Birth Team

SENIOR MIDWIFE

Kathy LeBaron, LM, CPM 

Kathy is a NARM Certified Professional Midwife and has been a Licensed Midwife in Idaho since 2010 (the same year that midwifery became legal in Idaho).  She holds current certification in Neonatal Resuscitation and Adult/Infant CPR.  She has studied herbology and holistic health extensively and has been active in midwifery since 1982.

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She is a true  “grand” midwife who first began informal training in a small rural community in Chihuahua, Mexico.  She assisted the local Partera (midwife),  and gained experience the old-fashioned way-  hands on, one birth at a time.  When her mentor left the community, Kathy was called to be the primary Partera to over 100 births.  After returning to the United States to live in the early 2000’s, Kathy began formal studies with Ancient Art Midwifery School and began training with a local preceptor midwife.  Before Idaho made midwifery a legal, licensed profession, Kathy completed requirements and exams to become a CPM through NARM in 2009.  Kathy is the Student Director & Facility Coordinator at SMC and also keeps us all smiling and well-fed.
Kathy was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and moved to Mexico with her family in 1965.  There she met her husband and began her own family.  She birthed and raised 12 children(11 whom are living, 2 are still at home), and has 27 grandchildren!  Besides being a mother and grandmother extraordinaire, she also enjoys playing the piano, quilting, hiking, riding horses, and gardening.
Kathy says “Birth has been a passion since a young age.  The gift of pregnancy and birth is a blessing and an empowering experience for each woman.  My desire is to help every woman I care for achieve the birth of her dreams and remember the experience forever.”

 

 

INTERNS

Lauren Garcia

My name is Lauren Garcia, and I have wanted to be a midwife since I was 7 years old. My desire to become a midwife started when I witnessed my mother give birth to my two youngest sisters at home with a midwife.  As soon as I was old enough, I started to research as much as I could about how to become a midwife. I attended my cousin’s birth as a support person when I was 17 and that only made me want to work more toward the goal.

After graduating from high school, I had a plan to attend ISU, become an RN, and then train to become a Nurse Midwife. During that first semester, I decided that I did not want to become a Nurse Midwife. I went back to researching other paths to becoming a midwife. In 2013 and 2014, I attended Stevens-Henager College. I graduated in 2014 with a 3.98 GPA, and received an Associate’s degree in Medical Specialties. I now have a certification as a Medical Assistant and Phlebotomist.  In February of 2014, I began attending births with Kathy LeBaron, Licensed Midwife. I chose to become a midwife through a program known as the PEP – Portfolio Evaluation Process. This program is an experience based training. For the academic portion of Midwifery training, I chose to enroll in Mercy In Action’s Distance Academics Program.

The last three years have been extremely challenging. Becoming a midwife has been the most exhausting, but also the most rewarding experience of my life. I am certified in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation.

Stephanie Meyer

In 2015, I graduated from Idaho State University with my bachelor’s degree in anthropology.  While taking a class in global health I uncovered an immense fascination for different birth practices around the world.  I was mesmerized learning about pregnancy and childbirth in a globalized context – as a normal, natural, physiological process with meaning expressed through cultural rituals and practices – a stark contrast to the medicalized version I was familiar with in the United States.  My senior year of college I studied abroad in Thailand.  I researched maternal care in a northern rural village.  I became more aware of the importance of providing women a birth that is both safe and meaningful to them.  I realized the need to provide holistic care to women, encompassing not only their physical condition but also their spiritual and emotional well-being.  I was drawn to midwifery.  While in Thailand I was presented with the opportunity to volunteer at a hospital in Pakistan.  I spent a summer shadowing nurses, doctors and midwives in Pakistan where I experienced the highs of birth and the lows of preventable complications as they occur in the developing world.  I knew this was the passion of my life – to provide compassionate, culturally-appropriate and sensitive midwifery care to women around the world. I enrolled in Mercy In Action College of Midwifery where I am pursuing my CPM.  Simultaneously, I have been accepted as a student at Selah Midwifery Center where I am gaining clinical skills and first-hand knowledge of the birthing process and midwifery care. I am certified in CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation.

OTHER STAFF

Christine Garcia

As the mother of four daughters, the birth experience is something that I have personal, direct experience with.   As an experienced birth assistant, and now owner of Selah Midwifery Center,  I continually strive to achieve more knowledge and wisdom about natural pregnancy and childbirth.  I have attended over 80 births as a birth assistant and I have come to deeply respect the empowerment a women achieves when she has just completed one of the most difficult tasks she will ever be presented with-  the birth of her baby.  There is nothing more difficult (mentally and physically) for a woman than labor and birth.  That being said, their is also nothing more rewarding than being able to accomplish it.
I birthed my first two daughters in a hospital and my second two at home with a midwife, the last in water.  After my last child,  I took a break from assisting at births.  It wan’t until 2007 when my midwife and mentor Michelle, called me to say she was finally ready to start a birth center, that I felt ready and able to become more involved in midwifery care.  I started out as the bookkeeper, then as we became quite busy moved on to secretary, then office manager, all the while expanding my knowledge base, and developing an even greater appreciation for midwifery care.  In the spring of 2014, Michelle decided to move on and I became the owner of Selah Midwifery Center.  Midwifery care has impacted my family greatly.  I have met some of the most wonderful, gifted, strong, talented,  and giving women and am proud to call them family.  I can say, as a matter of fact, that I wouldn’t be who I am today without the influence of midwifery care.  I am certified in CPR and Neo-Natal resuscitation as well as running the day to day and behind the scenes activities at the birth center.

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