Janette Gyesky LDM
I started my path to midwifery in the early 90’s when I apprenticed with a midwife in California. From there I was hooked. Watching women go through the childbirth process in a healthy, educated and empowering way has since become my life’s passion.
After California, I apprenticed with a midwife in New Zealand, a country where midwives attend over 70% of the births. In 2001 I enrolled in Seattle Midwifery school (now Bastyr University). SMS is a rigorous, three-year academic and clinical midwifery education program that meets or exceeds all requirements in the states of Oregon and Washington. Students are required to attend 100 births in hospital, home and birth center settings in order to graduate. While at SMS, I apprenticed with four busy Seattle practices and worked in a hospital on the South Pacific island of Vanuatu, where I delivered more than 50 babies.
In 2006 I moved to Bend Oregon and opened Bend Birth Center after practicing in the Seattle area for two years. Since then, I have attended over 800 births and feel more committed than ever to the families of central Oregon. In 2008 and 2012 I was blessed with the empowering home birth of my own daughters. Every day, I feel fortunate that the journey of my passion is also the journey of my vocation as a midwife.
Morgan Miller LDM CPM LM
I've always had an interest in pregnancy and reproductive care. My formal path to midwifery began in the San Francisco Bay Area working as a full spectrum doula and medical assistant. I'm DONA trained as a labor and postpartum doula.
I've been privileged enough to have studied midwifery with Elizabeth Davis in Santa Rosa as well as Ina May Gaskin at The Farm in Tennessee. Enrollment in the National Midwifery Institute led me to Bend for clinical practice, where I now happily call home.
My other passions lie in reproductive advocacy, curatorial gallery work, as well as exhibiting my own paintings. I also hold a degree in Semiotics and History of Art and Visual Culture from University of California in Santa Cruz.
Sophia Heick LM CPM
Sophia will be joining the practice mid-2019. Stay tuned for details!
Sophia discovered midwifery while studying Medical Anthropology. The culture and traditions of birth throughout the world fascinated her and drew her to learning about midwifery in the US. She began volunteering at a birth center in San Luis Obispo, California and was hooked once she observed the depth of relationships and the amazing trust in the natural process of birth and the body. She has been attending births since 2014 and graduated from the National College of Midwifery in 2017. In her spare time she enjoys frequenting coffee shops and riding around town on her bicycle.