About Us

Welcome to the “about us” page.  Because you are here you must want to know more about how our team started and where we are going.

In the year 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 wonderful 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 were working 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.  Today we are the longest-running doula group in Portland!

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

In 2014 we brought on the resource of Milagros Boutique to our business line up. In association with Itsabelly this resource brings Portland the best product reviews and education.

Our desire with our services is to provide a safe landing spot. We focus on supporting families in the childbearing year.  Pregnancy, childbirth, and those first few months are unforgettable.  Our goal is to give clients the nurturing and support they need to 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