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.
|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.