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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Alicia Roach

THW/Medicaid Doula & Private Pay

My name is Alicia Roach, I was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. I am a mother and teacher to 5 wonderful boys. My journey as a Doula began about 18 years ago long before I even knew of the term.
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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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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.

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

My name is Cynthia and I am based in Tigard, OR. Originally from Los Angeles CA. Soy Mexicana, both parents from Jalisco.

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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.
Elsa Jeny Orozco Sanchez

Elsa Jeny Orozco Sanchez

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & 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.

Erika Zamora Valle

THW/Medicaid Doula (pending) & Private Pay

My name is Erika Zamora Valle.
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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.

Hanna Voronina

Doula-in-Training

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 (pending) & 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.
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Irena Cheredayko

Doula-in-Training

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.
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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

Doula-in-Training

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 (pending) & 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.

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.

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.

Monet Minnieweather

Postpartum Doula

My name is Monet. I am 25 years old, and I have spent more than half of my young life helping families raise their children.

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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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

Hi there! I was born in Central America, and raised in San Francisco California. Moved to state of Oregon to build a family and provide services to the community as a Birth Doula.