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Joni Pedersen, cnm

As far back as I can remember, I have been passionate about women’s health. Studying Sociology at PSU, I focused on how gender and sexuality influences health and wellness. My desire for travel and new experience lead me to Mauritania, West Africa where I lived for 2 years serving as a Peace Corps health volunteer. I had the opportunity to work in a midwife-run birth center providing nutritional guidance, breastfeeding support, and assisting births. This experience not only ignited my passion for midwifery but also bolstered my belief that women have an innate understanding of their bodies and birth.

Continuing on my travels, I moved to Baltimore, MD to begin nurse midwife education at Johns Hopkins University where fostering community and global health are a large focus. Working with midwives at a busy, inner city hospital provided me a rich learning environment. Additionally, I was granted the opportunity to spend 3 months working in a midwife-run birth center in Kampala, Uganda.

I have always envisioned myself practicing at birth center and home birth settings, whether internationally, or in my home community. Wanting to establish my roots, upon graduation I returned to Portland in 2014 and began my journey at Alma Midwifery. I feel fortunate to be working with such a dedicated group of midwives who empower women and families in their journey of bringing a healthy baby into the world.

When not working at Alma, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Biking, yoga, hiking, reading fiction novels, and altering clothing are some of my favorite pass times.