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.”email@example.com
Hi, I’m Emily. I’m a student doula, counseling graduate student, and yoga instructor. I’m passionate about global maternal health, particularly the intersection between a mom’s happiness and holistic body, mind, and spiritual health.
I’d love to be a part of your birth to bring clarity, information, and emotional support!
As a doula, I…
- Provide informational, emotional, and physical support during labor/birth
- Listen to your hopes, desires, and fears/reservations surrounding birth
- Help create a space where you are supported during your labor
- Support each unique birth – what works for one may not work for another
- Witness the strengths each woman presents during birth
What services are provided?
- Meet-and-greet interview
- 1-2 prenatal visits
- On-call, text/phone, and informational support
- Labor/birth support
- 1-2 postpartum visits
- Babywearing education/safety
I have lived in Portland for 15 years. My husband and I have been married for almost ten years and we have two children. I have a degree in social work and some graduate work in mental health counseling. Prior to becoming a doula, I worked at a college with students with disabilities. When I am not with my clients, I love being a mom to my two children, and I ride my bike, kayak, knit, or ignore my dishes while I catch up on tv shows.
I look forward to getting to know you!
Greetings! My name is Lacey and I am a trained Labor and Postpartum Doula providing one or both services to women and families. Before becoming a doula I have had ample experience working with diverse communities and in multicultural settings. I feel driven to serve women, as well as multicultural families, who are seeking support during the pivotal and life changing experiences of pregnancy, labor, delivery, and the first few months of bringing the precious new soul home.
I am here to assist with change and adjustment. I am a supporter, an encourager, a listener, and an informer. Education is how we make informed decisions. An important aspect of my work is to assist in the education and information accessed by the mother and family so that she can then make informed choices about her labor, delivery and postpartum infant care that match her needs and wants in having the most fulfilling birth experience. Each woman has the RIGHT to labor and deliver how she sees RIGHT for herself.
As a labor doula I believe in providing a safe, calm, and woman-centered laboring space. I provide trauma-informed care. I also believe in being a tool for helping partners take on a supportive role during labor. If desired by the mother and partner, my focus as a labor doula is to assist the partner in providing soothing support in whichever capacity the woman needs. This partner support can not only increase the safety a woman feels during the vulnerable process of labor and delivery but it is an incredible bonding experience for the couple. I support women in what they need with no judgement or influence to change or go in one specific direction. Women do what they need. I serve women in home births or hospital births. I serve women with all types of births, whether it be a natural vaginal delivery, a medicated or epidural vaginal delivery, induced labor, or caesarean birth. I encourage – you be true to you.
I am inspired by women’s strengths, abilities, intuitions, and individual processes of becoming or being mothers. I am extremely eager and passionate in my work of supporting women and families during this miraculous transition. Each mother and family I work with has different needs; our time together fits your desires. My hopes are to assist a family to labor, deliver, and live in a postpartum atmosphere where they can look back on their first memories with the new child with a “wasn’t it wonderful” attitude.
In addition to providing labor and postpartum doula services, I am in the process of becoming a certified Birth Educator in hopes of teaching Childbirth Preparation classes to low-income and multi-cultural families. When I am not “doula-ing” or teaching I enjoy gardening, biking, reading, blowing bubbles with my son, and spending time with family here in the US and in Senegal!
Diam ak Salam. Peace and Peace.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com. We will be happy to give you more information, answer your questions, or arrange a tour of the school.
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