I met Barbara two years ago, when she was first teaching “Doula Training” in Taiwan. Few months later, she came to Taiwan again for “Gentle Birth” training. We get along well for a four-day period in Hualien. Barbara obviously impacts the birth practice on the hospital what I work. The changes have made right after her visiting Tzu-Chi College of Technology, 8th Dec, 2006. We keep in contact through the Skype, once she knew that I planed a short-term oversea learning project, she kindly offers her place for me staying in Oregon since 19th July and arranges the visiting for both birth centers and hospitals, Portland, Oregon.
Alma Birth Center is one of them. It is a homelike facility, existing within a healthcare system with a program of care designed in the family-centered care and wellness model of pregnancy and birth. It is guided by principles of prevention, sensitivity, safety, appropriate medical intervention, and cost effectiveness. There are three pair-teams in this birth center which are: Laura Erickson, CPM LDM; Pamela Echeverio, CPM LDM and Kate Howe, CPM LDM. Those two afternoons, I followed the antenatal visits of Pamela and Kate. They believe in nurturing strong emotional and physical connections between the infant and its parents.
＊Certified Professional Midwife(CPM)
＊Licensed Direct Entry Midwife (LDM)
Pregnancy and birth as a sacred passage - a fundamentally healthy process - not an institutional medical event. Turn the medicalized birthing practices into “Gentle Birth story”. Remember…
＊To help women claim trust in their body's ability to safely and dependably give birth while promoting wellness and positive attitudes about birth and parenting.
＊To nurture a woman's sense of personal strength and self-confidence, so that she may realize birth as an empowering experience.
＊ To help women experience birth's transforming power with respect and dignity, in safety, support and confidence.