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Corvallis Birth Center Susan Heinz

Susan Wegelt Heinz, DNP, CNM

Owner and Director of Corvallis Birth & Wellness Center

I have been a Midwife for over 35 years and have had the privilege of attending births and providing health care in many different settings. Providing care to individuals, families, and my community is my calling and my passion – it is what I do and part of who I am.

Corvallis is my home. I have lived in this community for over 25 years and my husband and I have raised our two amazing daughters here. I love this community and have had a dream for this community for many years – that dream is to have a special place, a center for personalized, safe, health and birthing care.   A place where all can receive safe and respectful care;  where they can participate fully in their care, to be honored and loved, and for families to be born. While completing my doctorate, I had the privilege of working with Midwives in England and The Netherlands. Seeing these midwifery based systems of care added to my desire and inspiration to develop this special place.

In 2016 this vision became a reality.  Corvallis Birth & Wellness Center has developed and thrived over these years.  We have also grown and added new services and new practitioners.  As the practice has grown, my focus and direction have also grown.  While birth will forever be the central focus of Corvallis Birth & Wellness Center, the “and Wellness” portion of the practice has also grown.  We have expanded our Well-Child care and lactation services.   I have expanded my GYN and pelvic health services, working with issues of pelvic pain, incontinence, sexual health, and menopause, and offering trans health care.  I have focused on a functional, holistic, and preventive approach to health care and offer additional services such as Mayan abdominal therapy, holistic pelvic care, and biofeedback for pelvic floor issues. I am a member of the International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (ISSWSH), the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), the International Pelvic Pain Society (IPPS), and the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). These changes are very exciting for me personally and professionally.  

In these years my family has also expanded as I have the joy of sharing in the life of my two grandchildren.  My heart constantly expands!

It was with great joy and excitement that I opened Corvallis Birth & Women’s Health Center in May of 2016, and it is with great joy that I have witnessed the growth and development of this practice we now proudly call Corvallis Birth & Wellness Center.  It is truly a labor of love and I am excited to see where we go from here as we continue to address the needs and desires of the clients and families we serve.   This journey is truly the birth of a dream.

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Melissa Hilson, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

I attended my first birth when I was 20 months old as my younger sister was welcomed into our lives, at home, surrounded by family. I don’t consciously remember that experience, but grew up loving hearing the story of her birth and my role in it, and truly believe it has shaped my path in life. In my teen years I had an idea that I wanted to go to nursing school, and then become a midwife. When I was 18 my older sister gave birth to her second baby at home. She was born into my hands, and opened her eyes and looked at me before her entire body was even birthed. At that moment I was sure!

During my midwifery education I learned about the birth center model of care and fell deeply in love with it. I love that it gives women who don’t feel comfortable with the idea of a home birth, yet don’t want to birth in the hospital, another alternative that is woman and family centered. I started my midwifery career at a birth center in southern Oregon for several years, before joining a practice in northern Washington for the last three years. I am thrilled to be returning to Oregon to continue to work in the model of midwifery care I love, and to be closer to our family in Oregon.

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Lindsie Lincoln, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

I have been around birth since my teen years, first witnessing the births of my friends’ children. Then again, during my days in nursing school. It was there I witnessed 13 births, including the most memorable of all “the one” that called me. 

I have been working in the birth world since 2014, starting as a postpartum nurse and birth assistant. Realizing I wanted to become more involved, I began my journey into midwifery. I graduated from Frontier Nursing University in 2019 with my Masters degree and obtained my CNM certification. I joined the Corvallis Birth Center part-time in February 2020 and transitioned to full-time in May 2020. 

I am passionate about working with women and their families and I am honored to walk with them through such an amazing time in their lives. 

When I am not working I enjoy spending time with my husband, our children, families, and friends. I enjoy learning new things, reading all sorts of books, and spending time outdoors and working in our garden. I enjoy dabbling in sewing, quilting, painting and I love to be creative!

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Andrea Keating, CPM

Licensed Direct Entry Midwife

My first experience with birth I can remember was watching my brother be born when I was newly three years old. My mom received midwifery care in her three pregnancies, and always spoke the highest praise of her midwives. As a licensed midwife and now mother myself, my passion is informed parenthood, from pre-conception through the lifespan. I know firsthand how quality, individualized, inclusive, and trauma-informed prenatal and birth care can impact a new parent and their children. For my midwifery education I chose to become a direct entry midwife. I received my Bachelors of Midwifery from the Midwives College of Utah in 2020 and joined the Corvallis Birth Center as a licensed direct entry midwife (LDM) in January of 2021. Susan, Melissa, and Kourtney were my academic preceptors, and I am honored to work alongside them, Debbie, and Lindsie in this practice. 

When I’m not attending births or appointments at the birth center I love spending time with my son, gardening, drawing, knitting, sewing, reading books, and listening to podcasts.

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Shaloma Taylor, CNM, FNP

Certified Nurse Midwife, Family Nurse Practitioner

I first came to the Corvallis Birth Center as a midwifery student, and have loved every minute of my time here since. I have been drawn to birth work since I was a 21 year old medic and I got my first chance to assist in a c-section in a Navy hospital. Despite being in a hospital, sterile and medicalized, the moment the birth parent saw their beautiful baby come over the sheet onto their chest was an overwhelmingly emotional and time-stopping moment. I have been in awe of the deep magic surrounding birth and the people moving through that process ever since.

I got my undergraduate degree from Oregon State in Human Development & Family Science, worked as a surgical technologist on a labor & delivery ward for many years while serving in the Navy, completed a Master’s degree in Nurse-Midwifery and Family Practice at Vanderbilt University, and completed a post-Master’s certificate in Global Health. I am lucky to have such a broad range of experiences, as it helped me recognize that the birth center model of care is the type of care I am passionate about. It is critical to me that the care I provide is based in science, honors the body’s ability to adapt, acknowledges that there are things we don’t yet understand fully, and empowers each person to take ownership of their body. My philosophy is that my role is first to provide education, resources and recommendations, and then it is my job to listen and be present to bear witness to the process.

In addition to midwifery, I support a small family practice clinic providing primary care and my Navy reserve unit providing preventative care and medic training. I am forever renovating my home and trying to keep my garden and house plants alive, traveling with my lovely partner, or relaxing with my three pups. I love cooking for people (including those at the birth center!), baking, and I spend most of my free time at a ceramics wheel.

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Nicolette Noe, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

Becoming a midwife has been a journey and I am so excited to be coming back full circle joining
Susan Heinz and all these wonderful midwives at Corvallis Birth and Wellness. I didn’t know
immediately after my daughter was born with midwife Susan Heinz that this was my calling. It
was after months of caring for my daughter with severe cholic. The cholic changed who I was
and how I felt about my baby. I knew I was supposed to love her, but it was hard to have those
feelings when this tiny human screamed at me for much of the days and nights. I reached out
for help and received generic advice; I needed to learn her cues for hunger, sleep, gas, etc. I
was burnt out, frustrated, and felt abandoned by the medical system. A researcher at heart I
searched for my own answers for myself and my daughter, and where do new moms find
support. My postpartum experience and reflecting on my empowering birth guided me to
become a midwife. It is my passion to support women, mothers, and families in some of the
most vulnerable and lifechanging times in their life.
I became a doula in 2012 and received my undergraduate degree in nursing from Oregon
Health and Science University in 2014. As a nurse I felt a passion for healthcare outside of the
hospital and gained experience working in a federally qualified health center, county health
department in reproductive health, home health care, and OBGYN private practice. I completed
my masters degree with Frontier Nursing University.
in my free time you can find me exploring Oregon with my husband, daughter, and two boys.
We love to kayak, paddle board, hike, swim, and eat good food with good company. When we
are not exploring, we are crafting, building things, renovating our historic home, gardening, or
hanging out with our various pets.

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Alice Heinz

Office Staff, Billing Manager

I am the Billing Manager at Corvallis Birth and Wellness Center. I received my BA in Spanish from Pacific University in the spring of 2015. I love working with children and families.

Growing up with a Midwife mother, I have always appreciated the value of the service to families and to the community. After completing my BA I took Billing and Coding courses through AAPC (The American Academy of Professional Coders). I love to work with women and families look forward to helping them navigate the world of insurance in all phases of their life.

In my free time I enjoy playing card and board games, reading, and exploring the outdoors.

 

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Emily Jacobburger

Office Staff, Lactation Counselor, Childbirth Educator

I’m thrilled to have recently joined the staff at the Corvallis Birth Center.  I became interested in the midwifery model of care in 2012 when a wonderful group of midwives in Southern Oregon (including our Melissa Hilson who was  there at the time) helped me bring my first son into this world. The empowerment and connection I experienced through natural childbirth was beyond anything I could imagine and I have wanted to stay close to this line of work ever since.  I have taught childbirth classes, helping other soon-to-be parents have a similar positive experience, and have recently completed the Lactation Consultant Certification course through Portland State University and am awaiting my certification as an IBCLC.  I’m so excited about the possibility of supporting new parents in obtaining their breastfeeding goals! 

At Corvallis Birth & Wellness Center, my role is to welcome our patients in and help them feel at home – customer service is in my blood. I also am involved in quality assurance for the Center and am teaching the childbirth class for our center. 

Outside of work, I enjoy being silly with my 3 adventurous boys and doing just about anything outdoors, especially if it involves being out in a mossy forest!