Milagros opened in 2004 in the Concordia Neighborhood when Jennifer Fuentes, mama of two, and her husband Tony wanted to create a baby boutique where other mothers could come, feel comfortable and get the products along with information they needed in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Then in January of 2014 the Fuentes Family moved onto new dreams.
Erica Matteson and Rhonda Davis, both birth and postpartum doulas in the community and current owners of Sante’ Mama in Vancouver WA, bought the store and are carrying on the Milagros legacy of products with an emphasis on wellness for Mama’s and their miracles. With Santé Mama being a Durable Medical Equipment company specialized in insurance billing for breast pumps, maternity support belts, and Lactation center, the two sister stores became the Portland Metropolitan areas place to go for services and products and are a source people have grown to trust.
Rhonda and Erica have been building a soft landing zone for new families as doulas, owners of Santé Mama and now at Milagros Boutique. It is not uncommon for families to come looking for products and find themselves getting the support they need as new parents. We have had one Dad, while sitting in the middle of our boutique floor with his new baby, ask “if they could stay and order a pizza.” It is a moment like this that you know there is something special here. When mothers come back to ask questions and just share what is going on as a new mother, it is clear they have created a safe place.
We encourage our employees to play a part of growing our company as well as being a part of our Santé family; we want our customers to feel that as well. It is the heartbeat of our business to be a trusted source for not only products, education, and services but most of all, offer a nurturing and comfortable place for families by giving them what they need….. in whatever way we can. This is just who we are….. and what we call….. “Doing Retail the Doula Way.”
Offering a nurturing place is the “HEARTBEAT” of our business.