Refuge Midwifery

Ray Rachlin (she/they) Midwife and Lactation Counselor

Ray Rachlin (she/they) is a Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife, and Certified Lactation Counselor providing home birth midwifery care, fertility and home IUI care, and community education throughout the greater Philadelphia area and South Jersey. Ray founded Refuge Midwifery in 2017 to create a home for families not served by our current healthcare system – providing warm relationship-based care that improves birth outcomes and nurtures parents to help them get their best start.

Ray earned their Bachelor’s of Science in Midwifery at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, Oregon in 2016, and also holds a BA in political science, urban studies and labor studies from Queens College. Ray is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Certified Professional Midwives and Queer and Transgender Midwives Association. 

In addition to midwifing families, for the past four years Ray has been immersed in promoting affirming reproductive care for transgender patients, and has taught midwives, doctors, nurses, and birth professionals throughout the country on trans-inclusive fertility, birth and postpartum care. In their private practice, Ray specializes in natural fertility support for individuals with prior hormone use, and pre-pandemic hosted bi-monthly gatherings for LGBTQ families trying to conceive, pregnant, and with new babies.

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Victoria Dean (she/her) Midwife

I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico at home, into the hands of a skilled midwife. Midwives and home birth were always part of my story.  
I went to an experimental middle and high school which focused on service work and social justice. We had a mentorship program, where we found professionals in the community who would volunteer their time with us throughout the school year. In my senior year, I was able to work with a local midwife. 

It wasn’t an instant passion for midwifery, but rather a steady and consistent understanding that this was what I was meant to do. I was able to experience the day to day work of midwives, the length and breadth of care, and finally what it meant to tend to a labor not knowing how long you’ll be there. Midwifery was the way I would be able to live my values; to be of service to my community, to be a small part of fixing a broken system, to experience human connection every day. 

In 2013 I was accepted to Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland,Oregon just after I turned 20 and made my first big move away from home. 

In Portland I was trained at Vivante Midwifery by Certified Professional Midwives and Nurse Midwives practicing home birth. I passed my certifying exam with NARM in the summer of 2017, and continued to be an assistant midwife with Vivante. I’ve also worked as a postpartum midwife at various birth centers in Portland, and as a co-primary midwife in rural Eastern Oregon, and in my own practice Consuelo Midwifery (named after my grandmother) in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In 2021 I moved to Philly to join Refuge Midwifery. Being able to work in a practice with a clear vision toward social justice, midwifery as reparations, and by LGBTQ for LGBTQ healthcare is a dream come true!

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