Allegra Lilly CPM, LDM
What an amazing journey pregnancy and birth can be! Becoming a parent for the first time or welcoming another member into your family is an extraordinary event. Ever since birth work drew me in I have fallen in love with it more and more. I love building relationships with clients before their big day, helping families to make informed evidence-based decisions about their care, supporting women, their partners and families through birth and helping them to adapt to life with a new baby.
I found my passion for midwifery through hearing my mother recount her birth stories as a young child. Through her stories I realized that she encountered interventions, providers she did not know and routine care that she did not need for a safe and healthy birth. During my childhood I also had the privilege of knowing a community midwife in Portland, Oregon who ignited my curiosity about empowering women during their pregnancies, births and postpartum experiences. As I entered into adulthood these stories and influences sparked a passion in me and I knew that I wanted to be a midwife! After traveling the United States from 2008-2011 with my husband, I returned home ready to sink my feet into birth work.
In 2012 I began my education at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, OR. While in my first year at midwifery school, I completed doula certification and started attending births. In 2015 I began my midwifery apprenticeship at Alma Midwifery serving families having home births and birth center births. I was fortunate to learn under many amazing midwives here. As my apprenticeship came to an end I was invited to stay on as an assistant midwife where I continued to gain experience and work alongside my mentors.
On a warm October evening in 2014 I gave birth to my first child at home. My son entered the world into the warm water of the birth tub and I pulled him up to my chest in joyful awe. My midwives lovingly supported me through my hard moments and low points and I will forever be grateful for their care and encouragement.
I am a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and a Licensed Midwife in the state of Oregon (LDM), a member of the Oregon Midwifery Council (OMC) and maintain certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation, adult CPR and Legend Drugs and Devices (LD&D)
I believe having a midwife or dedicated support person through each step of your care and birth can greatly improve your journey as you navigate through labor and the transition into motherhood. I believe you are strong and capable of anything and deserve someone dedicated to helping you accomplish the birth experience you desire. Birth is a unique, life-changing event for every woman who journeys through it’s unfolding. It is with great gratitude and excitement that I look forward to meeting you and supporting you on the journey ahead!
Amanda Porteous SBD, Student Midwife
My passion for birth work began when I was a teenager, and my grandmother (who saw into my heart before I did!) sent me a copy of Ina May Gaskin’s ‘Guide to Childbirth’. Soon, I found myself immersed in the beautiful, empowering, life-changing world of pregnancy and childbirth and I knew then that I wanted to become a midwife. Through the birth of my son in 2016, my desire to work with women and their families as they bring new life into the world was cemented. Witnessing birth has given me such a deep appreciation for the innate strength and capability of women, and I believe that with support, encouragement, reassurance and access to information and options, every woman can have the empowered birth she deserves. In addition to being a student midwife, I am an SBD certified birth and bereavement doula. I am so thrilled to be on this beautiful, exciting path to midwifery and am honored to be supporting families in their transition to parenthood.