“Pain, fatigue, unexpected events—they can all be seen as doorways into discovering who we are and what we can do when it really matters. Most women get to a point in labor where they believe they’ve reached the end of their rope. They may feel lost, overwhelmed, hopeless. This is the place where they are capable of manifesting the extraordinary. Where, no matter how great the pain, how over-the-top it all seems, they rise up. Birth isn’t just about getting a baby born. It’s also about the journey that unfolds along the way.”
Nora has 26 years of experience attending home and birthing center births. Prior to joining WHA's Midwifery Birth Center team, she was a nurse-midwife at OHSU for seven years. Her goal is to prepare and support women as they connect with their own inner resources to cope with what labor brings them. Her experience also includes teaching and supervising midwifery and naturopathic students and she is the author of The Inner Work of Birth, a book about coping in labor.
Nora and her horse, Tessa train in dressage. (“It’s like ballet, Tai Chi and Pilates on horseback.”) She also enjoys gardening, quilting and cooking new recipes and she meditates daily.
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine, Natural Childbirth, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, 1986
Accelerated Bachelor / Master of Science Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery, Oregon Health & Science University, 2004
Bachelor of Arts, History of Art, University of California, Berkeley, 1978
American College of Nurse-Midwives