Spokane Midwives

About Us

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 functions of a very wise body. We can trust birth.

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, CNM   Victoria Stickelmeyer, CPM, LM
Jane Silver
  victoria

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.

 

I have been attending natural births in the hospital and in private homes since 1991. My passion has always been to empower women to have the childbirth experience they desire and deserve with the least amount of intervention. Because of this, my own midwife and first mentor in 1996 exclaimed: “Someday, you will make an excellent midwife!” I accepted her compliment, embraced the calling, but shelved the dream until my own three children were old enough to function with a mother in college who also had to attend births. I wanted to be a safe, thoughtful, confident midwife when the time was right, and when my family was ready for me be dedicated to my clientele.

In 20 years of training I have participated in many beautiful natural births, the births of twins, breech, large babies and very small, and multiple vaginal births after cesarean (VBAC). I worked as an assistant at a high volume birth center here in Spokane and as an Apprentice with two midwives, each having over 30 years experience in home birth.

My Midwifery education took place at Aviva College, Brigham Young University, and Spokane Falls Community College; each with Honors. I completed the North American Registry of Midwives Certified Professional Midwife Program and gained the recognition of Licensed Midwife in Washington State, one of the states with the highest standards for midwives seeking to practice out-of-hospital.

I have attended to rare emergencies that have included babies in need of full resuscitation, severe postpartum hemorrhage, birth defects, and maternal and/or newborn transports. As difficult as these situations can be, they were incredibly valuable learning experiences.

A little something personal ~ I was born at Holy Family Hospital, grew up in Spokane and have raised my children here. I birthed one at Holy Family and two at home with Licensed Midwives. Those children are now grown and I have two beautiful grandchildren that I was blessed to have "Midwifed" while their Daddy caught them. I live on a small farm caring for horses, chickens, goats, and ducks as well as a small pack of dogs and kitties. I am very grateful for the people who surround me so that I can be fully available to my birthing families.

Dawn Brown, CPM, LM   Eva Sample CPM, LM
Dawn Brown
  Eva Sample

I started midwifery school in 2012 through Midwives College of Utah. Through my 5 years, I attended over 300 births in 4 different birth centers in; Washington, Idaho, Alaska and Utah. I obtained  the national Certified Professional Midwife CPM in 2015. My training consists of Bachelors from Eastern Washington University in Speech and Hearing disorders where I worked with Special Olympics for many years and the Spokane Guild school. I was a licensed EMT  right out of high school and traveled on medical mission trips in Africa, Russia, Thailand , India and many others.
I continue to take classes for Birth Emergency Skills, Cultural Competency, Breech & Twins. I’ve taught CPR classes for over 18 years and love to empower others in a fun way you’ll remember.

I have been supporting families in the child bearing years for over 10 years. I started by volunteering as a doula through Catholic Charities and Life services with their Teen moms program, teaching childbirth classes and breastfeeding support. I ran a successful business called Baby Steps Spokane for 5 years, teaching classes, doula work with a focus on the networking families with the community providers. Many of the doulas in Spokane attended my classes and shadowed under me. I have taught midwifery classes to students and midwives on many of my world travels. 

I have three kids, ages 14, 12 and 10. My first daughter was born in a hospital with a nurse midwife. As a hospital setting goes with many interventions it was not the birth I desired. At 36 weeks with my second, I switched to Spokane Midwives and had my son at the birth center and then 2 years later my daughter was birthed at home. We lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for three years and have recently moved back to Spokane to be close to family and friends. I enjoy staying active as a soccer mom, triathlete and love to travel.

 

Hi, My Name is Eva!
I moved to Spokane almost five years ago to marry my best friend. I have been privileged to have worked in a variety of settings as a midwife. I am very excited to be returning to Spokane Midwives and to be a part of your journey through pregnancy, delivery and postpartum!

I’ve had a passion for serving people since I was young and when I graduated from high school I thought midwifery would be the most accurate fit for my specific field of interest. My schooling in midwifery was primarily through the National College of Midwifery where I received my Associates of Science in Midwifery. I also attended the Newlife International School of Midwifery located in the Philippines. I was able to work in a high volume birth center serving impoverished people groups in Davao City for two years as I completed my Midwifery program. After graduating from Midwifery school and passing the North American Registry for Midwives board exam in 2013, I moved to Spokane where I studied to take the State Licensing Exam. I am proud to say I am a Licensed, Certified Professional Midwife in Washington State.

Along with my passion for midwifery, I greatly enjoy spending time with my husband, investing in people, camping, skiing, traveling around the world, and soaking up as much sunlight as possible.

It is my sincere honor to be a part of your care and to serve you as best I can through your journey.
Blessings,
Eva Sample, LM, CPM

Remember...you stand in a place few understand the meaning of, that those you guide
depend on you to be a watchful, honorable and compassionate shepherdess.
  ~Tamara Taitt  

 

Back-up / Locum Midwives:

 

ViviAnne Fischer, CPM, LM   Kathleen Ojeda “KO”, ND
ViviAnne
  KOjeda

I myself was born at home with a midwife and many of my mother’s friends chose home birth, the message that pregnancy and birth was a normal physiological process for a woman was imprinted on me early on.  When I was young I considered becoming a midwife, but landed on a Masters in Human Development, focusing on families.  I started working at Washington State University, first as a research assistant and then as an instructor (I still teach one online class).  After having my three boys I found myself educating women around me about all I had learned through my journeys in pregnancy and birth, it seemed women weren’t sharing the important pieces of these experiences.  I became a birth doula around this time and opened myself to opportunities towards Midwifery.  My heart is in helping families transition into parenthood feeling whole- physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.  Empowering women during their pregnancy and birth and holding a safe and comfortable space for the hormonal orchestra that happens during birth is my passion.

I attended Midwives College of Utah and completed my clinical training with a small homebirth/birth center practice in Moscow, ID and I apprenticed here, with Spokane Midwives, attending births with Victoria and Jane.  I graduated with my Bachelors in Midwifery as a Certified Professional Midwife and became licensed in Washington and Idaho.  I feel my life experiences, education and training have prepared me well for the responsibility, competence and humility that midwifery requires.  My own practice, Rolling Hills Midwifery, serves women on the Palouse.

I am overjoyed to be a part of the Spokane Midwives team as my practice grows and develops.  

 

I was born and raised in a suburb of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I graduated from Bastyr University as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine. I am also in the final stages of completing a Masters of Science in Midwifery from Bastyr. I was brought to midwifery and naturopathic medicine through the desire for a life dedicated to the pursuit of the overwhelming joy of loving service. I have been volunteering with several organizations to serve underprivileged families in various countries since the age of 16.

I attended Stanford University and graduated with a degree in neurological psychology and a minor in human biology. As I gained more focus on healthcare throughout my undergraduate career, I geared my service work towards sexual and women’s health. After graduation, an entrepreneurial spirit and search for a more holistic system of medicine brought me to a career in naturopathic medicine, and training as a craniosacral and visceral manipulation practitioner  and massage therapist. I am very dedicated to the power of holistic healthcare, and I believe firmly in the ability of every individual to manifest their own health. The clinical style I always attempt to embody is illustrated by the phrase, ‘listening in love.’

As a naturopathic physician, I operate from an alternative philosophy of medicine which focuses on treating the whole person, family, and community; utilizing routine, preventative care; and identifying and treating the cause of any obstacles to health through the lowest-force interventions, referring to specialty care when appropriate. I am committed to empowering individuals to take part in their health, and the health of their children, family and community, through education and shared decision making. I believe that all people, at every age, deserve honor and respect from their health care provider.

I came to midwifery through a desire to support health from conception. I ascribe to the belief that a child’s time in the womb and experience of birth are some of the most formative health experiences, and these experiences will continue to impact the health of the individual throughout the entirety of their life. I am interested in a model of practice that supports the health of the individual from the moment of conception, as an extension of the health of the mother, to build a firm foundation of health for life. In addition, I am drawn to the empowerment of women that pervades the field of midwifery, returning to women their dignity and power, and supporting the reclamation of birth by the women who are giving it.

I truly believe that giving birth is one of the most important events that will occur in the life of a woman; I cannot adequately express how excited, honored and grateful I am to have the opportunity to partner with women in this experience.

The foundation of my life, belief, and medical practice is this:
All illness would be eradicated if we could all remember the one essential truth-
Everything is love.