Blending the hands-on, high-touch, low-tech wisdom of midwifery with ready access to specialized medical assistance optimizes healthy outcomes for mothers and babies. 


 
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Families planning to have their baby at Salmonberry Community Birth Center will be cared for by the Salmonberry Midwives: Louisa Wales, LM CPM, Melanie Brindle, LM CPM, Julie Bennett RN LM, & Holly Campbell, LM CPM MSM.

They enjoy excellent working relationships with local family medicine physicians and obstetricians,  laborist physicians and nursing staff providing 24/7 hospital back up at Harrison Medical Center, Silverdale, Jefferson Healthcare Hospital in Port Townsend, as well as University of Washington Maternal Fetal Medicine physicians, and expert perinatal medicine teams in Kirkland and Bellevue. The Salmonberry Team prides itself on an approach which blends the very hands-on, high touch, low-tech wisdom of midwifery as well as ready access to specialist medical assistance when it is necessary.

Louisa Wales, LM CPM (Clinical Director)

Louisa received a Bachelors degree (Hons.) in political science from the University of Adelaide in South Australia. She completed her midwifery education at the Seattle Midwifery School (now Bastyr University’s Department of Midwifery). Her clinical training was undertaken with three Licensed Midwives in Kitsap, Jefferson and Clallam counties as well as an overseas rotation in Vila Central Hospital, Port Vila, in the small pacific nation of Vanuatu. She has practiced midwifery in Washington since 2010, delivering babies at home and in birth centers. 

Louisa serves as an adjunct clinical faculty member of Bastyr University Department of Midwifery, Midwives' College of Utah and Birthwise Midwifery School in Maine as a clinical preceptor for midwifery students. She is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of the WA Joint Underwriters Association which administers the professional liability (malpractice) insurance program to midwives in Washington State. Louisa is a proud member of the Midwives Association of Washington State (MAWS) Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) and the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM).

She lives in Kingston with her husband, three sons and daughter. When not in clinic or catching babies Louisa enjoys her family, knitting, growing her own food and cultivating community. 

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Melanie Brindle LM, CPM

Melanie began working with pregnant women as a massage therapist in 2000, an experience which fueled her passion for pregnancy, holistic healthcare and natural childbirth. After training as a doula and serving in this capacity at births at home, in birth centers and in hospital, she saw how birth could empower women and their families. She birthed both of her own babies at home with the loving support of a midwife and is committed to helping empower women and families through birth by providing holistic midwifery care.

Melanie received her Bachelor’s degree in nursing from St Luke’s College of Nursing in Kansas City, MO and completed her midwifery training concurrently through the North American Registry of Midwives’ (NARM) PEP program where she apprenticed a midwife for four years in the home birth setting. In addition to her background in massage therapy, childbirth education and nursing, she is also a Certified Herbal Educator for Women.

Melanie joined Louisa's homebirth practice Gumnut Blossom Midwifery LLC after receiving her Washington midwifery license in 2014. She is excited to immerse herself in the birth community of Kitsap county. In her free time she enjoys camping and hiking with her two wonderful boys and husband.

Holly Campbell, LM, CPM

World traveling Bremerton native Holly practiced as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor before turning to birth work. Holly obtained her Masters in Midwifery from Bastyr University in 2015 and completed her clinical training with a busy birth center in Idaho and Louisa's homebirth practice Gumnut Blossom Midwifery. Doubling as our administrative Wonder Woman, we can't do without her. In her spare time Holly loves to garden, grows prize winning Dahlia's and crochets a mean afghan.


 
 
 

Julie Bennett LM, RN (Administrative Director)

Julie has been honored to work in the field of maternal child health for over 20 years in various roles as a midwife, labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator and community health worker.  She has been witness to the miracle of countless births in homes, birth centers and hospitals. She has had the great pleasure of serving women and families while honing her cultural appreciation in Mexico, Jamaica, Thailand, Costa Rica, El Salvador and the Phillipines.  She is currently on the Board of Directors for Applewood Perinatal Care.  She speaks Thai and Spanish. She enjoys yoga, being outside and hanging out with her family and friends


 

Student Midwives

 Morgan Hughes, (Midwives College of Utah Class of 2016):

My passion for birth work began while taking an Anthropology college course centered on childbirth. I was awed by the care provided by the highlighted women, the midwives.  I then went on to provide doula and placenta encapsulation services to women in my home state of Michigan. I ultimately decided that providing out-of-hospital midwifery care was the best way I could make a powerful impact on women and their families during this transitional time. When I happen upon some free time, I can be found wandering in the mountains, playing with herbs, or reading.


 

Emily Joy Tyde, (Bastyr University Class of 2017)

Emily loves birth, pregnancy, women's health, motherhood, midwifery and massage. She was born and raised principally in Oregon. As a child she lived for two years in Cote’ de Ivoire and she spent two years as a teenager in Kenya. As an adult she has traveled and volunteered in Mexico, Guatemala, and Ecuador. These overseas experiences fueled her desire to work in healthcare. She has spent the last 12 years learning what it means to be a healer and has been involved in birth work since 2007. In her desire to understand the balance of health and disease in the human experience, Emily studied herbal medicine, is a Reiki practitioner, Oregon Licensed Massage Therapist, Professional Massage Therapy Instructor, Infant Massage Instructor, Doula and she holds her B.S. In Public Health. She is working toward completion of a Master of Science degree in Midwifery from Bastyr University with an anticipated graduation date of June 2017.  When Emily isn't becoming a midwife she is loving on her two year old son, spending time with her husband and dog or planning her next trip to the beach.


Birth Assistants

Jennifer Duer and Angie Hotz

Jennifer is a Kitsap native who found her way to birth work in mid-2014 after taking a high level birth emergencies skills workshop. A born multi-tasker she balances doula work, administrative duties at the birth center and birth assisting with mothering her 8 children. 

Angie is the county's only Bradley Method Childbirth teacher. She focuses not only on teaching families how to have a natural birth but also a satisfying and empowering birth full of wonderful memories. Angie is a birth doula and placenta encapsulation specialist. She created and facilitates the Kitsap Cesarean and VBAC Support Groups active Facebook group and monthly support group meetings. For more info on Angie check out her website

In her spare time she designs and creates mediation and relaxation jewelry including malas and breathing bead bracelets which she uses with her clients to learn how to relax and breathe deeply during stressful times. 

Angie is a mother to four boys and wife to a superhero with whom she loves to hike and do yoga.