Since the beginning of time, women have sought midwives for advice, assistance and companionship during pregnancy and childbirth. Today’s midwives have the opportunity for education and intensive training. While the preparation for our profession has changed, the philosophy of our work is much the same as it has always been. Pregnancy and childbirth are viewed as normal, natural functions of a very wise body. We can trust birth.
Pregnancy and childbirth are major life experiences and each woman is unique. Spokane Midwives strives to give each family the individual attention needed to have a birth that is both satisfying and safe. We use traditional skills combined with modern medical techniques to safeguard the normal and ensure prompt diagnosis and referral of complications. Each visit with your Midwife allows plenty of time for questions, discussion and family involvement. All decisions regarding care are made together.
|Jane Silver, CNM||Victoria Stickelmeyer, CPM, LM|
I have been attending women and families in birth since 2004 when my interests and efforts in healthcare landed me in a mother-baby postpartum care facility in England, I was a young auxiliary nurse and I was fascinated by the transformation birth could bring. I pursued work in maternity healthcare internationally as well as closer to home where I became a doula for under-served families in Seattle. Over the years I have worked in Tanzania, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Guatemala, and Peru with various birth communities. I co-taught a Birth Culture course at the University of Washington helping to empower and educate young college students about birth options in our country. As a baccalaureate-nursing student at UW I had began to narrow my focus to nurse-midwifery and women’s health care. I was compelled to support women of all ages as they navigate their reproductive lifespan. During my Seattle years I facilitated a hospital based volunteer doula program at the University of Washington Medical Center, UWMC, which I would love to see happen here in our Spokane birthing community.
I moved to Spokane in 2009 to follow my heart and plant roots in the city where I was born and raised. I have wonderful family and community here and now my sweetheart and I are married and well settled in Peaceful Valley. I have been part of the Sacred Heart Medical Center emergency department family as an RN since I moved to Spokane in 2009. After completing my Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Washington in June of 2013 I emerged as a doctorate prepared Certified Nurse-Midwife and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Washington State.
I was graciously welcomed into the Spokane Midwives community and started attending births with both Victoria Stickelmeyer and Linda Morgan in September 2013. I am honored to be here helping women and families in my own community gain empowering pregnancy and birth experiences. I am very excited to begin offering well woman, gynecologic, reproductive and primary health care in our practice.
I have been attending natural births in the hospital and in private homes since 1991. My passion has always been to empower women to have the childbirth experience they desire and deserve with the least amount of intervention. Because of this, my own midwife and first mentor in 1996 exclaimed: “Someday, you will make an excellent midwife!” I accepted her compliment, embraced the calling, but shelved the dream until my own three children were old enough to function with a mother in college who also had to attend births. I wanted to be a safe, thoughtful, confident midwife when the time was right, and when my family was ready for me be dedicated to my clientele.
In 20 years of training I have participated in many beautiful natural births, the births of twins, breech, large babies and very small, and multiple vaginal births after cesarean (VBAC). I worked as an assistant at a high volume birth center here in Spokane and as an Apprentice with two midwives, each having over 30 years experience in home birth.
My Midwifery education took place at Aviva College, Brigham Young University, and Spokane Falls Community College; each with Honors. I completed the North American Registry of Midwives Certified Professional Midwife Program and gained the recognition of Licensed Midwife in Washington State, one of the states with the highest standards for midwives seeking to practice out-of-hospital.
I have attended to rare emergencies that have included babies in need of full resuscitation, severe postpartum hemorrhage, birth defects, and maternal and/or newborn transports. As difficult as these situations can be, they were incredibly valuable learning experiences.
A little something personal ~ I was born at Holy Family Hospital, grew up in Spokane and have raised my children here. I birthed one at Holy Family and two at home with Licensed Midwives. Those children are now grown and I have two beautiful grandchildren that I was blessed to have "Midwifed" while their Daddy caught them. I live on a small farm caring for horses, chickens, goats, and ducks as well as a small pack of dogs and kitties. I am very grateful for the people who surround me so that I can be fully available to my birthing families.
|Remember...you stand in a place few understand the meaning of, that those you
depend on you to be a watchful, honorable and compassionate shepherdess. ~Tamara Taitt
|Back-up / Locum Midwives:|
|ViviAnne Fischer, CPM, LM||Kathleen Ojeda “KO”, ND|
I myself was born at home with a midwife and many of my mother’s friends chose home birth, the message that pregnancy and birth was a normal physiological process for a woman was imprinted on me early on. When I was young I considered becoming a midwife, but landed on a Masters in Human Development, focusing on families. I started working at Washington State University, first as a research assistant and then as an instructor (I still teach one online class). After having my three boys I found myself educating women around me about all I had learned through my journeys in pregnancy and birth, it seemed women weren’t sharing the important pieces of these experiences. I became a birth doula around this time and opened myself to opportunities towards Midwifery. My heart is in helping families transition into parenthood feeling whole- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Empowering women during their pregnancy and birth and holding a safe and comfortable space for the hormonal orchestra that happens during birth is my passion.
I was born and raised in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I graduated from Bastyr University as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. I am also in the final stages of completing a Masters of Science in Midwifery from Bastyr. I was brought to midwifery and naturopathic medicine through the desire for a life dedicated to the pursuit of the overwhelming joy of loving service. I have been volunteering with several organizations to serve underprivileged families in various countries since the age of 16.