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.

Lucy French

Assistant Midwife

Lucy began her formal midwifery training in the spring of 2015. She is currently in her second year at Birthingway College of Midwifery, and most recently joined Full Moon Midwifery as a student midwife in the fall of 2016. Prior to moving to Portland to begin midwifery school, Lucy lived in Oakland, CA, where she worked as a birth doula from 2012 - 2015. Slowly but surely, Lucy realized that she was receiving the “call” to midwifery that she had heard so many midwives speak about. Lucy is grateful for the layers of inspiration and challenge that midwifery brings to her life. She feels fulfilled and driven by the emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and political aspects of birthwork on a daily basis. It is an honor for her to be involved in such intimate, community-based care for others. She can’t imagine moving through life in any other way! When she’s not studying or working with families, Lucy tries to be outside as much as possible. She loves to take long walks around her neighborhood, hike, and ride her bicycle. Growing up in coastal New Hampshire provided her with a deep connection to the ocean, and she always feels renewed and energized by a cold water swim or a leisurely walk on the beach. When the Pacific NW’s rainy weather keeps her inside, Lucy finds joy through curling up with a good book, dancing, singing, cooking, and reveling in the company of her close circle of friends.

Charli Zarosinski

Student Midwife

Charli is a student midwife at Full Moon Midwifery and is currently finishing up her studies at Birthingway College where she is earning a BS in Midwifery. She's drawn to supporting and honoring people as they claim the power of their own birthing experience. Prior to her midwifery journey Charli was a caregiver for adults with developmental disabilities, and a nanny for children of various ages. She also earned a BA in Psychology. Charli attended her first birth in April 2010 as a doula to a close friend. She then went on to work as a doula for 2 years before deciding that midwifery was the calling she was meant for.

Before joining Full Moon Midwifery, Charli was a student midwife at a busy birth center in Portland where she was taught by several skilled midwives and mothers about how to be with women in all walks of pregnancy and childbirth. Charli is grateful to be of service to women 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, and spending time with her close community of family and friends.