MIDWIVES

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MIDWIFE TERAH

Licensed & Certified Professional Midwife

When I had my first daughter at 16 years old, I later learned how fortunate I was to be treated with respect and dignity, and to have had an empowering experience. Midwifery care changed my life. As a single, teen parent, I set off on a journey to support my daughter and I.  I worked as a medical assistant while attending midwifery school and now I have attended well over 700 births as a midwife. I feel so fortunate to have been a part of midwifery for the last 15 years and in healthcare for the last 20 years.

I have gone on to have five children who were all born with midwives! If I'm not helping people have a baby, you'd find me studying! I'm currently pursuing additional degrees in Spanish and Psychology for future medical school. I am also proud to identify as Latina and Diné. I also enjoy traveling, growing my garden, knitting, and yoga. 

I have personally seen how important midwifery is for myself and I am truly honored to walk beside you on this journey into parenthood.

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MIDWIFE CHRISTA

Certified Nurse Midwife

Christa is a certified nurse midwife who attends birth as a birth assistant and does appointments with our clients. She'll be with us from October to March. 

Christa is a member of the Diné tribe. She is Red Running into the Water clan (Táchii’nii) and born for the Honey Combed Rock People clan (Tsénjíkiní). Her maternal grandparents are Bitter water clan (Tódich’nii’ii) and paternal grandparents are Water’s Edge clan (Tábááhí). Christa grew up on the Navajo Nation reservation. She has experience in supporting and caring for birthing parents and infants in prenatal, birth and postpartum since 2012. She continues to support mothers in finding their innate wisdom and through their newborn’s feeding journey. She’s interested in reclaiming traditional birth practices, plant medicine and using complementary forms of healing to restore the body’s balance. She offers care and counseling based on the foundation of informed consent, options, personalized, client-centered, compassion and support. She aspires to bring high quality care and increase access to alternative forms of healing to help decrease health concerns.

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Brooke is on call for births one weekend per month and will be offering some gynecologic and women's health needs to clients beyond the 6-8 week postpartum period.

"The spark that ignited my passion for midwifery began 26 years ago sitting in a sacred women’s circle where a midwife shared the magic of assisting new life onto this planet. This was soon after my son was born and the midwife’s words of empowerment spoke to me. Although I did not have a challenging birth experience, it was not what I wanted and I did not feel empowered. I clearly knew, listening to the midwife that night, that I had found my vocation to support others during this great transition. I lived in Maryland at the time, where nurse-midwifery was much more prevalent than certified professional midwifery, and so I began my journey to become a nurse. In 1999, I became a RN and also became a single mom. I worked many years as a labor nurse, going to school part time, and finally graduated in 2011 with my Master’s Degree from Shenandoah University/Johns Hopkins University and became a Certified Nurse-Midwife. My training included both in and out of hospital birth. After graduation, I began a midwifery practice within a OB group in a rural part of MD which quickly grew to have 3 midwives and 25-30 births per month. It was very difficult to move on from my Maryland birthing community, but I was feeling the call to move west and to work with the First Peoples of the US. I was offered a position on the great Navajo Nation, where it has been a privilege to provide midwifery services for the last 6 years. I have attended over 1000 births in my 11 years, caring for both high and low risk clients. I am now heeding the call to the Pacific Northwest and am grateful for the opportunity to get back to my roots of out of hospital birth. I am honored to join the Foothills Midwifery group and support your family during your journey. "

"Outside of my part time work at Foothills Midwifery, I am launching my Energy Healing Business called Journey with Brooke, offering spiritual and energetic support for all your reproductive needs, including conception, pregnancy, labor, birth, and beyond, as well as offering support to those experiencing transition in their lives. The work is offered in person or virtually. I am so appreciative of you perusing the site and feel free to take advantage of the FREE 30 min consultation."

MIDWIFE BROOKE

Certified Nurse Midwife

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MIDWIFE COMING MARCH '23!

Licensed & Certified Professional Midwife

At every birth, we bring two assistants, who are typically students actively enrolled in a midwifery program . Our students & assistants are professionally trained to offer some labor support, although their primary responsibility is to be a second set of hands for the midwife. Nearly all of the time, you will meet your birth assistant(s) before your birth. 

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HEIDI

Midwifery Student Assistant

Heidi: Student/Assistant September 2021 - Current

"I just finished my second year at Mercy in Action College of Midwifery. I have gained observational experience over the past 5 years in birthwork, and after training to be a Doula, I started my journey into midwifery in 2019. Born at home myself, I had the dream to be a midwife from the tender age of 8 and I'm now thankful to be on track for that dream to come true. I am passionate about assisting in making safe and empowering birth experiences for midwifery clients. I have spent most of my life in the Northwest. I enjoy the outdoors, flower gardening, crafts, knitting baby hats, and writing music in my spare time. Besides this, I also serve as president of a non-profit young adult organization." -Heidi

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HANNAH

Midwifery Student Assistant

Hannah: Student/Assistant September 2021 - Current

“I place the responsibility for sparking my interest in birth on my grandma, who, instead of babysitting me as planned, sent this wide-eyed three and a half year old along to her younger brother’s birth. From then on, I was fascinated by babies and birth, but it was years before midwifery appeared on my radar. Growing up in a naturally minded but also medical home in a rural part of Canada, I got lots of experience responding to medical emergencies as well as learning how to foster good health through simple, natural methods. After taking a step back from pre-nursing to reevaluate my chosen profession, I discovered midwifery. As I learned about the principles by which midwives practice, I knew instinctively that this was exactly what I had been looking for — client-centered continuity of care with emphasis on safeguarding the natural, healthy body processes. When the opportunity presented me to job shadow a midwife, I was overjoyed to accept, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I started training with Mercy In Action College of Midwifery in 2019, and I am excited to be joining the Foothills Midwifery team as a learner, a witness, and a guardian of the miracle of birth." -Hannah

"The Midwives Model of Care is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.

The Midwives Model of Care includes:​

  • Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle

  • Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support

  • Minimizing technological interventions 

  • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention 

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section."

MIDWIVES MODEL OF CARE

WHY MIDWIFERY?

Families choose out-of-hospital birth for a wide variety of reasons. Among those reasons include: safety, the desire for decreased intervention, and to have more control of their birth.

When women and their babies are screened well and “low-risk” is established, they are candidates for midwifery care. Midwives spend a tremendous amount of time with their clients, increasing safety for their client and their baby with thorough screening as well as developing a relationship that leads to a compatible and cohesive team for a woman’s birth. 

 

 

MIDWIVES ASSOCIATION OF WASHINGTON STATE

The Midwives Association of Washington State has set up guidelines for Licensed Midwives of Washington to reference. I agree with these standards and under nearly all circumstances, will adhere to their guidelines. I also support The Midwives Association of Washington State through my annual membership. 

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