Midwife Bios

Midwife Bios

Heather Chorley

LM, CPM

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First Influences

My path to midwifery started as a child, when I discovered a fascination with birth by seeing pictures in books at our local library.

Education and Experience

I received my BS degree in Biology from Guilford College. Following college, I completed the Physician Assistant Program at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC. After working as a PA in oncology for 5 years, I moved to Seattle in 1994. Once here, I volunteered in a community health clinic for a year where I found myself once again drawn to the power of birth.

I graduated from Seattle Midwifery School in 1999 and, along with Wendy Rowe, started Welcome Home Midwifery Service in Seattle (I was our first client). In 2005 we closed our practice when Wendy returned home to Vermont (I was our last client).

Seattle Home Maternity

I joined Seattle Home Maternity in January 2006, at the invitation of pioneer midwives Suzy and Marge and in January 2014, I became the new owner of SHM.

Teaching

Besides my clinical practice, I have also been on the faculty at Seattle Midwifery School, where I co-taught several courses. I continue to be an active clinical instructor.

Certifications

I am a Licensed Midwife (LM) and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).

Family

I am blessed with a beautiful family: husband Fred, and daughters Isla (1999) and Maevis (2005), both born at home. The attentive midwifery care I received during the births of my children deepened my commitment to providing such care to other women and families.


Katherine Sauerlender

LM, CPM

First Influences

I was drawn to midwifery by the power, love, and resilience that is unmistakable in the birth process, and by my commitment to humanized health care and social justice. Though my aunt gave birth at home in Washington with the help of a midwife, I was first personally exposed to midwifery abroad, during a community health course in Northeast Brazil.

Education and Experience

I obtained a BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington, worked as a bilingual Spanish-English childbirth educator, lactation educator, and doula in a community birth center in the Bronx, NY, and graduated from Bastyr University’s three-year Master’s of Science in Midwifery program. I trained and worked with nurse-midwives and licensed midwives in San Francisco, Kirkland, Bellingham, and Seattle. I have supported hundreds of families through pregnancy and birth, helping them to welcome their babies at home, in birth centers, and in hospitals.

Seattle Home Maternity

In 2018 I am joining Seattle Home Maternity. While I have loved practicing as a solo midwife in Seattle, I have also dreamed of one day finding a team. I could not imagine a better team than SHM.

Certifications

I am a Licensed Midwife (LM) and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).

Personal

In my free time, I enjoy creating in the kitchen, finding solitude and beauty in nature, swimming, running, meditation, reading, volunteering, and spending quality time with my partner, family, and friends.


Marge Mansfield

LM, CPM

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Background & Experience

I began volunteering at a women’s health clinic in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle in the early 1970’s. With a background in biology, interest in medicine, and a commitment to women’s issues and community activism, I found myself at the right place at the right time, and five of us, including Suzy Myers, launched the “birth collective” in 1975 (a home birth service with family physicians). Suzy and I co-founded Seattle Home Maternity Service in 1980, and in 1983 remodeled our clinic, creating a birth suite in the lower level. I have played an active role here since the beginning, having the privilege of interfacing and caring for several thousand women during their pregnancies and attending over a thousand births since 1975.

Professional Background & Interests

As a co-founder of Seattle Midwifery School (1978), I became the academic director for the first decade, establishing curriculum, faculty, clinical sites and policies, and teaching. Continuing as both classroom and clinical faculty at Bastyr University’s Midwifery Department is something I still find extremely satisfying. As Coordinator of the Quality Management Committee of Midwives’ Association of Washington State (MAWS), I have actively followed clinical practice across the state for ten years.

Other activites:

  • Board Member of MAWS
  • Member–DOH Midwifery Advisory Committee
  • Participation in creation of national certification exam & subsequent CPM credential
  • Contributor to development of national data collection system
  • Variety of roles to promote midwifery legalization in Alberta & British Columbia

Certifications

I am a licensed midwife (LM) and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). I am also certified as an EMT in Wilderness Medicine.

Personal

I’ve had the privilege to play music professionally, ski, hike, and climb, and travel internationally. I have been active with The Tibetan Healing Fund since the early 2000’s and am a board member of Namaste Scholarship Fund, having visited Nepal and Tibet on a regular basis building many friendships there. I obtained a pilot’s license in the early 90’s; both my partner Doug and I enjoy flying and especially cherish time in the mountains. At home I tend a garden and host many friends from afar. I’m fortunate to have close relationships with all members of my extended family including young people from other countries, and of course, my dog!