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Emmy Burns, Student Midwife

Sarah Joy Day

Sarah Joy Day, LM, CPM, MSM is a licensed midwife in Bellingham, WA. Sarah has been on the MAWS board for the past two years, and looks forward to continuing her leadership role on the Executive Committee. 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 is invested in seeing MAWS be an instrument to increase access to midwifery care for the underprivileged, and is also committed to the financial sustainability of the association.

Kristin Eggleston

Kristin Eggleston, LM, CPM graduated from MCU in 2009 and started her homebirth practice in rural south central Washington.  Kristin 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 now has offices in Prosser and Yakima and works closely with midwives in Ellensburg and the Tri-Cities. She has been on the MAWS Board since 2014 as the Member Services Chair and a member of the Legislative-Policy Committee. She now lives with her husband, Bryce, and their busy, blended family of five kids and two dogs, in Prosser.

Tinecca Fortin

Tinneca Fortin, LM, CMP, Educator My journey into midwifery and activism began innocently, through the birth of my firstborn son 14 years ago. His birth inspired me to be a light to women, to help them know and understand their choices in birth, their rights as healthcare consumers and their strengths as women. I began teaching and supporting in 2004 and earned my midwifery degree from Midwives College of Utah. I spent an exciting 3 months in 2006 at an amazing birth center in Texas (Casa de Nacimiento) and went on to do the majority of my clinical here in Washington with a dear friend, Toni Erickson. It was by the guidance of Toni's loving and compassionate heart for mothers and babies that continues to define and strengthen my passion for serving women and their families. To that end, I have quietly taken part in midwifery advocacy and legislation, specifically the editing of the CPM bridge document which was part of HB 1773. I had the distinct pleasure of speaking to our states representatives multiple times in order to help progress this bill to law, which I know will positively impact the women choosing midwifery care for the foreseeable future. In addition to my private midwifery practice, I teach primal childbirth education and hold mother blessing ceremonies as a means to engage women in their support of each other and their sisterhood.

In addition to midwifery, my husband and I have a farm, run a fully outdoor (year round) farm and forest education program and are active in pursuing nature education as a mandatory requirement of public schools. As for my own family, my husband and I share the responsibility of homeschooling and raising 5 children.

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.” Taylor has been a working board member since 2012. She has worked as chair of the Reimbursement Committee and her most recent work has been annotating, reviewing, and revising the MAWS document Indications for Consultation and Transfer. She is passionate about the sustainability and livelihood of midwives in Washington State as well as families access to midwifery care.

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 practiced as a licensed midwife in Olympia, Washington from April 2001 – August 2015. She closed her midwifery practice last year to devote herself full-time to midwifery policy and advocacy work. Audrey was the President of MAWS from 2008 – 2012 and continues to serve on the MAWS Board as Chair of the Legislative and Policy Committee, and as a member of both the Nominations Committee and the Data and Research Committee. In 2012, she joined the Leadership Team of the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM) and is currently serving as Vice-President. From 2014 - 2016, she was 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 community-based births and she continues to be involved in that QI Project as co-Chair of the MD-LM Workgroup.

Meghann McNiff

Meghann McNiff, Midwifery Consumer has worked in international health and development for nearly a decade in Malawi, Kenya, and Afghanistan. She is a graduate of the Air Force Academy and holds a Masters of Arts in Critical and Creative Thinking from the University of Massachusetts in Boston, and a Masters of Public Health in International, Maternal and Child Health from Boston University. She currently lives in Seattle with her husband and two cats, and is spending her days writing, teaching yoga, and working on her latest project — being a new mom.

Jen Segadelli

Jen Segadelli, LM, CPM Jen graduated from Seattle University School of Law in 2010. Her experience as a reproductive rights attorney in resource-constrained nations inspired her to further her professional interest in reproductive health and, in particular, maternal health and childbirth. International law, human rights advocacy, and reproductive rights were central to Jen’s interest in pursuing a legal career. Jen’s passion for maternal health and childbirth evolved as her reproductive rights work in Kenya pulled her closer to the inexcusable and highly preventable loss of mothers and infants in pregnancy and labor. In 2012, Jen traveled to Haiti to volunteer with Haitian midwives in a small community where she had the honor of serving pregnant persons during the prenatal and postpartum period, assisting experienced midwives during births, and learning local traditions and healing techniques from Haitian midwives and staff. As she could not imagine a more meaningful way to serve pregnant people and families, Jen pursued her interest in midwifery and graduated from Bastyr University with a Masters of Science in Midwifery in June of 2016.

Prior to her birth work, Jen worked as an attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights and the Gender Violence Recovery Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. She has previously served on the MAWS board as a student member, and hopes to join the board in full to continue to use her legal expertise to lobby, research, and write about the intersection of law and midwifery because for Jen, legal advocacy and direct service will always be inextricably linked.

Tiff West Schaub

Tiff West Schaub, MBA, Midwifery Consumer moved between three states during her first pregnancy. She knew she wanted a home birth but the first state she lived in found it illegal. After moving the first time and looking for homebirth care she and her husband learned they were to move once more ultimately to Olympia, Washington. During her first pregnancy that spanned the three states she was cared for by obstetricians, in-hospital CNM’s and ultimately a homebirth midwife in Olympia. The respect, information, tenderness and overall care she received by her homebirth midwife astounded her. When she became pregnant with her second child she had no doubt whose care she would return to and had an even more transformative homebirth the second time. As a midwifery consumer Tiff hopes to join the MAWS board to support other childbearing families in hopes that all may receive the impressive standard of care she received.


Brooks Siegal, Student Midwife

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. 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 has loved the last two years as Treasurer on the MAWS Board, and is grateful to work with the amazing women on the Board and also to be able to help further the profession.

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.

Louisa Wales

Louisa Wales, LM, CPM Louisa is a midwife and birth center owner in Poulsbo, WA. She's been involved with MAWS since she was a student, most recently as MAWS liaison to the WA JUA board as the midwife chair. She's committed to building the profession of midwifery and continued success of freestanding birth centers in WA. This year she will be embarking on an innovative payment pilot schemes for healthcare reimbursement to ensure the financial viability of midwifery practice nationally.