The Partera Midwives
Megan Felling, CPM, LDM
Megan first started attending births with a homebirth midwife in Madison, WI, in 2005, while working on her undergraduate degree in Women's studies. During this time she spent time in West Africa attending births and doing research on traditional medicine. These experiences ignited a passion in her that led her to further her education at Birthingway College of Midwifery, where she graduated in 2013. She has had the exceptional privilege of studying with many midwives here in Portland, and abroad.
Working with Susannah and Pamela has been such a great experience for Megan. Through her work with Partera Midwifery she strives to improve the way women and families experience pregnancy and family growth. She believes that reproductive justice can only be achieved when people are treated with dignity and their decisions and experiences are respected. She is so looking forward to working with you!
Susannah Wright, CPM
Midwifery and having babies at home has been a part of Susannah’s life since her mom used midwives and planned a homebirth with her. She has always been intrigued by the work of midwives, but didn't get serious about pursuing it until she took a feminism class in college that had some focus on women's health and the global politics that are part of it. It was during her college years that she learned the importance of midwifery, and providing care for women and families that was focused around choice and respect.
She began her exploration into midwifery by doing a lot of reading about birth and training as a Doula at Seattle Midwifery School in 2006. She attended her first birth in 2007, the hospital birth of her first nephew. She knew then that she wanted to be a midwife, but also knew she she wasn’t quite ready. She spent a few years pursuing other interests, taking a few birth related classes, and attending births with the midwives at Northern New Mexico birth center before focusing full time on midwifery. She began her formal education at Birthingway College of Midwifery, graduating in 2013. Susannah trained with the midwives at Alma Midwifery for 2 1/2 years before joining Partera.
Pamela Echeverio, CPM, LDM.
Pamela is first and always a mother. Her journey as a midwife began in 1977 when she was able, despite great odds, to successfully birth her first child at home. At that time she had just completed three years at the National Naval Medical Center working in ICU, CCU and Respiratory Therapy. Choosing out-of-hospital-birth was far from the norm in 1977 and thus she found very little support. That reality inspired her midwifery journey and the beginning of a deep understanding of the need to support women’s choices.
In 1986 her last child was born - an amazing water birth which still inspires her. (Ask Pamela about that story… she loves to tell it!) She studied herbs, continued her doula work both at home and in the hospital and, when her youngest was entering high school, was finally able to pursue her midwifery studies in earnest.
Pamela is a graduate of Birthingway College of Midwifery. She completed her apprenticeship with 2 local midwives as well as an internship in the Philippines. She co-founded Alma Birth center in 2004 and practiced there until January 2009. She now teaches at Birthingway.
She feels very blessed to be serving her clients and sharing a practice with Susannah and Megan.