I wanted the ability to serve families in the home, birth center and hospital setting – wherever people chose to birth—and so I became a certified nurse midwife She received her clinical experience and education at Bellevue College and Bastyr in Washington, and Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, TX, the latter of which she loved working with Spanish-speaking clients. A trained doula and a mother to 3 children – including twin daughters – she brings to herÂ, the life experiences that have taught and molded her, Vanessa loves learning about people, and if you ever find yourself sitting in the reception area. I love being able to witness a woman giving birth. She follows in the legacy of the Hebrew midwives – Shifrah and Puah, believing in the responsibility to go against the dominant culture if necessary to bring forth life. Soraya is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and New Mexico Licensed Midwife (LM), as well as a lactation consultant and La Leche League leader. As the mom to 2 active kiddos, she doesn’t get much free time, but when she does she enjoys DIY projects, hiking, missionary work, and Coke Zero. She trained at Birthingway College of Midwifery (B.S.) She believes that the real gift of midwifery is the opportunity to build a relationship with women, their partners, and their families. Born at home herself, she was raised with an awareness of midwives and giving birth outside of the hospital. She lives on a little homestead and is a mother to one feisty toddler – birthed at home with family and midwives in attendance after a long, intense labor. Fast forward several years and Bella began an internship with us at the San Antonio Birth Center during her junior and senior years of high school as part of a class called Independent Study Mentorship.  Though projects about midwifery, shadowing the staff, and writing parenting class curriculum, she discovered a love for midwifery. Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) Karen attended Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, TN, received a BSN from the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, and earned MSN degrees from Case Western Reserve University and Frontier Nursing University. She became a midwife, Mothering magazine editor, counselor for teen moms, Maternal Child Health program manager, childbirth educator, doula mentor, and psychotherapist. Amber met her husband in 2005 and they married in 2012. That year of mentorship was life changing and solidified a calling and purpose to become a midwife. As a family, they are enjoying all that Texas has to offer as their favorite pass time is just being together: outside, hiking, biking, kayaking, tubing, jumping waves and drinking  coffee.  When off call Naomi enjoys traveling and serving families, women, babies, and midwives in Haiti with MamaBaby Haiti. Kirkland Birth Center 13128 Totem Lake Blvd NE, Suite 101 Kirkland, WA 98034 P: (425) 823-1919 F: (888) 972-5585 Kirkland@BirthCenter.com Jaqxun has been a birth and postpartum doula since 2001 and began midwifery training in 2010. Naomi tucked her dreams of midwifery away for a season to care for her growing family. She developed a course on the history of childbirth for University of New Mexico. She attended the University of New Mexico for one year before deciding on which midwifery program to pursue. She attended Monte del Sol Charter School which featured a mentorship program; where students find a professional in the community willing to volunteer their time and experiences throughout the school year. It’s evident when you meet the staff at New Life Birth Center that we care about the families we serve. She follows in the legacy of the Hebrew midwives – Shifrah and Puah, believing in the responsibility to go against the dominant culture if necessary to bring forth life. 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