Nurse-Midwife

Anna Kaczorowski, CNM

Education: 
B.A., Swarthmore College, 2001
B.S.N., University of Washington, 2010
M.S.N., University of Washington, 2012
Certification: 
American Midwifery Certification Board
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
As a Neighborcare midwife, I am able to provide quality care to all women, and work in a supportive and empowering environment.
Other: 

Before becoming a certified nurse-midwife, Anna worked in women's health research. There she discovered her passion for pregnancy and birth care. She received training as a Doula (birth coach) and worked in a birth center in Washington D.C. Anna relocated to Seattle and went back to school to become a midwife. She is enthusiastic to be joining Neighborcare Health as a midwife. When she isn't seeing patients or catching babies, Anna enjoys reading, hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest.

Languages spoken:
English, Spanish

Jennina Wilson, DNP

Education: 
B.S.N., Seattle Pacific University, 2007
D.N.P., University of Washington, 2014
Certification: 
American Midwifery Certification Board, 2014
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I was drawn to the commitment of Neighborcare Health to social justice and to becoming a culturally sensitive health care home to the many beautiful cultures that fill this city. Me and the care teams I work with are deeply committed to nurturing each other as well as the families we serve.
Other: 

Jennina worked as a labor and delivery nurse for seven years before she came to work as a Midwife at Neighborcare Health. She has also lived and worked in Western China's Tibetan Plateau where she studied Chinese and provided health care at the local hospital and in remote villages. Jennina is originally from the Seattle area and is a musician. She plays violin, viola, guitar and piano and often plays music with her siblings and parents who are also musical. Her other hobbies include photography, writing and travel and she enjoys sharing her passions for these things with others.

Languages spoken:
English

Jessica Burke-Lazarus, ARNP, CNM

Education: 
B.S., University of California – Davis, 2008
B.S.N., University of Washington, 2009
D.N.P., University of Washington, 2013
Certification: 
Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I am a midwife because I am inspired by the strength of women and see midwifery as a way to foster empowerment and build communities, which is also central to the mission of Neighborcare Health. I am energized by the work that midwives do and delight in opportunities to facilitate learning and support women during pregnancy and birth. In particular, I have always felt drawn towards working with underserved populations and am in awe of and constantly inspired by the diverse population of women we serve at Neighborcare.
Other: 

Jessica felt a calling towards women’s health since she was a young teenager and she is committed to serving women and their families both in pregnancy and across the lifespan. While completing her undergraduate degree, Jessica worked for a free student-run health clinic serving uninsured Latinos in Sacramento, CA and also as a research assistant for clinical studies on breastfeeding. In graduate school, she worked as a teaching assistant in both undergraduate and graduate nursing courses at the University of Washington. In her off hours, Jessica enjoys spending time with her husband cooking and being outdoors. She also enjoys reading, swimming and practicing yoga.

Languages spoken:
Spanish, English

Sky Rogers, ARNP, CNM

Education: 
B.A., Latin American Studies, 1999
B.N., University of Washington, 2005
M.N., University of Washington, 2007
Certification: 
American Midwifery Certification Board, 2007
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
“When I graduated from Earlham College in 1999 I spent a total of five years, working with homeless women and children in Nicaragua, Mexico, and Washington State. This extended experience, allowed me to see the powerfully transformative effect birth and motherhood have in women’s lives. Since the inception of my midwifery career, I have felt called to provide midwifery to diverse populations in a respectful and kind manner; focusing on personal empowerment and choice during the childbearing year and birth. My personal approach is to guide women towards-* feeling*, *experiencing*, and *knowing* - their own personal strength through prenatal education and empowering choices in birth. My end goal is that this teaching will be taken forward into their lives as mothers and community members. Neighborcare Health is a wonderful environment in which to practice this approach to maternity care, as Neighborcare’s basic health care philosophy is one of patient empowerment in personal health.“
Other: 
After graduating from the University of Washington Midwifery Education program in 2007, Sky worked for five years in a midwifery service at Providence Everett Regional Medical Center, in Everett WA. During her midwifery education program, she elected to do an extra independent externship and spent four weeks with the Amish in Lancaster County, PA. during her summer break. There she had the very unique opportunity of working with two CNMs who delivered babies by kerosene light, in the howling wind and beating rain, on farms many miles from the nearest hospital!
 
When not delivering babies or teaching about prenatal nutrition (one of her passions), Sky enjoys playing trucks with her son, gardening, or apprenticing in the kitchen at the side of her chef husband. She loves to eat good food, grow good food, and grow beautiful flowers! However the greatest joy in her life right now is watching the growth and development of her son as he moves from toddler to child.
Languages spoken:
English

Julia M. Curren, ARNP, CNM

Education: 
B.S., University of Washington, 2003
B.S.N., University of Washington, 2010
M.N., University of Washington, 2012
Certification: 
American Midwifery Certification Board, 2012
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I see women as the change makers in their families and communities. I became a nurse midwife because I was called to work with women during pregnancy and childbirth, a time ripe with possibility and potential for change. I strive to provide holistic maternity care, tending to the physical and emotional needs of expectant mothers and providing them with the information they need to make the best decisions for their health and well being. I had the opportunity to complete some of my nurse midwifery training at Neighborcare Health and knew instantly that I wanted to stay. I love the richness that comes with working with patients and colleagues from all over the world. I feel proud to work for an organization that is committed to building healthy communities by providing access to high-quality health care services to people from all walks of life.
Other: 

Julia grew up in Florida and has lived in the Pacific Northwest for more than 15 years. Although she loves the area, she likes traveling to sunnier places whenever possible. When she’s not traveling, she enjoys time with her husband and two young children, exploring the natural beauty of the Northwest. She also loves to dance. “My life would not be complete without dance – good music and room to move feeds my soul!”

Languages spoken:
French, English

Mary Mittell, ARNP, CNM

Education: 
University of Richmond, BA, 1998
Vanderbilt University, RN/MSN, Nurse-Midwifery, 2003
Certification: 
Certified Nurse Midwifery, 2004
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
Midwives monitor the physical progress of our patients' pregnancies, and we also attend to their emotional needs. This holistic understanding of pregnancy allows me to develop much closer relationships with my patients, and to tailor the care they receive to reflect their individual needs. My hope is that a family's experience during pregnancy and childbirth teaches them lessons that helps prepare them for parenting.
Other: 

After graduating from Vanderbilt, Mary worked as a nurse-midwife for a community health center in San Diego, California before relocating to Seattle. She spent her early childhood in Oak Harbor, Washington and is very glad to be back in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Outside of midwifery, she spends most of her time doing DIY house projects with her husband and chasing after their two young daughters.

Languages spoken:
Spanish, English

Judy Lazarus, ARNP, CNM

Education: 
Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of Washington, Seattle, 1983
Master of Science, Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, CA and the University of California, San Diego (Intercampus Graduate Studies), CA 1988
Certification: 
Board Certifications
Certified Nurse Midwife, 1988
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, 1988
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
I began attending births in the late 1970s as a birth assistant in a rural Oregon clinic. Motivated by my love for the work and my deep commitment to women and their health care, I began a nine-year journey that led to my becoming a midwife. Being a midwife gives me a chance to blend science and art into a role that serves women and their families. I enjoy the diversity of cultural backgrounds and birth traditions among my clients. I appreciate the opportunity to develop an ongoing supportive relationship with a woman and her family over the course of pregnancy.
Other: 

Judy is married and has two 'delightful' daughters, Alia and Shoshana and two mischievous dogs, Sundance and Legacy. She enjoys baking, hiking, cross-country skiing, playing together with her family and going on picnics.

Languages spoken:
English

Lesley Howard Kennedy, ARNP, CNM

Education: 
Registered Nurse, Watts Hospital School of Nursing, Durham, NC, 1982
Bachelor of Science, Nursing, North Carolina Central University, Durham, NC, 1985
Master of Science, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1987
Certification: 
Board Certifications
Certified Nurse Midwife, 1986
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, 1987
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
Midwifery 'feeds my soul'. I truly love helping women give birth. I feel my hands were made for this work. I enjoy serving families and honoring their choices during pregnancy and labor.
Other: 

Previously, Lesley practiced midwifery at Virginia Mason and with the Franciscan Midwives in Tacoma and Federal Way. She is married and is the mother of two grown children, Noah and Ian. She enjoys yoga, walking her dog, art projects, quilting, and gardening. She is known for being especially creative in helping women into all kinds of positions during labor and birth.

Languages spoken:
English

Yvonne Griffin, ARNP, CNM

Education: 
Certificate of Midwifery, Seattle Midwifery School,Seattle, 1992
Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Regents College, Albany,NY, 1999
Masters of Science, Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2002
Nurse-Midwifery Education, Frontier School of Midwiferyand Family Nursing, Hyden, KY, 2002
Certification: 
Board Certifications/Licensure
Licensed Midwife, 1992
Certified Nurse-Midwife, 2002
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, 2002
Yvonne was a Licensed Midwife with a home birth practice before becoming a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She is a member of the American College of Nurse Midwives
Why I work at Neighborcare Health: 
Midwifery is the quintessential health care. It blends the art of caring, the science of medicine and applies it to the whole woman and family. I feel lucky to have found a career that is so richly rewarding. I enjoy the diversity of women I care for as well as finding the best way to midwife them through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
Other: 

Outside of her love of midwifery and women's health, Yvonne has a passion for adventure, travel, and scuba diving. She and her husband welcomed their daughter in 2006. They share their home with a menagerie of pets.

Languages spoken:
Spanish, English
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