Midwife - BS, CPM, LM (ID, WA)
In 2000 my son was born in a vacuum-assisted delivery. His birth caused me to feel disempowered, disrespected, and that my maternal instincts were ignored. Fortunately, the teacher of my hospital childbirth prep class was an AMAZING doula/nurse in Denver. SHE was empowering and first lit the spark that started my whole journey. Largely due to her influence, I started attending hospital births as a labor doula in 2001. In 2004, I trained to be a midwife’s assistant. I was bitten by the midwifery bug and have attended home births almost exclusively ever since. I worked as a birth assistant for various local midwives in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane from 2006-2010.
Midwife - BS, CPM, LM (WA, ID)
I was born in Colorado and grew up in Alaska. When I had my first baby, I felt like I was not able to have the natural birth that I wanted for my first birth in the hospital. So for my second baby, at 37 weeks I transferred to a out of hospital midwifery group to have a birth center birth, which changed my whole perspective on natural birth, birth options, and midwifery. My third baby was then born in the comfort of my own home with my husband, midwife and my own mother present. After that I was sold, I new that Midwifery was my calling and a journey I would someday start.
Childbirth Class Instructor, Nuse, Lactation Consultant - RN, IBCLC, LCCE
Felicia loves teaching childbirth classes for Spokane River Midwives.
She is a Registered Nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator. She has a special passion for education and informed decision-making in pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum. Felicia views this job as a ministry and loves serving in the community where she grew up.
Office Assistant and Placenta Encapsulator
I’ve been involved with birth work in a variety of capacities for many years as a birth and postpartum doula, birth assistant, and educator.
Currently, I enjoy encapsulating placentas in the Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene areas and also work on a number of projects for Terri, Dawn, and the Spokane River Midwives team.
I’ll be the lady in the office sorting papers, laminating breastfeeding flip cards, and filling your folders with useful information.
Birth Assistant/Postpartum Nurse - RN, BSN
When I tell people that I want to be a midwife they always say, “you must love babies!” to which I always reply, “I do, but I really love the moms.”
After having my first two children at home with midwives I knew that one day I would pursue midwifery—that was almost ten years ago. Since then, I became a registered nurse and added two more beautiful girls to our family. As a clinician I learned the value of holistic and evidence-based care as well as the often more important skill of slowing down and being present; it was this aspect of caregiving that I truly fell in love with.
Miri immigrated to America from the U.K 15 years ago. It was in England watching two of her siblings being born that she vowed to become a midwife “when she grew up”. After experiencing her own son’s birth she became a doula and started working closely with Moms in the hospital advocating for consent and respectful care.
Miri was overjoyed to be accepted into Mercy In Action College of Midwifery for the fall of 2021. She is currently working on her bachelor's degree in midwifery.
When I was 2 years old, I told my parents that I wanted to be “the kind of doctor that delivers babies”, and while I did decide being an MD wasn’t for me, I always knew I wanted to be present with women birthing their babies.
After training and working as a doula in mainly hospital births for a few years and witnessing the way women are treated in that setting, I couldn’t remain as a doula, I knew I wanted to do more to help change the way women experience their care during pregnancy and childbirth and began looking into becoming a midwife.