Helping Hands Doulas

The Postpartum Care You Deserve

At Helping Hands Doulas, we provide compassionate and personalized care for the whole family following the birth or adoption of a baby. We offer physical and emotional support, which helps new parents feel comfortable, peaceful, and confident. Our helping hands provide the family time to recover and enjoy each other, while reducing the stresses of the outside world. We offer evidence-based information and helpful referrals. Helping Hands Doulas serve families in the greater Portland, Oregon area including Vancouver, Beaverton, Hillsboro,  Aloha, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Wilsonville, Canby, Clackamas, Milwaukie, Happy Valley, Gladstone, and all of Portland.



"Erin has a way of making people feel special and exudes a calm spirit that is contagious. She was so helpful with everything from breastfeeding pointers to baby wearing while I showered."

Elisabeth A

"Erin and Barb are lifesavers! They helped us with our newborn twins, literally day and night. They freed us up so that we could get things done around the house. And even stayed overnight now-and again so that we could get a much needed full night's sleep. Erin and Barb are like family. They stepped right in to help and were super easygoing about it all. We are truly grateful and highly recommend them."

Radcliffe D

Erin and Barb were invaluable to us in the first few weeks of having the twins home from the NICU. Before they came home, Helping Hands came over to help us organize our various "stations" throughout the house, and we developed a plan for doula care for the first few weeks which involved one day and one night shift per week. We felt at ease leaving the little ones with Erin and Barb. It was clear that their experiences as mothers as well as experience with twin families as part of the doula training made them confident in their ability to care for twins. While we took a nap during the day or slept at night, they would care for the babies and do light housekeeping like laundry and dishes. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to other families looking for a life preserver in the early weeks!

Emily P

Barb helped us so much when our second child was born. It was right after my husband returned to work and her calm, knowledgeable and caring presence (and extra pair of hands around the house!) made our transition to a family of four much easier on us all. Not only did she perform light chores such as folding laundry and fixing lunch, she also helped me sort through some breastfeeding issues and soothed the baby while I napped or showered. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate everything she did for us. Thanks Barb!

Carrie U

Baby's Clutch

“The most difficult part of birth is the first year afterwards. It is the year of travail – when the soul of a woman must birth the mother inside her. The emotional labour pains of becoming a mother are far greater than the physical pangs of birth; these are the growing surges of your heart as it pushes out selfishness and fear and makes room for sacrifice and love. It is a private and silent birth of the soul, but it is no less holy than the event of childbirth, perhaps it is even more sacred.” – Joy Kusek