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 three decades 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 was the lead doula on 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 board member of the Oregon Doula Association (ODA) since 2013, six years as Policy and Advocacy Chair and is the current Education Chair.
She has two years representing ODA as liaison to the State of Oregon Traditional Healthcare Workers Systems Integration subcommittee at the Oregon Health Authority working on creating sustainable systems of doula support within the system. She has worked for multiple health systems to improve health equity. She is the founding Facebook Power Admin of Doula Talk, a thriving social media group of over 17k members. Jesse is also the Executive Director for the sister doula groups: Gateway Doula Group affiliated Women’s Health Associates and PDX Doulas affiliated with Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU).
Over the past 15 years she has trained birth professionals internationally from Iceland, Germany, Mexico and Spain and across the United States. She became passionate about the models developing in Trauma Informed Care (trained with TIC Oregon Trainer program) and how they apply directly towards health care equity across diverse populations, specifically people of color.
Jesse has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Oregon, prior career in education, leadership, marketing, hospitality, team building, business best practices. She grew up in a family of entrepreneurs and thus believes that every part of the process is important to know intimately.
She has training as a professional midwife, is a mother of two teen boys and is dedicated to the promoting the health and wellbeing of families in first 1000 days. She herself experienced Postpartum Depression and Anxiety with both Postpartum periods and tributes a journey into nature in the remote Lower Columbia Gorge basin as part of her healing journey.
She’s become a Certified Forest Therapy Guide with the Association and Nature and Forest Therapy and leads groups and corporate teams on Forest Bathing Walks. In her spare time she tends her garden and a menagerie of Farm Animals including the “IG famous” Rocky the Donkey who does Donkey Therapy.
Mecca was born and raised in the Bronx (New York). She is a trained Birth and Postpartum Doula. She really enjoys supporting families from birth and beyond. She became a doula after receiving doula care with her first baby. This includes providing emotional support during birth and advocating for the families throughout the birthing process. To support the families during the postpartum process, she focuses on health, parent education; while making sure they have the necessary resources to help them succeed. Mecca feels the most rewarding part is being able to work with families to help them achieve their goals. She has a Master’s Degree in Library Science and is a former Children’s Librarian and worked for The New York Public Library for 10 years.
Christine D’Esposito is a skilled Mentor, Doula, and Trainer with over fifteen years of experience in the field of birth work. Christine is the co-owner and Director of Programs at Birthing from Within International and works as a Doula consultant, helping to establish equitable community doula programs to serve Medicaid patients in hospital systems. She is a natural leader and innovator with a strength for navigating the unknown.
Liz Haebe began her doula career in October of 2017 when she was a doula for a good friend’s birth and has never looked back. That birth, and the subsequent births since that time, have changed the fabric of her life as she continues to help other families in the Portland/Vancouver area welcome their new littles ones into their own lives. If you asked Liz if being a doula was ever something she thought of, she would tell you no, but it seems pretty obvious she was meant for this! Liz is dedicated to helping clients advocate for their best possible births, ask questions and most of all, get the help and support they need in some of the most vulnerable times of their lives.
Astrid Castro is the Director and founder of Adoption Mosaic a Portland based organization which strives to connect, honor, and serve the adoption constellation through innovation in education, practices and support services. For thirty plus years, Astrid has traveled the country to lead youth groups, present workshops on transracial parenting, talking with children about adoption and various other workshops focusing on adoption.
Prior to creating Adoption Mosaic, Astrid worked in both the private and public sectors of various adoption organizations such as the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC), Holt International and Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange, to name just a few.In 2017 Astrid and Jesse launched their first collaborative Adopting Trauma Informed Care training.
Astrid’s personal experiences as an adoptee, a woman of color, and growing up in a white family and community, fuel her professional path to helping others. Astrid is aware of the benefits of post-adoption services for individuals and their families and seeks to bring these services to the adoption community. Her life-long interest in adoption is rooted in her own adoption at the age of four from Colombia (along with her older sister). Astrid has been in reunion since December 2012 with her birth family in Colombia.
When Astrid is not working she loves to spend time with family, friends and enjoying the adventures of life as the mama of an amazing teenage daughter.
Leticia West is a full time birth, postpartum doula and placenta encapsulation specialist. She is a co-lead doula for the Mother Tree Internship and THW Training Track. She serves on the Oregon Doula Associations Board of Directors as Membership Chair. She is committed to bringing doulas together to connect with resources and families throughout the state of Oregon.
I absolutely love being of service as a doula! I have said yes to my true calling for over a decade and am honored to have provided birth doula care to over 300 families. My support journey began in 2010 with teaching prenatal yoga. I adored nurturing the mind/body connection of my yoga students and became captivated by their often polarizing discussions about birth options.
Sarah Wort is a DONA Certified Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Postpartum Support International (PSI) Local Support Coordinator and Reiki practitioner in the Mid-Willamette Valley. She moved with her husband to Oregon from the UK in 2005. After giving birth to their two sons, the life transition into parenthood gave Sarah the opportunity to realize that her true passion was to support others through this important time in their lives.
My life experience has enriched my doula work by helping me to become a more empathetic, intuitive, and active listener. My goal as your doula is to hold space for you, provide comfort physically and emotionally, and encourage you to listen to your intuition as you navigate this journey called birth. My specialties as a doula include evidence based information, trauma informed care, aromatherapy, and breastfeeding support. Out of hospital birth support has a special place in my heart as well.
One of my favorite ways to connect with my clients and build relationship is over sharing a meal together. Nothing is quite like bringing a piece of yourself in the form of delicious food and creating the opportunity for honest discussion, laughter, and getting to know each other.
In addition to being a birth doula, I also love supporting families as a postpartum doula, placenta specialist, and studying to become a future childbirth educator.
I grew up in a small town out in the Gorge on 5 acres of land where we had horses, goats, chickens, etc. At university I studied American Sign Language interpreting in Minneapolis, but knew I would always make my way back to the West Coast. I love to travel and try to visit a new place every year. I’ve been to 14 countries in Europe, Canada, 40 of the states, and hopefully Mexico soon. I have a deep love for languages, culture, history, and people.
I’m so happy to be raising my 3 boys here in the PNW in such a beautiful part of the world. We love to be in nature, especially camping, hiking, and swimming.
Working with parents has always brought me joy. I have been a mother’s helper, a babysitter, a nanny, and a Birth and Postpartum doula. I have four kids who have guided my entire journey into being a birth and postpartum doula. Three rambunctious boys who are 12, 10, 6, and one sassy little girl who is 4. They keep me on my toes. They have inspired me in ways that I could never have imagined.
When I can actually find some free time I like to go with my family into the mountains and gaze at the stars. There’s something so relaxing about looking up and seeing just a small part of the universe spread out before you. When I’m not gazing at the stars I’m spending my time being a Mom, running my business, occasionally diamond painting, and always doing extra research on how to be the best doula I can be. I combined my love of Motherhood and my love of the Universe to create MotherVerse Doula Services.
During my trainings I realized how important community was. I decided to create a community for doulas and families alike. This led to the creation of the agency that I’m running today. MotherVerse doulas are all passionate about what they do! Let them come take care of your family and see how vast the community truly is!
Whether you’re on your seventh baby or your first, a doula can always be helpful during your prenatal/birth and postpartum journey! We will build our relationship dependent on what you need from me as your doula. Maybe you want to talk about how excited you are, or the fact you’re nervous for labor and birth, a moment to yourself to nap or shower, or maybe you’re worried about suddenly being responsible for a new tiny human, whatever your needs MotherVerse Doulas will be here for it.
Megan Mendoza is a birthworker in Central Oregon. She has always had a curiosity for all things birth and after her own children were born she wanted to support people in their own birth journeys. Megan started off her doula career training with Jesse and quickly became one of the busiest birth and postpartum doulas in Central Oregon while simultaneously building an online presence. Her passion working with medicaid clients was able to solidify Megan as the only on call doula at her local hospital. Her current focus is teaching both online and in person birth education classes along with helping more doulas build their brand.