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. Angela Truby, CPM LDMWhen 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 

Education 
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.

 

Whitney Wolfe, Assistant Midwife CPM, LDM

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I was born and raised in Oregon and have spent most of my life here. Before finding Midwifery I worked as a Chef, Nanny, and Motorcycle Instructor. In 2013 I had a profound experience of empowerment from individualized holistic medical care and in that experience I found my calling for midwifery. I attended Birthingway College of Midwifery from 2013-2019 and have been attending births since 2017. In addition to assisting Glow Midwifery I am a primary midwife at my coastal based practice, Harbor Midwifery.

I believe that at its roots midwifery has a passion for bodily autonomy during a vulnerable, life-changing time. I focus on creating a space where you, the birthing parent, have the ultimate authority over your body, to set the stage for a lifetime of empowered parenting and bonding.

When I’m not catching babies I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, cooking, practicing herbal medicine, and helping families induce lactation. I love arts and crafts, playing the guitar, and creating stained glass pieces.

Credentials and Education:
Certified Professional Midwife through North American Certification Registry of Midwives (NARM)
Licensed Midwife in Oregon
Certificate of Midwifery – Birthingway College of Midwifery, Midwifery Program 2014
Doula Training – Birthingway College of Midwifery, 2013
CPR/NRP certified

 

Jaime Lefcovich, Assistant Midwife CPM, LDM

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I am a graduate of Birthingway College of Midwifery, and have been joyfully attending births since 2015. I discovered my love for nurturing growing families through my mother, who has been a lactation consultant and child/family advocate since I was young. Before beginning my midwifery education, I studied Ayurvedic medicine at the California College of Ayurveda, graduating in 2008. I have studied extensively with Ayurvedic doctors and healers throughout Southeast Asia, focusing on herbal medicine and reproductive health. I love to bring my Ayurvedic knowledge to the families I support at Glow Midwifery and Portland Natural Birth. Holistic health and birth work is my passion, and I feel overjoyed to be able to support pregnant people and families through both Midwifery and Ayurveda. In my free time, I love to weave, spin yarn, garden, hike, and cook with my family and friends.

 

Jannae Palovich, Student Midwife

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The calling of midwifery has always coursed through my veins. The magic of witnessing the beginning of a new life fills my heart with the most intense purpose. Becoming a midwife has been a dream of mine for over 10 years now and every step of the way has been an opportunity for personal growth and incredible experiences. I originally moved to Portland in 2010 when I began taking health related classes at Portland Community College and Portland State University. I realized that I wanted to begin diving into birth work and in 2012 I took my DONA doula training with Jesse Remer of Mother Tree Doula Services. At that point it became even more clear to me that my place in this world was working alongside people having babies. I got the surprise of my life when I found out on April Fools Day in 2014 that I was expecting my own little bundle of love! December 3, 2014, I gave birth to my sweet little Sagittarius, ginger, fire child in the water at a Portland birth center. That experience shaped the way I wanted to provide care for people during their childbearing year. Birth is meant to take us to the edge of ourselves and reclaim the power that lives deep inside of us. 

My personality is vibrant, bright and colorful. I fuse my loving energy into every personal interaction and thrive on being a positive influence and guide for others. I am eager to serve families from all walks of life and I am dedicated to bringing an intersectional approach to midwifery care. I desire to protect the unique journey of each family as they welcome a new chapter in their lives and make sure that they are supported through loving, patient and compassionate care. 

I began my formal midwifery education in August 2019 when I was accepted into Midwives College of Utah’s Bachelor of Science of Midwifery program. MCU is dedicated to building the next generation of midwives of professional excellence and personal greatness. I am so excited to have an apprenticeship with Angela and join the Glow Midwifery team, as I have been waiting and preparing for this valuable opportunity to turn my dreams into action. The joy of supporting families during the transformational time of pregnancy and birth is a very special gift and I am grateful for the opportunity to walk this path with you.

 

Photos: Lauren LaBarre Photography

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