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.