Teresa Purkiss

I believe that to become a parent is to experience a monumental shift in your perspective on the world and your place within it. I recognize that not everyone experiences this shift at the same time or in the same ways. My goal as a postpartum doula is to support your family where you are today, in the present moment, and to join you on your parenting journey for a brief period of time, in order to give you the space to fully connect to the newest member of your family. As your postpartum doula I will sit and listen with an open heart and an open mind, ready to cry with you or to laugh with you, I will lend a hand to help lighten your load, and I will offer information and connect you with resources when needed. My goal is to honor your preferences and instincts as you find your footing as a parent. I want to give you the help you need so you have space to bond with your new baby and all the tools you need to make the best decisions for you and your family.

 

I came to doula work from a deeply personal place. Becoming a mother was the single most impactful event of my life and it changed me to my core. After the birth of my second daughter, I knew that I was called to this work, I love everything about birth and breastfeeding and feel such a deep connection to other parents trying to navigate this complex and often-times difficult job of raising tiny humans. I understand how overwhelming it can feel at times and truly believe that we find solace in understanding that we are not in this alone, and even the most difficult days are easier to manage when we have the support of our community.

In 2013 I went back to school to become a Lactation Consultant and Postpartum Doula. I completed my postpartum doula training with Birthingway College of Midwifery in 2019 and received my Certificate in Human Lactation from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in June of 2021. With these two programs, I spent over 350 hours working with families virtually and in person on lactation and postpartum care. I strive to be a warm, caring support to families as they welcome a new member to into their folds.

 

While Teresa’s heart will always stay rooted in Virginia, she has been a happy transplant to the Pacific Northwest since 2004. She currently lives in Sherwood, OR with her husband, two daughters and four-legged child, Max. She is a wife, mother, knitter, bibliophile, podcast host, beer and wine enthusiast, and nature lover. She is proud to be part of the team at Stumptown Doulas and also works part time with Northwest Mother’s Milk Bank. When she’s not working or studying, Teresa can be found traipsing around the beautiful state of Oregon, hiking, looking for waterfalls, picking berries, and bravely dipping her toes into the frigid waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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Training

Experience

2021:

"Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training" with Teela Foxworth, MA, Portland, OR

"Basic Life Support for Health Professionals" Recertification through the American Red Cross

2019:

"Postpartum Doula Workshop: Supporting Transitions After Birth" through Birthingway College of Midwifery

"Infant Feeding in Emergencies" with Amber Ziring, MPH, MSW, IBCLC, Portland, OR

Education

School

Certificate in Human Lactation through OHSU-PSU School of Public Health, Portland, OR - 2021

Bachelor of the Arts in Theatre Arts through Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA - 2003

Professions

Jobs

Milk Processing Technician with Northwest Mother's Milk Bank - 2019-present

Costumer for theatre and film - 8 years experience

Client Love

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