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Chair

Skaidre Brown LM, CPM

I live in the beautiful Skagit Valley in Mount Vernon, Washington on 4 1/2 acres with my husband and 3 children. My parents also live with us in a daylight basement apartment in our house. We have chickens, apple trees, cherry trees, raspberries, and blueberry bushes. Since being in school I haven’t had much time for the acreage. Now that I am done with school I dream of being a bit of a homesteader and hope to expand with a midwife/medicinal herb garden and goats! Since having my second child, I have been passionate about natural childbirth. I became a Bradley Method childbirth educator and birth doula in 2002. I’ve taught childbirth classes and attended births as a doula for 7 years when I decided to go to Midwives College of Utah to become a direct entry midwife. I was homeschooling my 3 children at the time and the rigors of school were too much for me, so I took a break. I took a break from childbirth altogether for about 2 years. I then began teaching my own childbirth class and attending births as a midwife assistant. As my children grew and became more independent I realized that I still had the passion and dream to become a midwife. In August of 2016 I started to pursue that dream once again. With the support of my husband and my children I began taking classes again and have since finished school and became licensed in WA in September 2020 and opened my practice, providing all services in the client’s home, in October 2020. It has been no small feat to accomplish all of this. In my last small stretch of school the world was hit with the SARS-CoV-19 virus pandemic. This pandemic not only affected my schooling, but also that of my children. It also has changed the shape of healthcare and homebirth. In some areas, more people have been afraid to go to the hospital where sick people go and homebirth boomed. For community birth providers, the Department of Health in each state has made new requirements for PPE and protocols to stop the spread. I believe the stress has impacted maternal and fetal outcomes, but we won’t have definitive answers to that for years to come. Despite all of the challenges caused by the pandemic, I am done with school and was able to get my license and open my practice. I hope to serve my community by giving the safe alternative of homebirth to as many people as possible!

President

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. 

Secretary

Crystal Ogle LM, CPM

I have served on the WARM board for 10 years and have had the honor of holding the position of Board Chair for 8 years of those years. I have been in birth work for almost 30 years, beginning as a certified doula, childbirth educator, apprentice, student, then finally a licensed midwife. I have a unique home birth midwifery practice on Whidbey Island, where my husband and I have raised our three kids and now get to watch two grandchildren grow up living island life. We have dogs, goats and chickens. Outside of practice, my experience includes teaching midwifery, course writing and development and various ways of supporting birth justice, social justice and decreasing health disparities.

 

Treasurer

Janelle Gräef LM, CPM

Janelle is blessed to be one of the few WA State Licensed Midwives providing services in Yakima, Washington and the surrounding area. Her journey to becoming a midwife began when she discovered she was pregnant with her oldest son in 2005. Like many new moms she read all of the books, did all the research, and learned all she could and pregnancy and birth. In the midst of that, she discovered the beautiful profession of midwifery. After the birth of her third son and first home birth experience, she started apprenticing with a brilliant holistic home birth midwife. She began her formal midwifery training in 2014 and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery from Midwives College of Utah in 2018. Janelle is focused on building relationships both with not only other midwives, but with various health care professionals and the hospital so she can offer safe, comprehensive care to all the families she serves. For a number of years now, Janelle has been serving as the Treasurer for WARM. 

Board Member

Katlyn Carter LM, CPM

 A little bit about myself…. I live in Poulsbo, WA with my husband and our four boys on a small hobby farm. I graduated from Midwives College of Utah last fall and became licensed here in Washington around the same time. I am currently working with a small number of clients at Tranquil Healing Center in Belfair. I am passionate about advocating for women’s rights choices and furthering the midwifery profession in this state. I would love to continue to be a part of WARM and offer my time and perspective as a recently graduated midwife. I love WARM’s philosophy and openness and wish to share it with other new midwives!

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 15 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

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. 

Board Member

Kasha deRoos LM, CPM

Kasha started birth work as a doula in 2017 and shortly after began training as a midwifery student under the traditional PEP model. She has had the honor of attending nearly 300 births in varying capacities in the Spokane and CDA area. She runs a moderate sized home birth practice and community based birth center. She has served as the treasurer for the Idaho Midwifery Council since 2021 and is looking to become more involved in the Washington midwifery community as a resident of Spokane. Outside of midwifery, Kasha is a solo parent, avid hiker, and regular reader.

Board Member

Hayley Swedelius LM, CPM

I am a home birth mama, have raised two of my own children, been a traditional surrogate, and am raising a bonus child with the love of my life/fiancé, Ryan. I have attended births as a doula/midwife in over 14 hospitals around Washington, 5 different birth centers, and countless homebirths over the last 19 years. I am passionate about providing choice and medical autonomy to my clients. I love to hike with my dog and partner, sing and play guitar, practice yoga and enjoy my backyard garden and chickens. I’m currently serving Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Yakima, Toppenish, Goldendale, Sunnyside, Zillah, Prosser, Moses Lake, Tri-Cities and Walla Walla. 

Board Member

Ivy Warwick LM, CPM

Ivy Warwick LM:  I am married to my husband of 25 years and we have 11 children. 3 through birth (home births) and 8 through adoption. I live in the very south eastern corner of Washington. I serve a 2 hour radius including Idaho. I have been licensed for 5 but have been in the birth field for 30 years as a doula, assistant and student midwife. I have an office in Idaho and am licensed in that state as well. I would love to be on the WARM board and will help in areas that are my strength. I am on the events committee.

Board Member
Chelsea Rice LM, CPM

I have had a passion for birth since attending my baby sister’s birth when I was 13 years old. I had my first child in the hospital in 2006 and was disappointed with the experience. In researching other options, I was led to doula work, and I absolutely loved supporting families in their labor and birth. However, due to life circumstances and lack of support I had to give it up. With my second pregnancy, I chose a licensed midwife at a birth center and was astounded by the differences in care. Feeling respected and being allowed autonomy and choices for my body and my baby was HUGE. I married my amazing husband in 2012, and we have had two more children together, at home in the water. In January 2016, I enrolled at Midwives College of Utah and started my journey. In April 2022 I finished a two-year internship with Natural Beginnings and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery.  I believe that pregnancy and birth are inherently normal physiological events. I respect a persons strength, ability, and right to birth their baby in the manner that most suits them and I strive to be a partner in achieving the experience that they desire. I trust the inherently natural process of birth and believe that a persons body and their baby were made for this and know what to do. I do not deliver babies, but rather assist in birthing a baby by providing support and knowledge. It is such an honor to support families through their pregnancy and birth experiences and to have a career that brings me so much joy and fulfillment. 

Board Member

Adria Fuller LM, CPM

My name is Adria Fuller. I am currently a CPM and licensed midwife in the states of Oregon and Washington.

I have attended births in diverse settings including hospital, birth center and home birth; domestic and international. My midwifery care has been shaped and influenced by exposure to a variety of disciplines; learning from licensed midwives, nurse midwives, obstetricians, naturopaths, chiropractors, massage therapists, and others. Having completed doula training in 2002, I have a long history of interest and engagement in birth work. I have lived in Washington State (in the Columbia River Gorge) since 2004, and have enjoyed serving women and families in childbirth in this area since 2011. I have three children of my own; two born at home in the Columbia Gorge.

I have had the privilege of working with childbearing women and native caregivers in both Kenya and Mexico at freestanding birth centers as well as hospital settings. Additionally, my husband and I held the honor of helping with leadership at a birth center in Oaxaca, Mexico as they transitioned to a more locally directed structure. The perspective of birth outside of our American culture has been profound and impactful. 

I look forward to the prospect of being able to serve in the ‘local’ (WA state) childbirth and midwifery arena through WARM Board membership. The midwifery model has historically highly valued offering meaningful informed choice to birthing women and families. Their choice around birthing freedoms can only be protected so far as autonomy of practice is protected for the midwives providing them services. Sustaining multiple professional midwifery organizations in WA is one path to keeping diversity in practice viable for all licensed midwives in WA state. I realize that it takes active participation to share the work of the organization, and hope to be helpful where I can in this season should I selected for serving on the WARM Board.