Postpartum Doula Program

The extra help you need

WHA’s postpartum doulas are advocates for you—both during and after pregnancy. They can help you get the most out of your care, address other challenges in your life and ease the transition to parenthood. The program is currently offered at our Northwest Perinatal Center East, Gateway and Oregon City offices.

What is a doula?

We’re glad you asked! A doula is a woman trained to assist another woman during all or parts of pregnancy, childbirth and caring for a newborn. A doula is not your health care provider, but someone with extra knowledge, experience and training who supports, assists and advocates for you and your needs during this time.

WHA’s Postpartum Doula Program begins before your child is born during your pregnancy. Your doula can help you get the most out of your obstetric care by addressing things that could be standing in the way, like transportation or childcare. For eight to 12 weeks after your baby is born (“postpartum”), your doula can continue to support and advocate for you, helping you with the transition to parenting a newborn or caring for a growing family if you already have children at home.

How your doula can help during pregnancy

  • Helping to resolve transportation and child care issues
  • Connecting you to community resources
  • Answering questions or addressing concerns you have about your care

How your doula can help postpartum

  • Providing baby feeding and newborn care support, such as soothing, diapering and bathing
  • Checking on your emotional and physical recovery from birth
  • Doing light housekeeping, meal preparation or sibling care to help you feel less overwhelmed
  • Connecting you to the birth control method that’s right for you
  • Providing referrals to local resources, such as parenting classes, pediatricians, lactation support and support groups


The Postpartum Doula Program at WHA is funded through a grant partnership so we are currently able to offer this program at no charge.

Signing up

Talk to your provider or one of our postpartum doulas at Pathways group or while in clinic.

Pregnancy, Birth & Postpartum

The journey to motherhood can be one of the most wonderful times in a woman’s life. It can also be a time filled with uncomfortable questions and concerns (why is your belly button doing that?!). From conception to birth plans, prenatal screenings to postpartum visits and midwives to physicians—we’re passionate about finding the path that’s right for you.

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Northwest Perinatal Center – East

5050 NE Hoyt Street, Suite 230
Portland, 97213
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Check Accepted

If you’re pregnant and want to begin care at WHA–or need to schedule an appointment during your pregnancy, call us! Find a provider and location here.

Please have your insurance information handy before you begin scheduling.

This will allow our teams to check whether your plan may require a referral for the care you need or to prepare benefits information to share with you at your visit. If you do not enter insurance information when scheduling, you may be asked to pay a $200-$500 deposit before receiving service.