Sarah Ehrlich CPM LDM
I was born by the ocean in Santa Monica, California. My introduction to midwifery began when I was present at my mother’s home births of my two younger brothers. This established in me a deep knowing that birth is normal, safe and sacred. We grew up going to a Waldorf school which provided an oasis of community in the huge city of Los Angeles. My Waldorf education taught me to keep my head and heart connected throughout my learning, and to trust myself.
It wasn’t until I was 19 that my interest in midwifery resurfaced. During a gap year of traveling, I spent three months as a doula and birth assistant at a beautiful birth center in a small village in Bali. There I witnessed women birthing their babies into warm tubs of water with fragrant flowers floating around them, sweet grandmothers praying in the corner while tropical storms thundered outside. The families would sing to their new babies as they entered the world and my heart opened to the miracle of the birth process.
I moved to Portland in 2009 and attended classes at Lewis & Clark College before enrolling at Birthingway College of Midwifery in 2012. I apprenticed at both a large, busy birth center in the heart of Portland and with a small, rural home birth practice based in Canby. I have had the privilege of learning from many wise, skillful midwives and strong mothers. I continue to be astounded at the amazing love and courage it takes to bring a baby into the world. I am honored to be a guide and a protector of this rite of passage.
I completed my schooling and clinical training in June 2016 and earned my Bachelors of Science in Midwifery from Birthingway College. I am credentialed as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and am licensed in the state of Oregon as a direct-entry midwife (LDM).
When I’m not busy catching babies, I love to cook, knit and pursue many skills of an urban homesteader. I live in North Portland with my sweetheart, our orange cat and a colony of honeybees.
Cassidy Dobek CPM LDM
My story of home birth began in the mountains of Vermont. Growing up, I was fortunate to witness the intimate and precious home births of both my brother and sister. By witnessing my sibling’s births, my path as a birth worker was revealed. It ignited the desire within me to serve clients in their most powerful and vulnerable moments.
Before committing to my path as a birth worker, I longed to create beauty in the world. I began my collegiate path as a fashion designer at Philadelphia University. After my freshman year, my heartache for the mountains brought me back home. Here I finished my undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont with a BA in Art History and Anthropology in 2009. Soon thereafter, my desire to support families during the childbearing year returned.
In 2012, I loaded my partner and pup in the car, and moved to Portland, OR where I enrolled in the Midwifery Program at Birthingway College of Midwifery (BCM). In 2017, I finished my three year apprenticeship with Glow Midwifery and graduated from BCM with Bachelors of Science in Midwifery. I currently serve the growing families of Homespun Midwifery as a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Direct-Entry midwife, as well as provide a labor doula, childbirth educator and placenta encapsulator.
Childbirth continues to bestow my trust in the body's ability to transform and heal. I honor the opportunity to hold space for reflection and immense growth that many experience during the childbearing year. It is a privilege to be a guardian of safety and help facilitate an experience that best supports a client's wishes.
When not engrossed in the birth world, I enjoy spending time with my partner and my sweet pup, playing in the great outdoors, beading jewelry, eating delicious food, and making our home. I thank you in advance for this opportunity to participate in this chapter of your life.
Sarah and Cassidy hand-select from a team of assistant midwives to accompany them to births in order to enhance your care by having an extra set of eyes and helping hands.