Vashon Island Midwifery
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Mission

The mission of Vashon Island Midwifery is to provide outstanding midwifery care to low risk families and to support access to midwifery care for all. We are dedicated to client autonomy and safe, gentle, informed birth experiences. My goal as your midwife is to assist you in meeting the experience of each birth with grace, compassion and respect in service of a more peaceful planet.
The revolution for a healthier, more peaceful planet begins at birth!

 
 
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Services

  • Midwifery care supports the whole family. Partners, children, family members, friends and support people are welcome!
  • All families are welcome at Vashon Island Midwifery!
  • Free 45 minute consultation either before you become pregnant, or anytime up to 36 weeks of your pregnancy
  • Prenatal care tailored to your unique pregnancy
  • Prenatal care on island up to 32 weeks for families who choose or require obstetrical care for their births
  • Home birth or birth center birth for low risk families attended by a licensed midwife and a trained birth assistant
  • Comprehensive postpartum and newborn care; home visits available
  • Standard lab testing and monitoring for pregnant parents and baby
  • Our care is tailored to support the whole family during pregnancy, birth and beyond
  • Ask us about your insurance; we accept Apple Health (Medicaid), Regence, Premera, Lifewise, Cigna, United Health Plans and Kaiser. More plans are in the works!
  • Billing services are provided by Island Billing. For insurance and billing questions, contact Ingrid Skjelstad at (360) 632-4435 or at islandbilling@gmail.com

Meet the Midwife

Lauren Strain is a Certified Professional Midwife and a Licensed Midwife in the state of Washington. She has over 15 years of experience serving families as a birth doula, child birth educator, infant massage instructor, parent group facilitator, perinatal massage therapist and midwife.

Lauren passionately believes in the transformative power of gentle birth, respectful health care and equal access for all. She has made her home in the Pacific Northwest with her partner and children. When Lauren is not catching babies or hanging out with her family she is fermenting, canning, knitting, quilting, sewing, planting or hiking.

 
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"Birth matters. It brings us into being, on many levels"

~ Ananda Lowe

 
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Why Midwifery Care

Midwifery care is a different kind of health care. We recognize that while health and safety are paramount, they are not your only concerns. Your birth experience should feel empowering, respectful, and should reflect your families values and dreams. It puts the "care" back in "healthcare".
We welcome and support the whole family, however your family is structured. Our care is collaborative, and we recognize our clients as the captains of their own ships. We offer 30-60 minute prenatal visits according to a standard schedule, with plenty of time to get to know each other, answer your questions, hear your concerns and your joys, as well as check in on the health and safety of you and baby!
We offer all the same lab testing and monitoring as standard OB care  in your home, and if you choose ultrasound monitoring we can refer out for that, too.
Midwifery care is based in mutual respect and mutual responsibility. We will take the time to build trust so that when it comes time for your birth, you feel supported and prepared. When it is time for your baby to arrive, you have the choice of home birth or you can choose to use the facilities at one of our mainland birth centers. Either way, we will be right there beside you.

 
 
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Safety

We believe that each person has the right to make their own informed decisions about their health care and we take our responsibility as care providers very seriously. No one in or out of a hospital can guarantee outcomes, but midwifery care for low risk families has proven to be safe, and we work hard to not only make sure it stays that way, but to continue to strive for better and better outcomes.
Part of ensuring your safety is an ongoing screening process that starts at the onset of care and continues throughout your pregnancy and labor, so that we can identify and address any issues that arise. There are conditions that can make out-of-hospital birth less safe. If one of these concerns arises for you, we will support you in finding a more appropriate care provider and place of birth. Midwifery care on an island takes an extra level of vigilance and responsibility, and we will work closely with you to ensure these goals are met.
Your midwives carry and are trained to use oxygen and resuscitative equipment, emergency medications including medications to stop bleeding, and are able to suture small wounds if they occur.
For more information about Washington State midwives, please check out www.washingtonmidwives.org
For research on the safety of out-of-hospital birth, please check out http://www.washingtonmidwives.org/for-consumers/current-research-consumers.html

 
 
 
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Contact Us

Thank you for reaching out! I am looking forward to connecting with you. Due to my unpredictable schedule I may be slow to respond to emails. If you are a current client please message me through your Client Care portal. If your question is urgent, please page!

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