Worked as a community midwife at Lakes Area Midwifery from 1989- June of 2002. During that time Laura attended 30-50 births a year. Including births attended during her training Laura has attended approximately 700 births.
From June of 2002 to August of 2004 Laura was the clinical director and supervising midwife at Birthingway College of Midwifery. The college discontinued the on-site birth center and is now more academically focused. Laura was also an instructor at Birthingway.
In September of 2004 Laura opened Alma Midwifery in central Portland. This was a huge endeavor and would not have happened without the help of many friends and the support of people who believe in the Midwifery Model of Care. Laura serves as director of Alma and continues to practice as a licensed midwife. After being involved in birth for over twenty years she stills loves working with families around birth time!
Personal birth experience includes four children birthed at home from 1984-1997 with the help of midwives. They are the loves of her life and are named Dylan, Chloe, Noah and Liam.
Professional Organizations: Member Midwives Alliance of North America, Member of the Association of Texas Midwives, Board Member of the Minnesota Midwives Guild, President of the Minnesota Council for Certified Professional Midwives. Midwifery Boards: Laura has served on several boards concerned with the licensure of midwives, rule writing and midwifery advisory. Currently she is serving on a revision board for updating rules for birth centers.
Hobbies and life outside of Alma: Laura, her husband Todd, three children and various pets live about 15 minutes from Alma. Hearth and home are very dear to Laura. She enjoys family, friends, celebration, the natural world, hiking, camping, backpacking, swimming, biking and all types of art. Greeting new beings is pretty high on her list of good times.