Mary Gertrude, cpm
(she/her) | Salem, Oregon
Mary grew up in a college town as a middle sibling in a large family. Throughout child and young adulthood, she possessed a passion for deep connections and a yearning to “change the world”. During her undergraduate studies of education and sociology, she discovered and nurtured her sensitivity for underserved populations and her awareness of the power and potential of social change. In a women’s and gender studies class she was introduced to traditional midwifery, and almost instantly knew it would be her eventual path. After graduating from Southern Illinois University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, she spent several years working with young people as an educator and traveling before ultimately pursuing midwifery training in 2013.
Upon completion of the midwifery program at Birthingway College of Midwifery, with her Bachelor’s of Science in Midwifery, she became a Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives. Mary has since practiced at a Portland birth center, and in private homebirth/fertility practices in both Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN and St. Louis, MO.
During her midwifery training, Mary was introduced to the art of intrauterine insemination. In her years in post-grad private practice, she discovered the need for fertility services with a Midwife’s touch and has since participated in continuing education on the topic, including countless trainings, workshops, and self-study on alternative and holistic fertility care, nutrition, Chinese medicine for fertility, PCOS, intrauterine and intracervical insemination, and inclusive, trauma-informed healthcare.
Mary loves getting to know growing families throughout the childbearing years. She feels deeply called to contribute to feminism in healthcare. She is passionate about helping midwifery reach to all folx whoever and wherever, and is honored to serve people during such significant moments in their lives; providing education, offering and respecting autonomy, and meeting people where they are.
When not midwifing, Mary loves to be present with her husband, baby, and their many house plants. She spends probably equal time in deep thought or conversation and boisterously belly laughing and being silly. She loves vegan cooking, backyard gardening, thrifting, tarot, and homemade ritual, and moving through the waves of new parenthood.