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sarah joy day

Sarah Joy Day, LM, CPM, MSM is a licensed midwife in Bellingham, WA. She earned her M.S. in Midwifery from Bastyr University and had the privilege of doing her thesis work, which is now pending publication, on Jennie Joseph's "JJ Way" model of maternity care. She spends much of her time enjoying her two little boys get into mischief on their mini-farm in Bellingham and practices midwifery part time. "MAWS is an exemplary organization; I'm thrilled to participate in the outstanding
work we do."

Kristin Eggleston, LM, CPM started her path to midwifery with the homebirth of her son in 2002. This was the impetus that linked her previous interest in medicine and anthropology with her new interest in natural health and parenting. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 with a BA in Anthropology and from the Midwives College of Utah in 2009. She started Sunrise Midwifery in March 2009 after graduating and obtaining her LM. Her practice now covers a large area of central WA and has two full-time midwives. She believes that a midwife must balance her professional and personal lives in order to be effective at each one and hopes to honor each student's path toward that balance.

Neva Gerke

Neva Gerke, LM, CPM, MSM is a graduate of Bastyr University with a Master of Science in Midwifery. She has dedicated herself to learning the trade and art of midwifery while participating in midwifery activism on a state and national level. Neva is the owner and midwife at Laoch Midwifery in Tacoma, WA where she is committed to creating a safe environment for all pregnant people and their families.

Deborah Gleisner, ND, LM, CPM Deborah’s first birth experience was the pitocin-laced, epidural-driven hospital birth of her best friend’s son in 1995. She immediately recognized the value of individualized, continuous support during pregnancy and childbirth without even knowing what a doula was. She supported her friend as a doula through two more hospital births and learned how much she enjoyed educating parents about their options and advocating for their decisions.

Deborah’s degrees in Midwifery and Naturopathic Medicine are from Bastyr University. She trained with a number of midwives in the Seattle area, including Chris at Eastside Birth Center. Deborah moved to California upon graduation and opened Dragonfly Natural Health in Marina Del Rey, where she provided home birth services and naturopathic healthcare to celebrity and medicaid clients alike for more than seven years. After her daughter Arya was born, Deborah chose to return to the Pacific Northwest, land of trees, rain and warm fuzzy sweaters. You will often find Deborah at a birth knitting in the corner and snacking on chocolate.

Taylor Hamil, LM, CPM is a licensed midwife in practice in West Seattle. She strives to nourish the midwifery community and those new up and coming midwives. "I chose to practice in Seattle, Washington because of the amazing community of midwives and look forward to fostering  & advocating for the community in whatever way possible."

Louisa Wales

Oesa Hauch, MA s a former doula, Birthing From Within childbirth mentor, and personal consumer of midwifery. She has an academic and workplace background in international studies, public administration, and non-profit work. Being part of the MAWS board is the perfect blend of her skills and interests! Oesa serves on the MAWS board because she believes whole-heartedly in supporting the profession of midwifery and ensuring that all individuals and families have access to high-quality midwifery care. Oesa is especially committed to working on addressing issues of racism and privilege, and finding ways to promote inclusion and equity with birth community and beyond. When not doing work for MAWS, she enjoys running, yoga, travel, reading, and generally enjoying life with her partner and two children.

April Haugen

April Haugen, MSM, LM, CPM grew up in the Sky Valley most of her life. This is where she learned to appreciate the closeness of community. She fell in love with midwifery at a young age when a local mother introduced her to home birth. The personalized care she received and the relationship that formed between the mother and her midwife opened April's eyes to the capacity of what a relationship with your healthcare provider could be like.

Her life has lead her down the road of midwifery for a very long time. She is passionate about supporting families in the most exciting journey of their lives. She holds the birth space with compassion and patience, believing women are so much stronger then they realize. Her goal is to help women find their voice and inner strength, by guiding them through education which allows them to make the best decisions for their family. Her other passion in life is herbal medicine and its ability to support the body's natural healing capacity and how it compliments midwifery care.

She has been supporting families as a birth doula since 2000, then went on to obtain her Bachelor's degree in Herbal Science from Bastyr University in 2010. In 2014 she graduated with her Masters in the Science of Midwifery from Bastyr University. During her training she participated in over 160 births. Shortly after graduation she became Licensed as a Midwife in Washington State, and a Certified Professional Midwife. She is excited to serve the community in Central Washington! April is also a mother of two children, Madisen and Caydyn. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, photography, and spending time with her family.

kristin kali

Kristin Kali, LM, CPM is a 2005 graduate of Seattle Midwifery School, returning to Seattle in the winter of 2014 after time in the SF Bay area and Maui. She is owner of MAIA Midwifery and Fertility Services, a unique and widely renowned midwifery practice specializing in fertility and preconception care for all families, with special expertise in serving LGBTQ families, single parents by choice, and those conceiving over 40. She is a leader in promoting midwifery model fertility care and LGBTQ cultural sensitivity. Kristin is happy to rejoin the MAWS board after serving as student representative to the board from 2002-2005.

Louisa Wales

Laura Kuhs, LM, CPM has been a CPM since 2010, and recently moved from the Philadelphia suburbs to the Kitsap Peninsula. Laura has previously served on the governing boards of the Midwives Alliance of Pennsylvania and the Delaware Midwifery Guild, where she gained legislative and lobbying experience in a particularly midwife-hostile region of the country. She is particularly interested in learning more about how Washington has come to have such a successful midwifery licensure program and helping to increase access to midwifery care in other parts of the country.

Audrey Levine

Audrey Levine, LM, CPM has been a licensed midwife since 2001 and a CPM since 2004. In July 2015, she retired from her midwifery practice in order to devote herself full-time to midwifery policy and advocacy work. From 2008 - 2012, she was President of MAWS and she continues to serve on the MAWS Board as Chair of the Legislative and Policy Committee. She is a member of the Home Birth Summit Collaboration Workgroup that developed the Best Practice Transfer Guidelines: Transfer from Planned Home Birth to Hospital and is also the Project Coordinator for Smooth Transitions, a quality improvement initiative of the WA State Perinatal Collaborative to enhance the safety of hospital transfers from planned home and birth center births. In 2012, she joined the NACPM Board and is currently serving as Vice-President.

valerie sasson

Valerie Sasson, LM, CPM, MAWS Board President 2012-present. Co-owner and resident midwife at the Puget Sound Birth Center in Kirkland, Washington offering complete midwifery care, birth center and home birth. Originally from New Jersey and a graduate of Brown University, Valerie relocated to Seattle in 1989, worked many years in community health and graduated from the Seattle Midwifery School in 1999. Valerie lives with her husband and two daughters (both born at home) on a beautiful bit of land in Kenmore and plans to continue providing midwifery care for quite some time to come.

emily stephans

Emily Stephens is a midwifery consumer who is passionate about improving birth alternatives for women and expanding midwifery in our state. Both of her daughters were born through midwifery care, the first in the hospital and the second at home. "Each of these experiences was transformative in its own way, and I feel very grateful to have received the level of care and attention that I did. I believe strongly that expanding the rights and reach of midwives is vital to improving the health of women, babies, and families.” Since 2011, Emily has worked with MAWS to achieve this goal. She currently serves as the Vice President of the board, and works to improve the quality and effectiveness of midwifery data. She believes that these numbers will change the practice of maternity care!

Lisa Stotts

Lisa Stotts graduated from Bastyr University in 2014 with her Masters of Science in Midwifery and is currently finalizing her national Certified Professional Midwife credential. While attending Bastyr University, Lisa and fellow researcher Alyssa Hahn, completed the first phase of their original qualitative study titled Birth Center and Home Birth Emergency Transfers: The EMS Factor; phase two is currently under implementation. Lisa is a member of the Midwives’ Association of Washington State (MAWS) and the Professional Midwives Affiliation. While building her midwifery practice, she also is a teaching assistant for the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University.

Lisa also holds a degree in Paramedic Science and has worked in the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) industry for 14 years. During her EMS career, she gained experience in both urban and rural communities across the United States. She currently volunteers for the Buckley Fire Department serving as a Paramedic, EMT instructor, is a member of the FEMA disaster response team and the EMS Integrated Community Healthcare committee. Lisa is collaborating with local EMS colleges and agencies to aid in the development of protocols and training.

catherine suter

Catherine Suter earned her bachelor's degree from Carleton College and a Master in Public Administration degree from the University of Washington, and now works in government budgeting. Prior to joining the MAWS Board, she was treasurer for a small farmers market in the Olympia area. Her professional life, including 8 years at the Washington State Department of Health, and personal life, being a consumer of midwifery, reflect her interest in midwifery in Washington. She is grateful to be able to help the midwifery community by being the treasurer of the Midwifery Association of Washington State Board of Directors.

Bethanie Thomas

Bethanie Archbold Thomas is a midwifery consumer who is grateful for the amazing support she received from midwives for the birth of her second child. She wants to help ensure women are aware of the benefits of midwifery and have access to trained midwifery care, and that midwives have the training, supplies, and support they need. Bethanie brings over 15 years’ experience in providing strategy and operations consulting services in the non-profit, public, and for-profit sectors. Her experience includes competitive and partner landscape analysis, strategic planning, business case development, organizational effectiveness, process redesign, performance management and evaluation, analytics and modeling, communications, and project and team management. Prior to consulting, Bethanie worked in public administration and nonprofit management, with experience in public policy analysis, community organization, and grant-writing.

christine tindal

Christine Tindal, LM, CPM, MSM Christine Tindal is a midwife practicing in West Seattle and South King County. She earned her BS in Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Biology from the University of Washington in 2006 followed by her Master of Science in Midwifery at Bastyr University in 2011. Christine is committed to helping women and their families thrive during pregnancy and birth by providing them with information, by fostering community and supporting families through the transition inherent in welcoming a new baby. As a member of the MAWS board, she also serves on the Quality Management Program committee and acts as the Peer Review Coordinator.

Cindy Thompson

Cindi Thompson, LM, CPM I live in Bothell with my husband Damon and my two sons, ages 8 and 22. I also have 3 other adult children as well as a granddaughter (plus a grandson on the way!) I have had a fascination and passion for birth and babies as long as I can remember. I have been a midwife since 2000 and have practiced a total of 8 years. I have a solo practice which has gone through a couple name metamorphosis in short order since 2011. Seattle Midwives has evolved with the help of my student and future business partner, Tiffany Wilson. I have an office in Shoreline and also see clients at the Seattle Holistic Center. I value the work of MAWS and appreciate the hard work they have accomplished over the years. I look forward to stepping in as a member of the LM community to support the work of MAWS.