|Mary Taylor, DONA Trained more doulas|
|I have had many wonderful experiences throughout my life, and many of them have inspired me to share what I have learned. I have been working with babies and families for many years in both formal and informal ways. Recently my desire to work with and support families and breastfeeding has led me to doula work. I was trained as an occupational therapist, but rather unexpectedly fell into day care work, where I discovered how much I loved being with children. I worked as a preschool teacher in a community day care center for two years, then as head teacher in an infant/toddler program at a large university day care center for two and a half years. I left to start my own family. Having an empowering and joyful homebirth experience led me to teach childbirth and breastfeeding classes for the next 4 years, and to become an ICEA (International Childbirth Education Association) certified instructor. When we decided to homeschool I spent many wonderful years with my children, helping to facilitate homeschool groups, activities and support with other families. |
We raised our children in rural Maine, and moved to the big city of Portland 10 years ago, where we love combining our city and country interests by growing food and riding our bikes to great bakeries! I have been married to a wonderful man for almost 30 years. As a family practice doctor and homeopath, he has been my inspiration and tutor. I have two wonderful sons who continue to amaze me as I watch them follow their life paths with their partners. I am so fortunate to have a granddaughter with whom I am able to spend lots of time. I love hiking, backpacking, canoeing, knitting, cooking, eating and how big the trees are in Oregon.
I am so excited to be doing this work with women and families. I love that the work of doulas is continuing the tradition of support that women have offered each other for generations. I love being that extra set of hands you sometimes need, offering a listening ear, and an encouraging word, and helping you become a family. I feel honored to be a part of this amazing time in your lives. It is my firm belief that by empowering women in their birth experiences, by supporting families and by parenting with gentleness and love, we impact our community in far reaching ways and help make the world a better and more peaceful place.
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