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Labor of Love: A Final Message

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 $2,305 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.

Warmly,
Holly Scholles
President

You can support Birthingway year-round by giving, volunteering, joining rewards programs, and more! Learn more on our Donate page and contact outreach@birthingway.edu with any questions.

Thank You to Our Labor of Love Donors:

Anne Albaugh
Catherine Bailey
Nicole Bendotoff
Margaret Bennett
Marcela Bonilla
Elizabeth Bragg
Bridgetown Baby
Sara Brody
Caley Brown
Allison Casler
Elaura Dunning
Andrea Ferroni
Regina Flanagan
Lucy French
Glow Midwifery
Alimah Hall
Eleanor Hawkins
Celeste Kersey
Jaime Lefcovich
Rosemary Loperena
Stacey Maurer
Carrie McCormick
Lorell Miller
Susan Moray
Kori Muth
Mary Kathleen Nelson
Mirra Nerenberg
Genevieve Neyland
Christina Perez
Mike Reding
Nichole Reding-Hoffart
Rosehip Midwifery
Holly Scholles
Schoenfeld & Schoenfeld
Julie Shivley
Dana Slaughterbeck
Anne Smith
Katie Sotor
Emily Stevenson
Tiny Moon Design
Geri Waller
Susan Williams
Alyson Young
Jacqueline Zapp-Garcia

If you are a donor and would like your name to be changed or removed from this list, please email outreach@birthingway.edu. Thank you again for your support!

Birthingway Seeks New Members for Expanded Board

Birthingway College of Midwifery is a nonprofit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. We are currently recruiting qualified, dedicated, and interested people to join our Board!

If you are passionate about:

  • Family and infant health
  • Healthcare equity
  • Choices in childbirth
  • Education and careers for women and members of other marginalized communities
  • Relationship-centered care
  • Collaborative learning communities
  • Informed birth practices
  • Broadening support for breastfeeding, labor, and postpartum parents
  • Building diverse networks of care providers

Birthingway would love to hear from you!

About Us

Our mission is to set the standard for educating excellent entry-level and continuing practitioners of the midwifery arts and sciences within the biodynamic model, integrating a solid framework of traditional knowledge and practices with a variety of therapeutic approaches.

As a part of this mission, we are committed to encouraging and supporting students to reach their educational and professional goals. Birthingway strives for the highest level of achievement in our students and maintains small class sizes to provide a personal experience for each member of the school.

The educational programs at Birthingway include a midwifery certificate and a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree, an Associate degree and a certificate in Lactation Consultation, and certificate programs for Labor Doulas and Postpartum Doulas. We also offer Continuing Education workshops for birth workers. Our student midwives and lactation consultants train in many clinical settings, with preceptors throughout the United States and worldwide.

Birthingway started in March 1993 as a six-month structured study group in the home of founder Holly Scholles. Soon the group transformed into a private business, Birthingway Midwifery School, which offered a two year program of classroom and independent study. In 1996, to meet national accreditation requirements, the program expanded to three years and increased the clinical requirements for graduation. In 1997, Birthingway became a non-profit, charitable corporation under the control of a Board of Directors.Upon being authorized to offer the Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree in March 2001, Birthingway renamed itself Birthingway College of Midwifery.

Birthingway is one of only eleven schools accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC). It has an annual budget of over $900,000. The majority of these funds are received from student tuition and fees. One of Birthingway’s top priorities is to diversify income sources and expand its revenues to ensure continued success and growth.

Getting Involved

Birthingway College of Midwifery needs what you have to offer– your vision, drive, and spirit! Please consider sharing your time as a Board member or volunteer, making a contribution, or learning more about us.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Birthingway’s Board of Directors, please let us know at 503-760-3131 or e-mail info@birthingway.edu today. We’ll follow up with an application and more information about joining our Board!

Frequently Asked Questions about the Board of Directors

Below is a list of the most common questions we receive about the Board and what it’s like to be a Board member. We are happy to answer any questions you may have on these or other topics.

What do Board members do?
The Board of Directors is the governing body of Birthingway. The Board keeps the organization on track with its philosophical, legal, and financial goals. They approve overall College objectives and goals, review and approve the annual budget, and advocate for the school through public relations, networking, and fundraising. The Board also hires and supervises the College President.

How often does the Board meet?
The Board has four regularly scheduled meetings held the second Thursday of March, June, September, and December. March and September meetings are held at the College and June and December are by teleconference. Meetings are open to the public. Rarely, a special emergency meeting may be called if a crucial issue occurs that must be handled quickly.

How much of a time commitment is required?
Birthingway holds four board meetings per year which are approximately two to three hours in length. Additional time is required to review meeting minutes and agendas and to participate in committees and workgroups as needed.

Are Board members paid?
Board members are volunteers and do not receive a salary. However, some of the benefits of sitting on the Board include:

  • Helping to guide the direction of an organization that provides a unique and often marginalized service to clients from many different backgrounds
  • Influencing a paradigm shift in the framework of educating care providers
  • Participating in a truly relationship-based learning and working environment which prioritizes biodynamic care and Non-Violent Communication
  • Playing an active role in strengthening the birth and lactation-related community both locally and nationwide
  • Working with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced people in this community

What are Board meetings like?
Meetings are important and Board members are there to discuss business. And they are engaging, fun, and set in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. You are encouraged to attend our next meeting and observe the Board in action.

What if I have to miss a meeting every once in awhile?
As part of Birthingway’s governing body, the Board is crucial to our success. With so few scheduled meetings, we hope Board members will attend. Of course, we recognize that the Board involves busy, active people and that they may occasionally have to miss a meeting. We will share minutes and materials after each meeting so that all Board members can stay updated.

Is there a term of service?
We ask Board members to commit to a two-year term of service. There is no limit on the number of terms a member may serve.

I am interested in what Birthingway does, but I don’t know a lot about it. Who should I call if I have more questions and want to learn more about what the organization does?
You can learn a lot about Birthingway by browsing the Programs and About Us pages of our website. You can also call Holly Scholles, our President, at 503-760-3131 or email info@birthingway.edu. We will be happy to give you more information, answer your questions, or arrange a tour of the school.