PORTLAND, MAINE -- 01/12/17 -- High school senior Franci Bliss, 17, of Portland is a certified doula who has assisted in around 15 births since she began working with the Portland Doula Collaborative her freshman year. Troy R. Bennett | BDN
PORTLAND, MAINE — 01/12/17 — High school senior Franci Bliss, 17, of Portland is a certified doula who has assisted in around 15 births since she began working with the Portland Doula Collaborative her freshman year. Troy R. Bennett | BDN

Franci Blissís journey into birthwork began her freshman year at Casco Bay High School.

After reaching out to the Portland Doula Collaborative, its co-founder, Mary Latendresse-Bolton, who was eight months pregnant, offered Bliss the opportunity to attend the birth of her third son, Owen…

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