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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
Greetings, O Wise and Wonderful Mamas of Portland!

I am looking for some advice for my sister, who is newly pregnant. She lives in Vancouver and works in Lake Oswego and is just beginning to investigate her birthing options.

She is pretty mainstream, but after witnessing the beautiful homebirth of my daughter a couple years ago, she is interested in natural childbirth and the possibility of working with a midwife, probably at a birthing center or with a hospital affiliated midwife.

I would love for her to find someone who is knowledgeable, well-spoken, friendly, kind and relatively "clean cut" that will support her desire for a natural, drug free birth, where she can move around and be comfortable.

And if it turns out the midwives are associated with a hospital, someplace with a low c-sect rate and birth plan supportive! Even an OB at such a place?

Can you give me some input? Where and who do mamas love?
I'd love any and all advice. She is clear that she and her husband wouldn't be comfortable with a homebirth.

Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 22
We birthed at Alma with Kori Pienovi. The center itself is beautiful and we really liked our midwives. Kori is the only CNM there, I think, if that would make your sis more comfortable, but most of them are pretty clean-cut.
post #3 of 22
Andaluz. I had two of my boys with them and loved it there. They have two centers in the portland area, and both are very beautiful, but I prefer the tualatin one.
post #4 of 22
I have heard nothing but positive things about both Alma and Andaluz. I know that BOTH birth centers offer a completely free initial meeting/tour, and I would encourage your sister to go and talk with them and tour their birthing facilities. They're usually pretty easy to schedule, and, really, the facilities are just worlds away from what the hospitals offer...

I was thrilled with my birth at Bella Vie Gentle Birth Center, which is between McMinnville and Newberg. A bit of a drive from Portland, but it was well worth it for me.

The nice thing about the freestanding birth centers around here, is that they love showing mamas to be around, they love answering questions, and they love powerful, natural births. Encourage your sister to look at all her options for her best fit, and pat her on the back for exploring natural birth too!
post #5 of 22
Andaluz baby! She can look at the midwives profiles on their website and get an idea of who she may want to meet first. But I do encourage her to shop around and find where she feels most comfortable.
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks mamas, these are all super helpful, keep 'em coming. Any specific midwives or OBs? Anyone have experience with SAlmon Creek in VANCOUVER?
I think she'll check out Andaluz, but I bet her husband is going to weigh in for something hospital affiliated!
Thanks again!
post #7 of 22
I had a natural birth at Providence Portland Medical Center with Dr. Polo, who was very supportive and laid back. He works in a practice called Women's Health Today, and they also have a midwife in the practice named Karen Parker Linn.
post #8 of 22

I am with Legacy Emmanuel Midwifery in North Portland.  So far, (14 weeks) I have felt very comfortable with the midwives.  They did not push the genetic screening on me and respected my decision without further discussion.  I am planning a waterbirth in the labor and delivery ward at Legacy Hospital, but there will be no OBs near me unless something goes very wrong.  They also have a group program where you have your appointments with other mamas, like a birth class.  I am also looking around for doulas.

 

I also hear that OHSU has a good midwifery practice as well.  these are options for mamas and papas who want a natural birth but would feel more relaxed having hospital-like backup close by, just in case. 

 

If your sister would like to do a homebirth, I would recommend A Gentle Beginning.  They are wonderful.  Regina was very professional.  I was seeing them for gynecological services, but decided to go with Legacy for insurance reasons.    Next time.

post #9 of 22

Liz Collins at Natural Child Birth and family clinic is wonderful. Very upfront and real.  She also teaches at NCNM. We loved her and the clinic, they have a beautiful birthing room.

post #10 of 22

Subbing to this thread as I am on the search for a midwife too. Mine doesn't have to be clean-cut though! hehe. I am looking for a midwife, preferably in NE (east side at least), open to sliding scale/trade and OHP open card (not sure we will qualify), for a home water birth.

post #11 of 22

my midwife was wonderful! Heather Hack-Sullivan...Rosehip Midwifery.

can't write much now... but look her up.  She's a sweet woman, with lots of experience.

post #12 of 22

Yes, Heather was one of my midwives 4 years ago and was great! She was very clam and supportive. She is in SE PDX but will travel no prob.

post #13 of 22

I birthed at Andaluz and it was wonderful.  All the midwives I've met are very sweet, experienced and patient.  I suggest doing the visit.  My midwives were Adele and Dana who I adored each of them.  Monica Wood attended my birth as an apprentice but she is a homebirth midwife as well and was my rock during labor.  I highly recommend all 3 but I am especially fond of Monica.  Her website is http://parteramidwifery.com/

 

Even if she chooses to birth at a hospital, Andaluz has a great childbirth ed class series that is the most affordable I've seen around and it focuses on natural childbirth (and are happy to address hospital births as well).

 

Good luck!

post #14 of 22

There are two midwives with Women's Healthcare Associates in Newberg, Lauren Mackenzie and Jody Lindwall, who are both really skilled but both really supportive of natural childbirth.  They deliver at Newberg hospital, which is birthplan/natural childbirth friendly and is working on their "baby friendly" designation in support of breastfeeding (i.e. they do not offer/supply pacifiers, provide human donor milk if supplementation is medically indicated, initiate BF within the first hour, do not supply any formula products or items, have at least one LC on the floor every day, there is no nursery so rooming in is required, etc). 

 

It is not far from Lake Oswego, but a drive from Vancouver.  I hope she finds a center/hospital/provider that she loves!  It makes all the difference.

post #15 of 22

If she wants an OB/hospital birth, a couple of good natural-birth supporting ones are Dr. Maxine Bauer at Providence Maternal Care Clinic and Dr. Clea Caldwell at the Gateway Women's Clinic. Karen Parker Linn is also a wonderful CNM at the Providence Maternal Care Clinic.

post #16 of 22

Silke Akerman (www.tworiversmidwifery.com).  Fabulous midwife (used her for DD's birth).  She's in NE.
 

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Subbing to this thread as I am on the search for a midwife too. Mine doesn't have to be clean-cut though! hehe. I am looking for a midwife, preferably in NE (east side at least), open to sliding scale/trade and OHP open card (not sure we will qualify), for a home water birth.

post #17 of 22

Short of an emergency you couldn't pay me to give birth even the crunchiest hospital--only home births for me (LOL!)--but I've heard good things about Karen Parker-Linn.  But I've also heard she fills up fast.

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Subbing to this thread as I am on the search for a midwife too. Mine doesn't have to be clean-cut though! hehe. I am looking for a midwife, preferably in NE (east side at least), open to sliding scale/trade and OHP open card (not sure we will qualify), for a home water birth.



I loved my MW.  Ellie Legare at rightathomemidwifery.com

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Subbing to this thread as I am on the search for a midwife too. Mine doesn't have to be clean-cut though! hehe. I am looking for a midwife, preferably in NE (east side at least), open to sliding scale/trade and OHP open card (not sure we will qualify), for a home water birth.



I loved my MW.  Ellie Legare at rightathomemidwifery.com


We love Ellie Legare too!  Both she and Heather Hack attended my HBA2C waterbirth back in April.  Either one would be great.  I especially love Ellie's assistant midwife Jenny though.  They take ohp open card.

post #20 of 22

My sister used Ellie, Heather and Jenny for her son's birth last April (and I got to be there--happy dance!).  They were wonderful and they were really flexible (took her very late in her pregnancy, worked with her on payment, etc.). It was clear they really care about what they do.

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