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Welcome to the "about us" page.  Because you are here you must want to know more about how Renaissance started and where we are going.  

In the year 2000, two years after my last child was born with the help of a doula, I stared researching about re-entering the job market.  I met some wonderful woman through Portland Aspiring Midwives and was reintroduced to the idea of doula care.  

The one thing holding me back was my small children and feeling like I had to work alone.   I found that most doulas were working in a private practice with limited backup support.  They could support a small client base, and because of this, most held a second job.  

To ease these aspects of the doula profession I created our collective, Renaissance Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals LLC.  In 2005 our group became even stronger by bringing on my business partner Deana Andersen-Tennant, local multiple and preemie specialist.  Deana has been working in the Portland area since 1989 primarily with families expecting twins or more.   As we network with other professional doulas we have found DONA International to hold the gold standard in doula education and certification.  Everyone on our team holds this education as their foundation.  Today we are the longest-running doula group in Portland.
Our aim is to support families in the childbearing year.  Pregnancy, childbirth and those first few months are unforgettable.  Our goal is to give clients the nurturing and support they need to feel confident, and turn a time of coping into a time of joy.  

Within our group you can find specialists in birth support, education, multiples, breastfeeding, and more.  Take a few minutes to peruse, get to know us, and then contact us to get more information and schedule an initial visit.

Erica Matteson

        Portland, OR / Vancouver, WA