ABC Postpartum Doulas: Suzy


Certified Postpartum Doula, newborn care specialist, Caregiver

Suzy offers the wealth of knowledge that comes from raising 3 children and being a very involved grandma to 7! Her first grandchild (a preemie) arrived 10 years ago, with 6 more following within a few years, so she is surrounded by little ones both in her work and personal life.

Suzy’s experience includes work as a home-care provider before she moved into postpartum doula work. She is certified through Birthingway Midwifery College and has a decade of experience serving families with babies. Suzy brings a quiet warmth to the new family as she eases recovery, helps establish breast or bottle feeding, and helps get new families set up and organized.

Suzy is especially nurturing with practical needs; making food, organizing baby and home spaces, and caring for pets as all the members of the family adjust to having a tiny baby at home. Her delight in working with siblings makes her a natural fit for families adding baby number two (or three or four...).

Suzy is a caregiver at heart, nurturing every member of the family. Because of her extensive experience with grieving families, Suzy is often able to help our families who are experiencing loss or welcoming rainbow babies. Allowing families the space to experience both joy and grief together is one of the many ways this ‘grandma doula’ serves ABC clients with grace and gentleness.

In addition to her many talents nurturing new parents, Suzy is a dog lover, and also wonderful with cats and other furry friends. Suzy truly has the heart for the original doula mission to “mother the mother” and it can be seen in everything she does.

Suzy moved to Troutdale after many years of raising her kids in NE Portland, and now provides daytime service preferably on the east side--and only when her grand kids don't reserve her time first! We are thankful for the hours that she is able to serve our client families. (She is pictured here with very well-fed grandchild #2.)

On her off time, Suzy enjoys time spent camping and cabin-ing in Central Oregon, gathering her grandkids for memory making trips, and sharing life with her husband of 41 years. She actively serves in her church as well, hosting large dinners, wedding and baby showers, and loves to organize events with any open time. She is one industrious grandma and doula!