Get to know the amazing staff that work at the Birth Center
Debbie cowart - CPM, lDM, owner, midwife
Debbie has been involved in birth work since 1981 when she started attending births as a Labor Coach (now known as a Doula). From 1989 to 1991 she worked with a midwife as a birth assistant attending home births. In 1992 she started her own small home birth practice. In 2008 she worked at Sacred Waters Community Birthing Center in Eugene, OR (now closed) for a year and postpartum care at Bella Vie in Salem, OR for a couple of years while continuing her own home birth practice. In April 2011 she opened her own Licensed Freestanding Birth Center in Lebanon, OR.
Debbie’s passion is helping women and their families have safe, gentle births. She believes a woman's body is designed to give birth and she should be given the time, space and support to let her body do what it is designed to do.
Debbie has been married to Steve since 1978. They have 8 children and 13 grand children. They live on a 20 acre farm near Lebanon. In her free time she likes to spend time with her family and enjoys knitting (mostly hats for the babies she delivers) and quilting.
Betty griffith -aime, LDM
As a Licensed Direct Entry Midwife in the state of Oregon, I have served the city of Salem, and the surrounding communities, since 1980.
My introduction to childbirth occurred in the 1960's while I was a student nurse at a teaching hospital. I found a lot of the medical intervention that was considered necessary at that time to be very frightening, so I determined to spend my career finding a better way for women to give birth.
After graduating from nursing school in 1968, I spent several years teaching childbirth education and assisting a chiropractor that was doing births in his clinic.In 1974 I became an obstetrics nurse at a small hospital where I was given even more responsibilities, and was able to learn how to handle a greater variety of circumstances involved in the birth process, and to improve my skills in labor management.
In 1980, I began assisting a few friends and relatives who chose to give birth at home, and I realized that I was ready to fulfill my true calling, that of Home Birth Midwife. Since then, I have attended hundreds of births, and each birth teaches me something new. I still find my career to be stimulating, uplifting and fulfilling. I am enjoying delivering many second generation babies in the Salem area and beyond.
Lindsie Lincoln, RN
Lindsie is a registered nurse who has worked at GFBC since June 2014. She lives in Lebanon, with her husband Joe and 3 sons, Jayce (5), Liam (2), and Zayden born in November of 2016. She graduated from Olympic College in Bremerton, WA in 2011, she obtained her Bachelors in Science and Nursing at Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2013. Lindsie is currently attending Frontier Nursing University to obtain her Masters and become a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), and then her Doctorate to become a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Lindsie enjoys spending time with her family and in her spare time loves all things crafty, (sewing, quilting, wood burning, crocheting, etc).
Kaylyn obtained her B.S. from Oregon State University majoring Sociology with an emphasis in Enviro./Natural Resources and Statistics. She brings with her significant skills and organization in her role as Office Manager and assists in charting part-time for births. She is also working towards a Doula certification and hopes to go back to school to finish a Masters degree. During her free time she enjoys running and hiking, and spending time with her family.
Ondra watson, cPM, lDM
Ondra has been a Licensed Direct Entry Midwife since 2009. She got her training in Craniosacral Therapy (CST) in 2011 and added Holistic Pelvic Care™ (a specific type of internal pelvic bodywork pioneered by Tami Kent, MSPT, of Portland. OR).
Ondra regularly holds CST and HPC clinics at the birth center and often helps with prenatal and postpartum appointments and occasionally helps out at births.
I started working for Growing Family Birth Center, LLC in April of 2015, a few months after my husband and I were married.
All through high school I had the desire to invest my time and efforts in business, however after I graduated I decided that I would enter into the medical field.I received my certification for a Level 1 CNA through Linn Benton Community College in 2013 and went on to receive my certification for a Level 2 CNA through Chemeketa Community College in 2014.
I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie at a county fair and applied for a volunteer position at her birth center. I quickly realized that this was the right fit for me, the staff are like family and the positions that I work in are the perfect mixture of my passions.
I currently work as the Billing Coordinator, which has allowed me the opportunity to continue expanding my knowledge in the field of business, as well as helping with Postpartum Care which allows me to interact with our clients and assist them during the time directly after their journey through birth has ended and the adventure of life has begun.
I am excited about my future with Growing Family Birth Center, LLC and look forward to assisting future clients and their families in this amazing adventure!