About Us and Our Home Birth Philosophy
Catherine Bailey, CPM, LDM (she, her, hers)
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. Catherine was the Secretary of the Oregon Midwifery Council from 2014 - 2016 and has been an active member of this organization and volunteer CEU conference organizer since 2009.
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 180 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 clients through VBACs and ensuring that all people have choices in the way that they have their babies.
Catherine enjoys the sunshine, anything outdoors, knitting, hiking, gardening, and spending time with her family, friends, and 12 year old son.
Sarah Dinger, Midwife (she, her, hers)
Sarah Dinger is a student midwife attending Birthingway College of Midwifery. She is a doula and has three homeschooled children, two of whom were born at home. Her background is in art and design, but she finally found her calling in working with pregnant people, families, and babies. She has a passion for evidence-based care, connection, and for supporting clients' agency as they navigate health care choices. Sarah wants everyone she works with to feel held and supported as they apply their own values to their journey into birth and parenting. She also loves to offer help with breastfeeding. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn from the midwives at Unfurling Birth, and she also apprentices with a rural practice in Canby, OR. When she has time, she enjoys bicycling, making pottery, being with her dog and cats, and using herbs to make medicine.