Desiree LeFave is a Christian, wife, mother, retired midwife, and Bella Vie’s co-owner. She was inspired to become a midwife following the incredible experience of birthing her first child, Kaeli, at home, in 1995. She recently retired from being both a midwife and Bella Vie’s practice manager.

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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,

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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

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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

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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). 

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An exceptional balance of joyful and astute, Mary Stubhar, is one of Bella Vie’s certified nurse midwives (CNM). Mary can help you with any questions or concerns regarding your pregnancy care, and you will find her very practical support available when you need it.

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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,

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