As midwives we are blessed to witness many powerful, intimate and beautiful moments. We hear women talk to their babies with tenderness and fierce love in the depths of labor. We see women instinctively move their bodies to help their babies descend. We are present for tender acts of love and courage between couples when labor is long. We deliver babies in birth tubs and family beds, respecting what feels most natural and safe, and guide women and their partners in catching their own babies if that is their vision. We cherish the incredible moment when a baby takes their first breath in his or her mother’s arms.
Angela Truby CPM, LDM
On a June day in 2000 I gave birth to my daughter Willa Clare, pushing her out with great triumph, pain and joy into the waiting arms of my wonderful midwife, Leslie. As is true for many women, my birth experience was a pinnacle moment in my life, marking the transition from maidenhood to motherhood. Held in the arms of my husband, Seth, immersed in warm water in the birth pool in my kitchen, I learned to trust in my body’s wisdom and find new depths of courage, strength and passion that would serve me well, not only as a mother, but also as a midwife years later. I embraced the new adventure of being a mama, while the seeds of midwifery quietly grew within me. As my daughter took her first steps and then became a busy toddler I attended my first births as a doula. I was instantly in love with the sweet energy and intimacy of supporting a woman through her labor, and my doula practice blossomed. I brought to each birth my deep trust in the wisdom of women’s bodies, a calming, compassionate and knowledgeable presence, and an array of comfort measures for labor support. I wanted women to feel empowered by their birth experience, to remember that momentous time with joy and pride; I wanted babies to enter the world as peacefully and gently as possible, surrounded by love. Home birth being a rarity in Ohio, almost all of my clients gave birth in the hospital. I began to appreciate more deeply the undisturbed freedom and sense of reverence I experienced giving birth at home with skilled midwives who knew me and cared for my family. When I finally embraced my calling to be a midwife, it was with excitement, hope and yes, trepidation! With the loving encouragement of my husband and community, we moved across the country to Portland, where I began midwifery training at Birthingway College of Midwifery in 2004. Two years later, while I was still in school, my second daughter, Iona Rose, was born into the hands of my husband and my midwife after several hours of intense labor and three crazy pushes. Willa Clare’s first words upon witnessing her sister’s birth were, “She’s just darling!”
Midwifery is one of the last professions that values the age-old model of learning through an apprenticeship. For me, this was the heart and soul of my education. I began my apprenticeship in 2007 at Alma Midwifery, a free-standing birth center in Portland, under the skillful guidance of founder and midwife, Laura Erickson CPM, LDM. In Alma’s busy practice I honed my clinical skills and cared for women from very early pregnancy until their final postpartum visit with a 6 week old baby in arms. By the time I completed my apprenticeship in 2009 I had attended over 100 births and worked with every midwife at Alma. In August of 2009 I earned my Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree and passed the national exam to become a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). After becoming a Licensed Midwife in Oregon, I was invited to stay to gain more experience as both an Assistant Midwife and a Primary Midwife for another 3 years. I have now attended the births of more than 450 babies, many of them born in the sweet comfort of their parents’ own home. I am so grateful to all the mamas and babies who have taught me so much and blessed my life so deeply! When I am not “catching babies,” as midwives like to say, I love spending time with my husband and two beautiful, spirited daughters. I also find great pleasure in making music, and love to sing in a range of musical styles, perform with the Christmas Revels cast, and play the banjo.
“How do we ever thank you for the huge role you’ve played in our lives and your incredible support during this special time for our family? We are so grateful for your wisdom and care and warmth throughout the pregnancy. We are so lucky we found you.” – Sarah and Patrick
“Thank you for your warmth and fierce guidance – we needed exactly what you gave, which was so much.” – Cambria and Ben
Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH – Bachelor of Arts in English and Women’s Studies
Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, CA – Masters of Divinity
Birthingway College of Midwifery, Portland, OR – Bachelor of Science in Midwifery
Apprenticeship with Laura Erickson CPM, LDM (2007 – 2009)
Credentials and Affiliations
Certified Professional Midwife since 2009 through North American Certification Registry of Midwives (NARM)
Licensed Midwife in Oregon and Washington
Member of the Oregon Midwifery Council since 2007
Midwife at Alma Midwifery Center (2009 – 2012)
Founded Glow Midwifery in February, 2012
Attended over 450 births as of 2017
Personal Birth Experience
Willa Clare was born at home in the water in 2000 after 12 hours of labor Iona was born at home in the water on 2006 after 5 hours of labor. Angela has been married to Seth Truby since 1995.
Maggie Halpin CPM, LDM
My interest in midwifery developed out of a lifelong desire to serve others. I have always felt most at peace when supporting people close to me, either physically or emotionally. During my teenage years I developed an interest in women’s health that I continued to explore as an undergraduate student at the University of Washington. While doing research during my senior year, I learned about the crisis of maternal mortality in the United States. Despite spending more money on maternity care than other developed nations, the U.S. has the highest rate of pregnancy related deaths and is the only developed nation where the maternal death rate is actually rising. I was shocked to learn this and immediately felt the need to be a part of the solution to this problem.
After graduating with a degree in English literature, I moved to Portland and trained as a doula. I learned that I love being with families during childbirth, but I was unhappy with the birth experiences that my clients were having in the hospital. To me it seemed like their care was in many ways out of their control and the raw, transformative power of birth was lost among the whirring machines and constant influx of new faces in the delivery room. I decided to become a homebirth midwife so that I could provide the relationship-based care that I feel each birthing person deserves and so I could have a greater ability to promote healthy outcomes and happy birth stories for my clients. I believe that when pregnant people are given nurturing guidance around their nutrition, lifestyle, and overall health, usually only a low amount of intervention in the birth process is necessary to keep women and babies safe.
I started my midwifery training at Birthingway College of Midwifery in 2012 and began an apprenticeship with Angela Truby CPM, LDM at Glow Midwifery the following year. I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Midwifery in 2016 and became a Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives. I am a Licensed Direct-Entry Midwife (LDM) in the state of Oregon.
After attending over 100 births and serving as a midwife for 5 years, I gave birth to my own daughter in 2018 surrounded by my trusted Glow midwives. Despite witnessing so many women persevere through labor and welcome their magical newborns, I still was not prepared for how proud and accomplished I would feel after pushing my baby out at home. My birth experience was the epitome of what I hope to provide for others: empowering, rooted in nature, and protected by the knowledge and love of skilled midwives.
When I am not serving clients as a Primary Midwife or Assistant Midwife at Glow, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my family – camping, hiking, and lounging in rivers. I love reading novels and always appreciate a good book recommendation. I live in Washougal, WA with my husband, baby girl, and two tabby cats.
Lucy French, Student Midwife
I learned about birth culture in the United States for the first time in a women and gender studies class at Washington University in St. Louis, a long way from my home in coastal New Hampshire. I remember feeling stirred and exceptionally present one class period as my professor lectured on the staggering maternal and infant mortality statistics in our country, on the history of midwifery, on the movement of birth out of the sacredness of the home space and into the hospital, and finally on how the midwifery model of care can offer an individualized holistic option for expectant families. Something within me woke up that day. Looking back on this memory, I realize that this was the first of many moments of inspiration and guidance that I would receive on my spiritual and professional path as a midwife.
After graduating from Washington University in 2010 I lived in the Bay Area and worked as a birth doula from 2012 – 2015. Over the course of those three years attending births I began to feel the “call” to midwifery that I had heard so many midwives speak about. This call was powerful and persistent! Following it would require a profound acceptance of changes that I would need to make in my life.
In 2015 I moved to Portland to begin my formal midwifery training at Birthingway College of Midwifery. Prior to joining the Glow team in the fall of 2017 I trained and attended births with a rural home birth midwifery practice in Canby, Oregon for a year and a half. I am grateful for the diverse array of experiences that I have had during this apprenticeship, to those who guided me in the very beginning, and for the multitude of families who graciously welcomed me into their homes during the time of birth.
Midwifery brings layers of inspiration, insight, and challenge to my life every day. I feel fulfilled and driven by the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and political aspects of birth work and consider it an honor to be involved in such intimate community-based care for others. I truly can’t imagine moving through life in any other way!
When I’m not studying or working with our Glow clients I try to be outside and engaged with the elements as much as possible. I love to take long leisurely walks around my neighborhood, hike in Forest Park, and ride my bicycle. Having grown up by the ocean I often seek out a cold water swim for renewal and clearing. When the Pacific Northwest rainy weather keeps me inside I find joy through curling up with a good book, dancing, singing, practicing yoga, cooking, and reveling in the company of my close circle of friends.
Photos: Lauren LaBarre Photography