What is a Midwife?
A midwife is a trained healthcare professional who is able to provide comprehensive maternity care and management of birth for pregnant persons that are low-risk. Midwives fully understand the normalcy of pregnancy and birth, and are educated and trained to recognize variations from normal, and to intervene when medically necessary. Prenatally, midwives are able to perform necessary lab work and can provide referrals as needed for ultrasound or consultation with a physician. In Washington State, midwives are licensed by the department of health and are able to carry all medications necessary for handling emergencies, oxygen, IV fluids, antibiotics for use in labor, and routine newborn medications. Additionally, they are trained in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation.
Ashley Jones, LM, CPM, MSM
Executive Director of Salmonberry Birth Center
Ashley Jones LM, CPM, owner of Fly True Midwifery and Executive Director of True North Birth Center, is a military wife (now retired) and mother to four. She began her work in birth in 2011, following her second hospital birth. Initially, Ashley entered birth work as a doula, but quickly realized her goal was to become a midwife. Ashley began birth assisting in 2012, where she attended her first out of hospital births. In August 2014, Ashley was accepted to the bachelor's program with Midwives College of Utah. Ashley graduated with honors in November 2017, and began her master program in January 2018. Ashley graduated with honors, receiving her Masters of Science in Midwifery in August 2019. Her thesis, original research on her self developed holistic protocol for Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy, is in the process of being published. She speaks 1-2 times per year at various midwifery conferences on the topic. In addition, Ashley is the Ethical Review Board Chair and Adjunct Faculty with Midwives College of Utah, teaching Principles of Evidence-Informed Practices.
"My philosophy on birth is simple. Birth is a natural, normal event that typically needs little intervention when the birthing person is low risk. Where I focus is on the birthing person's and their support system's experience. By providing comprehensive, personalized prenatal care, my clients learn about me as I learn about them. Through this common learning, trust is established. I focus on empowering my clients to make the necessary decisions throughout pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. With the combination of trust and empowerment, my clients are able to form their own story, as I look after the safety of all."
Holly Campbell LM, CPM, MSM
A Kitsap native, Holly Campbell, LM CPM MSM practiced as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor before returning to birth work. She obtained a Masters of Science in Midwifery from Bastyr University in 2015 and completed her clinical training at Treasure Valley Birth Center in Boise, ID and local home birth practice Gumnut Blossom Midwifery. Holly also has a Master of Arts in Psychology and her passion for travel is fueled by her undergraduate degree in Anthropology.
Holly’s experience as a mental health care specialist influences her work every day. She believes that all families should feel like participants, not patients, in their care and endeavors to create supportive and collaborative spaces for people to grow as parents and meet their babies. In her spare time Holly loves to spend time with her hoard of nephews and nieces, garden, and occasionally crochet a mean afghan.
Melanie Brindle, LM, CPM, RN
Melanie Brindle, LM CPM began working with pregnant women as a massage therapist in 2000, an experience which fueled her passion for pregnancy, holistic healthcare and natural childbirth. After training as a doula and serving in this capacity at births at home, in birth centers and in hospital, Melanie saw how birth could empower women and their families. She birthed both of her own babies at home with the loving support of a midwife and is committed to helping empower women and families through birth by providing holistic midwifery care.
Melanie received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from St Luke’s College of Nursing in Kansas City, MO and completed her midwifery training concurrently through the North American Registry of Midwives’ (NARM) PEP program where she apprenticed a midwife for four years in the home birth setting. In addition to her background in massage therapy, childbirth education and nursing, she is also a Certified Herbal Educator for Women. In her free time she enjoys camping and hiking with her two wonderful boys and husband.
Amy Seidewand LM, CPM
Amy Seidewand, LM CPM MSM first became passionate about maternal and infant health in 2007 after the birth of her first daughter. She started working in the birth community as a childbirth educator, lactation counselor, prenatal yoga teacher, and birth doula. Later, Amy graduated from the prestigious Bastyr University with a Master's of Science in Midwifery. She apprenticed as a student midwife at Peninsula Midwives in Port Townsend, WA and at Salmonberry Birth Center in Poulsbo, WA. While at Bastyr University, she specialized in botanical medicine for midwifery care and her Master’s thesis focused on the topic of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy. Amy also holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biology, specializing in wildlife research and conservation.
Amy is dedicated to the field of midwifery and brings with her a rich educational background and diverse set of work and life experiences. She has a strong interest in botanical medicine, maternal health research, lactation support, VBAC education, and postpartum wellness. Amy is also a passionate advocate for expanding rural midwifery services and increasing access to midwifery care on the Kitsap and Olympic Peninsulas in WA state.
Amy is a mother of four and lives in the rural farming community of Chimacum, WA. When not practicing midwifery, Amy enjoys hiking in the mountains, cooking and fermenting, gardening, and spending time with her family and very large dogs.
Words cannot express the gratitude our family has for Ashley. She was more than words can express. Worth every cent we paid. She was such an amazing supportive role during our birth for my son. Knowledgeable in all aspects of my pregnancy during and after. Not a first time mama here and I would absolutely hire her again without hesitation. -Jaime