Staff

PETRA PROSTREDNIK, Co-Owner, Business Manager

To really understand Petra’s journey into business, you have to start at the beginning of the story…Seeking to gain freedom and opportunity, Petra’s parents fled the communist country, then known as Czechoslovakia, when she was just 4 yrs old. Through nothing short of miracles and the generosity of perfect strangers, the Prostrednik’s ended up in America to build the life that they had dreamed of.

In July of 2000 (after the fall of communist rule), Petra and her high-school sweetheart, Christopher, went back to the small village where she was born, to say their wedding vows. The following year they were blessed to find out they were expecting a baby. Very excited, and being the thorough woman that Petra is, she interviewed every hospital based midwifery practice in the Portland area. She knew that she wanted a natural birth for herself and her baby. Despite all of her research and preparation, she felt disappointed by the lack of her own self directed control and the many medical interventions. It was theoretically a successful “natural birth”, however, it did not feel “natural” in the sense that she was unable to intuitively let her body do what felt right during the birthing process. A few years later, with the birth of her second child, she opted to go to a freestanding birth center. With the loving support of her husband, her midwife (and soon-to-be close friend) Desiree, along with the birth team, and her 3-yr old daughter by her side, Petra labored in water, was encouraged to listen to her body, and in a beautiful candle lit room birthed her baby into her husband’s welcoming arms. It was a beautiful, gentle birth and in that moment, her journey into midwifery began.

Petra became determined to help other women experience the same joy. Specifically, she envisioned a Country Birth Center, where women could truly get away from the hustle of everyday life to have their baby in a natural, peaceful setting. She immediately began her study of midwifery. Soon there after, Desiree began her own private practice and asked if Petra would help be the second assistant at births. Petra jumped at the opportunity and it wasn’t long that she became her primary assistant. They continued to work together over the next three years. As her apprenticeship came to an end, it became clear to both Petra and Desiree, that they felt passionate about moving forward with the idea of bringing a birth center to Yamhill County. On August 14th, 2007 their dream, “Bella Vie Gentle Birth Center” was born in beautiful Hopewell, Oregon! Since then, Petra and Chris have also welcomed two more daughters into their family!

Petra’s role as the Business Manager is taking care of the many “behind-the-scene” business details that keep Bella Vie operating. You may see her at the center on Mondays, but she primarily works from her home office these days since she has her own little babies to take care of. Petra loves being a mother to her four sweet (and very busy!) girls, she enjoys all aspects of natural health, the outdoors, and in addition to midwifery, is passionate about Waldorf education.

DESIREE LEFAVE, Co-Owner, CPM, LDM

Desiree LeFave is a Christian, wife, mother, midwife, and one of Bella Vie’s co-owners. She was inspired to become a midwife following the incredible experience of birthing her first child, Kaeli, at home, in 1995. In 2016 Desiree’s family moved from the Willamette Valley due to her husband’s job, but she continues to support the details of the  birth center business from afar, daily, and now spends about one week out of every month midwifing at Bella Vie. She loves the opportunity to connect with her co-workers and clients in clinic, and while assisting the other midwives at births.

Desiree began attending births in 1998 and became credentialed in 2001. Since then, she has given birth to two other daughters, Maryn in 2003 and Eden in 2005, and has helped at the births of about 800 babies.

Desiree, along with Petra, decided to start Bella Vie because of their strong desire to carry on the legacy of midwifery and gentle birth in an environment that can serve many women and their families. Together with their husbands, they put many years of hard work into the birth center, and are proud of, and grateful for the results. Desiree loves to hear the stories of families who are blessed by their care at Bella Vie.

Desiree lives in Snohomish, Washington along with her husband Kristopher, their youngest daughter, and her very dopey basset hound.

In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, Bible study, learning more about natural health, traveling, snuggling her basset hound, and homemaking after many years of catching babies full time.

MARGY PORTER, CPM, LDM, Practice Manager

Margy Porter joined the Bella Vie team as a staff midwife in 2016, and became the Practice Manager in 2019. She has lived in McMinnville with her husband Rob and their three children since 1999, and had a small homebirth midwifery practice from 2008 to 2016. She was originally inspired to become a midwife after reading Ina May Gaskin’s “Spiritual Midwifery” and Elizabeth Davis’ “Heart and Hands” in the healing process from two miscarriages. She was seeking a more heartfelt, more interactive, more informative, and personal level of care, when she found Midwifery! She began an Introductory Midwifery class at the Seattle Midwifery School just 8 weeks following the home waterbirth of her oldest daughter, Katie, in 1993.

Margy became a Certified Childbirth Educator in 1995 and taught childbirth education classes for a total of 13 years, for literally thousands of expectant parents. She has been a Certified Breastfeeding Educator since 1996 and worked as a Peer Counselor at WIC in Texas for 2 years. She became a Doula, trained by the wonderful Penny Simkin in 1994, and started supporting women through labor in 2000. She later began her Midwifery apprenticeship in 2005 and completed her training in 2008, when she achieved both her CPM and LDM. She has traveled to Senegal two times, once as a student, and once as a teacher, to work alongside the Sage-Femmes in Mboro and Kafountine, Senegal. Margy has also worked for 2 1/2 years in an OB/GYN clinic in McMinnville, where she gained an appreciation for the complexities of allopathic medical care and for the benefits of the Midwifery Model of Care. One of her goals is to keep an open bridge of respect and understanding between the best of hospital obstetric care and out-of-hospital midwifery care providers. She is thrilled to work with capable midwife peers and students at Bella Vie.

Margy enjoys swimming, gardening, and living in as sustainable a way as possible. She loves sharing dark chocolate with her husband, and hanging out with her grown children. She strives to recognize the light of good in everyone.

KELSEY CHAMBERS, CNM, MSN

Kelsey Chambers relocated from southern Colorado in October 2018 to join the Bella Vie team as a certified nurse midwife (CNM). In addition to providing midwifery care, Kelsey leads clinical decision making at Bella Vie, and performs ultrasounds at our facility, for women’s health, 1st trimester and limited 3rd trimester. She also provides Well Woman care and is now certified to perform the O-Shot as part of our many Bella Vie services.

She, herself, was born at home, and from a young age began being present at many home births in her small, rural town. She became a registered nurse in 2013 and gained a lot of birth and newborn experience in the labor and delivery, nursery, and postpartum units for 4 years, at three busy hospitals. Despite loving providing care and advocating for women in the hospital setting she was seeking a role that would allow her to form deeper bonds with with families and give her the ability to provide more holistic care.

She graduated with honors from the University of Colorado- Denver with her Masters degree in Midwifery. During her time in school she interned at a birth center in Western Colorado. She is passionate about out of hospital birth as well as advocating and supporting birth, moms, babies and families.

As a CNM her goals are to raise awareness about midwifery care and to provide women with dedicated, lifelong care, not only during pregnancy and birth but also in providing gynecology, family planning, and general health maintenance/disease prevention services.

Kelsey is an integral part of the knowledgeable and skilled Bella Vie team, and we believe she is a perfect fit! In her spare time she loves to read, spend time with friends, do yoga, hike, and spend time with her husband, step-son, and three large dogs.

AMANDA WOLF, CNM, WHNP

Amanda Wolf grew up in California with a physician father who loved to teach. Their family conversations around the dinner table often turned into engaging lessons on how the human body worked, frequently including complicated napkin-drawings and lively discussions. Amanda’s decision to go to nursing school was born from this passionate and deep understanding of the human body, and her innate desire to always learn more.

She has received Bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences (UC Davis) and Nursing (NYU) as well as a dual Master’s degree in Nursing from Georgetown University to became a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.

Amanda started her nursing career working in two very busy, high risk hospitals in New York City and San Francisco, as a labor & delivery and postpartum nurse. She has also spent significant time working as a nurse in hospitals in Haiti, Laos and Vietnam.

While Amanda is grateful for her extensive experience in high-risk birth, her real passion is to assist in undisturbed physiologic birth, and form deeper relationships with the families she works with. She is particularly focused on caring for her clients as a whole, ensuring health and comfort, throughout the entire lifespan. Another part of this is in providing well-woman gynecologic care and care of women in the peri/ postmenopausal period. Amanda spent time in her clinical rotations learning from an OB/GYN who specialized in hormone therapy in the peri and postmenopausal period. She’s excited to share her knowledge to help women find balance and vitality in all stages.

In her free-time, you will find Amanda, along with her fiancé Nathan, backpacking with their dog, Jack, snowboarding, and traveling.

MALORIE BUTLER, CNM

Malori was born and raised here in the Pacific Northwest and got her first glimpse into midwifery at Bella Vie!  She came to shadow the midwives in 2009 before embarking on a five-week internship at a birthing center and international school for midwifery in the Philippines.  That was where she was inspired to pursue the schooling to become a certified nurse midwife (CNM). 

Malori received her bachelor’s in biochemistry from George Fox University and her bachelor’s in nursing and master’s in nurse-midwifery from Oregon Health and Sciences University. 

One of her favorite memories of the midwifery program was spending her last term in New Mexico working at an Indian Health Services Hospital serving Navajo, Hopi and Zuni families.  During her schooling she enjoyed working as a nurse for a home birth practice providing labor support and postpartum care while growing her enthusiasm for out of hospital birth.  Malori is overjoyed at coming full-circle and joining the Bella Vie team. She brings with her a deep passion for informed decision making – ensuring women feel heard, cared for and supported in their pregnancies, deliveries and overall journeys towards health and well-being.  She strives to build genuine relationships and ensure space for vulnerability and trust.  When not at work, Malori enjoys spending time with her husband, young daughter, dog and two goats, being awed by nature, horseback riding, sharing meals with friends, and exploring new places.   

TINA RUSSO, Postpartum Care Provider

Tina Russo was raised in a lush valley in central California by her Sicilian grandmother. She became the teenage mother of two daughters, one which she was separated from at birth, only to be reunited years later. The other, she raised from the age of 19. Living in Bend, Oregon, and while working in a natural foods store, she was approached by a very pregnant Native American Midwife who was compelled to ask her if she would be willing to attend births with her. Tina quickly found herself on the path to becoming a traditional midwife.

That path lead her to the Big Island of Hawaii in 1980 where she continued learning from Hawaiian and British Certified Nurse Midwives and a Naturopathic Doctor. Tina was part of forming the first Hawaii Midwife Association, where she worked for many years.

In the 1990s, she found herself back in Oregon as a staff midwife in a birth center, and later helping to open another one.Tina joined the Bella Vie Postpartum Staff when we opened in 2007, and has worked for us for many years. She loves providing postpartum care to our clients and sees herself at the Bella Vie Grandmother.

Tina is exceptionally nurturing and a fantastic cook. In her free time she loves spending days with her beautiful, compassionate, and intelligent adult daughters.

With her hands as her tools and her Divine beliefs as her guide, Tina considers her midwifery path to be a balance of hard work and beautiful beyond belief.

KIMBERLY JONES, Office Manager, CPC

Kim Jones is our office manager and medical billing specialist. She has been a medical office manager for 25 years and is a nationally certified medical coder. She has lived in Independence, Oregon for 26 years, but grew up in Snohomish, WA. Kim is a valuable part of the Bella Vie team and important support to the midwives as they provide moms, babies and families with a “gentle birth” experience. When she’s not busy in the Bella Vie office, she enjoys traveling, plays stand-up bass in two bands and designs and constructs clothing. Kim loves to spend time with her partner, Robert, her adult daughter, Stephanie, her large extended family and her three darling cats!