Corinne Friedrich

My Philosophy:IMG_5730

I was originally interested in completing my doula training as a stepping stone for midwifery classes and preparation; I never intended on making it my passion and career.  Before attending my first birth as a student doula, I felt excited but nervous – what if I fainted, felt too anxious, or just couldn’t handle it?  I thought that I hadn’t experienced anything like it as an adult, and was therefore unprepared.  I needn’t have worried.  Labor and birth were the places, both physically and mentally, where I felt the most calm, resourceful, and at home.  I see them now as a vital part of life as a whole, always having great potential for joy and healing, no matter how they unfold. Although I still have great interest in the field of midwifery, doula work has enhanced and colored my life in countless ways, and I am so happy doing it.  I cherish each mother and family that I work with, and through learning about them (and with them!), I learn more about myself.  The more people I work with and births I witness, the more I am convinced that there is no one right way to bring life into this world; there are as many different paths to birth as there are people doing it.

My Background

Witnessing parts of two births as a child was just the beginning, I see now.  For as long as I can remember, I’ve felt a keen interest in holistic health, birth, and the innate and unique strength that each woman has.  Working as a doula is one of the most sacred and intimate ways that I can assist my fellow woman, her partner, and her family.

I received my labor doula training from Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, Oregon, and I am eager to serve my clients in every way that I am able.  I also love spending time with my husband, hiking with our enormous dog, writing, reading, sewing, camping, and discovering restaurants with personality in the Portland area.

What clients say about Corinne:

Choosing to have a doula was one of the best decisions we made regarding our birth plan.  Corinne has a wonderfully calm and caring presence that is wonderful to be around. She helped guide us through some unexpected twists in the birth of our son and was such a help.  It’s hard to imagine how we would have fared without her.  She was an extra person to hold hands with, an added voice of encouragement, and a knowledgeable advocate.

~Heather and Eric

Training and Education

Human Rights in Childbirth Presentation, Hermine Hayes-Klein, Freedom For Birth, 2013

Rebozo workshop with Gena Kirby, Portland OR Gena Kirby, 2013

The Trouble with Frenula, Adrienne Fuson, 2012

Midwifery prerequisites, Clackamas Community College, 2012

Midwifery self-study group, Portland Mama Baby Center, 2012

Peer Counselor Training, Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon, 2012

Postpartum Doula Training, Birthingway College of Midwifery, 2012

Plant Medicine Workshop, National College of Natural Medicine, 2011

Labor Doula Training, Birthingway College of Midwifery, 2010

NACEF Conference, 2010

B.S. in Journalism, specializing in Public Relations, University of Oregon, 2004

B.S. Minor in Women & Gender Studies, University of Oregon, 2004