Celeste Kersey, LDM, CPM
Celeste Kersey 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. She 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. Celeste 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 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.
Moving to Oregon in 1994 Celeste 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. Her 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.
CALEY BROWN, Assistant Student Midwife, grew up surrounded by the mountains and rivers of Montana. Although she didn't realize she was a midwife at heart, she knew that her life's work would closely reflect the beauty found in nature. Caley became a doula and massage therapist in 2011 while living on Kauai. It was there that she discovered home birth and the immense power that birthing women possess.
Caley moved to Portland, OR in 2015 to begin her midwifery training at Birthingway College of Midwifery. She strives to offer true informed choice to clients and is passionate about connecting and adapting to the unique needs of each client. In addition to working with Full Moon Midwifery, Caley works with a small home birth practice in Northeast Portland. She feels honored to have the opportunity to learn from skilled midwives and strong mothers.
When Caley is not immersed in midwifery, she loves spending time outside with her toddler. She also enjoys gardening, hiking in the abundant Northwest forests, and sharing meals with close friends.
SARAH DINGER, Student Midwife attends Birthingway College, doula, and is the 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.