We are inviting members to attend our board meetings from 7:30pm-8:00pm on the first Thursday of every month. Each meeting provides the opportunity for member comments, concerns, feedback, and input. We welcome your input and feeback! To join: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/720309693 . You can also dial in using your phone:

United States: +1 (872) 240-3212     Access Code: 720-309-693

Chair

Crystal Ogle LM, CPM

My name is Crystal Ogle and I am excited to be your Chair of the Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery. I have been a WARM professional member since 2014 and have a unique home birth practice on Whidbey Island. I love teaching, learning from and supporting student midwives. For years I worked as faculty and staff at the Midwives College of Utah. A midwife of color myself, I support social justice and am a health disparity activist. I support the Rainier Valley Community Clinic, where I sat on it’s Board, the South Seattle Women’s Health Foundation, for many years. I share my life with my husband, three kids (one who is off on her own) and two dogs. We love to hike and explore our region, including it’s many beaches. My family loves to travel, especially taking road trips, we love board games and we value family tradition, hosting festive family gatherings frequently.

President

Carol Gautschi LM, CPM

Carol Gautschi CPM LM has served as a Classical Homebirth Midwife since 1978. She’s an international speaker and gentle birth advocate, currently serving as chair of Birth Matters (a homebirth awareness and advocacy collective) and president and founding member of W.A.R.M. (Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery). She teaches and practices Classical Midwifery, a philosophy which incorporates empirical, traditional ways of preparing women for birth. She acknowledges and respects the spirit, soul and body of mamababies during the profound process of pregnancy and birth. Holism at its best! Other passions she promotes and advocates is preserving the significance of the microbiome and the goals for the autonomy of Midwifery and Organic Homebirth.

Her website is: http://gentlebirths.net

Carol is the mother of seven blessings and grand to twelve, She has been married to Paul Gautschi of backtoedenfilm.com fame, since 1974. She lives and works as a midwife and mentor on the beautiful Olympic Peninsula, Washington State.

Secretary

Eudine Stevens LM, CPM

My name is Eudine Stevens, I am looking forward to continuing serving on the WARM board this next year. I served as Treasurer 2016-2019, prior to that I was a WARM board member from 2013-2016, serving both as a student member followed by LM. I have a small home practice based out of Yakima, WA. 

I am a mother of 4 children, one currently lives at home. My husband and I like working on our house, fixing it up. I enjoying vegetable gardening, sewing (especially quilts), Toastmasters, traveling with my family, and teaching. I enjoy teaching the integration of advanced massage therapy skills into midwiferyand seeing immediate results.

Treasurer

Janelle Weishaar LM, CPM

Bio coming soon!

Board Member

Marie Wakefield ND, LM

Midwifery has truly been a calling in my life. I feel blessed to love what I do for “work”, although it is really about serving families during a very special time in their lives. I attended Bastyr University and graduated with degrees in Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery.  My practice began in 2007, after I had taken some time off after graduation to have my children (both were born at home in my bath tub). Since I had two young kids at home, I chose to focus on midwifery.  I have wonderful family support and now a business partner and am so happy to be on this journey. My practice is Natural Beginnings Midwifery Care and we serve clients in Pierce county and surrounding areas. 

Board Member

Katlyn Carter LM, CPM

Bio coming soon!

Board Member

Elaine Arnold LM, CPM

My name is Elaine Arnold and I am honored to serve on the WARM board alongside some wonderful women and midwives. .  I am looking forward to continuing to serve on the WARM board as we support midwives in our state. I graduated from MCU in 2016 and my practice, Aviv Midwifery Care, is based in Enumclaw, Washington.  I am married to my high school prom date and we have 5 children and 12 grandchildren.  I homeschooled for 23 years and attended births as a doula for many years before returning to school myself to become a midwife. I especially love serving the women of our community, but also enjoy meeting midwives in other countries as we learn from one another.  Outside of birthwork, I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking, cooking, and tending my garden and chickens.

 

Board Member

Mallorie Kirsch LM, CPM

Bio coming soon! 

Board Member

Cassandra Aho CPM

Cassandra recently graduated from Midwives College of Utah and is the owner of Midnight Midwifery Consulting in Port Orchard, WA. Cassandra is passionate about advocating for victims and survivors of domestic violence and creating a dialogue about systemic change by providing educational lectures to health care providers about intimate partner violence and its effects on pregnant people, famlies, and communities. She was awarded the Harris-Braun Outstanding Poster Award for Research at MANACAM 2017 for research on Sharing Sexual Responsibility. 

Board Member

Shannon Mitchell LM, CPM

Shannon Mitchell, CPM, LM is a married mother of four and a grandmother of five. She has worked in birth fields and advocacy for over 22 years, focusing on the right to autonomy in pregnancy and birth, VBAC, and informed decision making. This led her to midwifery in the state of Washington in 2016, and her current role as a WARM Board member. 

Board Member

Sarah Simmons LM, CPM

Sarah Simmons LM is a 2012 graduate of the Midwives College of Utah. I live and have a busy solo practice in rural Okanogan county after several years of practice in the Tacoma area. 
I am approaching my 25th wedding anniversary and am the mother of 6 children ranging in age from 11-27. I recently had the privilege of catching my second grand baby (I also caught the first). In my free time I enjoy visiting with family and reading for knowledge and research as well as pleasure. I also enjoy many traditional arts such as gardening, canning and sewing. This year I have returned to fully homeschooling with my 2 youngest.  I am passionate about informed consent and preserving scope and autonomy in midwifery practice.  I look forward to serving the midwives in Washington state.