Sarah Longwell

Sarah Longwell is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and an alumna of the Birthingway Lactation Program. She is proud to be involved in many aspects of the program as it evolves and changes to best prepare students to become exemplary providers in the lactation field. In her private practice with Miracle of Nurture, Sarah is dedicated to helping parents follow their instincts about their infants, providing sound evidence-based advice and empathy beginning in pregnancy and through every stage of babyhood.

Aerlyn Pfeil

Aerlyn Pfeil is a certified professional midwife and sexual violence program consultant from Portland, Oregon. After graduating from Birthingway College she joined Doctors Without Borders and has worked in maternal health programs in South Sudan, Haiti, Senegal, the Somalia, Ethiopia, and Papua New Guinea. Aerlyn is on the the Board of Directors for Doctors Without Borders, has a BA in Sociology from Whitman College, and a degree in Global Health from the University of Manchester.


Arika Makena Bridgeman-Bunyoli

Arika Makena Bridgeman-Bunyoli, MPH is an Adjunct Professor at Birthingway, a Project Coordinator for the Community Education Worker Program at the Multnomah County Health Department Community Capacitation Center, an independent researcher, popular educator, a community activist, and mother of two. She is the lead author on It’s in My Veins: Exploring the Role of an Afrocentric, popular education-based training program in the empowerment of African-American and African CHWs in Oregon published in the October 2015 issue of the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. She has also coordinated many projects serving women and children in Kenya, East Africa as the former Director and Co-Founder of Watoto wa Dunia (Children of the World). She holds a Masters in International Health from Oregon State University and held an Elementary Teacher’s Certificate from Ohio where she received a Bachelor’s from Antioch University, and focused on Multicultural Education with children in the primary grades. She continually focuses her work on the promotion of health equity as well as reproductive and social justice for families and communities of color in Oregon and internationally. Her recent research has focused on understanding the underlying causes of prematurity and low birth weight in African-American communities from the perspectives of African-American midwives, and the development of a new continuing education course for Community Health Workers called Understanding Violence as a Public Health Issue in conjunction with the Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) team in the Multnomah County Health Department.

Sarah Husain

Sarah Husain, MA, CPM, CD, is a Mother, Midwife, Healer, Advocate, and Educator.

In 2003 Sarah earned her BA from the University of California, Davis in Women & Gender Studies; and, in 2007 completed her MA from San Francisco State University in Ethnic Studies where she focused her research on Reproductive Justice for Women of Color and underserved populations world-wide.

Sarah is also trained as a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT), an ICTC Certified Full Circle Doula (CD), and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).  Committed to serving diverse families in her practice; Sarah integrates herbal wisdom, accupressure, & cranio-sacral with skilled and evidence based midwifery. She has served mothers and families internationally, and her greatest joy is supporting mothers, so that they can birth in love.

Growing Family Birth Center

Debbie Cowart
701 N 5th Street
Suite B-1010
Lebanon, OR 97355
Phone: 541-259-2500

Growing Family Birth Center is a midwife run, free-standing birth center dedicated to providing holistic, personalized maternity through the prenatal, birth and postpartum period including breastfeeding support. The Birth Center is an alternative to both hospital and homebirth which recognizes and respects the woman and her family’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs; allowing all women the right and responsibility to assume an active role in their own health care.

Merriah Fairchild

Merriah Fairchild, BA, IBCLC is a Birthingway-trained postpartum doula and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She teaches the Postpartum Doula Workshop. Merriah started her private practice, Bridgetown Baby, in 2014 and now has a team of eight doulas including many Birthingway alumni. She is passionate about supporting postpartum families by combining doula care with breastfeeding support. Merriah is thrilled to come full-circle and now teach at Birthingway. Merriah has two daughters who were both born in November by the same bedroom window and the same winter sun- with Birthingway midwives!