Hour-long in-office prenatal appointments, including any necessary lab tests.
Post-partum visits provided in your home for the first week, and in-office through the six week mark.
Medical, nutritional, and lactation support provided as needed.
24-hour on-call access
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
Choosing to have a home birth and working with Dr. Sara was one of the best decisions of my adult life. From the very first meeting, Sara was extremely patient and kind, answering all my "first-time mom" questions. Dr. Sara was also extremely professional, as well as knowledgeable and thorough. She took the well-being of my health and my daughter's health very seriously throughout the entire pregnancy, and afterward.
My birthing process was truly awe-inspired, largely because of the gentle and wonderful care Dr. Sara and her team provided me while I was in labor. It's hard to describe how much of a true blessing it was to have my child in the comfort of my own space with gifted medical professionals ensuring the safety and health of me and my child. Dr. Sara was with me every step of the way, making sure I was comfortable, providing me gentle reassurance to keep going, and sharing in our sheer delight when we held my little bundle in my hands.
Sara is a doctor, but she also feels like family. I would not be overstating by saying Dr. Sara is a true earth angel.
About Dr. Sara
Watching a brand new human emerge from another human... I've witnessed this close to 700 times now, and it still feels like a miracle every time. It is a great honor and privilege to attend births. I also love my work supporting couples through pregnancies and as new parents. And I love watching tiny people gradually become bigger people. In my general family practice, I've seen some families for over 15 years- that continuity of care is very gratifying. My work as a Naturopathic Physician and midwife suits me well and is incredibly satisfying.
My own children, now in their 20's and 30's, led me to this path. When I was pregnant the first time in Colorado, I learned about natural childbirth and breastfeeding, and that led me to La Leche League and other like-minded people who questioned many mainstream medical practices. When my daughter was a baby I didn't like taking her to the pediatrician because I didn't want to give her antibiotics or other strong medications, but I didn't know what else to do. I was thrilled when I took her to a Naturopath for the first time.
That inspired me to become a Naturopath myself. I had graduated from Mount Holyoke College with majors in Japanese and anthropology (I have lived in Japan and my husband is Japanese). I went back to school and completed medical school prerequisites. I also became pregnant again, and gave birth to my son, this time at home with an amazing team of midwives. My family then moved to Portland so I could attend the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. I graduated with honors and completed the natural childbirth program.
I've been in practice as an ND since 2000 and as a midwife since 2001. I am a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and the Oregon Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OANP). I am the current President of the American Association of Naturopathic Midwives (AANM) and organize yearly Naturopathic Midwifery conferences. I am also a former Board Member on the Oregon Board of Naturopathic Medicine (OBNM). I am also licensed as midwife in Washington.
In addition to working I enjoy time with my family and my cat, gardening, hiking, sewing, yoga, biking, visiting other countries, and learning languages (currently Spanish).
I feel blessed to have found work that I love.
Please contact me if you have any questions or to schedule a free 1-hour midwifery consultation!
Office phone for appointments: 503-236-6006
Cell phone for questions: 503-703-7825
Sara Ohgushi ND, LM
Magnolia Family Clinic:
2207 NE Broadway, Suite 200
Portland, OR 97232