About Midwife Terah

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 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 on my farm in Enumclaw where we have cows, alpacas, chickens, pigs, ducks, bees and a vegetable garden. 

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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About Midwife Brittany

It has given me great joy to serve people through this transformative time of their lives as a birth worker over the last decade. I bring that joy with me in my capacity as a staff midwife at Foothills. I currently live in Tacoma with my three children, with plans to relocate by fall to be closer to clients and to the office and birth center. When I’m not working, you can find me exploring nature with my kiddos, cooking fun new dishes, or planning the next adventure my family will go on. I consider it a great privilege to attend births and to witness how powerful our clients are. I look forward to meeting you wherever you’re at on this journey!

Giving birth to all three of my children with midwives helped me see that labor could be beautiful and empowering rather than feared. Then, when I personally experienced postpartum depression, I felt a deeper calling to invest in the needs of other postpartum people's experiences. I come with a compassionate heart to walk with you in your journey and be a guide to resources when you're in need. 

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Birth Attendants

At every birth, we bring at least one other birth professional; a birth assistant or a student. 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) several times before your birth. 

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Tina F: Birth & Office Assistant August 2019 - Current

"I first heard the call to midwifery 29 years ago, as a young mother. My fifth and sixth babies were born at home. Living the experience of the Midwifery Model of Care changed my life and opened my heart and soul to the deep desire to serve women the way I had been served. I completed my doula training with DONA, and worked off and on as a doula for another seven years in Wyoming and Colorado before beginning midwifery school in 2017. Some of my fondest doula memories are of serving at the births of five of my now 11 grandchildren. My husband of 36 years and I moved to the area in January of 2018. There's a Norwegian proverb that says, "The greatest joy is to become a mother; the second greatest is to be a midwife." I am overjoyed to be continuing my journey with Terah, in service to all of you as a part of the Foothills Midwifery community. Thank all of you for allowing me the privilege of learning from you, I look forward to sharing this sacred time together." -Tina

Tina is an independent midwife who graduated from Indie Birth School and serves as our

clinical assistant, birth assistant, and administrative 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: 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

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"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."

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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.