Liz Clary, CPM, LDM, LM
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 hundreds of incredible families, all interested in a safe and empowering birth experience. My clients are of diverse backgrounds, incomes, sexual orientations, and spiritual beliefs. They continually show that home birth can be a great fit for so many different types of people. I not only deeply value the day-to-day impacts of my work but also the greater impact midwifery is creating on society through female empowerment, body positivity, and celebration of diversity.
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 regularly attend continuing education courses and enjoy brushing up on the latest in evidence-based midwifery care. I love to share education and research with my clients to help them feel prepared and confident as they make choices throughout care. I follow the "golden rule" as a midwife and always treat my clients as I would want to be treated.
When I’m not busy with midwifery, I like to spend time with my husband, family, and friends as much as possible. I also enjoy exploring the Portland food scene, cooking and baking, honing my crossword puzzle skills, being in nature, soaking in hot springs, and going home to visit my beloved Mt. Hood and Mt. Adams.