The midwives at Andaluz are Certified Professional Midwives and Certified Nurse Midwives licensed in Oregon. We are committed to providing skilled care that is safe and sensitive for you and your baby. Helping women and families through the transition of pregnancy and birth is a passion for us!
Because we believe that continuity of care is important, each client has three midwives that serve her throughout her prenatal, birth, and postpartum care. We attend births at our Portland Birth Center, Tualatin Birth Center, the Dundee Cottage, or your home.
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
Carmen Cosby, CPM, LDM 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, CPM, LDM 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!
Jennifer Gallardo, CPM, LDM 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 two to 23 years old and two grandsons. She met her husband, Fernando, while they were attending Brigham Young University in 1986. Fernando currently helps with the administration of the birth centers. Jennifer loves to continue learning about midwifery (yes, really, on vacation her books of choice are all midwifery related!), go on family outings, garden, and play in the ocean.
Katie Nadalsky, CNM, MSN entered the nursing profession in 2003 after graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. At the Nebraska Medical Center, she worked in Pediatric Intensive Care before relocating to Texas to be near family and pursue a career as a Lactation Consultant. After seven years caring for premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with the Baylor Healthcare System, and after the births of her own three daughters, Katie’s desire to become a Lactation Consultant evolved into the dream of becoming a midwife. Katie enjoyed the unique experience of Birth Assisting at the same Free-Standing Birth Center where her own youngest daughter was born! In January of 2013, Katie graduated from Frontier Nursing University with a Masters of Science in Nursing and was blessed by the opportunity to become a Certified Nurse Midwife with Andaluz Waterbirth Center. Katie believes an intuitive, natural birth is the safest way to bring most babies into the world. She values shared decision-making with women and their families and she has endless gratitude to God for calling her to the profession of midwifery. Katie loves to read, mountain bike with her husband, spend time with friends and family, and watch her girls grow! Katie and her family are excited to explore their new surroundings in the Pacific Northwest.
Laura Alberg, CNM, WHNP-BC received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, Virginia. She immediately went to work in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit. During her time in the ICU she completed her Masters of Science Degree, specializing as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She knew her true passion was Midwifery and decided to return to school at Frontier Nursing University to pursue her dream. Once she finished her Certified Nurse Midwife degree she couldn’t stop, and is now working on her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Laura has worked for years as a nurse in Labor and Delivery, and as a Certified Nurse Midwife in the hospital, but she knew that out of hospital birth was her true calling. When she had the opportunity to move her family to work at Andaluz Waterbirth Center, she jumped on it. Laura is extremely excited be a part of the Andaluz family of midwives. She is passionate about natural labor and childbirth. She is an avid reader and loves going to the movies with her husband, Craig. Her greatest joy is being a mother to her daughter Madison, born with a midwife in 2012.
Marilyn Milestone, CPM, LDM, IBCLC has been a midwife for over thirty years, assisting women on their birthing journeys. In 1980 she answered her calling by attending and completing a midwifery program in her hometown of Portland. From the beginning, Marilyn partnered with like-minded midwives and went on to be a part of several busy homebirth practices. Continuing education has always been at the forefront of Marilyn’s ability to bring current information to her clientele. In 2010 Marilyn added the credentials of Lactation Consultant to her repertoire, enabling her to round out her skills as a midwife and caregiver. She has worked in this capacity at Andaluz and the Birthingway Breastfeeding Clinic, supporting moms and babies. She has also worked as a clinical supervisor at Birthingway College of Midwifery. She now joins a wonderful blend of midwives at our birth center, where she will continue to bring her great passion, determination and compassion to the mothers she attends. At home, Marilyn is as active as she is at work. Country living, horseback riding, camping, gardening, dancing, knitting for the grandbaby, and the occasional good book. Life is good!
Mary Strubhar, CNM grew up on a small farm in the northern Willamette Valley. She accomplished her dream of becoming a nurse, graduating with a BSN in 1998 from Walla Walla University. During nursing school, Mary sensed God calling her to commit her life to medical mission work. She worked as a labor, delivery, and postpartum nurse at Providence Newberg Hospital for 10 years while pursuing her midwifery studies through Frontier Nursing University, graduating in October 2008 as a Certified Nurse Midwife with a Masters in Nursing. She then went on to work at mission clinics in Paraguay, South America, and Haiti, where she was the Clinical Midwife Director at a busy birth center, MamaBaby Haiti. Mary loves nursing and continues to teach nursing students at her alma mater, but she especially loves the miracle of birth and working with mothers, babies, and families. When not at work, Mary enjoys interacting with family and friends, traveling, gardening, reading, singing, and observing God’s wonderful handiwork in creation. Her goal in life and greatest joy is serving God by serving others.
Dr. Oni Tschudy, ND, CPM graduated with honors from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona as a Naturopathic Doctor and is also a Certified Professional Midwife with 12 years of midwifery experience. She loves everything about pregnancy, babies, and birth, and she especially loves that she can continue those bonds she creates with clients beyond the pregnancy and for the whole family. She enjoys caring for people of all ages using an integrated approach that allows for the best treatment available. She uses a wide array of methods to promote healing including: nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, physical medicine, and, if necessary, pharmaceutical medications. In her free time, Dr. Oni enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters exploring the beauty of Oregon, hiking, knitting, cooking, doing yoga, and carpentry.
Patricia Couch, CPM, LDM 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, take care of her garden and chickens, and probably her favorite thing to do is go work out at CrossFit.
Tracy Lawson-Allen, CPM, LDM 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 fifth child in May 2014.