The midwives at Andaluz are committed to providing personalized care for you and your baby. We love helping women and families through the transition of pregnancy and birth. Because we believe that continuity of care is important, each client has two primary midwives that serve her throughout her prenatal, birth and postpartum care.We attend births at our Portland Birth Center, the Dundee Cottage, 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
Jennifer 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 finished midwifery school in Latin America and attended births in the hospitals, slums, homes, and finally at a birth center she and her husband built in Guatemala City. She has been a midwife since 1994 and she became a licensed midwife through the Seattle Midwifery School Challenge process in California, after becoming a certified professional midwife through the National Registry of Midwives. She and her husband have opened five birth centers, including a non-profit birth center in Haiti. Jennifer has attended over one thousand births as a midwife. She met her husband, Fernando, while they were attending Brigham Young University in 1986. She and Fernando have nine children, ranging from five to 27 years old, and three grandsons. Jennifer and Fernando currently own and manage three birth centers in Oregon, as well as serve on the board of their birth center in Haiti, MamaBaby Haiti, where Haitian midwives provide free prenatal and postpartum care to over 5,000 women a year and attend over 500 births per year. Jennifer loves continuing to learn about midwifery, catching babies, being involved in humanitarian work, and going on family adventures to the mountains and the ocean.
Carrie 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!
Tracy recognized after the birth of her first child that birth is a profound rite of passage in a woman’s life and that she wanted to do for others what her midwives had done for her. She arrived at Andaluz as a pregnant student midwife in the Fall of 2001 and it has been a home to her ever since. She apprenticed in a rural homebirth practice as well as another birth center during her studies between 2005 and 2008, but came to land back at Andaluz as a primary midwife in 2008. Tracy has been teaching childbirth education classes at Andaluz for over a decade now. She is passionate about holding the space for families to feel empowered by and in charge of their births, while offering evidence-based care. Native Oregonians, Tracy and her very musical husband are enjoying raising their five children in Oregon’s natural beauty.
Tracy is also a Mamalates Instructor and is the Vice-President of the Oregon Midwifery Council.
Patricia 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 700 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 300 births in that capacity. Patricia and her husband have a large blended family with five children. She enjoys fitness, especially CrossFit, nutrition, traveling, camping, gardening and taking care of her backyard chickens.
Patricia is also a Certified Nutrition Health Coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, a Birth Arts International Birth Doula Trainer and a Mamalates Instructor. She teaches classes and workshops throughout the year at the Andaluz locations
Marilyn 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!
Dr. Oni 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.
Megan was called to this work during her own transition into motherhood. In 2006 when her son, Halen, was born at Legacy Emanuel hospital she was overcome with joy and amazement and felt awakened to a life force she had only caught glimmers of before. Three years later, when her daughter, Flora, was born into water at a birth center, she knew that she wanted deeply to support other women in pursuing the birth experience they envisioned for themselves and their baby’s. Megan quickly began absorbing birth books, magazines, and connecting with the local out of hospital birth community and eventually found her way to Birthingway College of Midwifery. She graduated from Birthingway in 2015 after completing the academic curriculum and attending many births in her 2 ½ years apprenticing with local homebirth midwives and Andaluz Waterbirth Center. Megan feels extremely honored to have the opportunity to serve women of all walks of life during their birthing year. She continues to feel inspired by the beauty, power, and vulnerability inherent in birth and birthing women. When not working with mamas and families she stays busy with her own little family, finding any excuse to play outside with her kids, garden, disappear to the mountains or the beach, eat good food, read books, and seek out new adventures! She has continued to be a part of the Andaluz family since joining as an apprentice in 2013. She has had a variety of roles at Andaluz and is now extremely excited to be a part of the midwifery team.
Mary 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 Andaluz’s busy non-profit birth center, MamaBaby Haiti. Mary 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.