Center for Women's Health Patient Stories

Birth stories


I labored in the tub, on the toilet, on the yoga ball and in the hospital bed. The nurse was great about checking the baby’s heart rate periodically, working with me in whatever position I was in (rather than making me lie down). Read Aislinn's story

Anya (VBAC)

This was such an incredibly different experience than my first, this was a self-actualizing experience. It was spiritual. I challenged what I thought were absolutes and found people who trusted me and trusted in the birthing process. In turn I trusted myself. Read Anya's story

Avery (Water birth)

I wouldn’t have chosen anyone other than the midwives at OHSU to share that time with my husband and me. Their warm care, open conversation, calming presence and skill all contributed to me having the water birth I wished for. Read Avery's story

Dawn (VBAC)

I felt overwhelming joy for the fortune to have had this lovely, natural, life-changing experience of giving birth. Read Dawn's story


When [my midwife] arrived...she took over the small room and within seconds created a birth space for me that was comfortable. Although he was born in ER, which was not my plan, my son came into this world exactly how I hoped he would. Read Eryn's story

Jessica (VBAC)

In the middle of Portland’s snow and ice storm, I delivered my son vaginally, without any medication, with the extraordinary support of my midwife, my doula and my husband. Read Jessica's story

Lillian (Water birth)

Giving birth was the most peaceful, beautiful and exhilarating experience of my life. When I close my eyes and revisit the vivid memories of childbirth, I am filled with a sense of calm and joy. Read Lillian's story


I hope this story is helpful to read. I know there are scary parts in here. I want the message to ultimately be about hope, and what can be accomplished even when the situation is difficult. Read Rosa's story


My labor was challenging and could have easily ended in cesarean, but the midwives used creative solutions to help me have the natural birth I wanted. Read Sahra's story


When the actual delivery was at hand, I remember the midwives massaging my feet. Who would have thought such a seemingly simple thing would have been so completely relaxing in the middle of labor and pushing? Read Tammie's story

Fertility stories


I had my tubes tied in 1997, but in 2005, my husband and I wanted to have a baby. My primary care doctor referred me to Dr. David Lee at OHSU. Read Barb's story


Not knowing we were going to end up needing fertility treatment, I’m glad we made our home in Portland. OHSU is a great healthcare resource; the fertility clinic has helped us achieve our dream of becoming mothers. Read Malka's story


Our case was one of “unexplained secondary infertility.” Neither my nurse-midwife nor the fertility clinic could point to anything that we needed to improve. It would have been easier if there had been something to treat. Read Jennifer's story


In the end, our daughter, Brigette Heather, was born full-term and in perfect health. Seven years after our first steps, I was finally a mom. And somehow, holding my baby in my arms, made it all ok. The heartache was worth it. Read Kim's story

Sue Ann

I could get pregnant but couldn't stay pregnant. I started to feel “broken” and “too old” to have a baby. I was devastated and mad. It was then that we were referred to OHSU for fertility help. Read Sue Ann's story

Fibroid stories


I met Dr. Hatfield soon after and gained a trust with her. She didn't even wrinkle her face or act like it was a problem when I said that I was wanted to save my uterus. Read Jill's story

Perinatology stories


When I was 19 weeks pregnant, routine tests turned up excess fluid in my daughter Alaina’s chest cavity, stomach and forehead. Read Alaina's story


I was a Doernbecher kid myself. I had open heart surgery here when I was eight years old. Because of my heart condition, when I was pregnant, my doctor suggested I go back to OHSU. Read Jordyn's story

Janet and Philip

Against the odds, Janet and Philip Pittsenbarger welcomed three identical and healthy boys. Read Janet and Philip's story



At my 18-week ultrasound for my son Ryker, I had an idea something was wrong when the Ultrasound tech continued to look at the baby’s heart instead of proceeding with ultrasound like normal. Read Ryker's story