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A MIDWIFERY PARTNERSHIP

The model of care at Foothills Midwifery includes many different team members, including you! You are the most important part of our partnership. Midwifery care emphasizes the importance of client-centered care and client-informed choices, you get to decide what's best for you and your family.

In addition to you as the primary team member, we have found that having a team of professionals offers more sustainable care and more services to meet the needs of our clients. Instead of a solo midwife practice, you have the opportunity of having a few birth midwives, which ensures that whoever ends up at your birth, will be someone you already know. 


Other team members include our wellness provider who offers wellness care to clients outside of pregnancy, which includes gynecological care, annual exams, laboratory testing, contraceptive care, and more. There is also have an ultrasound technologist who comes on Saturday afternoons offering ultrasounds for pregnancy and non-pregnancy. And finally, we have birth assistants and advanced students training to be midwives, you can read about everyone's bios below! 

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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 somewhere around 1000+ 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! I am also proud to identify as Latina and Diné (Navajo). In additionto catching babies, I am a professor at the Center for Indigenous Midwifery School and have degrees in Spanish/Latin American Studies and Psychology I have personally been impacted by how important midwifery work is and I am truly honored to walk beside you on this journey into parenthood. Terah is a licensed and certified professional midwife. In order to become a licensed and certified professional midwife, she attended midwifery school, went through several preceptorships, attended greater than 100 deliveries, attended thousands of hours of prenatal and postpartum care visits and underwent the state licensing exam as well as an extensive national licensing exam.

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I blame my grandmother for sparking my interest in midwifery when she sent me along to my brother’s birth when I was only three years old. My awe and wonder for this miracle has only grown in the years since then. I studied for four years with Mercy In Action College of Midwifery and earned a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery degree before passing the National Registry of Midwives and Washington State midwifery exams. During my studies I had the privilege of observing and learning under several amazing providers as my skills and passion grew for serving families as they deal with all the changes that come with pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and caring for newborns. I have a passion for empowering mothers by providing evidence-based information and encouraging them to make the decisions for their own and their baby’s care according to their values and convictions. I deeply believe that motherhood has more potential to empower women and transform society than any other life experience or profession, and I consider it a privilege to walk beside them on this beautiful and sometimes rocky path. When I’m not busy seeing families in the office or catching babies, I love to explore and experience the beautiful PNW on land or water. I enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing, swimming, and snowshoeing, and can often be found on Mt. Peak. I look forward to meeting you, hearing your story, and walking through this journey with you! Hannah is a licensed and certified professional midwife. In order to become a licensed and certified professional midwife, she attended midwifery school, went through several preceptorships, attended greater than 100 deliveries, attended thousands of hours of prenatal and postpartum care visits and underwent the state licensing exam as well as an extensive national licensing exam.

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All my life, I have cherished the opportunity to work with children. I chose Nursing as my starting undergraduate major when I enrolled in university as a stepping stone to working in a neonatal unit or pediatric care. I quickly found the hospital setting to be somewhat rigid and stifling, so I made the switch to Child Development, and spent my college days conducting research with the California State Polytechnic University Childhood Development Center. Here, I spoke with mothers about their unique motherhood journeys, and became fascinated with the topic of childbirth. The range of personal childbirth experiences was enormous, and I gradually gained understanding of monumental undertaking that the ordeal was. I wondered if other people felt as I did – that a hospital setting is not always the best option for giving birth (though of course necessary and important for many difficult situations). Some mothers told me they had partnered with a midwife, and gave birth at home, in comfort and peace, and introduced me to the world of midwifery. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development, I began my apprenticeship with a local midwife. At the very first birth I observed, something magical was in the air. My preceptor guided the woman through the natural progression, intervening when needed, but let the mother bring her child into the world on her own terms. In the hospital, birth seemed to be a mechanical process, in which the mother did what was instructed of her by the physician, similar to being managed at work. In contrast, this home birth seemed to be an intimate home concert, with the midwife playing the role of conductor, coaxing the symphony of life out from the mother’s natural talents. During the act of childbirth, I saw that women are simultaneously at their most vulnerable and most powerful - I knew I wanted to be a part of this life changing moment for the rest of my life. Alex is a licensed and certified professional midwife. In order to become a licensed and certified professional midwife, she attended midwifery school, went through several preceptorships, attended greater than 100 deliveries, attended thousands of hours of prenatal and postpartum care visits and underwent the state licensing exam as well as an extensive national licensing exam.

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Christa is a certified nurse midwife. In order to become a certified nurse midwife, Christa first became a registered nurse, then went through additional education and attended births in both hospital and community settings to get her license.

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Brooke is our wellness provider. She provides health needs to clients beyond the 6-8 week postpartum period and to other community members who are looking for care for an array of healthcare needs. "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."

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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“Hi, there! My name is Michaela Baldwin. I grew up in the metro east of St. Louis in southern Illinois, where my passion for midwifery was born. My journey to this work began during my own pregnancy and birth, when I experienced firsthand the value of hiring a community midwife. Living in rural Illinois, I experienced a gap in the maternity healthcare system. Finding a midwife was not an easy task: At the time, there were no legal community birth providers serving my area. Despite these challenges, I miraculously pieced together my birth team, and I experienced a life-changing amount of support in the midwifery model of care. During this transformational experience, I caught a glimpse of my future calling. I spent the next few months falling in love with motherhood with the strength of this new community behind me. I soon began training as a doula and was accepted into Midwives College of Utah. Since then, in addition to my clinical training, I have continued to work as a doula & birth photographer, attend workshops, and support the legislation efforts of Illinois Friends of Midwives. I am very passionate about improving health outcomes, increasing options for communities, fostering inclusive spaces, and addressing injustices in the healthcare system. I am now in my final phase of midwifery school, and I can’t wait to see what this opportunity in this beautiful community brings!“

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Hello! My name is Leah and I am originally from Pensacola, Florida. I am in my fourth year at Mercy In Action College of Midwifery and am studying to become a CPM. The past 2 years I have worked with a home birth midwife in Mississippi and Alabama, and have just relocated to work here at Foothills Midwifery to finish my training. I am 29 years old and I am very passionate about supporting women throughout pregnancy, labor and birth, and postpartum. I look forward to this new season here with everyone at Foothills Midwifery

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I first heard the call to midwifery 29 years ago, as a young mother. My fifth and sixth babies were born at home in the care of an amazing underground midwife in California in the early 90's. 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. Circumstance dictated I put that dream on hold while raising my children, but the fire was never extinguished. It lingered through the years and even informed my decision to work in Special Education for 13 years in Wyoming. My return to the midwifery path was kickstarted by the birth of my fifth grandchild in 2010. I was my daughter's doula and her baby was born at home, just as she was. 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 Maple Valley area in January of 2018, and I finished midwifery school in May 2019. 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.

"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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