Welcome! My name is Marie Hannah and I am The Rose City Doula. When selecting a doula, I understand how important it is to know and trust your caregiver. Birth and postpartum are going to be some of the most vulnerable and transformative experiences of your life.
With that in mind, here’s a bit about me:
Birth, postpartum and lactation spark so much joy and passion for me. I showed an early interest in the magic of childbirth, learning from my mother while she supported our family as a labor and delivery nurse. In my teenage years, I thought I would follow in her footsteps and pursue a degree in nursing after high school. As an undergrad, I began working as a postpartum nursing assistant in the hospital system and after five years of helping parents on their postpartum journeys, it became clear that I was being called to support and help advocate for birthing people and their partners as they bring their babies earthside.
Over the span of my career in the hospital system, I have supported hundreds of families through the physical and emotional aspects of birth and postpartum recovery, including the uniquely beautiful and challenging adventure of breastfeeding. This experience has bestowed upon me a wealth of knowledge that will greatly benefit my clients. Making your lives easier is my goal!
I understand the frustrations and complications birthing people can experience without an advocate with them in the hospital. I am committed to creating a safe space, empowering my clients and advocating on their behalf when needed. I will assist in curating the birthing experience you’ve always imagined for yourself. My goal is to prepare and support you throughout the powerful and transformative experience of childbirth. As your doula, I will ensure that you are presented with an array of options and help you make informed decisions about your care. I pack a variety of tools in my kit including on-the-spot problem solving (for when things inevitably stray from the original birth plan) and years of experience with birthing people from all walks of life. I strive to provide a warm and grounding presence to my clients and promise to bring an open mind and heart to every family I have the privilege to work with.
Outside of my doula work I love spending time with my fiancé and our newly adopted lab puppy Winnie! We are Portland natives that love the outdoors and trying new restaurants, so I’m always up for a recommendation. I have a passion for cooking and baking so don’t be surprised if I bring goodies with me to appointments.
Doulaversity: tens unit certification
Healthy children’s Project: certified lactation counselor training
Infant, child, and adult CPR certification
Dona international: birth doula training
Dignity in Pregnancy and Childbirth – Addressing Implicit Bias