I love birth and birthing mothers. Birth is the most intimate and rewarding gift we have. It should be treated as such. Hello, my name is Beth Mathis. My interest in this field started with the birth of my son 8 years ago. I had looked into having a doula, but could not afford one at the time. After the birth, I realized that much of the difficulty I experienced could have been alleviated with the continued support of a doula. I decided then that all women should have the right to choose a doula, whether they can afford one or not, and that I would be honored to be able to assist other mothers to have the birth they are hoping for. I strongly believe in a mother’s intuition. I believe all mamas should be encouraged and supported during this challenging, but very rewarding time in her life. I work with mama & partner to help a mother feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible, making the birth faster and easier. We try different positions, breathing techniques, and visualization. I encourage the mother to listen to her body and work with it. I try to get the partner involved as much as they or mama wants them to be. I am currently certified through DONA and have attended over 40 births. I spent several years volunteering with PDX Doulas at OHSU Hospital and also served as Board Secretary for this non-profit organization. I spend my free time with my husband of twelve years and our two children. We do a lot of family activities and volunteer work. I love running and enjoy hiking and snowboarding.