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Welcome! My name is Lena. I’m a (brand new!) certified nurse-midwife and a graduate of the midwifery program at Oregon Health & Science University.

I started this blog in 2012 when I was a pre-nursing student to chronicle my journey from doula and teacher to nurse-midwife. From 2010-2013 I worked as a full spectrum doula, providing doula support in both my private practice as well in a collective that serves clients experiencing abortion, adoption and pregnancy loss.

This blog is a space for me to share my thoughts and experiences as I move towards becoming a practicing midwife. You’ll notice that I blog about a lot more than simply pregnancy and birth. While catching babies is definitely a core component of a midwife’s role, midwifery encompasses life-long, full-spectrum care. I find the intersections between reproductive health, discrimination, and inequitable access to care troubling and it is within these intersections that I find inspiration for my life-long work. Ultimately, I see midwifery care as more than just supporting healthy moms and babies. It is the foundation for empowered, healthy communities.

I believe:

  • Pregnancy and birth are profound, transformational experiences. Midwives are uniquely skilled to be able to support the holistic health care needs of pregnant people and their babies during this time. The role of the midwife is to support and facilitate each person’s right to choose the kind of care that will best meet their needs.
  • Midwifery care acknowledges and affirms the normalcy of pregnancy and birth and support this normalcy through minimal medical interventions.
  • Midwifery care encompasses the life cycle of reproductive health care across the gender spectrum. In addition to pregnancy and birth, midwifery care can and should include unhindered access to quality, compassionate, and culturally sensitive abortion care and comprehensive family planning.
  • Midwifery is a powerful and effective model of care through which to address disparities in access to reproductive health care both in the US and around the world.
  • Midwives are leaders and activists working within their communities–nationally and globally–to ensure equitable access to safe and empowering reproductive health care.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I know when I was considering whether or not this was going to be the right path for me I talked with anyone and everyone I could and scoured the internet for blogs. If you have questions about what life is like as a nursing/nurse-midwifery student, please be in touch! I’d love to hear from you!

OCTOBER 2016: I am no longer actively updating this blog, but you can find me over on Facebook, where I’ll still be posting updates on my transition to practice. If I decide to blog again, I’ll let folks know on Facebook where the new blog is!

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