My name is Marcy, and I am a student midwife at Bella Vie Gentle Birth Center in Salem, Oregon. I am also a certified lactation counselor, placenta encapsulator, childbirth educator, sexuality educator, yoga teacher, and reiki practitioner. As a birth professional, my goal is to help every family to have the best possible birth and postpartum experience. The care I give is personalized to fit each family’s individual needs, and takes into account their own unique vision of the ideal birth. I believe in providing compassionate, non-judgmental, evidence-based support. I am happy to serve families across the full spectrum of birth choices and outcomes. I gladly support the LGBT community, as well as people of color, gestational surrogates, single parents, and “non-traditional” families.
My background: I graduated from the University of Delaware with a B.A. in Anthropology. I then pursued a nursing degree with the intention of becoming a CNM (Certified Nurse-Midwife), but realized that working in the hospital environment was not for me. After completing 3 out of 4 years of my nursing degree, I changed direction and began looking for an out-of-hospital midwifery apprenticeship. During my search, I worked for two years as a birth and postpartum doula in Philadelphia, PA, taking numerous trainings and workshops along the way to enhance my knowledge and skills, and to be able to better serve my clients’ needs. I also enrolled in Via Vita School of Midwifery, a distance-learning midwifery program. In summer 2016, I officially began my two-year apprenticeship at Bella Vie. Working with growing families is my passion and true calling in life, and has been more rewarding and fulfilling than I could have imagined.
When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy soapmaking, pottery, sewing, traveling, and spending time in nature.
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