Category Archives: Faculty

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Unfurling Birth and Midwifery Services

Catherine Akerson Baily, CPM, LDM
Maura Jansen, CPM

7911 SE Stark St.
Unit B
Portland, OR 97215

(503) 310-9715

Catherine and Maura provide safe and high quality midwifery care including prenatal, birth, and postpartum care, home birth and water birth. We are particularly passionate to help people through VBACs. We are happy to offer home birth services to clients who have all insurances, including the Oregon Health Plan.

Every Body Midwifery and Health

Jaqxun Darlin LDM, CPM
2921 SE 62nd Ave.
Portland, OR 97202

We provide comprehensive midwifery care from preconception to prenatal, birth and postpartum. We serve all kinds of families, including single parent families, LGBTQ families, hetero families, religious families, poly families; and our care is body-positive and trauma-informed.

We believe bodies are amazing!

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.”

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.