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Doula recommendation the Vancouver area

We've had many previous discussions about Portland-area Doulas and Doula services.  However, Jane writes to request Doula recommendation on the other side of the Columbia River:

My sister in law is due this May.  She and her partner are having the babe at the SW Washington Medical Center.  Though she would have loved to have the baby at home they can't afford it.  Can any of you Mamas recommend a doula that works out of the Vancouver area?  They live in Ridgefield but will be in Vancouver for the birth.  Thanks so much!

I am almost certain that some Portland area Doulas will also attend births in Washington but I'm not sure if there is state-specific licensing that requires a Doula to be licensed before attending births in a certain state.  Do any of you mamas or even local Doulas have any recommendations to share?


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I've recommended her before, but I'll do it again, 'cause I love her so much. I live in Vancouver and she came to our house, so I think the area is not a problem for her.

Her name is Shari Saldana (http://www.preciousbirthdoula.com). She was perfect for us and was such a great support at the birth. She worked with me and my husband to make the birthing experience perfect.

I'm due in April and we'll be using Shari again!

I second Shari. As far as I know, she is still partnered with Rhonda Davis (www.davisdoula.com). They make a fabulous team. They both get to know you so it doesn't matter which one actually attends your birth. You can't go wrong with these ladies. I can't say enough about the power of having a doula at your birth. For me, it was so calming for me to know that no matter what else was unpredictable, I would have either Rhonda or Shari at my side. I didn't have a doula for my first child and have regretted it ever since.

Pacific Midwifery delivers at Legacy Salmon Creek. I don't have personal experience with them, but they do waterbirth, etc in the hospital setting. If she is not too tied in with SW through insurance and all that, it might be an option worth looking into. Also, they might have doulas that they can recommend.
If anyone out there has personal experience with these folks, good or bad, I would love to hear it.

Using a doula is one of the best choices you can make! Our doula was wonderful and while she isn't in your area, I'm sure she'd be happy to steer you in the right direction (and honestly, I'm not sure how far she's willing to travel... worth asking though!) Here's her website & contact info, and best of luck!

I am a Birth Doula and work in the Vancouver area as well as the PDX area. There are no specific license requirements that restricts Doulas from doing both...

I had my first born last May, and our doula was SADIE from Mother Tree Birth here in Portland. SADIE is an amazing doula, friend, and woman. I highly recommend you check out the Mother Tree Birth Services website! Happy and healthy pregnancy to you!

Another plug for Shari and Rhonda. They are a team, so I selected them both but Rhonda was with me for the birth of my daughter in August and she was WONDERFUL. She was with me from 9:30PM until I finally gave birth at almost 3:00 in the afternoon the next day. She was so encouraging, calming, and a source of strength. I couldn't imagine having done it without her. I can't recommend them more highly. I actually interviewed them based on the feedback I read here - so THANK YOU ladies!!

You have to pick the Doula that matches your personality, so I'd recommend after interviewing several, meet 2-3 and chose from there.

Mother Tree Doula Services provides professional doula support for birth and postpartum in the greater Vancouver area. Very experienced with working with the staffs of the SWWMC and Legacy Salmon Creek & Pacific Midwifery. www.mothertreebirth.com

Just gave birth last week to a beautiful boy. I loved my doula, Amanda Strauss. She is with Mother Tree. She helped me through a long a delivery without any pain meds. The delivering doctor even asked for her card and she worked very well in team with the RN.
She came to our home several times to get to know us and has been over again with awesome advice for a newborn.

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