Colleen Forbes, LDM, CPM
As the primary midwife at Midwifery Care, I bring 20 years of experience in women's health care to my practice. I graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1989 with a B.A. in Psychology and am currently an Oregon Licensed Direct-entry Midwife (LDM) and a North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).
In addition, I am a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner (NTP), trained and certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association. As well as integrating this knowledge into midwifery practice, I offer individual nutritional therapy counseling.
I have been in independent practice as a Licensed Midwife since 2002.
I earned my midwifery credentials through the apprentice model of training, spending 4 years in a busy practice gaining skills and pursuing independent study. My education was enhanced by a 2 week intensive in a Jamaican hospital. At this time I became a NARM certified CPM.
My passion for midwifery began in 1993 with an introduction to feminist women's health care and the sense of empowerment inherent in making informed choices about our bodies. As the supervisor of a Feminist Women's Health Center, I gained the skills and passion for advocacy, informed choice and empowerment. I carried this passion to Honduras where I served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching life skills, sexuality education and positive discipline. In my spare time I tagged along with local midwives feeding my growing passion for all things midwifery.
In 1998 my daughter Lucy was born into the loving hands of her Papa and midwife. Shortly thereafter I began my apprenticeship and experienced the joy and reward of sitting with women through pregnancy, birth and beyond. Often Lucy was along, riding high in a backpack and peering out as the new little ones arrived.
In 2001 as my apprenticeship grew into a partnership, my son Harper was born. Again I was blessed with a homebirth and Harper was welcomed by my midwife/mentor, his Papa and sister.
Besides the time spent practicing midwifery, I teach a holistic childbirth class for home and birth center, speak to university students about midwifery and am an active member of the Oregon Midwifery Council.
I am currently serving as Chair of the Board of Licensed Direct-entry Midwifery, in additon to working collaboratively with hospital liaisons to optimize home to hospital transports.
All of that keeps me quite busy, and everyone needs to recreate at times. For this I have my garden. I am an avid perennial gardener ( my husband is the veggie guy), and I find great pleasure in creating a landscape that is a haven for my family and myself. Throughout the summer and fall I can be found frantically canning and preserving all that my husband can grow and then some. My spirit is renewed by my contact with the earth and all that flourishes here.
Exercise is a vital part of my life. Through cycling, weight lifting, hiking and gardening I stay active and invigorated. Don't be surprised if I show up for a prenatal on my bike!
I could not be the successful midwife I am without the constant support and patience of my husband Mike. Despite the demands of his own career in organic produce he always seems to be available when the phone call comes, and when I return home tired and hungry.
I am passionate about my work as a midwife and am eternally grateful to all the women and families who have shared this most amazing event with me.
Victoria Silvanus, Assistant Midwife
Victoria is a seasoned assistant midwife who began her midwifery studies in 1995 while working as a lead healthworker at a Feminist Women's Health Center. She graduated from the University of Oregon in 1995 with a B.S. in Pre-Medical Sciences. Victoria attended births as an assistant/apprentice with several area midwives between 1998 and 2000. In 2002 she began assisting at births with me, attending most prenatal and postpartum visits as well. From 2006 to 2009 Victoria took a well-earned sabbatical from midwifery, finally returning mid 2009 to once again be my assistant. Victoria is trained in neonatal resuscitation, adult and infant CPR, and has a vast understanding of pregnancy and birth. In addition to her midwifery skills, Victoria is well-versed in nutrition, immunology and food allergies, providing an amazing amount of information to all of our clients. Victoria attends an average of four prenatal visits, the birth and two postpartum visits. I absolutely enjoy working with Victoria and feel blessed to have her by my side through long nights and joyous mornings. There is nothing so comforting than to have an assistant who all but reads your mind!