Kelly Overly - Administrative Director

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Kelly​ ​Overly​ ​-​ ​Administrative​ ​Director,​ ​Doula
“As humans, we have biology on our side, the innate abilities each birthing parent possesses
provide them with the skills and knowledge needed to nurture and grow human life. This
amazing ability is a source of strength for the birthing person. I believe that each time a new life
comes into the world, the birthing person can draw upon this fundamental strength and
knowledge to help guide the birth process.”
Kelly’s​ ​approach​ ​to​ ​doula​ ​work
There are moments in life that connect us to each other in ways we could have never imagined.
The intersections of woman to mother, of man to father, of individuals forming families, of
science and nature, these are the moments that can seem both miraculous while mundane and
then somehow, blend into one and other seamlessly. Birth is possibly one of the greatest of
these intersections. Within these amazing intersections, great change occurs, and not only is a
child birthed, but so too, is a parent.
As a doula, Kelly supports these intersections where new life is brought into the world and
family grows. She believes in the power of the birthing person and feels called to be of service
and support during a time of great vulnerability and strength. She seeks to help create a birth
experience that feels safe, supported, empowered and loving for everyone involved in the birth
Kelly helps the birthing person through knowledge of natural pain coping techniques, labor
positioning and comfort massage. Kelly believes the power of feeling in control of one’s body
and of one’s desires during the birth experience can greatly enhance the enjoyment felt
surrounding birth – this drives her to help her clients become their own best advocates. She
believes that even the smallest of voices should be heard and respected as if they were the
loudest of roars and one of her goals is that her clients are heard throughout their birth
experiences. This story belongs to you, the birthing family, and Kelly would be honored to assist
you in the specific ways you need to navigate this incredible time in your life.

Kelly’s​ ​background
After years of working as a winemaker, Kelly felt a calling to be of service to families during the
birth year. Kelly volunteers as a labor doula for the Gateway Doula Project at Providence’s
Portland Hospital and with PDX Doulas at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Kelly lives in
NE Portland with her sweetie, Matt, their grumpy old cat Roarie and their adorable French
Bulldog, Duckie. When Kelly isn’t busy supporting birth and new families, she enjoys cooking,
swimming, working on her “goth garden,” finding new teas to try, shopping for vintage dresses
and dancing around the house to bad pop music.

Certification,​ ​Training​ ​&​ ​Education

● DONA-approved Birth Doula Training with Mother Tree Birth Services
● DONA-approved Postpartum Doula Training with Mother Tree Birth Services
● Birth Doula 6-month Internship with Mother Tree Birth Services
● ICEA-approved Childbirth Educator Training with Portland Doula Love
● HypnoBirthing with Kadie Barber HBCE, CD(DONA)
● Culturally Competent Care Training with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
● Collaborative Practice and Professionalism Training with PDX Doulas
● Spinning Babies Training with Tammy Ryan, AvdCD/BDT(DONA), SpBT
● Trauma Informed Care with Mandy Davis Ph.D., LCSW
● The Impact of Stress on the Developing Fetus with Sherri Alderman, MD, MPH, IMH-E
● Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders in Men and Non-Birth Partners with Sam
Stevens, MS, LMFT
● Gender Diversity in Health Care with Amy Penkin, LCSW
● Bridging Theories of Grief with Judith L.M. McCoyd Ph.D., QCSW, LCSW
● Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid/AED Certification
● Advanced Massage and Acupressure Training for Doulas with Jennie King, LAc, LMT
● Basics of Lactation Management for Doulas
● AAAS Enology and Viticulture