Since the beginning of time, women have sought midwives for advice, assistance and companionship during pregnancy and childbirth. Today’s midwives have the opportunity for education and intensive training. While the preparation for our profession has changed, the philosophy of our work is much the same as it has always been. Pregnancy and childbirth are viewed as normal, natural, God created functions of the body.
Pregnancy and childbirth are major life experiences and each woman is unique. Spokane Midwives strives to give each family the individual attention needed to have a birth that is both satisfying and safe. We use traditional skills combined with modern medical techniques to safeguard the normal and ensure prompt diagnosis and referral of complications.
Each visit with your Midwife allows plenty of time for questions, discussion and family involvement. All decisions regarding care are made together.
Jane Silver – Midwife
I have been attending women and families in birth since 2004 when my interests and efforts in healthcare landed me in a mother-baby postpartum care facility in England, I was a young auxiliary nurse and I was fascinated by the transformation birth could bring. I pursued work in maternity healthcare internationally as well as closer to home where I became a doula for under-served families in Seattle. Over the years I have worked in Tanzania, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Guatemala, and Peru with various birth communities. I co-taught a Birth Culture course at the University of Washington helping to empower and educate young college students about birth options in our country. As a baccalaureate-nursing student at UW I had began to narrow my focus to nurse-midwifery and women’s health care. I was compelled to support women of all ages as they navigate their reproductive lifespan. During my Seattle years I facilitated a hospital based volunteer doula program at the University of Washington Medical Center, UWMC, which I would love to see happen here in our Spokane birthing community.
I moved to Spokane in 2009 to follow my heart and plant roots in the city where I was born and raised. I have wonderful family and community here and now my sweetheart and I are married and well settled in Peaceful Valley. I have been part of the Sacred Heart Medical Center emergency department family as an RN since I moved to Spokane in 2009. After completing my Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Washington in June of 2013 I emerged as a doctorate prepared Certified Nurse-Midwife and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner in Washington State.
I was graciously welcomed into the Spokane Midwives community and started attending births with both Victoria Stickelmeyer and Linda Morgan in September 2013. I am honored to be here helping women and families in my own community gain empowering pregnancy and birth experiences. I am very excited to begin offering well woman, gynecologic, reproductive and primary health care in our practice.
Victoria Stickelmeyer – Midwife
My passion has always been to empower women to have the childbirth experience they desire with the least amount of interventions. Because of that passion, I have been attending natural births in the hospital and in private homes since 1992; over 250 natural births with 6 different mentors who allowed me to see many approaches to individualized care. I felt the call to Midwifery back then, waiting 17 years until my own three children were old enough to tolerate a busy mother who attended births at all hours. My desire was to be a mature, thoughtful, confident Midwife when the time was right, and when my family was ready.
My husband and I were married in 1991; have two sons and one daughter and a slew of pets that include a Golden Retriever, a kitty, chickens, and a horse. Our play time is packed with outdoor activities that include camping, hiking, boating, fishing, riding, and just about anything else. In a quiet moment you may find me knitting or reading. We have felt honored to raise three very different individuals with very different interests and temperaments that have grown us and challenged us into having more adventures and being stronger people than we ever imagined. Motherhood is amazing and I feel so blessed and honored to be able to share the experience with so many women.
Doors began to open for me to become a Midwife in 2003 when I was brought on staff at Spokane Midwives as a Birth Assistant and also as an Administrative Assistant. I was blessed to have 6 years of experience and learning with Linda and Beth before beginning my formal education. Since 2009 I have been attending college at SFCC, BYU and Aviva earning the certificates and titles necessary for my Washington license. Most importantly I have been learning from women what they need and want in a Midwife. In my care, you will have information, real choices, a listening ear, a watchful companion, and someone who will celebrate your journey with you.