Strength Doula Services

Iris Leslie: labor doula
Strong hearts birth great things.
I am a queer doula working in Portland. I am an experienced student in the process of completing my certification with BAI. If you are looking for a skilled and affordable doula, look no farther.
I respect the skill and knowledge that you and your partner bring to your birth experience and hope to bring my practiced and intuitive approach to your process. I have been a nanny for nine years and a doula for four, and I have excellent references.
Iris Leslie
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book promotion

Dear QPoP,

I’d like to inform you about a new book on the subject of fulfilling the desire for a child by resorting to sperm donorship. Its title is „The sperm donor, Martin 1973“ and it is a collection of short stoires based on true events from the life of a German private sperm donor. Although its title might suggest that the activity of donating sperm is in the foreground, this is a fiction book. In altogether 13 short stories the author describes his various encounters and there are really all kind of them: amusing, sad, shocking and thought-provoking. Above all, the author describes in his book his work together with lesbian couples and describes their struggle in the fulfillment of their desire for their own child (you’ll find out more about the author’s commitment in the fight against discrimination of lesbian women in an interview that can be found in the press section of the author’s website).

The book is available at both as e-book and paperback. You can find out more about the author at his website:

It would be really great if you can post this information on your website.

We can also organize a book giveaway (3 free copies) for the members of your organization.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the book.

Sincerely yours,
Alex Schmidt (book’s translator in English)

MLK, Jr Celebration - beautiful books, inspiring songs, collaborative games! (NE PDX)

MLK, Jr Celebration - beautiful books, inspiring songs, collaborative games! (NE PDX)

Join director, Kara DeGiovanni, for an uplifting gathering in celebration of the kindness and compassion that MLK’s work has inspired in our lives.

I have a collection of books that I’ve wanted to share with our community’s children for a long time. I’m so eager to spend this day with your children and families sharing my favorite, most
Beautiful books about MLK and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s
Inspiring songs that encourage self-confidence & empathy
Team-building games that make us laugh and enjoy one another!

Sit-In book MLK book Let Freedom Sing book

All ages welcome. (Book content & games are geared towards children 1st grade and up.)
Parents are welcome and encouraged to stay (coffee provided!).

Monday, Jan 21, 2-3:30pm
@ Bethany Lutheran Church, 4330 NE 37th Ave (across from Wilshire Park)

* * * * * * *  RSVP * * * * * * *

Complete details can be found at:

Your kind gift in the amount of your choosing is much appreciated.

MLK Day of Service at Tryon Creek

Come to Tryon for a day of community service in honor of the memory of MLK and what he did for the people of our country.

  • Registration is not required but please call ahead with groups of 5 or more
  • All minors must be checked in at the Nature Center with their minor’s insurance form signed by a parent/guardian (can be found on our website)
  • Anyone under 14 MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian
  • Gloves and a light snack provided
  • Please bring your own water bottle
  • Please dress for the weather, to get dirty, and to be off trail (sturdy shoes and long pants are strongly suggested)
  • We usually need to hike at least 15-20 minutes to get to the spot where we will be working.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Kreisman at

MLK Day of Service: Bink-A-Thon: Make Blankets for Children!

Binky Patrol is an all volunteer, national, non-profit organization making and distributing homemade blankets to vulnerable children and teens through local shelters and youth-serving agencies. A “binky” is a homemade blanket that can be sewn, knitted, crocheted or quilted.  They range in size from 3 feet square up to twin bed size.

Join us in celebrating Martin Luther King Day of Service as we work towards a goal of making as many blankets as possible in half a day! The blankets we make will find their way to families with children in need of comfort and warmth. We’ll be working together to sew, pin, trim, tie-off, and decorate scores of blankets.

Please note that we will be working both on the floor and at cafeteria tables/benches for the majority of the time. If you need a backrest, something soft to kneel on, or want to bring a chair of your own, please plan on it so you can be comfortable!

We’re asking that all volunteers come equipped with scissors that can cut through fabric. We are also in need of at least 30 volunteers who can bring their sewing machines and serve as our “sewing machine brigade” that day. If this sounds like you, please sign up for the “Sewing Machine Blanket Brigade" shift, so we know you’re committed to bring your machine!

Volunteers without a sewing machine should sign up below. Your tasks for the day might include:Mother and Daughter sewing

  • Cutting fabric in preparation for the sewers

  • Pinning the bottoms to the tops and trimming the bottoms

  • Tying off the blankets with yarn or embroidery threads

  • Hand sewing the Binky Patrol labels to the blankets

  • Bagging finished blankets for the recipient agencies

  • Cleaning up at the end of the project

Children ages 7 and older are able to participate, provided that a parent/guardian stays with them and is responsible for them at all times.

For registraton details and guidelines, see the Hands On Greater Portland website

Everyday Emotional Wellness for Parents: a free workshop about coping with parenting stress at Cafe au Play

There’s no way around it, parenting just ain’t easy! We may find ourselves trying to cope day to day with anger, depression, anxiety, you name it — and our kids pick up on this!  But the #1 thing we can do to help ourselves, and our kids, lead happier, more relaxed lives is to learn how to take responsibility for our own emotional wellness! Join me in this interactive discussion for a take-home wellness toolkit that can help you truly enjoy this new year with your family. Hosted by Sarah Nuxoll For more details, email or call 503-285-4906.

Let's Lego at the Sunnyside Library

Kids' Storytime at Powell's Books on Burnside

Kindermusik 'PLAYDATE' with Tiny Talkers at Cotton Babies

Family fun this weekend!


I have finally gotten around to updating our calendar.  Check for queer friendly family events and holiday happenings. If you have an event you would like listed on our calendar, please email