Anita Rojas of Sacred Waters Birthing Center
Growing up in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico, Anita
Rojas lived with her paternal grandmother, whom she thought
to be her mother. "Both of my grandmothers were midwives,"
she notes. When she learned at age 17 that her mother was in
El Norte, Rojas and her brother took a bus to Tijuana and
crossed the border in the trunk of a car. "I went to high
school but I didn't fit in," she says. "I ran away by
getting married." After three miserable years in Alaska and
the birth of twin boys (in a hospital), she fled and found
sanctuary in Portland. There she met another man and had two
more sons. "The first was a home birth," she says. "A light
went on. I told the midwife, 'That's what I want to do.'"
Rojas joined a group of young women who wanted to be
midwives. "I jumped into midwifery in 1986," she says. "I
haven't stopped since." Rojas and her sons moved to Eugene
in 1990. Two years ago, she and two other midwives opened
Sacred Waters. "We're in a growing spurt," she says. "It's
nice to maintain a space for families who choose natural
birth in a low-tech relaxed atmosphere."
photograph and story by Paul Neevel
Eugene Weekly / 15 March 2007