Meet Our Midwives
Linda Glenn, CNM, PMHNP, MPH, MN
Linda is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and began practicing midwifery in 1975 in the deep South. She worked in rural areas in several southeastern states (the Mississippi Delta, the Appalachian region of Kentucky, and North Carolina). In North Carolina, Linda helped write and successfully pass legislation establishing a separate licensing board for nurse-midwives. She also developed the first birth center in North Carolina as well as establishing a safe system of care for patients choosing home birth. In 1985, Linda moved to Gallup, New Mexico, and worked with Native American populations. During those years, she worked with the University of New Mexico School of Nursing to establish a B.S.N. completion program for Registered Nurses and steered the nursing program into its first accreditation review by the National League for Nurses. Linda arrived in Portland in 1988 to pursue post-graduate education and has remained here since, working as a faculty midwife at a local teaching hospital and attending home births. She provides mental health services to her clients as well. For relaxation, Linda loves to read and work on needlework projects. She is an excellent cook and a decent carpenter. She also shares a love of outdoor activities with her adult son.
Sharon Evans, CPM, LDM
Sharon grew up in northeast Florida. In high school, she attended the John Hopkins National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, during which she realized her passion for healing. Her interest in medicine led her to Emory University, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Biology and in Environmental Science, but she decided to forgo a career in this field. In 2007, she trekked around the world for a year and a half, spending most of her time in developing countries. It was on this journey that she discovered her desire to work with women. However, it was in Portland that she realized her calling to be a midwife, as it was the perfect fusion of all the things she loves: healing, nurturing, empowering women, and birth. She received her midwifery training from Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland and was a student with Vivante Midwifery. Sharon is a Certified Professional Midwife and is licensed in Oregon.
Sarah Lax, CPM, LDM, LM, CHN
Sarah was born and raised in Portland, the oldest of three children and part of a large extended family where she spent her early years surrounded by pregnant bellies and new babies. Her first exposure to home birth was at the age of 7, when she experienced the birth of her youngest brother born at home, in the house that her father and grandmother were raised in. After receiving her BA from Seattle University and graduating from the Honor's Program, Sarah moved into her midwifery path at Seattle Midwifery School (now Bastyr University). During her time in the Midwifery Education Program, Sarah also worked on the Board of Directors at Seattle Midwifery School, trained at two busy birth centers and home birth practices in Seattle and Portland, and was awarded the Jo Anne Myers-Ciecko Award for Outstanding Scholarship and Leadership upon graduation in 2007. After graduation, Sarah continued her involvement in midwifery academics through her work as the Clinical Coordinator at Seattle Midwifery School, where she developed a passion for supporting the relationship between clinical educators and students. She also began practicing as a midwife at a busy birth center in Everett, Washington until the pull back to Oregon became too hard to resist. Sarah began working as a midwife at Vivante in 2009, and in 2015 began offering nutrition and wellness services as a Certified Holistic Nutritionist. Sarah has a passion for helping families optimize their pregnancy and early parenting experiences. Sarah lives with her husband, Brendan, and her daughters, Cora and Lucy, who were born at home. In between births, Sarah can be found on walks with her dog Jubei, cooking and exploring new foods, practicing yoga, playing piano, traveling the world, and adventuring around Portland with family and friends.
Amy Jo Rist, CPM, LDM, LM
Amy Jo grew up in rural Ohio, where much of her career had been spent working with adults with developmental disabilities. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Women’s Studies with a minor in Psychology, while also dabbling in Occupational Therapy, at The Ohio State University in 1994. Over the years, her interest in natural medicine grew, which led her to the Pacific Northwest in 1996. She moved to Portland to pursue an education in Naturopathic Medicine and attended National College of Naturopathic Medicine for one year. She then took a detour to Alaska for a year and a half, and returned to Portland in 2001. After experiencing the births of her two sons, she found her calling in midwifery. She attended Birthingway College of Midwifery, and completed her training with Vivante Midwifery in 2012. Amy Jo is a Certified Professional Midwife and is licensed in Oregon and Washington. She is a member of the Oregon Midwifery Council. When not catching babies, Amy Jo enjoys spending time with her children, gardening, and cycling.
Heather Wilson, CNM, MN
Heather spent her early professional years in Washington, D.C., working in the U.S. House of Representatives, first for the Appropriations Committee and then for a California Congresswoman. During her tenure on Capitol Hill, she drafted legislation pertaining to women’s health and handled women's health policy issues. Drawn to birth work for many years, Heather completed a DONA doula training course in 2006 and felt immediately that serving women through pregnancy and birth was her calling. She left Capitol Hill to establish a busy private doula practice and shortly thereafter began a midwifery apprenticeship with a seasoned Certified Nurse-Midwife. She spent the following three years immersed in birth, assisting hundreds of women and their families in every birth setting. Heather moved to Portland in 2010 to attend Oregon Health & Science University’s Nurse-Midwifery program. She began attending home births with Vivante Midwifery in 2011. She also works as a midwife at a local Portland hospital. Heather’s young son was born into the hands of her lovely Vivante colleagues.
Sarah was born and raised on a 36-acre farm in rural Michigan. After graduating from the James Madison
College at Michigan State University with a degree in International Relations, she came west to thru-hike
the Pacific Crest Trail. While hiking through Oregon, she visited Portland, and decided to relocate to the
Pacific Northwest. Sarah attended her first birth as a doula in 2012 and knew immediately that it was her
calling to help people in the childbearing year, as it blended her passion for birth, empowering women,
healing, and hands-on interaction with one of humanity’s most sacred moments. In 2013, Sarah began her
midwifery education at Birthingway College of Midwifery, with an expected graduation date of 2017.
Sarah was a student midwife with small home birth practice in Canby, Oregon for two years before leaving
in 2016 to travel in Latin America and study Spanish intensively. She is currently pursing the Diploma in
Spanish (DELE) Level B2. Sarah is also interested in herbal medicine, natural movement, and social and