Nora grew up in Fort Bragg, California. She studied abroad in Italy before receiving her bachelor’s degree in art history from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her doctorate in naturopathic medicine with a specialty in natural childbirth from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, and her master’s degree in nurse-midwifery from OHSU. Her experience also includes teaching and supervising midwifery and naturopathic students and she is the author of The Inner Work of Birth, a book about coping in labor.
Nora has 26 years of experience attending home and birthing center births. Prior to joining WHA's Midwifery Birth Center team, she was a nurse-midwife at OHSU for seven years. Her goal is to prepare and support women as they connect with their own inner resources to cope with what labor brings them:
“Pain, fatigue, unexpected events—they can all be seen as doorways into discovering who we are and what we can do when it really matters. Most women get to a point in labor where they believe they’ve reached the end of their rope. They may feel lost, overwhelmed, hopeless. This is the place where they are capable of manifesting the extraordinary. Where, no matter how great the pain, how over-the-top it all seems, they rise up. Birth isn’t just about getting a baby born. It’s also about the journey that unfolds along the way.”
Nora and her horse, Tessa train in dressage. (“It’s like ballet, Tai Chi and Pilates on horseback.”) She also enjoys gardening, quilting and cooking new recipes and she meditates daily.