Onyria Tschudy, CPM, ND joined the Andaluz midwife staff this year! Dr. Oni also has her own private naturopathic practice and sees families at our Portland birth center. We are so fortunate to have her midwifery skills and her clinical knowledge on board!
Tell us about your family!
I have been married to the love of my life, James, for 10 years now. We have two beautiful girls Aurora,7, and Autumn, 2, who were both born at home. I am the oldest of five siblings, four of whom were born at home (including me) or in a birth center. I have a large extended family and love going to big family gatherings.
How did you get involved with midwifery?
I got involved with midwifery in college while pursuing my bachelor’s degree at the University of Arizona. I was planning to attend medical school to become a neonatologist and wanted to gain experience with birth prior to dedicating myself to that path. I called up a home birth midwife and asked if I could go to births with her and quickly fell in love with midwifery. Shortly after that I dropped my MCAT prep course and began my formal midwifery apprenticeship while also finishing my B.S. I practiced for 3 years and then realized I wanted to extend my scope of practice so I could provide care for the whole family beyond the postpartum period so I went and got my naturopathic doctorate.
What is the best part of being a midwife?
My favorite part about being a midwife is facilitating gentle entries for these new little people and watching families grow. I also love hearing little heart beats for the very first time!
What is the hardest part of being a midwife?
The hardest part about midwifery is being gone from my family for unpredictable amounts of time. I have a very loving husband and two wonderful girls that allow me to practice my passion and help me figure out ways to make it work for our whole family.
What do you enjoy doing on your time off?
On my time off I like to spend time with my family, hike, and explore the beauty of Oregon. And sleep, lots of sleep.
List your top five favorite books:
- East of Eden
- The Alchemist
- A Mother’s Promise
- The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
- Coyote Medicine: Lessons from Native American Healing
How about your top five favorite movies?
Favorite Portland-area restaurants?
What’s one thing that might surprise clients about you?
I love monster trucks.
If you weren’t a midwife, what could you see yourself doing?
In another life I would like to be a llama farmer.
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned from being a midwife?
Midwifery has taught me that babies and mommas do best when they stay together from the very first moment. I have also had lots of lessons in patience.