The midwives at Andaluz are Certified Professional Midwives licensed in Oregon and committed to natural birth. Helping women and families through this transition in life is a passion for us!
Because we believe that continuity of care is important, each client has two midwives that serve her throughout her prenatal, birth, and postpartum care. We attend births at our Portland Birth Center, Tualatin Birth Center, or your home.
Just as a woman’s heart knows,
How and when to pump,
Her lungs to inhale,
And her hand to pull back from fire,
So she knows when and how to give birth.
- Virginia Di Orio
Adele Rose has been attending births since 1977. She became a primary attendant in 1981 serving a very rural community on the SW Washington & NW Oregon coast. She worked as an empirically trained home birth midwife for 15 years. In 1996 Adele decided to formalize her midwifery education by attending Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, Oregon. She graduated in 1999 & became licensed in Washington State where she continued to practice for the next five years. In 2004 Adele moved to Portland and later joined the Andaluz Waterbirth Center. Adele has four grown children, (three born at home) and has many grandchildren. She thoroughly enjoys every moment spent with her family and loves hiking, jumping in wild rivers, knitting and sleeping.
Carmen Cosby credits her first daughter with leading her to the path of midwifery. Shortly after having an empowering childbirth with her, she became a doula and childbirth teacher. At that time, she was living in North Carolina where there is limited choice in who can attend births. After helping to found “Where’s My Midwife?”, a nonprofit midwifery advocacy group, she sought out a midwifery apprenticeship in gentle birth. With the support of her husband, they packed their two girls in the car and drove cross country to Oregon, which they now call home.
Carmen received her Bachelors of Science in Education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania in 1997. She taught English in Japan for two years and then moved back to the United States and taught middle and high school students history and English. Carmen has been serving families in birth as a doula, apprentice, and now midwife since 2006. A natural teacher, she aspires to spread the word on birth options, informed choice and the amazing power of the birth process in transforming a woman into a mother. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, hiking and traveling.
Carrie Duncan was called to midwifery in 1996 after the homebirth of her daughter, Sierra, in Canby, Oregon. She attended homebirths with her midwife for two years before apprenticing at Andaluz. She graduated from Birthingway College of Midwifery in 2003. She practiced in Portland as a home birth midwife and has lived and practiced in rural Jamaica. Carrie believes that informed choice is a corner stone in quality healthcare and is proud to facilitate women’s choices as a midwife. She has two children, loves the outdoors and enjoys traveling, although only on her months off call!
Dana Shibley began her quest to work with birth after her daughter Alder was born in the hospital without medications in 1993. The struggle to have a birth without interventions was surprising to her. In that transition from vulnerability to ecstasy while giving birth, she realized clearly what she was supposed to be when she grew up at the age of 30. Her second daughter Micah was born at home six years later. Dana has a BS in Biology and was a Peace Corps Volunteer for two years. She has taught childbirth classes for over 10 years. She graduated form Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland and has been serving families in the Portland area as a primary midwife since 2003. In her off-call times, Dana likes to garden, make plant medicine, knit, play the guitar, hang out with her girls, and be near the water with her sweetheart.
Jennifer Gallardo had her first child in the hospital, in 1990. This impassioned her to begin her midwifery journey. She began studying midwifery in 1991, a few months before the home waterbirth of her second child. She became a licensed midwife through the Seattle Midwifery School Challenge process in California and has attended over one thousand births as a midwife. She has been a midwife since 1994 and she and her husband have opened three waterbirth centers, as well as a non-profit birth center in Haiti. She has nine children, ranging from one to 21 years old (Ashlen, Arwyn, Elian, Tristan, Rowan, Dorian, Keegan, Galen, and Elora) and one grandson (Gideon). She met her husband, Fernando, while they were attending Brigham Young University in 1986. Fernando currently helps with the administration of the birth centers (including traveling to Haiti a few times a year). Other than taking care of the birth centers and attending births, Jennifer loves to go on family outings, garden, ski, and play in the ocean.
Patricia Couch was called to midwifery through the birth of her first son in a rural California hospital in 1995. She moved to Oregon shortly after that in 1996 and began her midwifery studies. She has had the opportunity to learn the art of midwifery from several midwives, midwifery study groups, workshops and through self-study for more than a decade and has been immersed in birth work since 1997. Patricia went on to birth her second son at home with the care of a midwife in 1999. With experiences ranging from homebirth, birth center and hospital birth, she has witnessed over 600 births and has learned a healthy respect and trust in pregnancy, labor, and the birthing process. She is passionate about gentle birth for both mother and baby and her goal is to help the people that she works with have an experience that is respectful, safe and empowering. Patricia began attending births as a primary midwife in 2006 and has attended over 200 births in that capacity. Patricia has a blended family of five children and a wonderful husband. She loves to go camping with her family when she’s off call, make amazing fresh juices every day, and take care of her garden and chickens.
Tracy Lawson-Allen was called to midwifery after the birth of her first child in June of 2000. After that birth, she found herself reflecting in awe on all of the women in her life who had experienced such a profound rite of passage and on what an important day the birth of a child is in a woman’s life. She arrived at Andaluz as a pregnant student midwife in the Fall of 2001 and immediately recognized it as a home to her. She had her second baby at Andaluz and her third at home with Andaluz midwives. She began her apprenticeship in 2005 with a rural homebirth practice while teaching childbirth education at Andaluz. She was grateful to get the experience of apprenticing at two birth centers and was invited to attend births with several midwives around the state of Oregon as a student midwife. She came to work at Andaluz as a primary midwife in 2008 and continues to teach childbirth education at Andaluz. She is passionate about holding the space for families to feel empowered by and in charge of their births while offering evidence-based maternity care. Native Oregonians, Tracy and her husband are enjoying raising their family in Oregon’s natural beauty. They were thrilled to welcome their fourth child in January of 2012.