Meet our Midwives
CNM, PMHNP, MPH, MN
Linda is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and began practicing midwifery in 1975 in the deep South. She worked in rural areas in several southeastern states (the Mississippi Delta, the Appalachian region of Kentucky, and North Carolina). In North Carolina, Linda helped write and successfully pass legislation establishing a separate licensing board for nurse-midwives. She also developed the first birth center in North Carolina as well as establishing a safe system of care for patients choosing home birth. In 1985, Linda moved to Gallup, New Mexico, and worked with Native American populations. During those years, she worked with the University of New Mexico School of Nursing to establish a B.S.N. completion program for Registered Nurses and steered the nursing program into its first accreditation review by the National League for Nurses. Linda arrived in Portland in 1988 to pursue post-graduate education and has remained here since, working as a faculty midwife at a local teaching hospital and attending home births. She provides mental health services to her clients as well.
For relaxation, Linda loves to read and work on needlework projects. She is an excellent cook and a decent carpenter. She also shares a love of outdoor activities with her adult son.
Sharon grew up on the Atlantic coast of northeast Florida. While attending the John Hopkins National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine she realized her passion for healing, which she further pursued at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. After completing her pre-medicine studies and earning a BS degree she began a journey of self-discovery. Carrying only a backpack she trekked through 29 countries, most of which are less developed. Her experiences abroad fueled her passion to serve others, particularly underserved populations, and sparked her interest in midwifery and herbalism. In 2011, she came to Portland and earned a BS in Midwifery at Birthingway College of Midwifery. Though she is currently serving families in the States, her ultimate goal is to provide international midwifery care, particularly in countries where there is a need for justice, tolerance, mutual respect and human dignity for pregnant people. As a Filipino American she was first drawn to volunteer her services in the Philippines, where infant and maternal mortality rates are high. She fulfilled that dream and in 2015 she provided midwifery care at multiple Filipino birth centers, serving some of the poorest of the poor.
Sharon is a Certified Professional Midwife and is licensed in Oregon. While the life of a midwife makes it impossible for her to travel internationally, she finds adventure in surfing, downhill longboarding, exploring the Pacific Northwest, and working at the Oregon Country Fair. She also loves to read a good book, walk Mt Tabor with her husband, or snuggle up and watch a film to balance the chaos of life. If she's at your birth, you may also find her knitting a pair of baby booties.
CPM, LDM, LM, CHN
Sarah was born and raised in Portland, the oldest of three children and part of a large extended family where she spent her early years surrounded by pregnant bellies and new babies. Her first exposure to home birth was at the age of 7, when she experienced the birth of her youngest brother born at home, in the house that her father and grandmother were raised in. After receiving her BA from Seattle University and graduating from the Honor's Program, Sarah moved into her midwifery path at Seattle Midwifery School (now Bastyr University). During her time in the Midwifery Education Program, Sarah also worked on the Board of Directors at Seattle Midwifery School, trained at two busy birth centers and home birth practices in Seattle and Portland, and was awarded the Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership upon graduation in 2007. After graduation, Sarah continued her involvement in midwifery academics through her work as the Clinical Coordinator at Seattle Midwifery School, where she developed a passion for supporting the relationship between clinical educators and students. She also began practicing as a midwife at a busy birth center in Everett, Washington until the pull back to Oregon became too hard to resist. Sarah began working as a midwife at Vivante in 2009, and in 2015 began offering nutrition and wellness services as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. Sarah has a passion for helping families optimize their pregnancy and early parenting experiences.
Sarah lives with her husband, Brendan, and her daughters, Cora and Lucy, who were born at home. In between births, Sarah can be found on walks with her dog Jubei, cooking and exploring new foods, practicing yoga, playing piano, traveling the world, and adventuring around Portland with family and friends.
Amy Jo Rist
CPM, LDM, LM
Amy Jo grew up in rural Ohio, where much of her career had been spent working with adults with developmental disabilities. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies with a minor in Psychology, while also dabbling in Occupational Therapy, at The Ohio State University in 1994. Over the years, her interest in natural medicine grew, which led her to the Pacific Northwest in 1996. She moved to Portland to pursue an education in Naturopathic Medicine and attended National College of Naturopathic Medicine for one year. She then took a detour to Alaska for a year and a half, and returned to Portland in 2001. After experiencing the births of her two sons, she found her calling in midwifery. She attended Birthingway College of Midwifery, and completed her training with Vivante Midwifery in 2012. Amy Jo is a Certified Professional Midwife and is licensed in Oregon and Washington. She is a member of the Oregon Midwifery Council. When not catching babies, Amy Jo enjoys spending time with her children, gardening, and cycling.