About Theresa

Pullman WA doula

     My name is Theresa Rivers. I am a certified birth doula, midwifery apprentice and student at The Midwives College of Utah, placenta encapsulation specialist, and the owner and doula behind Breezy Birth Services. I am a mother myself with a background in early childhood development and a lifelong passion for women’s empowerment and health. Like many doulas, I first became interested in birth when I was pregnant. At this time I realized that women have many obstacles to overcome during childbirth but also that birth is an empowering experience. After my daughter was born I felt strong, intuitive, proud, and most of all, confident. I knew then that birth can be a very special thing: something I wanted to help all women achieve.

Experience

I have attended over 100 births with women: having a home birth, birthing at Gritman Medical Center; Pullman Regional Hospital; Motherwise Midwifery Birth Center; and St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, delivering with an OB, delivering with a midwife, getting an epidural, having a natural birth, delivering a premature baby, delivering 42+ weeks, with gestational diabetes, being induced, having a vaginal breech birth, having a cesarean birth, and more. Click here to see what parents are saying.

Professional Education and Training

  • 32-hour DONA birth doula training with Kyndal May of Baby Bump Services.
  • Breastfeeding basics academic course.
  • Infant & child CPR/AED.
  • Certificated in neonatal resuscitation.
  • Member of DONA International.
  • Trained in placenta encapsulation with International Placenta &
    Postpartum Association (formally Full Circle Placenta).
  • Trauma & Loss Training for Doulas with Kyndal May of Baby Bump Services.
  • Midwifery assistant training with ViviAnne Fisher of The Birth Sherpa.
  • Student, Midwvies College of Utah.

Online Workshops and Webinars

  • Support Strategies for Families with Premature Infants by Patty Brennan.
  • Contemporary Labor Management by George A. Macones.
  • Preventing Prematurity: Perinatal Risk and the Doula’s Role.
  • Six is the New Four: A Review of the Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery Consensus Report by Peggy DeZinno.
  • Benefits, Risks, and Alternatives to Induction of Labor: What Does the Evidence Say? by Patty Brennan.
  • Essential Oils for Pregnancy, Birth, and Beyond by Arin Ingraham and Stephanie Pearson.
  • How to Debunk the ACOG/AAP Statement on Waterbirth by Rebecca Dekker.
  • New ACOG Guidelines on Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery: Do They Raise More Questions Than Answers by Penny Simkin.
  • Perinatal Mental Health - More Than The Baby Blues by Stephanie Morales.
  • Benefits, Risks, and Alternatives to Induction of Labor: What Does the Evidence Say? by Patty Brennan.
  • Helping Parents Prepare Their Child and Their Relationship for a New Baby by Rhona Berens.
  • Birth into Breastfeeding: A Breastfeeding Webinar with Jennifer Tow and Special Guests Patrick Houser and Gena Kirby.
  • What Men Need in Labor – Isn’t It Time We Cared? by Amy Gilliland, PhD.
  • The MotherBaby Transition - Management of 3rd and 4th Stages by Penny Simkin.
  • The Most Empowering Experience with Piper & Chaz Lovemore.
  • How Fear Impacts the Hormones of Pregnancy and Birth with Aviva Romm MD.
  • Individualizing the Birth Experience with Renee Perkins.
  • Singing Birth: Sing Your Baby to Earth with Elena Skoko.
  • Finding the Courage to Birth with Roanna Rosewood.
  • Oxytocin: The Only ‘Drug’ You Need for Your Birth Experience with Nekole Shapiro.
  • From Trauma to Triumph, Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on the Childbearing Woman with Penny Simkin.
"Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.” - Ina May Gaskin