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 500 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 500 births as of 2019
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.
Charlotte Wyrick, Student Midwife
My journey to midwifery has been steadfast and certain. I found my passion for birth work very early in life and have been running with that passion ever since. Even at the very young age of 4 years old, when I was read my first book about “where babies come from,” the subject of birth grabbed my attention like no other subject ever had. Ever since all my barbies have been having babies, all my babydolls breastfed, all my loved ones thoroughly informed on the topic of birth…whether they asked for the info or not. At age 12 I met a midwife mentor, and that turned out to be highly supportive and affirmative. Since that time, I have known with clarity that my path would be toward a career in out of hospital midwifery.
I am also a registered nurse. I completed my Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Miami in 2014. Soon after graduation from nursing school I moved to Portland, and enrolled in midwifery school at Birthingway College of Midwifery. This was the Spring of 2015. I have been involved in the direct care of pregnant people in one way or another since 2012; I have been a student, a nurse, and a postpartum doula. Through it all I only found deeper and deeper commitment to my work, and greater passion for its future growth.
I believe in holistic, person-centered, relationship-based care. I have a passion for reproductive justice, and serving those who need care the most. I want, someday, to be a midwife that lives fully in her integrity, who serves her clients in the most authentic, skilled, and grounded way possible. I fully intend to learn and grow into this identity with as much grace, and pride, and humility as is possible, and I am excited for the journey.
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” –Howard Thurman
Photos: Lauren LaBarre Photography