About Jocelyn

Jocelyn Brown, CPM, LDM

Licensed Midwife



I grew up in the suburbs of the Twin Cities and originally wanted to be either a ballerina, Cyndi Lauper, or a doctor. In high school I discovered contemporary dance, and I attended the University of Minnesota with a major in modern dance and a minor in women’s studies. When the Ailey School came to town in 1997, I auditioned and was accepted, and was off to New York. Two semesters at Alvin Ailey convinced me that a career in dance wasn’t in the cards, but that New York was definitely where I wanted to be. At that point, yoga was the thing that helped me transition from the life of a dancer  to the life of whomever I was going to be next.

It didn’t take long for me to figure out that yoga was a path for me to follow my interest in health and physiology. I taught vinyasa yoga full-time for four years, with a specialty in prenatal and postnatal yoga. Even with thriving classes, it didn’t feel right that I was helping women prepare for birth when I had never actually attended one, so I asked my students if any of them wanted my help during their labors. To my delight, a few of them called me!  Going to my first birth sealed the deal: I wanted to be a midwife.

I moved to Portland, OR in 2008 to attend Birthingway College of Midwifery and completed a two-year clinical training at Andaluz Waterbirth Center. Upon graduating, I worked for four months as a midwife at MamaBaby Haiti, in Morne Rouge, Haiti, and, returning to Portland, I started my own practice, Borealis Birth. Los Angeles is a new adventure for me, and I’m excited to join GraceFull Birth as a primary midwife.

I feel equally comfortable with birth at home and in the hospital, and I’m grateful that women in Portland have so many options. My yoga and meditation practices inform my midwifery practice every day. I approach birth from the viewpoint of the mindfulness tradition, which means supporting normal birth just as it is and helping my clients make informed, intuitive decisions within their present circumstances.  I live on Mt. Tabor and I like to read, sleep, travel, spend time with my people and my dog, and feed my addiction to fashion and design blogs.

Jocelyn Brown, CPM, LDM