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Mary Rose Robinson, CD (DONA)


Birth and Postpartum Doula

I believe being a doula is an identity as well as an occupation. It is my mission to support each woman’s right to safely birth in a way that aligns with her emotional, physical, and relational needs and desires. I am so blessed that my work allows me to be witness to the beauty and power of your effort during this peak life experience and to be of use to you through all of the deeply difficult work you accomplish in the process.

I support birthing in whatever way the mother desires.  It is my work to empower birthing persons and their partners and foster their self-determination of the ways in which they want to bring a new human into the world. I love providing comfort measures during labor, advocacy to assure that mothers can give truly informed consent, and resources to help throughout this amazing transition. This all contributes to creating a supportive atmosphere in which the birthing person can feel powerful in her transition to motherhood of the new baby.  Very often it is not What happens in a birth that determines a mother's satisfaction with her experience, but How it happens. As a birth doula, I help you advocate for yourself so that you are fully informed of your choices and in charge of your care.  I also specialize in births and postpartum care for multiples, cesarean birth, natural birth, and VBACs.  As a postpartum doula, I take a hands-on approach to supporting your family in adjusting to life with a new member. I believe every family needs and deserves a doula with a calm, knowledgeable, and affirmative presence to help them succeed, and thrive, during this momentous (beautiful and challenging) change. 

A twin mom myself, I am intimately acquainted with the specific joys and challenges of carrying, birthing, and caring for multiples. My twins were born via cesarean and I specialize in supporting families with the unique needs this situation creates.  I also have a special love for supporting a birthing person seeking a VBAC. 

When I’m not with a birthing person or a family welcoming a new member, I can be found discussing the intricacies of Minecraft with my twin boys, or twirling in my living room while my daughter sings that cool Disney song for the five hundredth time.  My self care includes mindful yoga and extensive (though not necessarily practical) food gardening.

Training and Qualifications

  • DONA Certified Birth Doula

  • DONA-approved Birth Doula training with Mother Tree Doula Service

  • DONA-approved Postpartum Doula training with Mother Tree Doula Service

  • Lamaze Childbirth Educator Skills Training 

  • Intensive 6 month Mother Tree Birth Doula Internship

  • Trauma Informed Care Training 

  • Collaborative Practice Training, Legacy Health Women's Services

  • Cultural Competency Training with Mother Tree Doula Service

  • Certified OHA Traditional Healthcare Worker (Doula designation)

  • Basics of Lactation Management for Doulas

  • Adult and Infant CPR/AED Certification

Previous Education

  • Masters in Physics; 2013 University of Oregon

  • B.S. Physics; 2006 University of Oregon

  • B.S. Women's and Gender Studies; 2001 University of Oregon 

Covid-19 Precautions

Heart and Hands Doula Service is fully committed to doing our part to keep you and your family safe, including:

  • Fully vaccinated with two doses of a mRNA vaccine + mRNA booster

  • Maintaining masking around you and your family

  • Washing hands often and immediately upon arrival in your home

It would be an honor to have the opportunity to share this time with you.  I will work for you to support you in birthing in a way that aligns with your emotional, physical, and relational needs and desires. I will work with you to create an atmosphere where you can feel confident, informed, and surrounded with care, love, and respect.

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