About Helping Hands Doulas

Erin Anderson and Barb Larrison formed Helping Hands Doulas in 2018. They have been friends and colleagues for eight years, supporting each other in their journeys through parenthood. They are excited to guide new parents through their transition into parenthood and help as they begin their own parenting journey.  Barb and Erin work as a team, offering each other back-up, sharing resources, and providing continuity of care when both day and night shifts are needed.



Erin Anderson is a postpartum doula practicing in Portland, Oregon. Erin was trained and certified by Birthingway College of Midwifery. Erin welcomes the opportunity to be a calming and encouraging presence in households as families adjust to the arrival of a new baby. Erin has experience working with families with twins and with families experiencing postpartum depression and anxiety. Erin is a volunteer and board member for Baby Blues Connection. She lives in Southeast Portland with her husband Sam and her son Nico.



As a postpartum doula, Barb is honored to have the opportunity to “Mother the Mother” as she transitions into her new role. Barb is a transplant from New York and understands the need for postpartum support, when extended family is often so far away. She has earned a postpartum doula certification from Birthingway College of Midwifery. Barb has experience with multiples and overnight shifts. She has cared for children of all ages. Barb has worked with infants and toddlers as a daycare provider and has taught school aged children. Barb enjoys hiking, biking, reading, cooking and gardening. She lives in SE Portland with her husband and two daughters.