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Celeste Kersey, LDM CPM

Celeste Kersey

Celeste Kersey, CPM, LDM is the primary midwife at Full Moon Midwifery.  She is a Licensed Midwife (LDM) in the State of Oregon and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives. Celeste is currently on the faculty of Birthingway College of Midwifery. She is assisted by a variety of experienced, dependable midwives in the area. She believes in the apprenticeship model of learning and will often include an apprentice (student midwife) in the birth team.

Celeste began attending births in 1993 while living in Detroit, Michigan. Her interest in midwifery began after her own homebirth there. Her experience, while incredibly empowering, was emotionally and physically difficult. She attributes her success at having a homebirth to her determination, her midwives' patience and trust in birth, and the grace of God. This birth roused in her the deep calling to serve women in birth through traditional midwifery. When her daughter was 2 she began attending women in birth.

Celeste moved to Oregon in 1994 and began an apprenticeship. In 1995 she enrolled in Birthingway College of Midwifery and graduated after completing the curriculum and birth requirements. She has been a primary midwife since 1999.

Celeste, her husband, Jim, and their 4 children live 8 miles south of Canby. Jim is a farmer committed to organic, sustainable agriculture. He raises organic food crops for local stores and natural food companies. Their 4 children, born in 1991, 1994, 1995 and 2000 were all born at home. Isaac, the youngest, was born into Celeste's hands in a warm tub of water.

Celeste strives to balance her family's needs and her calling to pregnant and birthing women. She believes that this balance enhances her work as a wife, a mom, and a midwife. Celeste's strengths are her desire to offer compassion to herself and others, to speak and act with integrity, and to be open to learning and growth. She treats birth as a sacred event and greatly desires that babies enter the world into calm and gentle hands. To help women experience joyful and healing births is one of her greatest ideals.

 

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Sarah Dinger

Student Midwife

Sarah Dinger is a student midwife attending Birthingway College, doula, and mother of three homeschooled children. Her background is in art and design, but she found her calling in working with pregnant people, families, and babies. She has a passion for evidence-based care, connection, and for supporting clients' agency as they navigate health care choices. Sarah wants everyone she works with to feel held and supported as they apply their own values to their journey into birth and parenting. She is grateful for the opportunity to learn at Full Moon Midwifery. When she has time, she also enjoys bicycling, making pottery, being with her cats, and using herbs to make medicine.

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