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Practitioner information

The following regulated profession is overseen by the Board of Direct Entry Midwifery. Learn more about applying for a license, associated fees, laws, rules and more by following 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

Meredith Klein

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 6/30/2022
McMinnville


 Bio to come...

Beth Eiva

Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 5/31/2022
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.
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 Full
Term end: 9/18/2020
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.

Christine Morales

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 2/28/2023
Salem


​Bio to come...

Lynette Pettibone

Term: 1st Full
Term end: 2/13/2023
Tigard


Lynette graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors degree in Psychology in 1995. Since 2001, following the birth of her first child, Lynette has worked with growing families as a Childbirth Educator and Doula in private practice. She became a passionate advocate for providing options in childbirth and maternity care, which then lead her to a career as a licensed direct entry midwife. In 2016 she graduated from Bastyr University with a Masters degree in Midwifery.

Lynette is currently a community midwife and owner of The Bridge Birth and Family Services as well as an assistant midwife with several practices in Oregon and SW Washington. She is a member of the Oregon Midwifery Council, Midwives of Washington State, the National Association Certified of Professional Midwives and serves on several committees with the American Association of Birth Centers. Lynette hopes to utilize her skills, experience, and dedication to increase access and improve the quality of midwifery care through out Oregon.

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 licensing qualification questions, contact Qualifications Specialist Derek Fultz at 503-934-5009 or derek.j.fultz@dhsoha.state.or.us.

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

For board recruitment questions, contact Paige Sims at 503-373-1915 or paige.s.sims@dhsoha.state.or.us

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