I'm the co-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 first 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 and 1000 clinical hours required to sit for the IBCLC exam in 2016, and received my credential in 2017. I'm passionate about helping women meet their breastfeeding goals, and am happy to work with women regardless of where they gave birth.
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 their families. I offer childbirth education classes, as well as placenta encapsulation.
I regularly attend continuing education events, including Birth Emergency Skills Training workshops, Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics, 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 MidValley regional representative, a position I've held since 2013.
I currently teach the Initial Legend Drugs and Devices course, required for midwives seeking licensure in Oregon. I have also presented on Anemia in Pregnancy, a MEAC accredited continuing education course for midwives across the country.
My husband and I have three children, all born at home. In my free time I love to read, sew, bake and spend time outside.
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 MidValley.
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, Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics, 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).
I was born and raised in Tupelo, Mississippi. I graduated from Itawamba Community College (ICC), in Fulton, Mississippi, with an Associate of Arts degree. I am currently a student with Mercy in Action
College of Midwifery, located in Boise,Idaho.
There I received the Claudia Booker Memorial Midwife Scholarship.
I grew up doing hair at my mother’s salon and there I met a lady by the name Toni Hill, who was studying to become a midwife. She often studied and shared her thoughts and passion with me while I did her hair. Those books and the concept of providing personalized care to mothers during their pregnancy peaked my interest, so I asked Toni Hill to be my mentor.
When I graduated from ICC, Toni took me to my first home birth. I was amazed at the woman who was giving birth, but mostly I was amazed at my mentor’s expertise and knowledge. She studied the woman’s labor pattern and knew exactly what to do. I observed her provide adequate care and a good birthing experience with compassion to her client and at this point
I was determined to become a midwife.
Empowering women to be at the center of their birthing experience and care is very important, and remains my inspiration.
While I was doing my internship with Liz and Julia, I found a passion for nutrition and postpartum care. I love teaching recipes to families, and simple quick meals for pregnant moms on the go.
I love being a birth/postpartum doula.
I regularly attend midwifery conferences, Oregon Midwifery Council meetings, and CPR and neonatal resuscitation training.
When I am not working or doing midwifery related tasks, I love taking long drives, going to the beach, painting and writing poetry.
Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, I moved here with my mother and my three younger sisters moved here in 2007. I graduated with my Associate of Psychology from Linn Benton Community College in 2019. I'm a first year student midwife at the Midwives College of Utah. I'm also currently a birth doula and a traditional health worker.
I first felt called to midwifery through the work I was doing as a doula. I spent nearly all of my free time in high school supporting teen parents in a multitude of different ways. In my last year of high school I was awarded the first ever Service Above Self Award from the Albany Rotary Club. Upon receiving that I realized I had found my calling, working with parents and families.
I love being a birth doula, but I wanted to be able to offer more to the women I serve. I attended my first birth at eight years old, but was honored to observe my first community births in 2017. I was blown away by the strength, beauty, and power I saw in those birthing rooms.
I knew that I was forever changed. Now all of my dreams for the future were about being the best midwife I could be. I began with MidValley Birthing Services in January 2020. I hold my CPR and NRP certification, in addition to being knowledgable on fertility and having a passion for herbal remedies. Everyday I look forward to learning and
improving my skills while I serve my community.
When I'm not working as a student midwife or a birth doula, I enjoy reading, going on nature walks, being creative with food, and
spending time with my family.
For more informaiton about my doula services you can fine me at: www.enlightenedbeginnings.com
MidValley Birthing Services LLC
3111 Santiam Hwy SE Suite H Albany, OR 780 Commercial St SE #104 Salem, OR
Home birth midwifery serving Albany, Lebanon, Corvallis, Eugene, Salem and surrounding areas.
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