

My name is Aurora, I was born and raised in Mexico. After marriage, my husband and I moved to the USA, where my three children were born.
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Catherine Braxton CFSD, LMT

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

Desha Reed-Holden, MPH

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.
Dinorah Santana

Elle Molokwu

I am from ancestor of Nigeria whose strength, endurance, and survival penetrates my soul. I adore human diversity and the variances in nature that are provided.
Joyce Zara

Joyce Zara

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.

Katrice Thabet-Chapin

I am the descendent of ancestors from Tanzania, Yemen, and Nigeria. Their journey to this land, in which I currently share space with our indigenous community, was about resiliency, teaching ancestral healing practices, and about safely preserving our lineage through the radical love of our people.

Lilian Olero

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.

Maria (Cleme) Martinez

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

Melissa Sencion

My name is Melissa, I am a wife and mom to a beautiful, energetic, and loving baby girl and four-legged fur baby.

Nanu Saywon

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

Robin Booker

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

Telia Anderson

Telia is a mother of 4 who are all adults and also identifies as a person in long term recovery. She is the owner and founder of Yasiin’s Luv.