Lauren Constatine

The Greek word Doula means “a woman who serves.” As an experienced birth and postpartum doula, I serve growing families with compassion, unconditional support, and sincerity. I like to describe my birth doula style as “holistic and realistic.” This approach allows me to center the birthing person and ensure that they feel seen and heard as I attend to their mental, emotional, and physical needs throughout the birthing experience. I also provide support to partners and other labor companions - offering encouragement, reassurance, and anticipatory guidance so we can work together as a birth team. My commitment to continued learning allows me to be a trusted source of evidence-based, unbiased information that fosters informed decision making for my clients. I draw upon many comfort measures learned through extensive training and years of experience, these include: position changes for optimal fetal positioning, breathing exercises, HypnoBirthing techniques, and relaxation tools such as touch/massage and aromatherapy.


As a postpartum doula, my focus is helping families recover from birth and adjust to life with a newborn. I individualize my postpartum care to address each family’s unique wants and needs. Whether that means taking care of the baby while the parents have the opportunity to do some self-care or ensuring the household runs as smoothly as possible through meal prep, light housekeeping, or laundry. I enjoy providing informational support by demonstrating newborn care techniques and answering the many questions that parents often have. I consider it a privilege to be part of such a monumental moment in life as families welcome a baby into the world and adjust to their new normal.


My passion for birth work began around age nine as I watched shows like Bringing Home Baby with my mom, admiring the birthing process and inspired to support people through such a miraculous event. My passion was then fueled through High School as I completed a life changing labor & delivery internship culminating in the support of my mentor through her own birth. As I continued my education at Linfield College, my inspiration of reproductive health and advocacy blossomed through deeper study. Motivated by what I learned earning my undergraduate degree, I dove head-first into birth-work by taking immersive, full spectrum doula trainings that provided an outlet for my passions and allowed me to put my knowledge and skills into practice. Since my training, I’ve served over 30+ families for birth and postpartum services, became a Certified HypnoBirthing doula, and have been teaching private and group childbirth education classes. I’m also a placenta specialist and provide placenta encapsulation services.

About Me

I’m a native Oregonian, born and raised in Portland and in the later years moved to Hillsboro. I love music of all kinds! I played the clarinet throughout Middle School and participated in High School marching band where I met my High School sweetheart, and later married him. I enjoy spending time playing with my adopted dog Mr. Walter White, and spending time with my husband by watching movies, going on walks around nearby parks, and camping in the PNW. Often you can find me caring for my huge collection of houseplants and drinking a good cup of coffee.

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Training

Experience

2021

"Adult, Child & Baby First Aid/CPR/AED" recertification through the American Red Cross, online

“Breast/Chest-feeding Education Training for Doulas” with San Diego Breastfeeding Center, online

“Taking Cara Babies” Sleep Training – 0-3 months

“Postpartum Nutrition” Workshop with Cat Binette Nutrition

“Mother Roaster” Training with Sacred Living Movement


2020

“(ICEA) Childbirth Educator Training” through Portland Doula Love, Portland, OR

"Placenta Encapsulation" through Portland Doula Love, Portland, OR

“Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss” Training through Still Birthday


2019

“DONA International Birth Doula Training” through Portland Doula Love

Certified HypnoBirthing Doula – Instructor Training with Kadie Barber, HBCE, CMT, CH, CD(DONA)

6-Month Student Doula Mentorship through Doula Love (Sept 2019 – March 2020)

“Introduction to Childbirth” Training through Portland Doula Love

“Foundation of Lactation 101” Training through Doula Love 

“Essential Oils for Pregnancy & Birth” with Jenn Boom


2018 

Linfield College Graduate of 2018 – B.S. Psychology and Sociology 

"Adult, Child & Baby First Aid/CPR/AED" Recertification Through the American Red Cross

"Bloodborn Pathogens" (BBP) Training through Oregon Food Handlers, online

Education

School

Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology & Sociology - Linfield College: Graduate of 2018

Portland Community College (PPC) Continuing Education Courses (2019-2020)

Professions

Jobs

Birth & Postpartum Doula as an Independent Contractor - Supported 30+ Families

Placenta Preparation Services - 2 Years

13 Years Working as a Professional Nanny

Personal Assistant and Office Coordinator for a Private Doula Agency - 2 Years

Childbirth Educator with Doula Love & Empowered Birth PDX - 2 Years

Admin Assistant in Healthcare - 2 Years

Client Love

Read what these families have to say about their experience with our lovely doulas.

My husband and I had interviewed a couple different Doulas when we were trying to decide who to go with, and Lauren stood out immediately. She was really prepared and organized which I really appreciated, and gave us a lot of information and handouts before we even decided to hire her, which was really unexpected and helpful! The pre-birth sessions and classes we did before our birth with her were helpful and made us feel more prepared. My labor ended up being over 2 days long and Lauren was so supportive and was there the entire time. When the doctors suggested a couple different things during my labor, she was able to talk us through what they meant and why they were suggesting them in terms we could understand and without steering us one way or another. She was an advocate for our needs and wants throughout the whole process. After birth, she came over for the postpartum visits and helped with cleaning and just talking through things and answering my million questions. She was so amazing that we are using her as our Doula for our next baby due in April! :) – Lael S.

Lauren has been the most kind, supportive, and competent postpartum doula for our family. She met us before our baby was born to discuss our postpartum expectations. After our baby was born, Lauren came and stayed during those precious and scary first nights-- supporting and tenderly caring for me and my son. When our son was three months and our nanny option fell through, Lauren came back to help take care of our son and provide postnatal support to me. I am so grateful for the knowledge and support she has provided our whole family. I would recommend her services to anyone. – Jones Family

My partner and I took a private childbirth class by Lauren and I highly recommend using her. She has great information & knowledge and left us both feeling more confident about the birth. As moms I feel these classes come easy to us but for the dads it is a bit uncomfortable. What really stood out to me about Lauren is how comfortable my partner felt. Her class really made a difference for us. After our son was born we looked back at how much we used from Lauren’s class and it was a lot especially for my partner. Being a first-time dad, it’s a very scary time and the class taught him so much! We really appreciated Lauren and all the time and effort she put into preparing us for labor and postpartum. - Samantha C.