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About Us

As a branch of Alma Midwifery, the classes and events we offer in our beautiful, peaceful spaces are designed to facilitate empowerment through education, connection, nurturance and community. We believe strongly in the power of knowledge, and we prioritize sharing this knowledge with our clients and the community at large in the interest of ensuring safe, healthy, happy pregnancies, babies, and families.

We are delighted to offer for rent our three beautiful spaces (the Sun Studio, the Living Room, and the Gathering Place) for private and public classes & events related to our beliefs and goals. For more information on renting space with us, please visit our Space Rental page.

Alma is a practice that brings together Certified Professional Midwives, Certified Nurse Midwives, and families looking for natural birth options in Portland, OR. We offer home, birth center, and water births, as well as support for hospital births. Our collaborative relationship with local doctors and hospitals means that you will get the best care possible.

Alma has four beautiful and spacious birth rooms, that offer a homelike environment to welcome your newest family member. Your midwifery team offers true continuity of care: care providers who you know and know you, and who you can trust to care for you in an individualized way.

How We Got Started

In January 2005 the first cry of a newborn was heard at Alma Birth Center, and this old house on Ankeny Street has been the landing place for over a thousand newborns since. The creative spark came from longtime midwife Laura Erickson, who brought her experience from a fourteen-year rural homebirth practice, combined with her work as the director of the birth center formerly housed within Birthingway College of Midwifery.

Our last acquisition is across the street from the new Revolution Hall. The Alma Education and Movement Space is dedicated to education in the childbearing year, and is located within a few blocks of Alma proper. This space is open to all clients regardless of if they give birth at Alma or elsewhere. On any given day you may find childbirth education, yoga and movement, baby sign language, vaccine education classes, natural parenting groups, and so much more.

Our Ideal Customer

All families regardless of orientation are welcome at Alma! We like to provide a safe space for people to be supported.

Anyone looking to rent a space for personal or business reasons.

Our Team
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Jami Pedersen
Director
Upcoming Events & Promotions
May
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You take care of a baby. You need some yoga. Bring your babe in arms to this fun and flexible yoga class that lets you come and go as you need at the Alma Education & Movement Space. Connect with your baby, connect with other caregivers, connect with your body, breath, and state of mind. Expect...
May
27
Linking yoga postures with the breath leads to new discoveries, bringing awareness to the mind, body and spirit, and a new way to connect with your baby. Yoga helps strengthen the uterus and pelvic floor muscles, improves circulation, aids in digestion, exercises the spine and increases overall...
May
30
Linking yoga postures with the breath leads to new discoveries, bringing awareness to the mind, body and spirit, and a new way to connect with your baby. Yoga helps strengthen the uterus and pelvic floor muscles, improves circulation, aids in digestion, exercises the spine and increases overall...
Products & Services

Room rentals for all your needs.

We are delighted to offer for rent our three beautiful spaces (the Sun Studio, the Living Room, and the Gathering Place) for private and public classes & events. The Gathering Place is our largest and most flexible space, featuring a hardwood dance/movement floor as well as a cozy, carpeted...

Birth Center

Having a baby at the birth center is often seen as the best of both worlds! Alma Midwifery is located in a lovely hundred-year-old, three story home in inner South East Portland. We have four beautiful birth rooms with birth tubs, large comfortable beds, and postpartum doulas to nurture you...

Home Birth

Giving birth at home—the way it’s always been done. Midwives have always known how to support women through normal, healthy births. If women are allowed to trust and listen to their bodies, they will naturally seek out dark, safe, quiet places to give birth. While home birth is portrayed as new,...
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Past Events & Promotions
May
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Linking yoga postures with the breath leads to new discoveries, bringing awareness to the mind, body and spirit, and a new way to connect with your baby. Yoga helps strengthen the uterus and pelvic floor muscles, improves circulation, aids in digestion, exercises the spine and increases overall...
May
20
Linking yoga postures with the breath leads to new discoveries, bringing awareness to the mind, body and spirit, and a new way to connect with your baby. Yoga helps strengthen the uterus and pelvic floor muscles, improves circulation, aids in digestion, exercises the spine and increases overall...
May
18
You take care of a baby. You need some yoga. Bring your babe in arms to this fun and flexible yoga class that lets you come and go as you need at the Alma Education & Movement Space. Connect with your baby, connect with other caregivers, connect with your body, breath, and state of mind. Expect...
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