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I am a Certified Professional Midwife (and an Oregon-licensed Direct-Entry Midwife), lifelong learner and homeschooling mom of five. Our five children were all born into the hands of midwives, the first in a hospital, the next two at freestanding birth centers, and the next two at home. My husband and I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and briefly lived in Syracuse, New York, prior to settling in Oregon's Mid-Valley.
From 2001-2005, I worked as a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, teaching breastfeeding classes and helping moms one-on-one. Helping clients succeed with breastfeeding is important to me and I draw on this experience to help my clients to have better nursing experiences.
Since 2010, I have been attending births and providing care, support, and education to women and their families. I attended the National Midwifery Institute, a 3-year midwifery distance learning program accredited by the U.S. Department of Education. For my clinical training, I was able to apprentice at a freestanding birth center, birth clinic in Haiti, and a home birth midwifery practice. I started my own home birth practice in the spring of 2013, and love it!
I regularly attend continuing education events, including Birth Emergency Skills Training workshops, Midwifery Today Conferences, regional midwifery conferences, and CPR and neonatal resuscitation training. I am an active member of the Oregon Midwifery Council.
When I'm not doing prenatal appointments, attending births, encapsulating a placenta (which is pretty relaxing), or doing postpartum care, my idea of fun is taking a class or workshop, playing a board game, reading a new book or discussing midwifery and women's health issues with friends (many of whom are fellow midwives and doulas). Around town, you'll see me at the farmer's market, the library or the grocery store (with a bunch of kids, it's hard to stay away).
November 2015 - Trained as a BBCD (Birth Boot Camp Doula). After winning a scholarship to their doula training, I decided to complete the doula certification course (despite being previously certified) as a way to refresh my labor support skills. I feel that my doula skills benefit my midwifery clients, and vice versa.
September 2015 - Attended (and passed!) Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) course. ALSO is a course offered through the American Academy of Family Physicians that focuses on managing obstetric emergencies.
Hi, I'm the owner of MidValley Birthing Services and I'm so happy you have chosen to look into the option of using a midwife. I graduated from Knox College in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education. After the birth of my son in 2010 I began apprenticing with a local midwife. I have been attending births as a primary midwife since 2011. After rigorous self study and attending numerous classes and workshops I received my Certified Professional Midwife credential from the North America Registry of Midwives, as well as my license from the State of Oregon as a Licensed Direct-Entry Midwife in 2013.
I completed the 90 hour education requirement to sit for the IBCLC exam in February 2016. I'm passionate about helping women meet their breastfeeding goals.
Providing midwifery care and prenatal education allows me to draw on my background in education. Giving families the most current research and evidence based information helps them make the best decisions for them. I offer childbirth education classes, as well as placenta encapsulation. My husband and I have two children, both born at home.
I regularly attend continuing education events, including Birth Emergency Skills Training workshops, Midwifery Today Conferences, regional midwifery conferences, and CPR and neonatal resuscitation training. I am an active member of the Oregon Midwifery Council and am currently the Mid-Valley regional rep.