About Kaide (she/her)
As your midwife my role is that of a facilitator and guide. When we meet regularly during your pregnancy it is my goal that you will see yourself as the authority on your body and your baby and that you will see me as a collaborator on this journey toward the birth you desire. Birth is a life changing event for every individual and every family. I feel privileged that my training has given me the skills to walk the path of pregnancy and birth with the clients that I serve.
My introduction to homebirth and midwifery happened very early. I was born at home and my aunt was the midwife in attendance. My mother was also a practicing midwife in Eastern Washington when I was young. She served families out of our home and I have fond memories of going to occasional prenatal and postpartum visits with her as a child. The family lore is that I was destined to become a midwife because I went to my first birth at just two weeks old. Because of this, birth has always seemed like a natural process to me. By the time I was ten I knew I was going to be a midwife someday. Despite hearing this call at a relatively young age, It took decades and many bumps in the road before I finally realized that dream.
In 2016 I graduated from Bastyr University with a Master's Degree in Midwifery. During my training I was blessed to work with many of the excellent midwives local to the Seattle area. As a student I attended over 100 births in various settings including homes, birth centers and hospitals. Each one of these births informed the way I practice midwifery and each one affirmed my belief in birth. I believe that the best place to birth is where you feel most comfortable, safe and supported and I want to support you in giving birth in that space.
After graduating from midwifery school I spent a year providing midwifery care to families in the Seattle area. In 2018 my family and I moved to Olympia and are planning to move to Grays Harbor County in the next few months.
My wife, Melinda, and I have four growing children ranging in age from 21 to 6. They keep us very busy! As the little ones become more and more independent we are looking forward to getting to know the area and all of the fun adventures it offers.
About Amber (they/them)
I am very excited to be taking on a student role with Harbor Community Birth! I am a second year student at Birthwise Midwifery school, a Certified Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, Placenta Encapsulation Specialist, and Abortion Doula.
My journey into birth work began around 2016 when I began training as a Birth Doula with DONA international. After that training, I practiced as a Doula in my home state of Nebraska for three more years. During my experience in Nebraska I ventured into other avenues of birth work and gained experience as a Childbirth Educator, Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulation specialist, and an Abortion Doula.
Through my combined experiences of doing birth work and studying midwifery, I have had the opportunity to support parents in various birth settings across Nebraska, New Hampshire, and Maine.
I have always been so inspired by the power and wisdom of the human body, and I truly believe that every birth I have the opportunity to attend is an incredible honor. I am so excited to deepen my experience and knowledge through working alongside Kaide at Harbor Community Birth!