Women's Health & Midwifery

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The midwives at Hearth and Home Midwifery view pregnancy and birth as natural, physiologic processes. We believe that these events are intimately connected to what it is to be human, and that birth offers an opportunity for empowerment and profound learning about one’s self. These beliefs are the foundation of the way we practice.

During the prenatal period, we work to build trusting relationships with our clients in order to maximize the safety and emotional connection during the course of each client’s care. We offer continuity of care and informed consent as a central tenet of our philosophy; we know that each person is different and therefore each birth will be different. Our practice offers family-centered, evidence-based, individualized care, as we trust that each birthing person is the expert on their own needs and experiences, and that our job is to facilitate a client’s desires for their birth and make recommendations based on medical evidence as needed in order to provide a safe, nurturing space in which birth can occur.

We respect the autonomy of the birthing person as the center of their own care, and we honor the experience of new babies and their right to have the gentlest beginning possible. We endeavor to provide competent care to people of all ethnicities, sexes, genders, sexual orientations, socio-economic backgrounds, religions, nationalities, ages, sizes, and abilities.


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Meet the Providers

Sarah McClure, CPM, LDM

Sarah is a graduate of Birthingway College with a degree in Midwifery.  She is a Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and a Licensed Direct-Entry Midwife (LDM) in the state of Oregon. She is trained and skilled in adult and infant CPR as well as neonatal resuscitation; suturing, hematology, and pharmacological skills as they pertain to midwifery practices.  She has been supporting Oregon families during the childbearing year since 2012, when she completed the DONA International doula training and began attending hospital births and assisting families in the postpartum period. For two years, Sarah trained at a slow-paced, rural home birth practice before she began to attend births in a busy Portland practice. She believes in birth as an opportunity for transformation and healing, and she is grounded in the midwifery model, which focuses on client-centered, holistic, and individualized care. In addition to midwifery, Sarah is an experienced labor doula and postpartum doula. She is trained in both raw and TCM methods of placenta encapsulation. She is also an experienced herbalist and welcomes client interest in herbal and dietary approaches to treatment and management of complications that may arise during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Sarah speaks Spanish and is committed to increasing access to midwifery services for the families of Oregon. When not doing birth work, she can be found hiking, dancing, or attempting the New York Times Sunday crossword.

Charli Zarosinski, CPM, LDM, LM

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.

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