About

NACEF, Northwest Area Childbirth Educators Forum, is an independent, non-profit, volunteer organization comprised of those who are advocates for the family and to promote current issues in maternal-child health and wellness.

NACEF’s purpose is to further the quality of childbirth education through strengthening the bonds between educators, family members, care providers and the organization they represent. NACEF provides quality educational guidelines for all who are involved.

Meet NACEF’s Volunteer Board

Executive Committee

Doula Doula Trainer Sleep Coach Nacef Board MemberTiffany Decker, CLD, PD, Sleep Trainer, CE| President  president@nacef.net

Tiffany has been a member of NACEF since 2015. She is a birth and postpartum doula and baby sleep coach. As the owner of both Birthing Stone Doula and Portland Doula Training she values the mission of NACEF to bring high quality continuing education to the birth community.

Tiffany also values cross disciplinary collaboration between all birth professionals and seeks true team work when supporting parents. And brings this value into her trainings designed specifically for L&D Nursing Staff and students.

She’s a mom to two rambunctious and inquisitive boys that teach her she’s continually expanding her capacity for patience and love. She loves to travel and looks forward to making travel with her husband and kids a larger priority in the future.

Encourage Doula Bereavement Doula NACEF Board MemberJennifer Fisher, ICCE, Birth & Bereavement Doula | Secretary  secretary@nacef.net

 

Jennifer Fisher has been a NACEF board member for 10 years and is thrilled to promote childbirth education while serving her community. She has been an ICEA educator for over twelve years teaching Childbirth preparation for Legacy Health, OHSU and private classes. Recently she has opened her own doula practice as a certified Stillbirthday doula and is studying the CAPPA philosophy of doula care.  Courage for all births is her personal motto.   When she is not caring for pregnant families you can find her in the garden, sipping coffee and encouraging her own family to come out and play.  

 

barbprofilesmallBarb Buckner Suarez, ICCE, LCCE, FCCE| Treasurer, Longest Standing Member
treasurer@nacef.net

 

 

Marketing and Social Media Chairs

Smart Birth Ed CAPPA Faculty NACEFSara Suhrstedt: Marketing & Social Media Co-Chair
Sarah Suhrstedt is a local hospital childbirth educator, and also owns her own private childbirth education business, SMART Birth Services, offering classes and support to expectant parents and families who are active military, veterans, and first responders. She also recently became a StillBirthday Certified birth and bereavement doula to help families experience loss and adverse fetal outcomes. Sarah is also a CAPPA Childbirth Educator Trainer in Oregon and N. California since 2015. Lastly, she is a mother of two young girls! Sarah found that after teaching anatomy and physiology in a cadaver lab at a college in Southern Oregon during her first pregnancy that there was a severe lack of education surrounding pregnancy and childbirth in courses. As the wife of a Marine combat veteran, Sarah has also seen first hand how pregnancy, birth, and early parenting can be a challenge for families with similar histories. With additional research Sarah found that there are no specific programs available to families that identify in this group and that they are left to traverse these challenges somewhat alone. As a result she has focused on providing opportunities for these families to find connection and support and information.
Janette Silberman | Marketing and Social Media Co-chair
marketing@nacef.net

 

 

General Board Members

Portland Black Doula BPI NACEF Board Member
Kimberly Porter:
Kimberly Porter, MSW, QMHP has a Dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/Sociology from Kent State University and Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor graduating Magna Cum Laude. She also has a Post-Masters Certification in Infant Toddler Mental Health and is an Adjunct Professor at Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education.
She currently works at The Black Parent Initiative as the Director, Early Childhood Program Services & Parent Engagement in which she supervises three culturally-specific programs-The Together We Can Home Visiting, Sacred Roots Doula and Black Family Resource Center/Parent University programs which serves African/ African- American and Multi-Ethnic parents. She also has her own consulting business providing reflective and clinical supervision to non-profit organizations and home visitors as an Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant.
Kimberly is also a Labor & Postpartum Doula and Childbirth/Parent Educator, who has been dedicated, passionate and proven leader in reducing infant/maternal mortality rates in the Portland black community. She is an activist for social/reproductive justice, voice and advocate for black women in improving their birth outcomes. She is the visionary of the Sacred Roots Doula Program at the Black Parent Initiative, which provides holistic, culturally-specific Full Circle Doula services to African/African-American families in the Portland and surrounding area.

 Kimberly also serves on the Oregon Doula Association Board of Directors as the Diverse Communities Chair, African-American Breastfeeding Coalition, Multnomah County Home Visiting Community of Practice and Oregon Infant Mental Health Advisory Board.

Robin Nunez Hypnobirthing Beaverton Nacef Board MemberRobin Nunez:

In June 2017, I became a certified Postpartum Doula and in July 2017, I became a certified Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Instructor.  I am excited to offer the only Hypnobabies classes in the state of Oregon!  Following these certifications, I launched my business, Beaverton Birth & Babies, serving the Portland-metro area!

In addition to doula work and Hypnobabies classes, I am also a student of lactation at Portland State University.  I plan to sit for my IBLCE (International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners) exam in the Fall of 2019, at which time I will be able to offer lactation services.  I also volunteer my time as a Peer Counselor and the Member Education Coordinator with The Nursing Mother’s Counsel of Oregon, a local non-profit providing breastfeeding support to moms; as a Peer Counselor and Support Group Facilitator with Baby Blues Connection, providing support to families coping with pregnancy and postpartum mood disorders in the Portland-metro area; and as a co-leader for the Portland chapter of ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network), a non-profit whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by reducing preventable cesareans through education, supporting cesarean recovery, and advocating for vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC).

I feel so lucky to have found a profession that empowers women on their journey to motherhood, helping them find their voice and make informed decisions so that they have a positive birth experience.  On days off, you will likely find me browsing the farmers market, chasing after my toddler, exploring nature, laughing with friends, dancing to live music, wine-tasting, and enjoying my new home in the Pacific Northwest with my husband Stephen, daughter Violet, and rescue pup Roscoe.

 

Childbirth Educator, Car Seat Install, Baby Wearing
Amy Rainbow
Amy Rainbow is a Childbirth educator who is also certified in babywearing education and car seat safety. She loves helping new parents prepare for and manage the joys and challenges of the childbearing year. In addition to teaching childbirth classes in hospital and privately, Amy operates Adjoyn Baby Services which provides home visits for babywearing assistance and car seat safety checks. Amy has been nominated for several babywearing education awards, and was recently announced Babywearing International’s Distinguished Educator of the Year. She volunteers for Portland’s Babywearing International chapter and runs a weekly support group in SE. Amy is a partner and mother of 3. She’s also a big fan of Portland’s beers; you can find her at a different brewery each month, meeting with her new parent support group called “Beers and Babies.” Cheers!