Doula Elizabeth Porter

In 1983 I had my first child and fell in love with birth. I was fortunate to have the support of a kind woman, experienced in childbirth. I did not then know what a doula was, but I knew that having a confident and knowledgeable woman tending to my well-being during labor helped me to have a magical and empowering experience. My husband and I had 6 more children, and at each birth I drew from the strength and confidence that our "doula" had helped me to discover. Since that first birth I have been acutely aware (and grateful!) that those hours of compassionate and focused support dramatically affected the rest of my life as a woman.

Over the course of 40 years (and counting!) of parenting I have actively pursued, studied, and lived multiple approaches to holistic, nurturing and respectful birthing, parenting, self-care and support of others. I have been blessed to be able to birth and mother the way that I wanted to!

As my children grew, I became more available to assist other people on their individual paths to parenthood. In 2009 I began my work as a doula and have attended over 300 births since then.

I am thrilled to be working in the field of labor, birth, postpartum and female/nongendered support.  I love birth and birthing people! Attending a birth is always an honor and a privilege and a true joy. I am a Certified Birth Doula, CD(DONA) and a Certified Postpartum Doula (Natural Resources) as well as a Child Passenger Safety Technician (Safe Kids Worldwide).  

I have volunteered with:

  • UCSF Medical Center's (now defunct) Volunteer Doula Program.
  • The Walden House's Women's Hope Project in San Francisco 
  • San Francisco's Hilltop School for Teenage Moms, TAPP.
  • SF General Hospital's Volunteer Doulas

I have worked as a Virtual Birth Doula, Postpartum Doula, Perinatal Consultant, Nanny, Special Needs Nanny, Travel Nanny and Mother's helper.              

I have birthed two children at home and five at three different San Francisco hospitals.

Feel free to ask me about my three beautiful grandchildren  ;)

I live in SF with a fluid number of children at home.

My preferred pronouns are she/her. 

I love tooling around the city (especially the flatter parts) on my bike, yoga, knitting, playing cards and games at home, and family dinners.

"Elizabeth was wonderful! She is calm, supportive, and practical. No ideological agenda, she just loves birth and wants women to have positive experiences. The fact that she has seven kids of her own and has seen 100+ births made me feel she could handle any situation.  Before labor, she was a trusted source for questions. During labor, she provided counter pressure for my back which freed my husband to help me in other ways; I hadn't realized how many hands are necessary! After birth, she provided a reassuring visit and showed us how to use the Moby wrap. All in all she removed much of my fear and provided the perfect support. She is great! -Inga,SF"

"The whole point of woman-centered birth is the knowledge that a woman is the birth power source. She may need, and deserve help, but in essence, she always had, currently has, and will have the power."  ~ Heather McCue


Serving San Francisco Communities

2018 Family!!