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Board issues practice clarification on monitrice services

​The Board of Direct Entry Midwifery has approved a practice clarification regarding monitrice services and how they fit within the definition of direct entry midwifery in the State of Oregon. Read more.​

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Practitioner information

The following regulated profession is overseen by Board of Direct Entry Midwifery; learn about applying for a license, find laws and rules, fees and more at the link below:

About the board

The Board of Direct Entry Midwifery oversees the practices of licensed direct entry midwives (LDMs) in the State of Oregon. LDMs supervise the conduct and labor of childbirth, advise the parent as to the progress of childbirth, and render prenatal, intrapartum and postpartum care.

The Board of Direct Entry Midwifery consists of seven members appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Oregon Senate:

  • Four licensed direct entry midwives
  • One certified nurse midwife
  • One physician practicing obstetrical care or education at the time of appointment
  • One public member

Terms of service are three years or until a successor is appointed and confirmed. If a member serves two consecutive full terms, a period of at least three years must elapse before the individual is again eligible for appointment to serve on the board.

Board members

Colleen Forbes

Colleen Forbes

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 3/14/2019
Eugene


Colleen Forbes has been sole proprietor and a licensed midwife of Midwifery Care, a homebirth practice, since 2001. Forbes served as President of the Oregon Midwifery Council in 2007-2008, and Advocacy Council/Regional Representative of the council from 2003 to 2007. Previously she was Clinic Supervisor at All Women’s Health Services in Eugene, Oregon; Director, Federation of Feminist Women’s Health Centers; and a volunteer in Honduras, Central America, for the United States Peace Corps.

Forbes graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology.

“It is my firm belief that much of the safety of homebirth relies on a mutual respect and collaboration between midwives and physicians,” she said.
Lenore Charles

Niahm (Lenore) Charles

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 2/29/2020
North Bend


​Dr. Niahm A. Charles, DNP, CNM, was drawn to midwifery at age 17, inspired by Ina May Gaskin’s “Spiritual Midwifery.” Since then, she has attended more than 4,000 births, first as a labor and delivery nurse, and later as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Her passions are to empower each individual woman to take an active role her own healthcare and to advocate for the safety of mothers and babies. This interest was solidified during the 15 years that she coordinated the only support group for families suffering perinatal bereavement on Oregon’s South Coast.

Her doctoral capstone, "Comfort Over Pain in Pregnancy," explored holistic approaches for easing pain and increasing comfort during pregnancy, and she has presented lectures on this subject for nurses and physicians at community and national levels. She has also published original research in a peer-reviewed nursing journal.

“I love that every birth is unique, so being present for such a miracle never gets old,” Charles said.

Niamh lives with her husband, Andy, and a miscellaneous assortment of pets. Their grown daughters, Deirdre and Siobhan, are two of her best friends. In her spare time, Niamh enjoys playing Irish Traditional Harp.

Beth Eiva

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 5/31/2019
Eugene


Beth Eiva graduated from the University of Washington in 1998, and went on to earn her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School in 2004. She is a lawyer with Zemper Eiva Law Firm, LLC. Beth lives in Eugene, Oregon with her husband, children, and Labrador retriever, Zucchini. She gave birth to her children at home with the assistance of amazing midwives and credits these home-birth experiences with developing her interest and commitment to working with the Direct Entry Midwifery Board.
Kelli McIntosh

Kelli McIntosh

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 6/30/2019
Happy Valley


Kelli McIntosh works with Full Bloom Midwifery in Milwaukie, Oregon. She completed her B.S. degree at Birthingway College of Midwifery, in Portland. McIntosh looks forward to being involved in creation of policies that provide safe and positive outcomes for families. In addition to her work as a midwife, she volunteers with many organizations including the Planning Committee for the National MANA Conference, her church, and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate).
Wendy Smith

Wendy Smith

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 9/30/2020
Portland


Since 2011, Dr. Wendy Smith has worked as an Obstetrical Hospitalist at Legacy Emanuel Hospital. She serves as hospital support to patients who receive care from the Maternal Fetal Medicine specialists at Legacy, the Family Practice doctors and Nurse Practitioners at the Multnomah County Clinics, the Legacy Certified Nurse Midwives, and to the women who choose a home or out-of-hospital birth with direct entry midwives or Naturopathic doctors and who require hospital transport.

She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University, and Physician Researcher, Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest.

Dr. Smith received her bachelor’s degree in biology and psychobiology from Harvard College, Cambridge, MA; her Master’s of Public Health from Columbia University School of Public Health, New York, NY; her medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York; and a master’s of science degree from the University of Washington, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Department of Epidemiology, Seattle. She served her residency at UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles.

“I want to ensure that women and their partners in Oregon are able to make informed decisions about the alternatives that exist for their pregnancy, including all of the risks and benefits of each choice,” Dr. Smith said. “It is our duty to help patients learn about the questions they should be asking when it comes to obtaining obstetrical care.”

Sarah Taylor

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 6/30/2020
Portland


Sarah Taylor has more than 30 years of experience as a midwife, administrator and trainer. After years of private practice, she has worked in global maternal health in Ghana, Haiti, Vietnam and Cambodia. Working with local communities, she has provided support in opening birth centers, training traditional midwives, teaching in midwifery schools and offering training in hospitals and medical schools. Sarah enjoys meeting midwives and sharing their common dedication to mothers, families and their communities. She is a trainer in Helping Babies Breathe. Recently she has added Helping Babies Thrive and Saving Mothers to her training schedule.

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Kelsey Fisher

Term: 1st Partial
Term end: 9/18/2017
Portland


Kelsey has been pursuing midwifery since 2008, when she first realized people still had babies at home with midwives. At the time she was studying Chemical Engineering at Oregon State University, but rapidly shifted gears and applied to midwifery school. After going to her first birth as a student in 2010, there has never been any question that midwifery is where she belongs. With a plan to serve the midwifery community as a midwife and more for decades to come, a position on the board made perfect sense. In this way, her love of language and attention to detail can be put to good use working with the rules and cases that come before the board.

Kelsey is currently a midwife at Bridge Town Midwifery, Inc. and assists other midwives in the Portland metro area. She received her Master's of Science in Midwifery from Bastyr University in 2014.

Board recruitment

Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current member terms expire. The Board of Direct Entry Midwifery is recruiting for a public member.

Overview of HLO-regulated professions and boards
Current board vacancies and information on how to apply

Questions?

For policy questions, contact Policy Analyst Samie Patnode at 503-373-1917 or samie.patnode@state.or.us.

For licensing qualification questions, contact Qualifications Specialist Cristina Wardwell at 503-373-1740 or cristina.r.wardwell@state.or.us.

For board recruitment questions, contact Amanda Schuck at 503-373-1915 or amanda.r.schuck@state.or.us

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