We are excited to start highlighting the members of the Portland Doula Association! We think that this will be a fun way for members of the community to learn a little about who we are and we hope that you enjoy reading about our members.
Our first doula spotlight is Michelle Averill. Michelle is a labor doula and childbirth educator and has been a birth worker for four years.
|What is your name?||Michelle Averill|
|Do you have a business name? If so, leave it here.||Mama Michelle’s Birth Services|
|What birth work do you do?||Labor Doula, Childbirth Educator|
|How long have you been a doula/birth worker?||4 years|
|What did you do before becoming a doula and/or are there other jobs that you do along with your doula work?
I have been a Choir and Band teacher at a private school in Milwaukie for 16 years, which I continue to do while working in the Birth Arts on evenings, weekends, and holidays. I am very fortunate to work at an amazing school that supports my work in this field, and an amazing co-worker (my husband!) who covers my classes if one of my Mamas goes into labor on a school day.
|Please tell us about your business in 3 sentences or less.
I provide Labor Doula support primarily to women who will be birthing in a hospital. I have training in Collaborative Practices with Hospital staff and am very good at creating a healthy working relationship for all. I also teach Childbirth classes out of my home in Milwaukie.
|What is your favorite part about your job?
I love to help women discover how amazing they are, and help them find pride in their strength. I also really love working with the birth Partners and helping them feel like they have an active role in the labor and birth.
|Where do you hope to focus your learning next in your work?
I would really like to expand my knowledge of laboring tools such as Rebozos and Essential Oils.
|Are you a native Portlander? If not, where are you from?
I was born in an Army hospital in California, but have been in the Portland area since shortly after my own birth.
|Do you have a special talent?||I am a trained Vocalist and a pretty skilled knitter.|
|Who is your favorite woman of all time?
My sister, Stephanie, my inspiration for becoming a Doula.
|What’s your favorite band?
|What was the last movie you saw, and did you like it?
I don’t remember what my last movie was, but I like most movies. I’m easy to please.
|Do you speak any other languages?
I speak a little German.
|Describe your perfect day.
Reading a book at the beach!
|What is the best thing that has happened to you this year?
I became an Auntie for the 12th time!
|If you were a crayon, what color would you be?||Plum|
|What is your Zodiac sign?||Sagitarius|
|Would you rather ride a bike or drive a car?||Drive a car|
|Would you bungee jump?||No!|
|What are your favorite pizza toppings?||Canadian Bacon, Pineapple, and hot sauce|
|What super power would you like to have?||Super hearing|
|What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would pay off all debts of mine and my immediate family’s, invest some for our future, and donate a bunch to children’s charities.
|Please name 1-3 other interesting facts about you!
I have two children – a 12 year old daughter, and a 17 year old son who is a senior this year!
I have been married for 17 years to my best friend.
I love to cook, but not bake!