What is a midwife?
A Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) is an independent midwifery care provider who is specifically trained to provide individualized, complete prenatal, postpartum and newborn care, and attend birth in an out-of-hospital setting. CPMs are nationally certified by The National Association of Registered Midwives (NARM). All midwives in our practice hold the CPM credential and are licensed in the state of Oregon.
DANA M. JOHNSON, CPM, LDM
I came to midwifery with a deep desire and open heart to support women and nurture them through pregnancy, birth and motherhood. In 2004, my path to midwifery began with an apprenticeship model of training and after two years, I enrolled into a midwifery training program. I continued to train and work side by side with my mentor for nine years, two of which I was a licensed staff midwife for her at a freestanding birth center in the community. I am a graduate of the National College of Midwifery, a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), an Oregon Licensed Midwife (LDM) since 2011, certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and Adult CPR, and have been trained in electronic fetal monitoring through AWHONN.
In 2000, I gave birth to my first daughter with the help of my lovely midwives and though I transported to the hospital from a planned home birth, I will always treasure the guidance from my midwives. In 2006 I gave birth at home to my second child with my husband, six year old daughter, my midwives and a few dear friends. I feel so very blessed by grace to have experienced two very different, yet amazing births.
I honor the individual right of passage each woman takes into motherhood and plan to one day take my love and knowledge of midwifery into areas of the world in need. For me, the best part about being a midwife is when I see the awe and joy on a mothers face after she has delivered her own baby, in her own way. Especially from a mom who wasn’t quite convinced that she could do it without extra intervention but was courageous enough to try.
When not attending families I am spending time with my husband, two daughters, dog, kitty and new bunny. I enjoy yoga, belly dancing, beading, gardening, making herbal preparations, hiking and camping.
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DANA M. JOHNSON, CPM, LDM
My journey to midwifery began as a young child when I first attended the births of my younger siblings at home in Flagstaff, Arizona. At 11 years old, I remember crying as I watched my brother emerge from my mother and take his first breaths. It was the most beautiful moment of my young life. When asked if I had been scared while watching my mother give birth, I told the adults that I was a little nervous because the baby was a little blue and Mom was bleeding….”a midwife even then” my mother jokes. As an adult, I attended the birth of my nephew in a California hospital where my sister worked hard to accomplish her goal of having a natural birth. I decided that I wanted to be involved in supporting women during birth however I could.
I began my training as a birth and postpartum doula through DONA International soon after the birth of my nephew in 2005. I received my BA in Psychology in 2006 from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Once my doula training was complete, it became apparent to me that becoming a midwife was my true calling. I wanted to study with the midwife who had delivered me and my younger siblings so I moved back home to Flagstaff, Arizona and began my apprenticeship with Womancare Midwifery. I enrolled in The National College of Midwifery in 2007 and received an Associates Degree in midwifery and national certification from The North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in 2009. I was licensed in Arizona in 2010 and then in Oregon in 2013. I am also a member of the Oregon Midwifery Council.
I have been teaching childbirth, newborn, and breastfeeding classes since 2009. I started incorporating essential oils into my practice in 2013 and now teach classes on using this beautiful plant medicine to improve health and wellness for all times of life.
I have also had the privilege to serve as a preceptor for students from National College Midwifery, Bastyr University and National Midwifery Institute. I find great satisfaction in teaching new midwives. We need more of them in our country! After the birth of my own child in 2012, I decided I wanted to be able to offer the more advanced support that a lactation consultant provides so I completed my training as a lactation specialist through Lactation Education Resources in 2013 and earned my certification as a Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in the fall of 2013.
In my free time I enjoy being with my son and large extended family including my 6 nieces and nephews. I also try to get outside as much as possible hiking, rafting or just sitting by the Deschutes River. I am greatly enjoying getting to know Central Oregon and the beautiful families here. I look forward to meeting your family!
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I found my passion for midwifery through hearing my mother recount her birth stories as a young child. Through her stories I realized that she encountered interventions, providers she did not know and routine care that she did not necessarily need for a safe and healthy birth. During my childhood I also had the privilege of knowing a community midwife in Portland, OR who ignited my curiosity about empowering women during their pregnancies, births and postpartum experiences. As I entered into adulthood these stories and influences sparked a passion in me and I knew that I wanted to be a midwife! After traveling the United States from 2008-2011 with my husband, I returned home ready to sink my feet into birth work.
In 2012 I began my education at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR. While in my first year at midwifery school, I completed doula certification and started attending births. In 2015 I began my midwifery apprenticeship at Alma Midwifery serving families having home births and birth center births. I was fortunate to learn under many amazing midwives here. As my apprenticeship came to an end I was invited to stay on as an assistant midwife. As of mid 2017 I have attended over 75 births.
On a warm October evening in 2014 I gave birth to my first child at home. My son entered the world into the warm water of the birth tub and I pulled him up to my chest in joyful awe. My midwives lovingly supported me through my hard moments and low points and I will forever be grateful for their care and encouragement.
I love the individualized care I can offer women through midwifery. It’s wonderful to build a trusting relationship and know the needs a women may have emotionally, physically and spiritually before labor. It is just as much an honor to be supportive in the postpartum by continuing care for mother and baby for six weeks after birth.
I am (soon to be) a certified professional midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and a (soon to be) licensed midwife in the state of Oregon (LDM), a member of the Oregon Midwifery Council (OMC) and maintain certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation, adult CPR and Legend Drugs and Devices (LD&D)
In my spare time I enjoy exploring Central Oregon with my family, listening to music, riding my bike, hiking, camping, reading novels and creating art. I am thrilled to now call Central Oregon home!
. JOHNSON, CPM, LDM