Kathleen (Kat) Potthoff, LM
14700 NE 8th St.
Bellevue, WA 98034
Kathleen (Kat) Potthoff, LM
Kathleen (Kat) Potthoff, LM
14700 NE 8th St.
Bellevue, WA 98034
Birthingway College of Midwifery is a small, 501(c)(3) nonprofit college that has trained direct-entry midwives, lactation consultants, labor doulas, and postpartum doulas in the Portland Metro area for the past 24 years. We are looking for someone to work about 30 hours per week to help us raise up new generations of midwives by overseeing our midwifery program. This is a multi-faceted position that encompasses all aspects of admitting, supporting, and graduating students in the program. Job duties will include fielding inquiries from potential students, coordinating admissions, organizing events related to the midwifery program, and advising current students regarding coursework, clinical training, and graduating.
Our ideal candidate would possess the following qualities and qualifications:
Benefits include health insurance, four weeks of paid time off annually (to start), waived tuition for most course offerings, somewhat flexible hours, and a dynamic and relational work environment offering plenty of opportunities to work autonomously and in collaboration with other staff who are passionate about forwarding reproductive justice and the Midwifery Model of Care.
We believe that cultivating a diverse and inclusive community of staff, faculty, and students is critical to fulfilling our mission of training excellent practitioners. Birthingway does not discriminate on the basis of anyone’s actual or perceived race, color, ethnic origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, socioeconomic status, or any other protected class in employment decisions, admissions, or other college activities.
Applications must be submitted no later than 11:00 am on Monday, October 9, 2017.
TITLE: Midwifery Program Coordinator
INSTITUTION: Birthingway College of Midwifery, a 501(c)(3) non-profit private college
HOURS: 30 hours per week
SALARY: $18.00 per hour
BENEFITS: Health Insurance, Tuition Waiver, Paid Time Off
LOCATION: Outer SE Portland
Qualifications & Job Requirements
Based on the US Department of Labor’s classification of Physical Demands, this position is primarily a sedentary one. Computer use is required and job holder must be able to type accurately and see the computer screen. Additionally, phone and in-person communication occurs daily, and both speaking and hearing ability are necessary. Certain obligations do require light work as described by the US Department of Labor – such as lifting boxes of materials or moving chairs (“exerting up to 20lbs of force occasionally, or up to 10lbs of force frequently”). Job holder must be able to travel off-site for some school-wide events, such as Meet & Greet and Graduation.
Job holder will not be exposed to extreme environmental conditions. The demands of this job are primarily intellectual and interpersonal.
Advising and Assessment
It’s exciting welcoming a new little one into a family; congratulations on this new journey in life. Hi! My name is Dianna Steach. I am married to a wonderful man and we have 5 children, 4 boys and a girl. Together, as a family you can find us outside… a lot, swimming in rivers, working in our yard, playing with our 17 chickens and 3 dogs, camping, fishing or hunting. In the winter months I love to bake, sew and attend my children’s wrestling tournaments.
I grew up in Idaho and moved to Oregon shortly after I graduated high school to pursue a career in the childcare field. I have learned so much working with children and families, but my true passion is birth and babies. I discovered this when I was pregnant with my first baby in 2004. I knew exactly what kind of birth I wanted. I gave birth to my son at home, in a tub, with a midwife, all natural. I felt like a warrior! My husband and I loved the experience so much we had the rest of our 4 children the same way.
We have wonderful memories and the experiences with each have made us stronger as partners and as a family. After our last son was born in 2014 I wanted to find a way to help other mothers and their partners find the same satisfaction and joy in their little ones’ arrival. I have a deep love and empathy for others, combined with a desire to do service, and becoming a doula was the next natural step. I am currently enrolled at Birthingway Midwifery College, where I hope to continue my education and become a home birth midwife.
I believe that the best health care addresses a mother as a whole. I look forward to spending time with you before your impending birth to discuss your hopes, dreams and fears for your birth. Before your due date we will also spend time discussing your stresses, triggers, pain relief, and expectations. Through your labor I will be by your side as soon as you need me to help you manage, whether it be through decided medicated pain relief methods or through relaxation, rhythm and repetition. I have experience in counter-pressure methods, acupressure and water therapy, and am happy to learn any new methods you are longing to use. After your little one arrives I will remain with you to answer any questions and to help facilitate your bond with your baby. My goal for every family I work with is to make them feel confident in their birth choices and abilities, no matter what choices they make for themselves, through education and non-judgmental, continual support as individuals and as partners.
AGAIN, Congratulations on your new little one! I look forward to meeting you.
Dear Birthingway Community,
I am honored and humbled by your support. Just two weeks ago, the College announced our first ever Labor of Love campaign to reach 250 donors before the start of our Fall term. This number was certainly a reach goal for us, as we’ve never undertaken fundraising quite like this before.
While we did not reach our donor participation goal, we did reach you: our community.
We received donations from current students, alumni (new and seasoned), staff, and faculty who wanted to express their gratitude for what Birthingway has done for them. Remarkably, we also received donations from friends, family members, and colleagues of our community members who were impressed with Birthingway’s unique ability to nurture passionate people into compassionate practitioners. You gave, you shared, and you brought us forward in our mission. Thank you.
Together, we raised a total of $2,205 in support of Birthingway and our programs. These funds will be put towards scholarships, teaching tools and classroom equipment, professional development, and more.
You did this– we did this. Thank you for joining us in our Labor of Love.
Thank You to Our Labor of Love Donors:
Mary Kathleen Nelson
Schoenfeld & Schoenfeld
Tiny Moon Design
If you are a donor and would like your name to be changed or removed from this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you again for your support!
Megan Maltby, IBCLC
By seeking services through Lotus Lactation you will gain the knowledge and experience of an IBCLC who will thoughtfully walk you through breastfeeding your baby (or babies) while giving individual attention and clarity to all of your needs. We are here to offer unbiased and evidence based support throughout your entire infant feeding career.
Hello, I’m Sam. I’m very excited for you and this journey you’re on! I bet it’s been one heck of a ride! I’m looking forward to hearing about all the ups and downs you’ve experienced so far, and hash out some of the fears and preconceptions you may have about labor. One of the most important aspects of doula-work is education, because knowledge truly is power. And when you feel empowered, you feel safe and confident, and then inner mama-lion can take care of the rest! What I offer to you is a layout of the physiological process of labor and birth, to normalize what’s happening to your changing body and to help you to make informed decisions about possible medical interventions.
I have come to learn that birth is a sacred and transformative experience and that a woman’s body inherently knows how to birth. As your doula, it is my goal to hold the space that allows you to find and maintain your flow–the rhythm and courage to surrender to the power of birth.
I provide trauma-informed, woman-centered care for home births and hospital births. It is my intention to help you feel strong, safe, loved, and empowered, no matter the path you choose for your birth experience. There is no one right way. It is not my job to take over and control your labor experience, but instead, to make your priorities my priorities. Together, we will process your fears, concerns, and goals. We will talk about what you envision for your birth — what music, touch, positions, and breathing exercises you foresee keeping you mindful and calm during this exciting transition. I will be acting as a bridge between you and medical staff, and remaining as fluid and versatile as your changing body and changing needs are, from one moment to the next! I will be that nonjudgmental, encouraging support telling you that YOU CAN DO THIS!
I work with children at a mental health facility, which has shown me that I function well under stress and respond to chaos quickly and calmly. I love my job and have learned so much about mental health and how to manage difficult family dynamics. I am totally enamored and fascinated by the challenges and beauty of childbirth, which has led me to hopefully becoming a Certified Labor Doula. I’m also currently in school working towards becoming a Certified Nurse-Midwife. I have a degree in Spanish and Pre-Med and have done a lot of traveling. When not at work or school, I enjoy playing tennis, reading, running, hiking, cooking, crafting, and art.
I look forward to meeting you!
Hablo español y me encantaría tener la oportunidad de apoyar a las familias hispanohablantes. ¡Espero conocerle pronto!
Greetings! My name is Lacey and I am a trained Labor and Postpartum Doula providing one or both services to women and families. Before becoming a doula I have had ample experience working with diverse communities and in multicultural settings. I feel driven to serve women, as well as multicultural families, who are seeking support during the pivotal and life changing experiences of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the first few months of bringing the precious new soul home.
I am here to assist with change and adjustment. I am a supporter, an encourager, a listener, and an informer. Education is how we make informed decisions. An important aspect of my work is to assist in the education and information accessed by the mother and family so that she can then make informed choices about her labor, delivery and postpartum infant care that match her needs and wants in having the most fulfilling birth experience. Each woman has the RIGHT to labor and deliver how she sees RIGHT for herself.
As a labor doula I believe in providing a safe, calm, and woman-centered laboring space. I provide trauma-informed care. I also believe in being a tool for helping partners take on a supportive role during labor. If desired by the mother and partner, my focus as a labor doula is to assist the partner in providing soothing support in whichever capacity the woman needs. This partner support can not only increase the safety a woman feels during the vulnerable process of labor and delivery but it is an incredible bonding experience for the couple. I support women in what they need with no judgement or influence to change or go in one specific direction. Women do what they need. I serve women in home births or hospital births. I serve women with all types of births, whether it be a natural vaginal delivery, a medicated or epidural vaginal delivery, induced labor, or caesarean birth. I encourage – you be true to you.
I am inspired by women’s strengths, abilities, intuitions, and individual processes of becoming or being mothers. I am extremely eager and passionate in my work of supporting women and families during this miraculous transition. Each mother and family I work with has different needs; our time together fits your desires. My hopes are to assist a family to labor, deliver, and live in a postpartum atmosphere where they can look back on their first memories with the new child with a “wasn’t it wonderful” attitude.
In addition to providing labor and postpartum doula services, I am in the process of becoming a certified Birth Educator in hopes of teaching Childbirth Preparation classes to low-income and multi-cultural families. When I am not “doula-ing” or teaching I enjoy gardening, biking, reading, blowing bubbles with my son, and spending time with family here in the US and in Senegal!
Diam ak Salam. Peace and Peace.
Annie is a mom to two beautiful boys, as well as a postpartum doula, a trained labor doula and a licensed middle grades teacher. Her journey to finding joy in mothering has been a central part of her adult life, and she loves helping families find comfort during their earliest days. Her hope is that postpartum support allows parents to more deeply bond with their babies and establish a path of mutual understanding and joy.
Annie spent her earliest days under the Redwood trees in Boulder Creek, California – a reason perhaps that she has always loved tall trees and the quiet rhythm of nature. In becoming a mother herself, she had to learn how to slow down, trust her instincts and practice self care. As a postpartum doula she brings a grounded, warm and empathetic presence to all parents – respecting both the intense joys and challenges of raising children.
Annie completed her postpartum doula certificate through Birthingway College, her labor doula certificate through Doulas of North America (DONA) and graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Politics. She completed her Masters of Teaching from University of Portland and has a particular interest in positive discipline for classrooms and parents. In her free time, she enjoys walking with her dog and spending time in the Gifford Pinchot national forest with her email@example.com
Hello, I’m Danielle. I believe in the internal wisdom of us women – we know what our bodies need and what to do with them. As a doula, I will assist you in honing your ear to that wisdom to ensure a birthing experience that aligns with your hopes, goals, and values.
I look forward to learning about your thoughts, preconceptions, and fears around birth so that I can tailor my support to you exactly. What stories have we been told about birth? When you envision your birth, what do you see? A big part of assuaging fear is knowledge. I can provide the physiological backdrop so you have a better understanding of what’s happening in your body now and what will be happening when that baby wants out. Together, we’ll build a “plan” of sorts – what positions, words, music, touch, breathing exercises work for you to keep you calm and mindful during this beautiful transition our bodies were made to perform.
What I bring to the table is skillful adaptation – if you need to dance to some hip hop to get through this contraction, I’m two-stepping right there with you. If you’re feeling lost and frantic, I’m offering new positions, providing comforting touch, acting as a liaison between you and medical staff, and guiding you through affirmations and breath back, back to your body.
There is no one right way to be pregnant, to labor, to give birth, to feel postpartum. You are in the driver’s seat and I, your steady co-pilot. I provide non-judgmental, celebratory, dynamic support based on how you feel now and how you’ll feel in 10 minutes.
Working at a busy downtown community health clinic (Outside In) has made me quick on my feet, a fast responder, and able to hold my hat in times of stress, chaos, and occasional crisis. I will be a solid, calm, smiling energy for you should things veer towards the unknown.
In addition to work, I am currently in school, working towards becoming a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. I’m a Portland native, have a degree in English literature, am a long time student of yoga and dance. Hablo español, y me encantaría trabajar con familias hispanohablantes.
I really look forward to meeting you!