Welcome to Full Spectrum Midwife! My name is Lena Wood and I recently graduated as a certified nurse-midwife in September 2016. Many of you might know me as the blogger behind Notes from a Student Midwife, which chronicled my journey from a radical doula to midwife.

I studied nursing and midwifery at Oregon Health and Science University and have worked as a nurse at an abortion clinic and at a primary care clinic serving primarily migrant workers in the Willamette Valley.

I currently practice midwifery in Portland, OR with a wonderful team of three other midwives. Although I am not yet trained in abortion care, I do consider myself a full-spectrum midwife in principle, and plan at some point to add that training to my skill set.

In the meantime, I advocate for fully accessible inclusive midwifery care. I work towards increased diversity and inclusion within my own profession. And I use my voice to lobby for policies that embrace reproductive justice and equity.

This blog is a space to chronicle the next step in my journey, from new grad to experienced midwife, and hopefully at some point in the near future, preceptor to a new generation of radical, full spectrum midwives.

Welcome! Pull up a chair, grab a nice cup of tea, let’s chat and plot the revolution together!

Warmly, Lena