Paige Atkinson, CNM, is a certified nurse-midwife at Women's Healthcare Associates in Portland, Oregon.
"After initially receiving a degree in photography and an early career in education, I ended up in agriculture and managed small organic farms in New England. I was drawn to the work because it was challenging and feeding my local community nutritious and sustainably-raised food was very satisfying. I drew upon my history in education and jumped at opportunities to connect my customers to the processes (weather, fertilizer, sweat, irrigation, tractors) that produced the food around which their families and friends would gather. I had always had an interest in reproductive health and fertility, and as some friends began to expand their families I became interested in their emotional journeys through pregnancy. I stepped away from the fields to pursue becoming a certified nurse-midwife because midwifery is a career that allows me to combine my love for education with an opportunity to support and nurture families (as well as communities). It turns out both farming and midwifery are dynamic pursuits that can keep me awake at all hours of the day and night, but a squalling wet newborn on mama’s warm chest is a much sweeter payoff than chasing loose hogs in a midnight rainstorm!"
Prior to joining WHA, Paige worked in a community health center with a predominantly Latino farm-worker population. She enjoys working with English- and Spanish-speaking patients to help them achieve their personal goals for health and wellness. She also appreciates being able to provide education to first-time parents, working with patients to find their optimal contraception options and working with teenage patients. In her practice, Paige strives to honor the dignity of an individual's experiences and views the patient-clinician relationship as a true partnership.
When she’s not caring for women and their families, Paige enjoys baking, quilting and biking, as well as hiking and pinball. She has previously volunteered as a phone-based peer counselor providing unconditional and judgment-free phone support for callers regarding their decisions, feelings and experiences with pregnancy, parenting, miscarriage, abortion and adoption. She and her husband have one daughter, three cats and a dog.
Master of Nursing, Nurse-Midwifery, Oregon Health & Science University, 2014
Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Oregon Health & Science University, 2012
Bachelor of Arts, Fine Art/Photography, Yale University, 2004
American College of Nurse-Midwives