Charli was born and raised in rural Oregon. She grew up with an affinity for the outdoors, singing, and caring for living beings. She moved from her home town to pursue a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Oregon State University and ultimately graduated from Portland State University. Shortly after graduation, she was asked to attend a friend’s birth in an out-of-hospital setting as a support person. This birth turned Charli’s current educational plans upside down, as she had come to realize the career path she was meant for.
Charli became a DONA-trained doula in 2011 and has joyously been attending births ever since then. Over time, after attending a handful of doula births, she learned that midwifery was her true calling. She was steadfast in her pursuit of midwifery and attended Birthingway College of Midwifery starting in 2013, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Midwifery and then became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). She is also a Licensed Direct-Entry Midwife (LDM) in the state of Oregon and is a Licensed Midwife (LM) in the state of Washington. She is additionally well trained and skilled in neonatal resuscitation, adult and infant CPR, suturing, hematology, and pharmacological skills as they pertain to midwifery practices.
Charli is well rounded in her birth work. She is deeply committed to her midwifery clients, and also continues to provide care to doula clients, teaches childbirth education, and is trained in placenta medicine. Through her doula work she was named one of Portland’s Top 13 Best Doulas in 2017 and 2018 by Expertise.
Before Hearth and Home Midwifery, Charli was trained at a busy Portland birth center where she was taught by several skilled midwives and birthing people about how to be with women in all walks of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum. She then went on to finish her training and be an assistant midwife with a rural home birth practice, in which she was able to hone in on her skills of individualized and family-centered care. Charli is drawn to supporting and honoring people as they claim the power of their own birthing experience. She is grateful to be of service to birthing people and their families throughout the experiences and transformations of the childbearing year. She values the authenticity, compassion, and vulnerability that she both expresses and is witness to throughout her midwifery work.
Outside of caring for her clients and attending births, she enjoys hiking and playing in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, dancing salsa, reading, writing poetry, and spending time with her close community of family and friends.