Mary Stemper, student midwife
I grew up in a large family in Southern Illinois. I remember always being fascinated by pregnancy and always loved babies. I first learned about midwifery while studying education and sociology in my undergraduate years. Soon after finishing college I couldn't stop thinking about birth work, and felt called to get involved. I took a doula training class, and read as much as I could about midwifery, pregnancy, and childbirth. After several years of consideration, traveling and living abroad, and working as an educator, I decided to take the plunge and apply to midwifery school. In 2014 I was accepted to Birthingway College of Midwifery and moved with my partner across the country to attend the school here in Portland. I will complete my coursework at Birthingway in April of 2017.
I began working directly under Liz Clary and Bree Murphy (a previous colleague of her’s) in March of 2016 at Alma Midwifery. As of February 2017, I have attended roughly 30 births as an apprentice. I am very excited to continue working as an apprentice with Liz and Melissa at Rose City.
I love midwifery because I love getting to know growing families throughout their childbearing year. I am passionate about serving people during such amazing times in their lives. I also feel called to contribute to such a feminist realm of healthcare. Midwifery is how I can do all of that with pride. As a student at Rose City, I look forward to learning and growing with your family by offering the best care I can!
Trina Koelwyn, student midwife
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I was born in British Columbia, Canada and spent most of my childhood between there and Alberta. We moved many times while growing up, which I believe is what gave me my wandering spirit. I was never one of those kids in school who knew exactly what she wanted to do, there were many things I wanted to do, and I needed to try them all. I did some travelling and was able to live in Indonesia, Alaska and Hawaii for awhile. Along my journey, a friend introduced me to doula work. I thought that was it, I had found what I wanted to do. I moved to San Diego to live with a midwife and pursue this new career as a doula.
After attending a handful of births, it was clear to me that midwifery was my passion. I had discovered a desire for more knowledge and wanted a deeper way to connect with the women that I worked with. I had a beautiful home birth with my son, and when he got a little older, I made the decision to move to Portland to attend Birthingway College of Midwifery.
I am in my third year of classes and just beginning my apprenticeship. In my spare time, when I am not doing homework or attending a birth, you will find me working in my garden, making plant medicines or body care products, and hanging out with my son. I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your journey into motherhood.