Michele grew up in a diverse New Jersey community close to Manhattan and cites the Broadway musical “Baby,” which explored the experiences of three women in different circumstances during pregnancy and childbirth, as one of her earliest career influences. She went on to attend Emory University in Atlanta for her undergraduate degree in nursing and Frontier University in Kentucky for her master’s degree in nurse-midwifery.
Michele finds facilitating the support women need for optimal birth and health one of the most rewarding aspects of her practice. She is particularly interested in promoting wellness through practical nutrition, exercise and mindfulness. Michele has spent much of her career supporting women in a range of birth settings, from one of her earliest positions as a midwife in Pennsylvania where she attended home, birth center and hospital births in a largely Amish and Mennonite community, to her most recent position as a midwife in a hospital-based practice in Portland. Now, she cares for women during pregnancy, birth and beyond at WHA’s Midwifery Birth Center, where she is able to provide the unique support each person needs for a safe, natural out-of-hospital birth:
“I have been known to tell clients that as a midwife I work hard, but in labor you will be working harder. The birth center setting encourages women and their support team to be comfortable in order to best facilitate physiologic birth. Appropriate technology is used, but care is ‘high touch’ with the goal of optimally supporting each woman’s needs for a safe, satisfying birth.”
Michele has five children, a dog and chickens. She enjoys permaculture gardening, cooking and watching her children’s sports and musical performances.