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, Licensed Midwife
Ashley Jones LM, CPM is a military wife 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 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."
Kayla Ehlert, Student Midwife
Kayla was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She lives with her husband and children in their rehabbed seaside cottage in Kitsap County. Kayla has been a stay at home mom since the birth of her first born in 2010. Her experience created passion in her for pregnancy and birth. Shortly after 2017, she trained as a doula with DONA International through the Simkin Center at Bastyr University. Kayla was accepted to the bachelors program at Midwives College of Utah in December 2018. She currently continues holding space for her doula clients as well as learning and growing under the teaching of Ashley Jones LM, CPM. Kayla hopes to graduate mid-year 2023 and serve her community as a licnsed midwife with Washington State.
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