So, You Want To Be A Lactation Consultant?

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Registration Details:

Tuesday, September 1st, 5pm-9pm
Located at
Birthingway College of Midwifery (Google Maps)
12113 SE Foster Road
Portland, Oregon 97266

At no cost to you.

A great opportunity for prospective Lactation Consultants to learn about the training and lifestyle of LCs. We will discuss the various IBLCE pathway routes and share stories from students and practicing professionals.

So, You Want To Be A Doula?

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Are you interested in a specific type of doula work? Labor, Postpartum, or both?

Registration Details:

Wednesday, August 5th 5pm-7pm
Located at
Birthingway College of Midwifery (Google Maps)
12113 SE Foster Road
Portland, Oregon 97266

At no cost to you.

A great opportunity for prospective doulas to gain information about the training, practice, and lifestyle of Labor Doulas and Postpartum Doulas. We will be joined by current students, graduates, and local business savvy doulas as panel members.

Blair McMillan

Blair McMillanHello, my name is Blair and I am passionate about pregnancy and birth. I believe that all women deserve to have a positive and empowering birth experience and will to do my best in helping you accomplish this. You can count on me to be compassionate, reliable and supportive. I believe in you and your ability to bring your baby safely into the world. You can rest assured knowing that I will be there to help you through the process.

I feel strongly that ensuring a woman in labor feels safe and supported contributes to a positive birth experience. You can count on me to support you in your decision making throughout your entire birth experience. I will hold space for you and work to ensure your birthing environment is kept to your ideals.

With my service you will receive:

  • 1-2 Prenatal appointments
  • Text/email/phone correspondence for questions or concerns
  • On call service starting 2 weeks before your due date, through the birth of your child
  • Continuous labor support
  • 1-2 Postpartum appointments

Phone: 503-880-0757

Claire Wilde

Claire WildeHello, and thank you so much for visiting! I am so excited that you’re considering having a labor doula at your birth.

As your labor doula, I will do everything I can to support you emotionally, physically, and informationally before, during, and after your birth. When we meet for the first time, we will focus on your vision for your birth experience; I know this will be one of the most important episodes of your life, and I want you to come away feeling strong, beautiful, empowered, and confident. The decisions you make during this time will among be your first parenting decisions, and it is impossible for them to be “wrong” as long as you feel that they are right for you!* My role is to support you as you make them according to the biodynamic model. This means I intend to protect and help facilitate the beautiful flow and balance of hormones that characterize the pregnancy, labor, and postpartum periods, while also individualizing my assistance to your personal goals and visions for your birth.

In our prenatal visits, I will support you in creating a plan that outlines these goals and visions. If you prefer to approach the birth without a plan, that’s wonderful too. In either case, we will talk about how to hold space for what you imagine while being flexible enough to flow gracefully with whatever happens. We will talk about how you’re feeling physically and emotionally as the birth approaches, and cover a variety of ways to maximize your wellbeing and comfort before, during, and after you deliver your baby.

I am a Portland native, and am so grateful that I get to call this beautiful part of the world home.  I fell in love with birth work after attending the birth of my nephew and studying women’s health as a Gender Studies major in college. When I’m not doula-ing, I work as studio manager at Sellwood Yoga, where I practice regularly, teach yoga for children and families, and am preparing to begin my teacher training. I live in the Sellwood neighborhood with my wife, dog, and two cats, and in my free time I love reading, writing, hiking, and being silly with my five nieces and nephews.

*As far as I’m concerned, choosing to parent, place a child for adoption, or terminate a pregnancy all constitute wise, loving, and courageous parenting decisions. I am happy to discuss any options you may be considering, and I support and celebrate all family constellations, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, or partnership status.

Serving the greater Portland area and surroundings.

Services include:

  • 1-3 prenatal visits, depending on when we connect with one another
  • On-call availability two weeks before and after your estimated due date
  • Continuous labor support until 1-2 hours postpartum
  • 1-2 postpartum visits
  • Spanish language skills

Contact Info:

Website coming soon!


Taryn Ackelson

TarynAckelsonTaryn is a certified postpartum doula, completing classes at Birthingway College of Midwifery to be eligible to sit for the IBCLC board exam in 2016.

Taryn is a devoted mother of two. Her childbirth experiences inspired a desire to work with families, helping to build support for new parents through the prenatal, childbirth, and postpartum periods. Itʼs her hope to share education, awareness, and resources that strengthen and enrich the parenting experience. Taryn is dedicated to caring for mothers, infants, and families after birth – nourishing the heart, soul, and body of clients.

Taryn has started Moonshadow Postpartum Care, a full service doula cooperative, to provide education and care throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. Services include: postpartum doula support, prenatal childbirth education and breastfeeding classes, lactation counseling, and sibling support for births and the first 12 weeks postpartum.

Phone: 503-680-5556

Summer Library Hours

Summer Library Hours
July 6- Sept. 16
**Closed July27-Aug. 31**

Monday : Closed
Tuesday : 10:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: Closed

Books and renewable items due on or after July 27, 2015 will be renewed through Sept. 2.
Please remember that DVDs and Videos cannot be renewed and should be returned by July 23.

New! Lactation Tuition Waiver Program

Students must show both enthusiasm for lactation consultation work and the ability to bring this work back to their specific communities.

This tuition waiver covers half of the tuition, registration, and technology fees for each term they are registered to take courses. Recipients are required to purchase necessary texts, course-packs and equipment, and to pay other required fees (including lab fees), and late registration fees if enrolling after the registration deadline.

There will be one designated tuition waiver opportunity within the four-class series.

Birthingway strives to provide diversity and multi-vocal trainings by not being redundant in our awards of tuition waivers. Applications are evaluated based on the population they are planning to work with, and the level of need in that under-served community/population.

Students currently enrolled in the Lactation or Midwifery Program will not be considered for the tuition waiver.