2015 PDA Doula Spotlight: Michelle Averill

Michelle AverillWe 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
Web Site http://mamamichellesbirthservices.com
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MamaMichelleLaborDoula
Email michelle@mamamichellesbirthservices.com
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!