Our Midwives

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.

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.

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  I discovered midwifery while studying Medical Anthropology. The culture and traditions of birth throughout the world fascinated me and drew me to learning about midwifery in the US. I began volunteering at a birth center in San Luis Obispo, California and was hooked once I observed the depth of relationships and the amazing trust in the natural process of birth and the body. I have been attending births since 2014 and graduated from the National College of Midwifery in 2017. In my spare time I enjoy frequenting coffee shops and riding around town on my bicycle.

Sophia Heick LM CPM

I discovered midwifery while studying Medical Anthropology. The culture and traditions of birth throughout the world fascinated me and drew me to learning about midwifery in the US. I began volunteering at a birth center in San Luis Obispo, California and was hooked once I observed the depth of relationships and the amazing trust in the natural process of birth and the body. I have been attending births since 2014 and graduated from the National College of Midwifery in 2017. In my spare time I enjoy frequenting coffee shops and riding around town on my bicycle.

Our Assistants

Molly Haight  My journey to midwifery began through a prenatal yoga training where I met an out of hospital midwife for the first time and was mesmerized. I have been teaching yoga in the Bay Area for 7 years and teaching pregnant people and new moms and babies yoga for the past 3. My true introduction to the birth world was through reproductive justice and my own interest in accessible, informed and respectful health care for pregnant people and women. I completed by birth and postpartum doula training in 2018 through DTI, realizing I still wanted and needed to know more I enrolled in National Midwifery Institute at the beginning of 2019. I studied with Elizabeth Davis in California before moving to Bend and I am excited to be apprenticing with the Bend Birth Center midwives! In my down time, I love rock climbing, hiking and of course, yoga.

Molly Haight

My journey to midwifery began through a prenatal yoga training where I met an out of hospital midwife for the first time and was mesmerized. I have been teaching yoga in the Bay Area for 7 years and teaching pregnant people and new moms and babies yoga for the past 3. My true introduction to the birth world was through reproductive justice and my own interest in accessible, informed and respectful health care for pregnant people and women. I completed by birth and postpartum doula training in 2018 through DTI, realizing I still wanted and needed to know more I enrolled in National Midwifery Institute at the beginning of 2019. I studied with Elizabeth Davis in California before moving to Bend and I am excited to be apprenticing with the Bend Birth Center midwives! In my down time, I love rock climbing, hiking and of course, yoga.

Marissa Davis  I became interested in birth work in 2010 after an enlightening conversation with my sister. Within a month I was enrolled in birth doula training with DONA and followed that with childbirth educator training with ICEA. I began attending births in 2010. I love to learn so I completed training in Hypnobirthing, Spinning Babies, Dancing for Birth and became a lactation counselor and a midwifery assistant.  I knew I wanted to become a midwife right away. I started assisting a midwife in Northern Minnesota, which is where I am from, in 2017. That experience lead my to the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College’s Direct Entry Midwife program. I am in my second year of the program. I just completed an apprenticeship in Indiana before coming here to Bend.  I was born and raised in Northern Minnesota. I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking, fishing and camping. I love to sit by a campfire and enjoy quality time with friends and family. I enjoy a great cup of coffee. I enjoy reading a good book when I have the free time. I enjoy learning new things and meeting new people. I also have a BA in Business Management. I was working as a clinic manager and decided it was time to follow my dreams to become a midwife, so here I am. I have attended over 170 births as a doula, midwifery assistant and student midwife. I absolutely love working with women and feel that I am beyond blessed to be able to follow my midwifery journey and assist women while they are on their birthing journey.

Marissa Davis

I became interested in birth work in 2010 after an enlightening conversation with my sister. Within a month I was enrolled in birth doula training with DONA and followed that with childbirth educator training with ICEA. I began attending births in 2010. I love to learn so I completed training in Hypnobirthing, Spinning Babies, Dancing for Birth and became a lactation counselor and a midwifery assistant.

I knew I wanted to become a midwife right away. I started assisting a midwife in Northern Minnesota, which is where I am from, in 2017. That experience lead my to the Southwest Wisconsin Technical College’s Direct Entry Midwife program. I am in my second year of the program. I just completed an apprenticeship in Indiana before coming here to Bend.

I was born and raised in Northern Minnesota. I love the outdoors and enjoy hiking, fishing and camping. I love to sit by a campfire and enjoy quality time with friends and family. I enjoy a great cup of coffee. I enjoy reading a good book when I have the free time. I enjoy learning new things and meeting new people. I also have a BA in Business Management. I was working as a clinic manager and decided it was time to follow my dreams to become a midwife, so here I am. I have attended over 170 births as a doula, midwifery assistant and student midwife. I absolutely love working with women and feel that I am beyond blessed to be able to follow my midwifery journey and assist women while they are on their birthing journey.