Attention Prospective Lactation Consultation Students: New for this application cycle Birthingway will be allowing applicants to submit an application after the initial November 1 deadline. We will be accepting applications postmarked by January 4, 2016. Provisional acceptance may be given to applicants whose prerequisites are still in progress. Transcripts for prerequisites must be submitted by April 1, 2016
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My name is Lylia Sinenko and I am a certified labor and birth doula living in Delta Junction, Alaska.
I have always been fascinated with the birth process, from beginning to end. I grew up in a big Russian family and have heard many birth stories from women, including my mom. The way they were treated in the hospitals, even in America, sometimes didn’t sit well with me. I decided I would like to make a small difference in a positive way.
I searched for a place to be trained as a doula and I was especially glad when I got to meet the people at Birthingway College of Midwifery, where I decided to get my training. The culture and people there were different from what I was familiar with but the atmosphere was very positive. It made me want to stay there, or at least take a little bit of that home with me. It really helped me see things differently and hope for even better outcomes and birth stories from hospitals. I look forward to working with OBs and Midwives to help provide the best care for mothers, babies and their families.
My belief is that newborns are miracles from Heaven that help ease the suffering and despair. Birth is beautiful, empowering and comforting.
I serve families between Delta Junction and Fairbanks and would love to set up an interview with you to see if we are a good fit. I speak fluent Russian and love working with the Russian families in the community. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2100 SW Camelot Ct.
Portland, OR 97225
Naturopathic doctor and midwife with focus on fertility, pediatrics and women’s health. I attend 3-5 births per month.
Serving Portland and surrounding areas
Hi! My name is Megan and I am a student doula ready to put my fresh knowledge and passion into hands on experience. I am very passionate about birth and empowering women to make informed decisions on what feels right to them. I am fueled by compassion,empathy,new knowledge and the ability to be supportive and reliable in many life situations. I strongly believe that when a mama brings her child into the world, she needs to feel safe,loved and heard. I offer myself,my hands and heart to expectant mamas during this precious,transforming time!
As a labor doula my goal is to help you on this journey,so that you feel you have all the information,comfort measures and support you may need to have the most satisfying birth experience possible.
My passion for connections and building bonds with families 15yrs ago when I decided to pursue the childcare field. I got certified as a professional nanny in 2000 and worked out of the homes of the families I served. From the births of new siblings to sending their school aged child off to their first day of Kindergarten. After giving birth to my own daughter in 2006, I continued to offer my childcare services to these families with my own child along side of me. Soon it became time to stay at home with her and guide her through her elementary school yrs.
I currently continue to build relationships and connections with families and children out of my own home by offering daycare services. I plan on making this new career change smooth and steady for all involved. I am confident and eager to serve you and your family as well.
Giving birth is a transformative experience that is unique to every mother and baby. As a doula, my primary goal is to provide you with the individualized support you need for a satisfying birth experience that matches your preferences and priorities. In whatever setting you choose for your birth, I can help you make sure you are aware and informed of your options so that you can fully participate in making decisions that affect you and your baby. As your birth unfolds, I hold the space for your experience, offering physical and emotional support that is tailored to your needs in the moment. If you plan to give birth with a spouse or partner present, I will seek to provide the reinforcement needed so that both of you can feel fully present for one another and the experience of giving birth to your baby. I consider my job done when you are nestled with your new little one, feeling nurtured and ready to confidently embark on your journey as a parent.
My passion for birth work started out as an academic one. I focused my undergraduate studies in Anthropology on birth in the United States and, through that experience, became profoundly aware of the wide disparities in women’s experiences of birth in this country. There are many ways to give birth and each birth unfolds uniquely, but every woman woman should feel respected, understood, and as in control as possible throughout her childbearing experience. I became a labor doula out of a deep desire that as many women and families as possible have empowering birth experiences that sets a solid foundation for the challenges and joys of the years to come.
I want the clients I serve to have the highest quality of support possible, so training and continuing education are high priorities for me. I’ve completed labor doula trainings through Birthingway College of Midwifery and the International Center for Traditional Childbearing and am trained to use acupressure for comfort and support during labor. I joined Birthing Stone Doula and Childbirth Service’s mentorship program in June 2015 to further my knowledge of best practices for supporting laboring women.
When I’m not absorbed in birth work, I love exploring Portland’s nooks and crannies, hiking, downhill skiing, and just about any sport that involves being on the water. In a former life, I was a classically trained vocalist. These days, I dust off my vocal chords every once in awhile at the occasional karaoke night. Really good storytelling, music by Joni Mitchell, and home-grown tomatoes are other things that bring me joy.
I hope for the opportunity to come alongside you in your journey!
What I offer:
- Someone to help you sift through the myriad of information available on pregnancy and childbirth, and unlimited consultation from the time of hire to six weeks postpartum for whenever questions arise.
- Two prenatal appointments where we will identify your desires for your birth, your unique coping strategies, and create a plan for preparing for the birth you want.
- Continuous physical and emotional support through active labor until one to two hours postpartum.
- Two postpartum visits where we will process your birth experience together and talk about caring for your newborn.
My name is Lo and I am excited to get to know you as you navigate your labor and delivery. To start, I will share a little bit about myself. I am a mother of three pretty awesome kiddos and I am a wife to an equally rad husband. We are an active family who love to go antique shopping and ride our bikes. We have one cat and his names is beans, he’s pretty confident that he runs the house.
Ever since my children were born I have been fascinated with labor and delivery. I truly believe that every birth story is magical and every mom should be able to feel empowered, loved and supported through her labor and delivery. My goal is to help moms feel this way and to be by your side as you enter this new chapter in your life.
Please use the form below to contact the Specialized Programs Coordinator who will put you in contact with an available Student Labor Doula.
Laura Alberg, CNM, WHNP-BC
3323 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97239
19255 SW 65th Ave. ste. 220
Tualatin, OR 97062
Laura Alberg, CNM, WHNP-BC received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. She immediately went to work in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit. During her time in the ICU she completed her Masters of Science Degree, specializing as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She knew her true passion was Midwifery and decided to return to school at Frontier Nursing University to pursue her dream. Once she finished her Certified Nurse Midwife degree she couldn’t stop, and is now working on her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Laura has worked for years as a nurse in Labor and Delivery, and as a Certified Nurse Midwife in the hospital, but she knew that out of hospital birth was her true calling. When she had the opportunity to move her family to work at Andaluz Waterbirth Center, she jumped on it. Laura is extremely excited be a part of the Andaluz family of midwives. She is passionate about natural labor and childbirth. She is an avid reader and loves going to the movies with her husband, Craig. Her greatest joy is being a mother to her daughter Madison, born with a midwife in 2012.
My name is Emberlyn Kelley, I am thrilled to be here on my path as a birthwork professional, with my steps fueled by a passion that has been burning since childhood. I attended my training at Birthingway College of Midwifery, and am now in the practicum, well on my way to certification.
I meet my clients exactly where they are at in life, with no judgement. Outside of working with general populus clients I have been catering my work to serve teen, homeless, and sex work mothers. I use my lived experienced to really sit with my clients on their level throughout our journey together. I truly believe that birth is one of the most natural processes of the human experience, but that it is made all the more unique and beautiful by the flavors of the people involved in the birth. I am so excited to be growing as a labor doula, and working towards my future Bachelors in Midwifery.
A little more about myself as an individual, I am a happily married to my soul mate, the mother of two incredible children, and a women who has taken the plunge to chase her dreams.
I am here as a student doula because I believe that a healthy community is rooted in healthy and happy moms and their families. As a doula I hope to bring knowledge, reassurance, and confidence to your experience of pregnancy and labor. Every woman deserves their birth to be supported, in whichever way she thinks is best for her and her family. I am so happy to have found myself at Birthingway and am excited to have the opportunity to serve you!
I grew up and went to college in Salt Lake City, Utah and moved to Portland in 2012 with the goal of broadening my career horizons and living in a community that values local products and sustainability, holistic practices, and authenticity. When I’m not working as a research assistant in immunology I am walking my dog, riding my bike to practice yoga around the city, jogging with friends, reading about women’s health, working on my garden, and spending time with my family.
First we will set up an initial interview, that way we can assess if what I have to offer is right for you. Once we decide we would like to work together, I will provide two prenatal visits. This time together will allow us to get to know each other better and to make a plan for you to reach your birth goals. Throughout this process I will be available by phone or email for whatever questions or concerns come up for you. I will be on call for 2 weeks before your estimated due date until you start labor. Once labor is finished, I will stay with you for 1-2 hours after birth, until you are settled in. A couple days later I will want to visit with you for up to two postpartum visits, to make sure you have all the support you need.
Birth story processing
“The most trustworthy knowledge about women’s bodies combines the best of what medical science has offered over the past century or two with what women have always been able to learn about themselves.” – Ina May Gaskins
Credentials: B.S. Biology University of Utah