Our Team

Terri Young – CPM, LM

Terri Young, MidwifeIn 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.

In 2005, I birthed my nine and a half pound daughter at home with a midwife.  This was an amazing moment in my life and showed me how wonderful birth can be when it is allowed to unfold naturally.   It was such a different experience from my first birth and really pushed me to further pursue midwifery.

In 2010,  I spent four weeks in the Philippines doing an internship at Mercy Maternity Clinic, where they deliver about 150 babies per month.   It was a life changing trip for me, as I had never seen poverty like that nor had I previously been to a third world country.  When I returned from my internship,  I completed my clinical training and apprenticeship.  As of January 2011 I have attended over 200 births and 60 of those I served as the primary midwife. The apprenticeship route to learn the art of midwifery has given me valuable perspective on normal, physiological births, and also how to manage complications.  I took the NARM board exams in August of 2011, thus earning me my CPM (Certified Professional Midwife).  In December of 2011, I was thrilled to become the 42nd licensed midwife in the state of Idaho.

My family and I moved from our native Colorado to the Spokane Valley in 2006.  We love living near our extended family in north Idaho.  My husband Kent is the music director at The Oaks Classical Christian Academy where both of our children attend school.  This is a real blessing for our family, because it allows me to leave for births without concern about the children’s whereabouts.

Dawn Brown BS, CPM, LM (WA, ID)

Dawn Brown, MidwifeI 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.

Before I started midwifery school, I worked in a very different setting. My training consists of a bachelors at Eastern Washington University in Speech and Hearing Disorders with a emphasis on speech therapy in the school setting. In 2008 when my children were little, I became a doula and focused on supporting young single moms. I also started teaching childbirth education classes here in Spokane.

While homeschooling my kids, it was a few more years before I started Midwifery school and my five year journey which included preceptorships at birth centers in Spokane, Idaho, Alaska, and Utah. During the time I lived and worked in Hawaii I was also doing mission trips involving teaching classes in women’s health and CPR in Africa and Guam.

I enjoy doing research and keeping up with the lastest studies. I continue to take classes for Birth Emergency Skills, Cultural Competency, Breech & Twins. I enjoy increasing my knowledge in nutrition, women’s health and thyroid issues. I am always ready to learn from our local birth community and supporting our doulas.

Me and my husband of 20+ years have had an adventurous time raising three children who are almost all out of the house. We have built three homes, traveled, and been adventurous in backpacking, hiking, and sailing. Our family enjoys watching movies and eating pizza, I love cooking with my girls, and watching my son play sports. I am so happy to join Spokane River Midwives and continue to serve Washington and Idaho families.

EMT 1998-2005
Certified Lactation Counselor 2009
Doula, Childbirth International 2009
Lamaze childbirth educator 2010
Midwives College of Utah in 2012
Certified Professional Midwife 2016
Licensed Midwife Washington 2018/ Idaho 2021
Midwifery Bridge Certificate 2021
Current Neonatal Resuscitation/ BLS CPR

Alyssa
Office Manager

We are so happy to have Alyssa Trejos on board as our Office Manager. Alyssa is a single mom of five children, four of which are biological and one international adoption from Bulgaria. Alyssa’s love of midwifery stems from her Mother, who was also a midwife, and allowed Alyssa to assist on births domestically and internationally. Alyssa’s professional past consists of emergency medicine with many years as an EMT and working in the Emergency Department, she also is a skilled phlebotomist and often assists our office with blood draws for our clients.

“I was drawn to Spokane River Midwives because of their statement of sustainability, motivation and encouragement for women and pregnant moms alike. Whether it is watching one student encourage another, breast-feeding mommas uplifting one another, or just women serving women, it is a blessing to be part of this team. I am looking forward to seeing the growth of Spokane River Midwives professionally and as a ministry, seeing each of us individually grow in what God has planned for us.”Enter your text here...

Christiana

I’m a 23 year old, country-raised, laid-back type of person. I’m the fifth in a line-up of 9 kids, so there was never a dull moment growing up. My dad was a pastor of a small non-denominational church and my mom home-schooled all nine of us. I got my aspiration to become a midwife watching my mom gracefully glide through her pregnancies and choose to have her babies at home.

I got to attend my first birth shortly after graduating high school and training to be a doula. Every single birth since has been a confirmation that I’m on the right path; no matter how late at night or early in the morning I find myself driving home from one, I find myself stopping to take a moment to appreciate the miracle of birth; it’s truly a privilege to be in this work.

When I have time, my hobbies include playing instruments, hiking, drawing custom portraits, writing, and hosting friends. I am currently earning my degree in the science of midwifery, and after graduating, I hope to go to Haiti. My goal is to start a birth center where women feel safe and loved; to spread Jesus’ love through affordable healthcare.

Felicia Bray
Childbirth Class Instructor, Nurse, Lactation Consultant

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 she grew up in. Felicia spends most of her time being a wife and mom to her three children Jonah (4), Micah (2), and Evelyn (9 months). We adore having Felicia teach our families, and assist them as a nurse and lactation consultant.

Gerrie
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. Please feel free to say hello when you’re in the office.

Karly
Birth Assistant/ Postpartum Nurse

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. While it is not yet time for me to pursue my midwifery education, I am excited to join this wonderful team to help support families in our community and the midwives that make out-of-hospital birth possible.

Karly Reinders RN, BSN

Miri
Student Midwife

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 bachelors degree in midwifery. Miri is a Certified Spinning Babies Parent Educator and doula, when she’s not studying she loves to educate families on fetal positioning and helping breech baby’s flip. She is married to her husband of five years and together they have a three year old son.

Morgan
Student Midwife

Hi! I'm Morgan and I am a 21 year old midwifery student from Tennessee. In January of 2021, I moved to Spokane to be a student here at Spokane River Midwives.

I started my midwifery journey in the Fall of 2019 when I went to a midwifery apprenticeship prep program called GoMidwife in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i. I have been continuing my education online through this school and only have a few quarters left to go!
I am the oldest of 5 children and my siblings and I were homeschooled and grew up in Tennessee.

I enjoy doing pretty much anything outdoors, photography, reading, and being with my family and friends. I hope to become a CPM and use my skills as a midwife to minister to women and their families, especially in Haiti.

Heather
Student Midwife

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.

I started apprenticing with Terri in 2013, and attended births with her for about 9 months, since I got pregnant with my daughter immediately after beginning my apprenticeship. I decided to take a step back from midwifery so as not to miss her baby years, but kept my foot in the door, painting the office, catering picnics, helping with paperwork, working to open the birth center, anything I could do to stay at least a little involved in the world of midwifery. Now that my daughter is older the timing has felt right to jump back in, and I started up my apprenticeship again, then enrolled in National College of Midwifery. Serving women has always been my passion, and I’m so thrilled to be a part of Spokane River Midwives.

Melissa
Lactation Consultant

Melissa Morgan, IBCLC, CLE, is an internationally board certified lactation consultant and certified lactation educator. Her philosophy for lactation practice focuses on helping families understand what is biologically normal throughout pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and parenthood. When help for breastfeeding is needed, Melissa will work with families to make personalized adjustments. We are so honored to have Melissa as a part of the Spokane River Midwives team to serve our families.