Episode 14: Mirra Nerenberg & Empowered Birth

I had the privilege of chatting with midwife Mirra Nerenberg from Portland, Oregon.

I loved this conversation as we got honest and real about midwifery, motherhood and the on call life, the importance of community and empowered birth! Stories shape, educate and empower us, and Mirra’s is no different!


Mirra Nerenberg started attending births as a labor doula in 2006 while she started her formal midwifery education at Birthingway College of Midwifery. During midwifery school, she started working at Alma Midwifery as a postpartum doula and office staff. She completed her apprenticeship; and after graduating from Birthingway with a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery in 2010, she continued working as a midwife at Alma where she was fortunate to be a part of so many wonderful families stories.  In the fall of 2014, she decided it was time to start my own midwifery business to offer families in Portland a small, compassionate home birth practice. By collaborating with her community, Portland Natural Birth Midwifery was brought to fruition!


In this episode we covered:

  • Mirra's journey into midwifery
  • What does her practice looks like now
  • Her journey into being a partner in your own practice
  • Midwifery and motherhood
  • Importance of Community for both the birther and the birth worker
  • How her own births shaped her perspective and how she practices
  • How she juggles motherhood and midwifery
  • How she would define ‘empowered birth’
  • What are do she sees as the bigger road blocks or resistance to women experiencing this type of birth

I love hearing peoples stories and journeys into birth work! I also love hearing from people who have been in the field for a while and just soak up their wisdom! This conversation ticked all those boxes for me!

Mirra and I chatted both on the call and off the call about the demands that birth work puts on your body. I’d like to invite you to down load my 4 Simple Shifts for Back Strength! These are practical shifts you can make today to start experiencing less pain and build more strength in your back as you serve you clients!


Thank you for listening and I hope you tune in to next weeks awesome show! 

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