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.
Families planning to have their baby at Salmonberry Community Birth Center will be cared for by the Salmonberry Midwives: Melanie Brindle, LM CPM, Holly Campbell, LM CPM MSM, and Julie Bennett RN LM.
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.
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 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 MSM
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 local home birth practice Gumnut Blossom Midwifery. In her spare time Holly loves to spend time with her hoard of nephews and nieces, garden, grow prize winning Dahlia's, and crochet 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