Tia Rich, LDM, CPM
Photography by Rachel Hadisher
My name is Tia Rich and I am a CPM (Certified Professional Midwife) Licensed with the State of Oregon (LDM) I have an independent practice that serves the greater Portland Metro area and surrounding areas including Salem, Oregon You can also find me at Portland Midwives where I work cooperatively with other Midwives who work in their own practice's to give allow us to give you optimal care and support
I am a mother to three and a grandmother to three. Serving birthing woman has always been important to me and Home Birth Midwifery care is the best manner in which I can effectively give woman a chance of a safe non-interventive birth. I have personally experienced both a highly interventive medical birth and a non-interventive holistic gentle birth. I have a thirst for knowledge and have earned 2 formal degree's, the first in Behavioral Sciences: specializing in juvenile delinquency, the second in Nursing.
I become an RN and worked in Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, Pediatrics and Oncology. While I personally choose to never formally work within the hospital setting again, I learned valuable lessons and skills in my training and work that I did as an RN. I find this a valuable asset in those rare opportunities that medical care is needed for my clients,. I feel comfortable supporting them in this change of setting for their birth.
I began seeking a path to re-educate as a Midwife in 2000 after the birth of my third child. I began by teaching Childbirth Education, then working as a Doula and later as a Monitrice. I became a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist specializing in teaching Hypnobirthing. In 2007 I began to formally study Midwifery taking a couple years to get the didactic book studies under my belt before beginning a hands on apprenticeship.
In 2009 I began an intense apprenticeship at the Andaluz Water birth center that spanned over a year and a half and over 76 births.
I am certified in neonatal resuscitation (NRP) and infant and adult CPR. I am a member of the Oregon Midwifery Council (OMC) a statewide group set with the goal of bringing safe birthing options to all families.
I am also Certified as a Craniosacral therapist specializing in mothers and babies, I acquired training with Carol Gray
I am currently working on my IBCLS certification to become an IBCLC Lactation consultant
I work cooperatively with other Midwives who work in their own practice's., we can be found collectively at PortlandMidwives.com We support each other to give our clients the benefit of two experienced midwives. I also fully support the model of apprenticeship training for midwifery students, and may have a student assisting me in your care .