Kelley Burke, Licensed Massage Therapist
Following the path of supporting women and families
I am proud to be the founder and owner of Portland Natural Birth, and honored to work with women as a massage therapist, placenta medicine specialist, and holistic pelvic floor worker. I believe the best care is the result of a holistic, whole-body approach, and have grown as a professional with this in mind.
I truly feel that I was born to work with childbearing women, and supporting women and their families has been my life path since my teens. After graduating from massage school in 1997, I sought to discover as much as I could about the body’s physiology before, during, and after pregnancy. In 2001, I began attending births as a doula, which helped quench my thirst for all things childbirth related.
After supporting hundreds of births—and gaining a great understanding of the emotional and psychological aspects of childbirth—I was ready to explore the clinical side. In 2007, I started my midwifery training, and since that time I’ve doubled the number of home and birth center births I’ve attended.
Expanding my support
with placenta medicine and holistic pelvic care
As I continued to support birthing mothers, I developed a strong appreciation for placenta medicine. Being able to turn an organ a woman’s body creates into storable, consumable healing medicine is truly one of the most powerful ways to support new families. My experience as a doula and midwife, my additional placenta studies, and my OSHA blood borne pathogen certification make me a foremost expert in the field of placenta arts.
Most recently, I have specialized in holistic pelvic care in order to provide expecting and new moms with even greater support. This professional pursuit began in earnest in 2011, when I worked directly with Tami Kent, one of the nation’s most highly regarded pelvic care practitioners. My reasons for adding this modality were simple: for years I’d seen gaps in how women’s pelvic bowls were evaluated and treated after birth. Combined with my massage therapy background and midwifery experience, I can detect what is happening for women in their bodies, and can work with them in ways that resonate with their energy and lifestyle.
On the personal side, I’m a Portland native, the mother of two young boys, and wife to an awesomely talented artist. When I’m not working with mamas and families, I enjoy impromptu dancing and dreaming up ways to refurbish our 1920’s Portland home.