Julia VanceD.N.P., M.S., C.N.M.

  • Certified Nurse-Midwife
  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing


  • Midwifery

Special focus on

  • Addiction
  • Lactation
  • Midwifery
  • Women's Health

I see patients at


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"My philosophy is to meet women where they are in their life journey and to support their inherent strengths in achieving the best health care experience possible."

My path to midwifery started at my father’s side in Appalachia Ohio where his general medical practice included home births. My work as a nurse and midwife has focused on public health, pregnant and parenting families, out-of-hospital births, including those at home and birth centers, and hospital-based midwifery.  I was instrumental in starting the first hospital waterbirth practice in Madison, WI.

I moved to Portland in 1985, where I completed my nurse and midwifery education and raised two children, both birthed at home with midwives. I love teaching new midwives and am honored to be a part of OHSU’s faculty practice after two stints in Madison, Wisconsin as midwife and faculty at the University of Madison School of Nursing.

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking/baking, fiber arts, watercolor painting and hanging out with my 8 chickens. I am delighted to be living in the Pacific Northwest with my daughter and 4 year old granddaughter.  As often as I can, I travel to British Columbia to visit my son and his two daughters.


  • B.S.N., 1991, Oregon Health and Science University
  • M.S., 2002, Oregon Health & Science University
  • D.N.P., 2015, Oregon Health and Science University
  • Certifications:

    • American Midwifery Certification Board


  • English
  • Spanish (some)

Memberships and associations

  • American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • American Public Health Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Honor Society of Nursing
  • Midwives Alliance of North America