Samantha was born and raised in New England and came to Oregon in 1995 to pursue a career in forest ecology. Her plans were serendipitously derailed by attending the birth of a close friend. One thing led to another, and before she knew it she was attending births as a doula (professional labor support person) and exploring yoga and massage for pregnant and postpartum women. In 2004, she became an RN and naturally gravitated to labor and delivery at a large medical center in Western Massachusetts. Her interest in women’s health grew beyond the childbearing years and she eventually found her true calling in nurse-midwifery. She feels honored to care for women of all ages, and is currently embracing the wisdom that becoming a mother herself brings to her practice. She strives to support women in feeling strong, healthy and confident at all ages. She lives in McMinnville with her husband and two of their three sons. They have a big backyard garden, a flock of chickens and bees. Whenever she's not chasing after her boys, she loves to do yoga, read and dream up new plans for her garden.