Marie Wakefield ND, LM
Midwifery has truly been a calling in my life. I feel blessed to love what I do for “work”, although it is really about serving women during a very special time in their lives. My practice began in 2007, after I had taken some time off after graduation to have my children (both were born at home in my bath tub). I attended Bastyr University and graduated with degrees in Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery. Since I had two young kids at home, I chose to focus on midwifery. I have wonderful family support and a husband that can be flexible with the crazy on-call lifestyle I lead.
I offer both home and birth center births. For healthy pregnant women, home and birth center birth is as safe, if not safer, than hospital birth. Out of hospital birth is designed to support birth the way it should be- in a comfortable, caring, gentle and safe environment. As a midwife, my goal is to guide women through pregnancy and birth, helping each one to find their own way through this incredible journey. I honor each woman’s inner wisdom and natural instincts. I prefer to use as little intervention as possible and have complete faith in the body’s ability to birth naturally. Birth is an empowering experience that teaches you just how strong you really are. You deserve to have choices and options in how you birth.
Michele Augur, LM, CPM, MSM
I was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, and my grandmothers passed on a legacy of fascination for science and the incredible power of birth. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to work in maternity and newborn care. As a teenager in Alaska, I began attending births while job shadowing with a family practice physician, and began pursuing the pre-med route of college education. Eventually, I realized that I wanted an education that provided holistic care and included the importance of nutritional and natural remedies. I paused my didactic education, while my husband and I entered a decade of infertility, pregnancy loss, adoption, pregnancy, and home births. Amid these joys and challenges, I discovered midwifery care: precisely what I had envisioned years before.
I became a doula and childbirth educator, and then graduated with a Master of Science in Midwifery degree from Bastyr University. I trained with skilled midwives in South King and Pierce counties, valuing diversity, respecting client autonomy, and treasuring individuals’ experiences and choices. It is an honor to offer low-intervention, holistic and intuitive care for the life-changing journey of pregnancy. My family cheers for every new baby when I return home from a birth, and celebrates my calling to midwifery. My husband and I enjoy cooking Thai recipes, camping, hiking, and exploring the stormy coast with our three children.