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About itsaBelly

longest running doula and night nanny team in Portland, Oregon

Welcome to the history of itsaBelly, our doula team, and how we are different than local doula agencies. 

In 2000, two years after my last child was born with the help of a doula, I started researching about re-entering the job market.  I met some incredible women through Portland Aspiring Midwives and was reintroduced to the idea of doula care. The one thing holding me back was my small children and feeling like I had to work alone.   I found that most doulas worked in private practice with limited backup support. They could support a small client base, and because of this, most held a second job.  To ease these aspects of the doula profession I created the collective, Renaissance Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals LLC.  

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In 2005 our group became even stronger by bringing on my business partner Deana Andersen-Tennant, a local multiple and preemie specialist.

Deana had been working in the Portland area since 1989 primarily with families expecting twins or more.  It was in 2006 when Melissa Moog started Itsabelly that we knew we wanted to network with her.  It was through this connection that we have built Itsabelly into what it is today. I am so proud to say that we are the longest-running doula group in Portland!

Our desire with our services is to provide a safe landing spot. We focus on supporting families throughout their pregnancy and first year of parenting.  Pregnancy, childbirth, and those first few months are unforgettable.  

Our goal is to nurture and support our clients so they feel confident and turn a time of coping into a time of joy.

Within our group, you can find specialists in birth support, education, multiples, breastfeeding, and childproofing.  Take a few minutes to peruse, get to know us, and then contact us to get more information and schedule an initial visit. Erica Matteson

Our mission

At Itsabelly, we understand that pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenthood can be a challenging journey for new parents. That's why we have a team of experienced professional doulas who offer personalized support to ensure families feel informed, supported, and empowered every step of the way. Our doulas provide emotional, physical, and informational assistance throughout this journey, so you can feel confident and prepared to welcome your little one into the world.

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  • supporting families in Oregon / Washington / Idaho
  • itsabellypdx@gmail.com
  • (503) 493-7390

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