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Winter 2018 Labor Doula Workshop Registration Form


2018 Winter Labor Doula Workshop Registration Form

Workshop Dates and Times: Thursdays from 4:30pm-8:00pm 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, Make up 3/22

Location: Birthingway College of Midwifery, 12113 SE Foster Rd., Portland, OR 97266

Workshop Fee: $500• Coursepack Fee: $28 (non-refundable)• Late fee, if registering after the registration deadline: $75 (non-refundable)

Check: – Make check payable to Birthingway College. Mail (with registration form) to:
Birthingway College
12113 SE Foster Rd.
Portland, OR 97266.

PayPal – credit card payments are accepted through PayPal to

Complete instructions at:
If paying through PayPal, you must include a copy of your PayPal confirmation with your registration.

Deadline: You must submit a completed registration form along with full payment by Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Three Methods to Register:


2018 Winter Labor Doula Workshop Registration Form

1. After downloading, open the registration form and fill it out. Email the completed registration pdf file and proof of PayPal payment to:


2. Print, complete and mail the registration with proof of payment or check to:

Birthingway College
12113 SE Foster Rd.
Portland, OR 97266.


3. Fax the registration form and proof of payment to:

503-760-3332 (FAX)
Please call 503-760-3131 to confirm that we have received it!

Refund Policy: Written notice is required for a refund, and must be received no later than seven days before the first day of the course for the student to receive a 95% refund. If written notice is received after that point, 80% of the workshop fee will be refunded up to the first day of the workshop. No refund will be made on or after the first class day. For more information, see our current Student Handbook and Catalog.

Now Hiring: Critical Care Skills Teaching Assistant

Birthingway is seeking someone to serve as a Teaching Assistant in our Winter Critical Care Skills III course on Tuesday afternoons. It will be for 2.75 hours with 2 hours of class time and perhaps 45 minutes of clean up time. The course runs from 3-5 pm on these Tuesdays: 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13.

This position will rely upon many forms of interactions with students, faculty members, and staff so we are looking for someone with excellent communication skills. The TA must have already taken Critical Care Skills series or have equivalent experience and be willing to become familiar with the course materials quickly.


  • Assist with set up and take down of equipment and supplies as well as classroom clean up including but not limited to:
    For all Midwifery Courses:

    • At least 15 minutes before class begins, disinfect all surfaces, make beds with clean sheets, and set up the classroom and equipment as needed
    • During class, properly dispose of all bio-hazard materials and sterilize equipment
    • After class, disinfect all surfaces, strip beds of linens, and wash linens per policy
  • Become familiar with specific course curriculum, syllabi, and related paperwork including student skills documentation forms
  • Properly dispose of classroom waste each day either in outside compost or garbage bins
  • Circulate around the classroom and assist students with their skills practice
  • Monitor, supervise, and sign off on student performance of skills during class
  • Work with instructor to complete course paperwork (attendance sheets, supply requests, homework sheets) by appropriate deadlines
  • Coordinate with the instructor and the front office to welcome and orient hired skills models if needed
  • Store supplies in correct location within appropriate supply closets
  • Read instruction books on all equipment and supplies used in the course
  • Plan for time before and after class to debrief with faculty about class concerns and observations
  • Ensure compliance with College policies and procedures
  • Represent the College in a professional manner at all times

Qualifications & Job Requirements
Must have completed the Birthingway course sequence or have equivalent education or experience in the subject areas covered in the course

HOW TO APPLY: Send an email to with your resume attached and include the subject “Applicant for Critical Care Skills III Teaching Assistant.” In your email please note why you think this Birthingway course is a good fit for you.

Applications Due by Friday, December 22th by 5pm.

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.