About Us and Our Home Birth Philosophy
Catherine Bailey, CPM, LDM
Catherine graduated from Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, Oregon in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Midwifery (BSM) and has been a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) since 2013. She has been a Licensed Direct-Entry Midwife (LDM) in the state of Oregon since January, 2014.
She was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and moved to New York after high school where she received a BA in Liberal Arts with concentrations in Studio Art and Child Development from Sarah Lawrence College. When she was living in Austin, Texas and working in education, Catherine was first exposed to midwifery and began attending births in 2008.
Catherine moved to Portland in 2009 to attend Birthingway and has found a wonderful community here. She had the pleasure of apprenticing for two and a half years at a busy birth center in Portland from 2011 to 2013 where she had the opportunity to learn from many different midwives. Since her apprenticeship Catherine has worked both in private practice attending home births and as a midwife at a birth center. She has attended just over 150 births. Catherine can’t imagine any career that is more suited to her skills than midwifery and is so grateful to have found this rich, inspiring, and powerful work.
Catherine was born via cesarean section to a mother who was never told that having a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) was an option for her. She is particularly passionate about supporting women through VBACs and ensuring that all people have choices in the way that they have their babies.
Most recently Catherine has had the pleasure of becoming a parent to her son who is now 10 years old. Catherine has gained so much empathy for new parents from this experience!