So, you’re having a baby?

I can help with that.

Your baby’s birth will be a day that you remember for the rest of your life. The details may be fuzzy, but you will always remember how you felt. I can help make sure you feel supported during your birth. Of all days, this should be a day you remember fondly.

An initial interview (or consultation) is always free. Call or email me to see if a birth doula could be right for you.

I am a labor and birth doula and childbirth educator in Portland, Oregon.

I act as a guide, helping you navigate the birth process.

This includes:

Physical Support

Physical support comes in many forms. I use my hands to massage, press acupressure points, wipe your brow with a cool washcloth, jiggle you with a rebozo, and help you find positions that are comfortable for you and help labor progress. 

Emotional Support

Emotional support means everything from helping you develop your coping skills prior to labor, to helping you work through a tough spot in labor, or working with you to keep your main goals and values in place when your plan or ideal for your birth changes.


When it comes to birth there is so much information out there, but not all of it is good information! As your doula, I can point you to solid information, based on research, to help you make the decisions that feel the best to you. 

*As of July 14, 2020 I will begin donating 3% of gross sales to non-profits that advance racial justice.
Preference will be given to organizations that serve the greater Portland Area, or advance equity among birthing people and those that serve them (for instance to contribute to training doulas and midwives of color). I will likely make the donations twice per year. If you’d like to talk more about this, or suggest an organization to fund, I’d be happy to!*

photo by Oak + Badger Photography

Scarlett Lynsky, CD(DONA), ICCE

Certified Birth Doula

Certified Childbirth Educator

My Philosophy

While I enjoy supporting unmedicated births, my passion really lies in supporting the pregnant person and partner or other support person in discovering what is important to them and helping them through whatever challenges they face. There is no one way to give birth. A successful, joyful birth is in the eye of the beholder. Whatever a good birth means to you, I will work to help you achieve that. If “plans” need to change, I will help you navigate and process the change in “plan”.

My Style & Ideal Client

My style in prenatal meetings is to be frank, informative and slightly irreverent. I can laugh about the more uncomfortable aspects of giving birth and I really seem to connect with families that use humor to cope with difficult situations. My favorite clients are the ones who ask a LOT of questions because it helps me understand what they know, what they do not know, what their worries are and what they feel confident about. I really get to know clients this way and can tailor my services to their specific personality.

Having been a gestational surrogate twice, I also really enjoy supporting surrogates and Intended Parents (IPs).

Special Training

In my doula work, I frequently use a piece of fabric called a Rebozo for comfort in labor. I’ve also received training in Spinning Babies ( techniques for optimal positioning and Acupressure points for pregnancy and labor.

My Background

I am a native Portlander, who was born at home in the late 70s. I’ve been fascinated with birth since I was a teenager. When I had my first child–a daughter–in 2002, my fascination only intensified. Between my first and second child, I decided to become an ICEA Certified childbirth educator. That second child, a son, was born in late 2006 and by 2008 I was certified to teach childbirth classes. Not much later I began attending births for friends and it was clear that this was something I had to keep doing. So I did! I have been certified through DONA since early 2011 and have attended over 100 births to date. Our family is now complete, but in 2013/2014 I was pregnant and gave birth as a surrogate gestational carrier for a same-sex couple. Then in 2017 I carried another surrogate baby for my friend and her husband.

Who I serve
I am comfortable supporting VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), same sex couples, trans clients, single mothers, mothers planning to place child for adoption, parents that have experienced infertility, miscarriage or infant loss, and I support all birth plans including planned cesarean, planned induction and planned use of epidural and/or analgesics. If you have a special situation, please ask me about it. Nothing is taboo.
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Evidence Based Birth® Instructor Services

Evidence Based Birth® 5-Week Childbirth Class

Get empowered with a Childbirth Class you and your partner will LOVE!

Start learning evidence-based info today—register now!

A message from Scarlett Lynsky, your Evidence Based Birth® Instructor:

When I gave birth for the first time, I was young and naive. Like most people, I sort of stumbled into the care provider I chose, but unlike most, I stumbled into respectful, compassionate, evidence-based care from a Certified Professional Midwife.

My birth was exhilerating! Even though my body felt pretty beat up, I had never felt more powerful in my life. As I gathered stories from more and more friends and acquaintances, I realized that my positive birth story was the exception not the norm, which broke–and still breaks!–my heart. 

As a birth doula for the past 10 years, I see how doctors, nurses and midwives have the best intentions, but are often limited by the flaws in the maternity care system and take power away from the person giving birth in small and large ways.  You deserve to have an empowering start to parenthood, and I’m here to help you learn how to work that system to your advantage.

Listen to what some of the first students of the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class have had to say: 

“This class is a total gamechanger for us. I’d heard negative stories…I was scared and very on edge. Then once we started taking the class, and when we learned about interventions that I was apprehensive about… It brought us together in that [my partner] understood birth more, and I understood it more. And as soon as I went into labor, we were on. We were a team.” 

“I really appreciated how informative it was. I knew a lot about the biology of birth and babies, but what we learned was just very impressive. It was a really good experience—fairly chill, fairly laid-back, and not nearly as stressful and awkward as I thought it might be. All the information—I never would’ve thought there was that much information out there!

When you take the Evidence Based Birth® Childbirth Class, you will:

  • Get mentored by your own Evidence Based Birth® Instructor!
  • Learn about evidence based care, comfort measures, and advocacy
  • Get prepared, get answers, get empowered!

Your Childbirth Class includes:

  • Mentorship from Scarlett Lynsky, experienced EBB Instructor
  • Two in-person classes to practice your labor skills
    • First in-person class 
    • Comfort Measures Rehearsal 
  • Five weeks of online videos for you and your partner to watch together
  • BONUS: Breastfeeding and newborn care videos
  • BONUS: Four video chats with your Instructor and classmates!
  • BONUS: Earn points throughout the class to redeem for prizes at the end! 

Ready to Get Empowered? Register for Your Class Now! 

  • Spots in each class are limited (6 couples per class), do not wait to schedule.

What are the registration options?

  • Standard
  • Deluxe

Choose the registration package that works best for you!

Standard package: Includes 3-months access to the online portion of the class, spiral bound workbook, two in-person classes, and four video-chats with your class. Priced at $300.

Deluxe package: Includes 6-months access to the online portion of the class, spiral bound workbook, two in-person classes, four video-chats with your class, and an additional private Zoom session with Scarlett to discuss your birth plan. Priced at $350

Inclusion Policy:

Evidence Based Birth® is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for pregnant persons of any age, religion, race, sexual identity, gender identity, or relationship status.

Refund Policy:

Your payment reserves a spot in the class and is non-refundable, but tickets are transferable with adequate notice and approval from Scarlett.


If you have questions, just email me at

This unique class focuses on

  • evidence-based care

  • comfort measures

  • advocacy

Justin Fahey - 08/2016

Scarlett was an integral part of our birth. As first-time parents and having a pregnancy and delivery complicated by several factors, we wanted a doula who would both teach/coach us as well as provide another point of view from what we were hearing from the doctors and specialists. Scarlett took the time to explore with us what we really wanted and were feeling, and always supported our decisions, giving us the confidence to move through the process with peace of mind.

During our labor (and ultimately a C-Section) Scarlett provided emotional and physical support without us feeling like there were “too many people in the room.” She is very easy and natural to be around and fit in to every situation we encountered in the hospital. Simply put, we don’t know what we would have done without Scarlett!

Kathryn Francis - 08/2016

When I met Scarlett I was instantly struck by her easy-going nature and how it made me feel calm just to be around her. What more would you want during childbirth? Additionally, upon our first meeting Scarlett demonstrated her depth of knowledge and her ability to communicate with different personalities. My husband and I have very different approaches to stressful situations, and Scarlett was able to relate to and help us both process and prepare for the events ahead. My labor was fast and furious. Scarlett had prepared my husband and he was able to help me get through the initial stages. When she arrived, Scarlett took action immediately. Alongside my husband, she coached me through one of the most difficult processes I’d ever been through. After my little girl came into the world, Scarlett stood by us and helped us with our very first feeding. Later, her postpartum visits were always positive, reassuring and supportive times. I would recommend Scarlett to any future mom planning any type of birth experience.  I’m so grateful I had her there during mine.

Kat Miller - 08/2016

Scarlett was a guiding light for us during our pregnancy, birth and directly afterwards. Before our birth, Scarlett met with us a few times discussing our feelings on what we wanted, the process of birth, positions and coping techniques and working within the hospital system. We were extraordinarily grateful to have her support and guidance when I had to be induced for a health concern 3 weeks before our due date. For every intervention, Scarlett was there to talk us through what was happening and gave us comfort when things didn’t go as expected. She was a wonderful support for my husband who found that Scarlett was there for him just as much as she was there for me. We couldn’t imagine our birth without her and highly recommend Scarlett as a doula, confidant and teacher.

Jamie Michaud - 07/2016

When my husband and I decided to get a doula for birth support of our daughter, we really didn’t know what to look for nor what to expect. I lean towards crunchy but am married to a scientist, so we needed someone who we both felt we could relate to. I asked for recommendations from several forums and connections and her name came up more than once. But it was when we had our first meeting that we knew she was the right fit. Our first meetings, we didnt quite know how to direct our attention toward the birth. Scarlett was a gentle guide during these meetings. After 2 weeks past my due date I finally went into labor, coincidentally it was at the same time as another of Scarlett’s clients. Scarlett knew she would be able to attend both, which she did like a rock star. My favorite part of my birth story was in the 12 hours I did at home before going to the hospital, laughing and singing along to Joni in between contractions. She was able to help my labor along her knowledge of positioning. She was an amazing support to my husband as well making sure everyone stay fed and sane during the whole process. We could not have done it without her. <3

Huglyn Balase - 06/2016

About halfway through my pregnancy, my husband was diagnosed with a medical condition which had a possibility of rendering him unable to care for my needs during birth.  We decided it would be prudent of us to have a doula present during the birth process.  Early on our doula search, we started attending Head Over Heels birthing classes of which Scarlett is one of the instructors.  Based on her personality and knowledge set during class,  I knew that Scarlett would be a great addition to my birthing team.

Scarlett was a joy to work with and was able to adapt to my quirkly personality- trust me, this is very important for someone who will be with you during birth.  Our baby decided she wanted out of my belly a little early and despite not being on call yet, Scarlett was able to rush to the hospital to assist in my care.  Scarlett and my husband complemented each other in the midst my labor and she was a true advocate for my care when my husband and I were not in the position to make decisions.

Scarlett- thank you so much for helping us prepare for and follow through with our birth process.

About the Process

Step 1

Ask around for recommendations or search the web to find two or three doulas that might be a good fit for you. Give those doulas a call or an e-mail and ask for a free interview. Doulas know that having a good fit is important, so this way you can make sure you feel comfortable before you hire.

Step 2

Interview! This can take place in the comfort of your own home or in a public place of your choosing. During COVID-19 restrictions, my interviews all take place as video conferences. My interviews take about an hour. Don’t worry if you don’t know what questions to ask–this can be a very casual conversation. I will ask you some things about your pregnancy and your goals for the birth and you’ll get a chance to ask me questions too. 

Step 3

If you choose me as your doula, you will sign a contract and pay a deposit. I can take checks, PayPal, Venmo or Square. 

Step 4

Schedule a prenatal visit. You will have 1-3 prenatal visits (typically 2) for us to get to know each other and begin preparing to be a stellar team for your birth. 

Step 5

At 38 weeks (or before if at any point you have reason to believe you might have the baby early), I go on call. This means I have my phone near me at all times and will not be out-of-town unless it is pre-arranged with you.

Step 6

Go into labor. 🙂 I ask that as soon as you think you are in labor, you to call me, even if you don’t need me yet. This way I can make arrangements on my end to be ready when you do need me. It will take me an hour to an hour and a half to get to you once you call me to come. I will be with you for your entire labor.

Step 7

Have a baby. Once you’ve had your baby it takes about 2 hours for things to settle down after delivery. Once things are all stable and calm, I will go home. Over the next few days I will be checking in by phone.

Step 8

Schedule postpartum visits. I will make an appointment to visit you at home about 3 days to a week after the baby is born. If you need any referrals I will provide you with resources. I will make another appointment, usually 1.5 to 2 weeks postpartum.


Birth doula, located in Portland, Oregon and serving the Greater Portland Metro Area.

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