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 American 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 served on the Oregon Midwifery Council as the MidValley regional representative from 2013-2020. 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 four 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 merged with MidValley Birthing Services in 2016 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).
My midwifery journey began in 2012 after the birth of my first son. I had a somewhat traumatic hospital birth that led me to research alternative birth options and eventually about midwifery. During my research I strongly felt called to midwifery. I reached out to a local freestanding birth center and started my apprenticeship in 2013.
After apprenticing for about a year, I took a break from births to have 2 more babies (both born safely and quickly at home). This break was a great time to continue my self study.
After a nearly 4 year break from births, I started an apprenticeship in Grants Pass OR where I spent two more years attending births and continuing my studies. I earned my Certified Professional Midwife certification through the North American Registry of Midwives in May of 2020 and became a Licensed Direct Entry Midwife in the state of Oregon in June of 2020.
I am passionate about providing true informed consent to birthing people and their families. I believe that birth is a normal and natural process and the birthing person is in charge of their care. Midwifery is my passion and I am so thankful that families trust me to be involved in such an intimate part of their lives.
When I’m not busy catching babies, I love spending time with my family. I have a husband and three wild sons. We love to make and eat charcuterie boards, get outside as often as possible, and camp all summer long!
I have been attending births since 2006. I started as a doula for friends and family in the hospital. I also volunteered through a First-Visitor program to help support and teach teenage mothers how to care for and breastfeed their newborns after leaving the hospital.
In 2009, I experienced midwifery care first hand with the birth of my third son. It changed my life and my expectations about maternity care. I fell in love with the midwives model of care and homebirth. In 2010, I started an apprenticeship with a busy homebirth midwife in Colorado. Just over a year later, I moved to Oregon and had the opportunity to continue and finish my training at a wonderful birth center. I feel fortunate to have learned from and worked with ten amazing licensed midwives so far.
I've been certified and licensed since 2015.
Since earning my midwifery license, I have attended many conferences and trainings
both in person and online to continue adding to my training and education in varying areas pertaining to midwifery.
I also earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology from The University of Colorado in Colorado Springs in 2010
I feel so blessed to be married to my best friend, Matt. We have five sons and two daughters with a wide range of ages.
We live on a mini farm where we have dairy cows, lots of calves, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, and one silly dog. Some of my other hobbies are gardening, cooking, canning, making cheese, sewing, reading, learning, fermenting foods,
drinking coffee and caring for my large family.
MidValley Birthing Services LLC
3111 Santiam Hwy SE Suite H Albany, 805 Liberty St NE Salem, OR
Home birth midwifery serving Albany, Lebanon, Corvallis, Eugene, Salem and surrounding areas.
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