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Emilia Smith

Emilia Smith, CPM, LDM, IBCLC, is a midwife and lactation consultant. She is a graduate of Birthingway and is thrilled to be a part of the faculty at the institution that supported her through her midwifery training. She now teaches Fetal Assessment and Postpartum in the midwifery program and Complex Maternal Situations,  Pregnancy & Birth Impacts on Breastfeeding and Breastfeeding Education & Counseling in the lactation program. She is also a clinical preceptor. She feels unbelievably lucky to be a part of Rosehip Midwifery along with Birthingway faculty member Heather Hack-Sullivan. During her process of becoming a midwife and lactation consultant, Emilia also became a mother. She is now a mama to three amazing and strong people. “Becoming a mother for the first time was a transformative experience. I was at once myself and new; motherhood felt simultaneously foreign and familiar. My children are constantly teaching me new things about myself and the world and I am so grateful for their presence in my life.”

Annie Gilligan

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 family.

Inner Serenity Midwifery

Tia Rich
10432 SW 52nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97216

Inner Serenity specializes in Holistic family centered midwifery care. Our focus is on the empowerment to make choices that are right for you and your baby. Care is centered around you and your individual needs in pregnancy birth and postpartum. Each birth is unique and deserves unique care.

Additional Services:

  • Craniosacral therapy for mothers and babies
  • Lactation support
  • Hypnobirth


Calina Selmanson

Serving Portland and surrounding areas since 2005-(Clackamas, Multnomah, Washington and parts of Yamhill County)

I welcome clients of all backgrounds, diversities, ethnicities, sexualities, genders and family structures. Offering non judgemental support, evidenced based and current education to support informed decision making.

I am a Certified Postpartum & Labor Doula through Birthingway College, a Certified Educator of Infant Massage through the International Association of Infant Massage and Certified Placenta Encapsulation Specialist through the International Placenta & Postpartum Association.

I began my path as a doula at age 18 and completed my labor doula training at Birthingway in 1998. That same year I worked with my best friend through the entire process of prenatal care, labor and postpartum time. I later helped that friend prepare for and welcome two more children as her doula and nanny. These experiences were pivotal in shaping my identity and philosophy as a doula. Through these early experiences I realized the value and benefits of continuity-of-care, serving families throughout the entire childbearing year.

While embarking on a career as a doula, my passion for the healing arts grew as I sought out many opportunities to add to my caregiver skill set. These include massage therapy, reiki, nutrition and herbal medicine, among many other modalities.

I formally completed my postpartum doula training, while enrolled in the midwifery program and certified in 2011.

I completed my midwifery studies in 2016. It was through this rigorous program and becoming a mother that I realized my deepest desire, serving women and their families in the role of a doula. Albeit, more skilled, confident and educated.

When preparing to have my own child, I was met with a myriad of unforeseen challenges. I experienced a surprise cesarean, after working very hard for three days to have an un-medicated water birth. Heavy with sadness and disappointment, I realized that my baby had her own plan. The birth had to unfold on its own accord, in order to provide a safe outcome for us both a very tough new mama lesson that has humbled me and given me even greater compassion for “Homebirth Cesarean Mamas” and all cesarean mothers alike. Planned or unplanned surgical birth is an incredible rite of passage to motherhood and is often an arduous recovery, which I see as under recognized.

I offer group and private infant massage classes at a discounted rate for doula clients. See and for details. And placenta encapsulation services and remedies. Doula clients receive a special rate through available packages.

As an experienced herbalist, nutritional counselor and trained midwife, I instinctually incorporate this collective wisdom into all of my work.
I feel honored to serve your family during this transformative time!

When I’m not supporting you as your doula….
I enjoy spending quality time with my fun-loving and wild daughter Tulsie and my sweet and wonderful husband Aaron, along with our high strung and talkative furry child Mate’
My passions include wild-crafting herbs, plant medicine, cooking and kitchen alchemy, wine, gardening, aromatherapy, astrology, yoga, hula hooping, tarot, music and being near water.


Janna Marshall

Contact me: Janna Marshall     

Cell: 971-506-5728    


*Spanish speaker *Artistic abilities to commemorate your pregnancy

Congratulations on this new life growing inside you! I am a Birthingway Certified Labor Doula. I am passionate about birth, an appreciation that undoubtedly began as a child growing up on a farm. I have been witness to dozens of births in my world travels as a volunteer. I believe every woman’s birthing style is unique and I wish to help couples navigate this transition as a team into parenthood. After the birth of my 3 children (who are now teens), I decided to take my love of labor and delivery and hone those skills as a trained professional and assist women on their unique journey before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying birth experience possible.

As a Labor Doula, I will offer invaluable support to you and your family. Spending time with expecting clients prior to their birth will allow us get to know one another. I am committed to providing a calming presence guided by encouragement, creating a relaxing atmosphere, offering non-judgemental informed consent to your decision making, and overall biodynamic care. Allowing room for flexibility along the way, counter pressure relief, relaxing massage, focused breathing techniques and so much more. Whether you choose a hospital, birthing center or home birth, my purpose is to assist women in achieving a positive and life affirming birth experience according to your personal needs and desires.

*About me: I am a lover of the outdoors! A native of the Northwest I enjoy all the backyard amenities gardening, backpacking, rock climbing, mountain climbing, biking, river rafting you name it! I enjoy baking and even do occasional wedding cakes. I am also an artist and if given the chance would love to share my talent with you. For expecting moms, I am able to do henna belly art with photos or belly casts as a fun way to get to know you, as well as commemorate your pregnancy with these lasting impressions!

Hola, me llamo Janna. Quisiera expresar mis felicitaciones por su embarazo. Soy una madre de 3 hijos y estoy capacitado para ayudar en el parto. Yo vivía en Nayarit México desde hace un año y enseñó una clase de Inglés en un orfanato. Allí, los niños me enseñan Español un idioma y cultura que amo.  Estoy deseando dar la bienvenida a su bebé en el mundo junto a usted!

With my service you will receive:

  • 1 Complimentary meet-and-greet interview to get acquainted in your home, or preferred location.
  • 1-2 Prenatal appointments with optional belly art to discuss plans and preparations for birth and identify your desires, fears, hopes and develop unique coping strategies to incorporate in labor.
  • Unlimited text/email/phone correspondence for questions or concerns
  • On call service 2 weeks before your due date, through the baby’s birth
  • Continuous emotional and physical support during labor and 2 hours postpartum
  • 1 Postpartum visit to process/discuss your birth story together, newborn care, and resources.

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 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 We will be happy to give you more information, answer your questions, or arrange a tour of the school.

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.