Our Midwives & Staff

Melissa Denmark, Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife

It was while studying medical anthropology that Melissa discovered midwifery and, as a result, wrote her master's thesis on the historical development of direct-entry midwifery in Florida. This work later became published in Robbie Davis-Floyd's book Mainstreaming Midwives: The Politics of Change (2006).Chasing her dreams, Melissa and her husband relocated to Washington, where she attended Seattle Midwifery School. During her midwifery studies she had her first child (Gabrielle) and conceived her second (Alden), both born at home. These births solidified her passion for out-of-hospital midwifery care.

Melissa was licensed as a midwife in 2004 and worked in Seattle several years before moving to Snohomish. In January 2009, Snohomish Midwives opened and started serving women in and around Snohomish County. It has been a growing and thriving business ever since.

Melissa has been involved in midwifery education at Seattle Midwifery School and later Bastyr University from 2006-2013. She has also served for three years as the secretary on the Midwives' Association of Washington State Board of Directors. Currently, Melissa is the Smooth Transitions Project Coordinator and works on the state level to improve relationships with midwives and hospitals during community birth transfers.

She is active in the Snohomish community and enjoys gardening, horseback riding, beekeeping, and spending time with her family. Melissa and husband own and run Raising Cane Ranch, specializing in organic raspberries, honey, hay, and farm raised beef and lamb.

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Sarah Davidson, Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife

Sarah has spent most of her years in the Northwest and calls the Monroe/Snohomish area home after a few years spent in other parts of the country. Her journey to midwifery began many years ago while she was in nursing school. It wasn't quite the right fit but it ultimately led down a path to doula work childbirth education which focused on birth outside of the hospital. The birth of her son (Spencer) in 2000 and her daughter (Avery) in 2002 solidified her desire to one day become a midwife herself.

Sarah studied midwifery at Bastyr University and graduated in 2013 with a Master's of Science in Midwifery and became licensed in Washington shortly thereafter. Joining Snohomish Midwives has been a wonderful experience and she is excited to be practicing midwifery in her community; she believes that midwives are an important part of strong and healthy communities.

Along with practicing midwifery, Sarah enjoys gardening, camping and hiking with friends and family, and supporting the Monroe community through interaction with its schools and athletic events.

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Stephanie, Birth Assistant & Office Assistant:

Stephanie had the opportunity to assist at a birth for the first time in 2006 and hasn't been able to give it up since! She knew right away that this is what she wanted to do and loves supporting women and their families as they welcome a little miracle into their lives. Stephanie began birth assisting for Snohomish Midwives in 2009 and has attended over 200 births. In 2011 she began serving as office administrator and chances are if you are a client here, you will see and hear from her often. Stephanie is a fifth generation "Snohomie" who loves home but also loves to travel and usually has plans for her next trip up her sleeve. Some of her passions include theology, dark chocolate, and hiking and camping in the beautiful Northwest.

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