Michelle Crane CD(DONA)
“My desire is to support the woman to an empowering and positive birthing experience."
Michelle’s original interest was to go into study of Hospice care after witnessing and experiencing a death of a cherished friend, an aunt and a grandmother. One summer, a friend (who is now a gem business partner) mentioned a Doula workshop… a switch from death to birth. It made sense to her...as both are such a deep beautiful and laborious transition of what we call LIFE. After her own birthing experiences, she sees the value of being educated and emotionally supported during this passage of life.
It’s her passion to educate and empower women especially in the deaf and hard of hearing community. She's deaf/hard of hearing and fluent in ASL and spoken English and had the advantage of working with hearing and deaf mothers/parents. With her CNA and teacher background, it’s only natural to apply her skills into supporting wonderful diverse of women to a birthing of their choice.
She completed her Labor Birth Doula workshop with Birthingway College of Midwifery during the summer of 2011 and completed her Birth Doula Internship program with Mother Tree in March 2013. She is DONA Certified Birth Doula as of September 2015. She and her business partner, Mandy Hays together have proudly started a business, Celestial Moms Doula Services in February 2013 in Portland, Oregon.
Mandy Hays CD(DONA)
June 2011 to Sept 2011
(Completed Partial Course)
MotherTree Birth Services
April 2012 to March 2013
Completed Dona Certified Courses and Internship
My mission statement is to empower every mother I help to choose their birthing experience based on the education and knowledge I can pass on and support them with their chosen birthing path safely with gentle comfort and support.
My philosophy is that every birth is different; no two births will be the same. Therefore each mother is different and her needs are different. I believe in building a relationship with each mother and her partner that is based on trust and understanding. I will treat each mother with the understanding that she deserves, whether it is the fear of birth, or pain or uncertainty of what comes after.
No feeling is unimportant. I am deaf, which lets me put myself in another deaf mother’s shoes and see that any feeling can be magnified if there is a communication barrier. This also applies to any mother, father, deaf or hearing.
My philosophy is to go into a room armed with knowledge, a gentle touch, and compassion so I may leave the room with any mother feeling like, ”I can do this, I know I can, I have my doula by my side”.
Any mother armed with this confidence will be able to decide how she wants to birth her child/children and I will support and advocate for her. I will assist with helping her understand if unforeseen issues come along and support her emotionally.