Meet Laura
Thank you for inquiring about home-birth and midwifery care.

PERSONALLY:
I am 55 years old and honored to be celebrating 30 years of midwifery services.
I have two sons, Taylor and Kurt 
three step children, Jacob, Lindsey and Jessica
and eight wonderful grand children, Tyler, Victoria, Alivia,  Fiona, Jodie, Kade, Layla and Harlie!
I was raised in Lewis County on my families Dairy farm.  I  have a large extended family, that I love spending time with. 
I also am a member and attend Toledo First Baptist Church.

PROFESSIONALLY:
I provide complete  prenatal care;  personal, professional labor support and assist in the birth of your baby, in the comfort of a warm,relaxing home, where you are free to walk about, eat and drink fluids and rest when you want.

MY DESIRE:
I want to make this pregnancy a very memorable experience.  
Together, I hope we achieve the wonderful birth experience 
you so desire with your family and loved ones.

EDUCATION:
Seattle Midwifery School, Seattle, Washington,
1983 Diploma of Midwifery
Centralia Community College, Centralia, Washington,
1977 Associates in Science, Practical Nursing Program
Onalaska High School, Onalaska, Washington,
1975 High School Diploma

PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE:
Licensed Midwife, 1983, State of Washington
Certified Professional Midwife
Licensed Practical Nurse, 1977, State of Washington

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:
Professional Midwives Affiliation, member
Midwives Association of Washington State, Past Regional Director
Midwives Alliance of North America
North America Registry of Midwives
International Childbirth Education Association
Lewis County Chamber of Commerce, Past member
Zonta of Lewis County, Past member
Lewis County Family Planning, Advisory Board,past member
Lewis County Public Schools, Professional Guest Speaker
Lewis County Fire Districts, Continuing Education Instructor

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Involved in over 3000 births
Founder and Sole Practitioner, Midwifery Services, 1983 to present
St. Jude Hospital, St. Lucia, West Indies, 1982-1984
Morton General Hospital, Licensed Practical Nurse, 1982-1984
Providence Hospital Centralia, Licensed Practical Nurse, 1977-1982
Other Experience1999, spent three weeks in Western Samoa delivering babies2000, spent 4 weeks in Cooper Cannon Mexico, working in an orphanage2009, spent 4 weeks in South Africa delivering babies in a Government Hospital

PUBLICATIONS and AWARDS:2009 "Woman of Wisdom" award for over 25 years of midwifery practice
"Families Beginning Together" birth with Licensed Midwife" 45 minutes, 
published in 1990.  Over 1000 sold.

HOBBIES
Sewing, have four machines, now teaching my grand daughters
making soy wax candles
making glycerin soap
making jewelry with my Mom and grand daughters

All of these homemade items are now for 
sale at my new gift shop, Butterfly Wishes!
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