Why does collaborative practice matter?

In order to preserve the doula profession (the ability to freely attend any birth at any hospital) respect must be given and returned. This training focuses on widening perspectives, understanding the different roles of the birth team, and troubleshooting communication from birth team member to birth team member. Rather than teaching about birth, the family, and the doula, this class examines how to give and garner respect in the community. Our primary goal is to create and maintain a culture of professionalism amongst all those who care for families.




Denise Beaudoin, ICCE, CD (DONA)

Denise is a wife, mother and grandmother. She has been a doula and childbirth educator for over 30 years. She is currently the Supervisor of the Pregnancy and Parenting Education Program for Legacy Health System, as well as a staff prenatal educator for Oregon Health and Science University. She has done extensive work training childbirth educators and was an approved doula trainer for DONA. For the last 25 years, Denise has served locally on the NACEF Board of Directors, she has also served on the advisory board of PDX Doulas.





Jesse is a visionary in the field of integrated women’s healthcare. She brings her skills as a doula, trainer, educator, speaker, writer, change agent, and resource to support the creation of new models of maternity care.

For the past decade she has supported healthy birth outcomes as a Lamaze Childbirth Educator, DONA International Birth and Postpartum Doula Trainer, and Founder of Mother Tree International. She has supported thousands of families and doulas in the childbearing year.

As a leader in the field, she led the clinical design team for Providence Health Systems Pregnancy Care Package and became the first staff doula of their integrated healthcare model. She is a founding member of the Oregon Doula Association (ODA) and chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee. She is a liaison to the State of Oregon Traditional Healthcare Workers Systems Integration subcommittee working on creating sustainable systems of doula support within the system. She has worked for multiple health systems to improve health equity.



Stacey Marshall, A.S., IBCLC,CD(DONA)

Stacey was initially inspired to become a birth and postpartum doula through the births of her two children. She took her DONA doula training in Los Angeles in 2002 and since has seen hundred of families blossom into their true parenting selves. Stacey draws on her knowledge and experience to help support and educate fellow doulas as they take their doula practice(s) to the next professional level.

In addition to being a Collaborative Practice Trainer, she also is a Childbirth Educator, practicing doula, IBCLC (International Board Certified Lactation Consultant) and faculty at Birthingway College of Midwifery.


Who should take this training?

Doulas, doulas in training, care providers, midwives, childbirth educators, and anyone involved in the care of birthing families. PDX Doulas generally conducts this training in the spring and fall with an additional summer training when interest is strong. If you would like to sign up for the next training, please register here! This training is eligible for four CEUs from DONA and ICEA.

Our next Collaborative Practice Advanced Doula Training date is TBD.  All trainings are held at the Oregon Health and Sciences University in Portland, Oregon.

Early registration is highly recommended as this training tends to fill up quickly. Registration is complete once payment has been received. Please complete the online registration form here!

If you need help finding the location, feel free to PRINT this map of the OHSU campus.