Midwife Bios

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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.


Traci Palagi

LM, CPM

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First Influences

On the day I birthed my first child, my future as a midwife was set. I wanted to provide the support, encouragement and empowerment given to me by my midwife that day, to other birthing women.

Education and Experience

I enrolled in Seattle Midwifery School in 1999. During my time as a student midwife I was lucky enough to practice at Seattle Home Maternity, Puget Sound Birth Center, and do a rotation at a public health hospital in Manila, Philippines. Upon graduation in 2003, I spent five years at Puget Sound Birth Center in Kirkland, Washington where I provided care at the birth center and attended home births.

During this time I also co-chaired the Quality Management Program for the Midwives’ Association of Washington State and taught at Seattle Midwifery School.

In 2005 I moved to central Montana and opened my own midwifery practice, mainly attending home births. Two years later I returned to Seattle to be closer to family.

Seattle Home Maternity

Upon returning to Seattle in 2010, I joined Seattle Home Maternity and have been happily providing our clients with thoughtful midwifery care ever since.

Teaching

Besides my clinical practice, I am Adjunct Faculty at Bastyr University with a focus on Clinical Skills and Emergency Skills.

Certifications

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

Family

I live in Seattle with my husband of twenty-five years and we have two adult children. It is my passion to practice midwifery and support families as they grow.


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!