The People in the Driver's Seat

Here’s a bit about us, the ladies behind the wheel at The Parent Trip. We’re all a little different, bringing individual skills to the journey. We’re sassy, we’re serious about our work, we care about this community, and we’re not afraid to turn this minivan around if we have to!

(Just kidding – we are most definitely not turning around.)

Sarah Fuller - Founder, East Side Driver

Sarah is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and the owner of Opus Lactation. Her passions in lactation begin with early education and latching support. It then dives all the way in to oral anatomy and inducing lactation in situations outside of the ”birth parent to nursing” journey. Sarah thrives on creating individualized plans to help each family feed their baby in a way that works best for them.

Sarah recognizes that each family has a different dynamic. She strives to help you discover the best way to feed your baby in your family.  Inclusivity is imperative. She works to help you trust and love your body where it is and for all of the magic it is. All parents can experience intimate and healthy feeding relationship with their babies through breastfeeding, chestfeeding, supplemental nursing systems, bottles and more!

Learn more about her at www.opuslactation.com

Pronouns: she/her

Olivia Spitzer - Founder, East Side Driver

Olivia is a certified labor doula, passionate about supporting any and every kind of birth. Her favorite expression is, “you do you.” 

There can be a sense that hiring a doula is a “if/then” statement. IF I hire a doula, THEN I must have an unmedicated birth. IF I hire a doula, THEN I must breastfeed. IF I hire a doula, THEN I must encapsulate my placenta. Olivia is out to break that “if/then.” Instead, she believes IF you want birth support, THEN hire a doula. Period. 

She’s serious about making sure you know your options, she loves to answer questions and go on fact-finding missions, and she’s all about giving you counter-pressure through a contraction. 

Learn more about her at www.doulaolivia.com 

Pronouns: she/her

Marnellie Bishop - West Side Driver

Marnellie Bishop (she/her) is a certified birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator. Marnellie has additional training as an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor and Hypnobabies® Hypno-Doula. She also serves the Portland, OR community as a board member of Baby Blues Connection and Community Doula Alliance. Prior to pursuing her passion to support families on their perinatal journey, Marnellie completed a Bachelors degree in Business from La Sierra University and used her degree to help grow and sell her family’s printing company. As a 2nd generation immigrant to Filipino parents, Marnellie understands the intersectionality that many immigrant families face when it comes to identifying their parenting styles through the lens of their cultural background and today’s parenting values. Through her work as a community member, doula and childbirth educator, Marnellie seeks to help growing families feel empowered and confident in their unique journey through parenthood. Growing up in Pacific Northwest set deep roots for Marnellie and she is proud to call Portland her “forever home.” Marnellie is a wife, mother to two active children and dog-mom to a Lagotto Romagnolo. Traveling, watersports and DIY projects keep Marnellie and her family in a constant state of activity!  

Learn more about her at https://hanaudoula.com/

Pronouns: she/her

Ali Buchannan - West Side Driver

Ali Buchanan is a certified postpartum doula and currently pursuing full spectrum certification where she is honored to work with parents and families to transition into their new roles before and after birth. She’s also Executive Assistant to the Dr. Rebecca Dekker of the Evidenced-Based Birth community to provide current research and best practices in order to empower and educate families across the globe. Before answering her calling to birth work, Ali completed a BA in Psychology from Miami University and went on to obtain her MS degree from Eastern Illinois University in Higher Education, where she focused her thesis on Ethnic Lesbian Identity Development within the African American and Latinx communities. She has a passion for working with underrepresented communities, advocating for mental health/self-care, and empowering others to be their best selves! Personally, Ali is a wife and mom of two rambunctious boys, ages 2 and 5 and a recent transplant to Portland arriving in 2018 where she lives in Tigard and volunteers on the City’s Planning Commission. She is ready to ride or die with the Parent Trip -Westside!

Pronouns: she/her