MEET THE MIDWIVES
Sarah McCLure CPM, LDM
Sarah was born and raised on a 36-acre farm in southern Michigan. Her mom remembers her saying intently during her pregnancy with Sarah's younger sister that someday she would be "a mommy doctor." After graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in international Relations, Sarah solo thru-hiked the Pacific Crest Trail and found her way to Portland. During an internship in Peru in 2009, a friend asked Sarah if she would attend her hospital birth as a support person. She knew that day that birth work was her calling, as it blended her passions for empowering and supporting women, the awe of science and nature, the privilege of meeting new life, and hands-on interaction with one of the most raw and powerful acts humans can witness.
Sarah is a graduate of Birthingway College with a degree in Midwifery. She is a Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and a Licensed Direct-Entry Midwife (LDM) in the state of Oregon. She is trained and skilled in adult and infant CPR as well as neonatal resuscitation; suturing, hematology, and pharmacological skills as they pertain to midwifery practices. She has been supporting Oregon families during the childbearing year since 2012, when she completed the DONA International doula training and began attending hospital births and assisting families in the postpartum period. For two years, Sarah trained at a slow-paced, rural home birth practice before she began to attend births in a busy Portland practice. She believes in birth as an opportunity for transformation and healing, and she is grounded in the midwifery model, which focuses on client-centered, holistic, and individualized care.
In addition to midwifery, Sarah is an experienced labor doula and postpartum doula. She is trained in both raw and TCM methods of placenta encapsulation. She is also an experienced herbalist and welcomes client interest in herbal and dietary approaches to treatment and management of complications that may arise during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
Sarah speaks Spanish and is committed to increasing access to midwifery services for the families of Oregon. When not doing birth work, she can be found hiking, dancing, or attempting the New York Times Sunday crossword.
Charli ZAROsinski CPM, LDM, LM
Charli was born and raised in rural Oregon. She grew up with an affinity for the outdoors, singing, and caring for living beings. She moved from her home town to pursue a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology from Oregon State University and ultimately graduated from Portland State University. Shortly after graduation, she was asked to attend a friend's birth in an out-of-hospital setting as a support person. This birth turned Charli's current educational plans upside down, as she had come to realize the career path she was meant for.
Charli became a DONA-trained doula in 2011 and has joyously been attending births ever since then. Over time, after attending a handful of doula births, she learned that midwifery was her true calling. She was steadfast in her pursuit of midwifery and attended Birthingway College of Midwifery starting in 2013, where she graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Midwifery and then became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). She is also a Licensed Direct-Entry Midwife (LDM) in the state of Oregon and is a Licensed Midwife (LM) in the state of Washington. She is additionally well trained and skilled in neonatal resuscitation, adult and infant CPR, suturing, hematology, and pharmacological skills as they pertain to midwifery practices.
Charli is well rounded in her birth work. She is deeply committed to her midwifery clients, and also continues to provide care to doula clients, teaches childbirth education, and is trained in placenta medicine. Through her doula work she was named one of Portland’s Top 13 Best Doulas in 2017 and 2018 by Expertise.
Before Hearth and Home Midwifery, Charli was trained at a busy Portland birth center where she was taught by several skilled midwives and birthing people about how to be with women in all walks of pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum. She then went on to finish her training and be an assistant midwife with a rural home birth practice, in which she was able to hone in on her skills of individualized and family-centered care. Charli is drawn to supporting and honoring people as they claim the power of their own birthing experience. She is grateful to be of service to birthing people and their families throughout the experiences and transformations of the childbearing year. She values the authenticity, compassion, and vulnerability that she both expresses and is witness to throughout her midwifery work.
Outside of caring for her clients and attending births, she enjoys hiking and playing in the outdoors of the Pacific Northwest, dancing salsa, reading, writing poetry, and spending time with her close community of family and friends.