Liz Clary, CPM, LDM
I was born and raised in the Columbia River Gorge as the fourth of five children. I grew up with a nurse for a mother and an auto mechanic for a father--a combination that has served me well over the years! Much of my personality and passions in life have been shaped by my rural, blue-collar roots. I love living in the city now but feel fortunate to have grown up in such a peaceful setting surrounded by people who instilled in me a strong work ethic and a big heart.
I was originally drawn to midwifery in my teens and early 20s, as I began attending the births of my nieces and nephews in hospital settings. Each of their births impacted me greatly and led me to my “epiphany moment” where I realized midwifery was my true path in life. Through witnessing these births and being a friend and confidant to my sisters in the postpartum, I realized how rushed, interventive, and impersonal their birth experiences were. Although they each gave birth to healthy and beautiful children, I knew that there had to be a better way, and made it my purpose in life to offer women the empowering and personalized care that I had wanted for my sisters. After finishing my bachelor's degree in Sociology and Women's Studies from Western Washington University in 2008, I moved to Portland and immediately jumped into the birth world, first as a doula and then as a student midwife.
As I began school at Birthingway College of Midwifery, to say I was nervous would be a huge understatement! No one in my family had ever had a home birth and to some of my friends, the idea of me becoming a home birth midwife sounded kind of crazy. However, the more reading I did and the more birth workers I connected with, the more confident I became that out-of-hospital midwifery was the best fit for me. Later on, as I began attending births in both birth center and home birth settings, I became completely certain in my path, as I saw my clients experiencing birth in a way that was safe, respectful, and empowering.
Considering my background story, it may come as no surprise that I am passionate about increasing access to midwifery care and normalizing home birth. Over my years of practice, I have been honored to care for a diverse population of women, all interested in a safe and peaceful home birth experience. My clients are of diverse backgrounds, incomes, sexual orientations and spiritual beliefs. They continually show me that home birth can be a great fit for so many different types of people!
I am a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives, a Licensed Direct-Entry Midwife (LDM) in the state of Oregon and a Licensed Midwife (LM) in the state of Washington. I maintain certifications in neonatal resuscitation, CPR, and LD&D. I have attended nearly 200 births as of mid 2017.
When I’m not busy with midwifery, I like to spend time with my husband-to-be, family, and friends as much as possible. I also enjoy exploring the Portland food scene, cooking and baking, honing my crossword puzzle skills, hiking around nature, and going home to visit my beloved Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.