Leah Castaneda

Every Mama Doula Services
(415) 871-7487

Serving Portland and the surrounding area (Tigard, Beaverton, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, Happy Valley, Oregon City, Vancouver)
Fee $25/hour
Free in-home consultation

When my son was born in 2012, I experienced first-hand how overwhelming life with a newborn can be. I was completely unprepared for the physical, emotional, and practical challenges of those early days and weeks and I was unable to fully experience the joy and wonder of that fleeting time.
During my second pregnancy I followed the advice of our midwife and sought out a Postpartum Doula. The difference was profound. I discovered that having a knowledgeable and empathetic woman by my side allowed me to truly enjoy my daughter and to feel confident in my ability to care for and nourish her.

As a Certified Postpartum Doula I will provide you with the individualized support you need following the birth or adoption of your baby, recognizing that each family is unique. This support can include:

  • Education and assistance with newborn care
  • Breastfeeding and/or bottle-feeding support
  • Preparation of meals and snacks
  • Light housekeeping (laundry, dishes, etc.)
  • Sibling care and integration
  • Compassionate, non-judgmental emotional support as you process the birth and adjust to life with a newborn
  • Care for baby while you take a much-needed nap or shower

In addition to my work as a Postpartum Doula, I volunteer with Baby Blues Connection, a non-profit that provides support, information and resources to women and families coping with pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders.

When I am not supporting new mothers, I can be found baking muffins, reading books aloud, or marveling at the boundless energy and creativity of my two wild children.