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Selliken to discuss parallels between birth and death

Jan Selliken, Linfield College associate professor of nursing, will present “Serving As Midwives to the Dying: Exploring the Parallels Between Birth and Death” on Wednesday, March 14, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield.

In her interactive presentation, Selliken will compare what happens to the mind, body and spirit during birth and death. It is her belief that the process of dying is quite similar to the process of birth. Selliken will explore the parallels between these two processes.

Selliken’s research has been focused on the development of end-of-life programs in both the Oregon State Penitentiary and Coffee Creek Correctional Facility. She is currently developing a prenatal program for inmates at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

Selliken received her B.S.N. from the University of Portland and her N.D. from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. She has taught various courses in the areas of childbearing and chronic illness at the Linfield-Good Samaritan School of Nursing. She has served as a hospice nurse, naturopathic physician and midwife.

The event is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month by a member of the Linfield faculty. For more information, call 503-883-2409.