"Women supporting women, supporting women."


Thank you for your interest in A Gentle Beginning.

Catherine Schaefer CNM ND is now practicing at the WHA Midwifery Birth Center in southeast Portland.

I am excited to be able to continue to do the work that I love; attending out-of-hospital births—while also supporting my own well being and desire to spend more time in my garden and with my grandchildren. The supportive team of nurse-midwives at the Midwifery Birth Center and dedicated OB/GYN physician back up—along with hospital privileges—inspired me to accept this transition. I have known for a long time that a birth center was the best way that we, as midwives, could not only support our clients, but also support our own physical and emotional health.

Carissa St Onge Carneiro CNM is our per diem midwife at the Midwifery Birth Center and Rachel Kofron RN is one of our birth assistants, we kept the team together!

Please do come to see us there for your future pregnancy and/or women’s health care needs.

AGB Medical Records

Your medical records with A Gentle Beginning will be available for retrieval for 10 years from your last visit. Please have your new provider fax a release of records to: