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

Morgan Frazier  My journey to birth work started with supporting women and their families as a doula. I have received doula training through CPI (Childbirth Professionals International) and Methodist Hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program in Sacramento. While working as a birth assistant at Bend Birth Center, I am continuing my post-baccalaureate coursework at COCC. My extended studies, trainings, and certification in neonatal resuscitation fuel my interests, facilitate active learning, and provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for admission to nurse-midwifery graduate school. My aspirations share a common goal of supporting and empowering women and families while protecting the sacredness of birth.  Following the birth of my own child, I am motivated to provide the same tender loving care to new mothers. I believe whole heartedly in the midwife model-of-care and am excited to learn alongside some of the best and brightest Oregon has to offer in midwifery. I plan to join her mentors in the future earning her licensure through Oregon or Washington as a CNM.  I am a member of American College of Nurse-Midwives, National Student Nurses’ Association, and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. I continue to strive toward my goal of becoming an active member of the birth community through involvement in local events to raise awareness and support for women and their reproductive rights.  On a personal note, when I’m not studying or providing maternity care, I enjoys being a wife to my wonderful and supportive husband, Luke. I’m also a mother to our little girl, Finley. My other passions lie in fitness, traveling, and writing. I also holds a degree in Kinesiology, B.S. - Exercise Science from California State University, Sacramento.

Morgan Frazier

My journey to birth work started with supporting women and their families as a doula. I have received doula training through CPI (Childbirth Professionals International) and Methodist Hospital’s Volunteer Doula Program in Sacramento. While working as a birth assistant at Bend Birth Center, I am continuing my post-baccalaureate coursework at COCC. My extended studies, trainings, and certification in neonatal resuscitation fuel my interests, facilitate active learning, and provide a foundation of knowledge necessary for admission to nurse-midwifery graduate school. My aspirations share a common goal of supporting and empowering women and families while protecting the sacredness of birth.

Following the birth of my own child, I am motivated to provide the same tender loving care to new mothers. I believe whole heartedly in the midwife model-of-care and am excited to learn alongside some of the best and brightest Oregon has to offer in midwifery. I plan to join her mentors in the future earning her licensure through Oregon or Washington as a CNM.

I am a member of American College of Nurse-Midwives, National Student Nurses’ Association, and the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses. I continue to strive toward my goal of becoming an active member of the birth community through involvement in local events to raise awareness and support for women and their reproductive rights.

On a personal note, when I’m not studying or providing maternity care, I enjoys being a wife to my wonderful and supportive husband, Luke. I’m also a mother to our little girl, Finley. My other passions lie in fitness, traveling, and writing. I also holds a degree in Kinesiology, B.S. - Exercise Science from California State University, Sacramento.

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.

Marianny Lopez  My name is Marianny Elizabeth Lopez and I was born in the Dominican Republic and moved with my immediate family to Stamford, Connecticut at the age of 7. I was the leader in my high school’s JROTC program, where I learned the importance of preparation, teamwork and attention to detail. I also spent many hours volunteering at the local hospital. I value my family very much, and love taking care of and spending time around babies and children, especially my younger brother. My experience with my brother’s premature birth helped me decide on a future in nursing. Before joining the Bend Birth Center, I was studying nursing while working in childcare. I enjoys traveling in the U.S. and overseas, including visits to family members in the Dominican Republic and places I’ve never been. I also like practicing photography.

Marianny Lopez

My name is Marianny Elizabeth Lopez and I was born in the Dominican Republic and moved with my immediate family to Stamford, Connecticut at the age of 7. I was the leader in my high school’s JROTC program, where I learned the importance of preparation, teamwork and attention to detail. I also spent many hours volunteering at the local hospital. I value my family very much, and love taking care of and spending time around babies and children, especially my younger brother. My experience with my brother’s premature birth helped me decide on a future in nursing. Before joining the Bend Birth Center, I was studying nursing while working in childcare. I enjoys traveling in the U.S. and overseas, including visits to family members in the Dominican Republic and places I’ve never been. I also like practicing photography.