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Washington Black Midwife

Welcome! My name is Mercedes and I am a Licensed Midwife in the beautiful green state of Washington.

Please see the special additions to the Something Beautiful family...

reopening...updates coming. yay!

ABOUT

Formerly Purely Doula Care

The art of Midwifery called to me at nine years old. Growing up I was always interested in the medical field and became a medical assistant in 2009 and worked my way to labor and delivery. However, I finally took up the mission starting my Midwifery studies at Midwives College of Utah in 2014. I have served families as a doula since 2014, student midwife since 2016, and birth assistant since 2020. All within the Greater Seattle area and was also a doula for a small time in North Dakota. I have been honored to already have supported 300+ families in this time...and growing!

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Washington Black Midwife

Everyone creates their own beautiful labor song.

It is my utmost pleasure to meet with families and help create a beautiful labor and birth experience. I am a very laid back, approachable, attentive and informative person. Informed choice is very important to me and I believe "knowledge is power." Birth to me is a normal and natural process and should be respected as such. I think there is nothing wrong with the quiet or loudness of birth. Everyone creates their own beautiful labor song. 

Outside of the realm of birth, I LOVE to spend time with my family... visiting water, dancing, singing, sightseeing, road tripping, anything we can do together.

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I can not fully express what it means to me to be a Midwife and support birthing people in the process of pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. This responsibility I hold very scared in my heart, because I know how life-shifting this experience can be. I have a beautiful full family with six children including one angel baby. I have experienced all types of birthing environments of homebirth, freestanding birth center, and hospital. I honor and value all birth settings and believe that ALL families should have a choice and information to make the best choice for them. 

“It is always my goal to help create a space of comfort and freedom to labor.”

Ocean Shores Spring Time/ Family Vacation
 

Special Additions

Jennifer Linstad, MSM, LM, CPM

Hello! I’m Jenn, one of the folks serving you with Something Beautiful Midwifery. I’ve been a licensed midwife in Washington State for over 8 years, supporting lots of families, catching lots of babies, and partnering with lots of students. I’m really excited you are exploring this option for your care!

I believe in your power, your autonomy and your fervent desire to have a healthy, respectful birth. I practice with the deep trust that when parents are given unbiased information that they will choose exactly what is right for their family, and so informed, shared decision-making is a cornerstone of the care you will receive with me. I am humble and grateful for every family that entrusts me with their pregnancy experience.

I spent 25 years in the arts before I had my first kiddo in 2005 and everything changed. When I attended my first homebirth in 2006 my path was clear and I became a doula. I realized quite quickly that I wanted to be a midwife. Outside of being a midwife, I am the parent of two really weird and amazing kids, and the three of us live with our 3 cats and fluctuating foster kittens. We are an LGBTQ+ family, and my eldest child is Trans, teaching me daily new things about all of our gender journey! Also, parenting teens is a trip, y’all, but at least the cats don’t roll their eyes at me.

As a white woman in spaces with many people from different experiences, I acknowledge that my anti-racism work is lifelong and requires constant vigilance. It requires openness to correction and listening to the ways people experience this world without the protections of white supremacy. As a white midwife, I know I have been part of systems of oppression. I am committed to continuing to identifying these systems and changing them when I can. In addition to my internal work, as a commitment to recompense, I will be donating $100 every single month to support the BIPOC community and the goal of safe births of chunky, full-term babies, for the rest of my career.

Future Student Midwives

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MISSION STATEMENT

Uphold a care structure that supports the birthing person and family in their aspirations of a safe, loving, and fearless pregnancy, birth and postpartum; to encourage the family dynamic in its healing and processing of the birth experience.

VISION STATEMENT

Promote the fullness of safety (emotionally, physically, and spiritually), while elevating the strength and power of the birthgiver.

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VALUES

Open Communication

 

Accountability

 

Shared Decision Making

Support Informed Choice

 

Risk Assessment

 

Evidence Based Care

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Continuity of Care

Community Fluidity

Equity & Inclusion

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GOALS

1

Increase confidence in the Midwifery Model of Care.

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Bring awareness to the BIPOC communities of Homebirth & Birth Center Birth.

3

Promote healthier pregnancies of BIPOC communities.

4

Decrease poor birth outcomes of BIPOC communities.

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To be accessible to marginalized communities.

6

Support the growth of black midwives and attain more information on our birth traditions.

IN-NETWORK INSURANCE PLANS

Amerigroup
Molina
Regence/BCBS
Premera 
Coordinated Care
CHPW
First Choice Health 
Kaiser

Have questions?
Please feel free to contact the billers at:

Island Billing 
https://www.islandbillingseattle.com/
(360)-632-4435
ingrid@islandbillingservices.com


Accepting Cash Pay clients w/payment plans and potentially other insurances.

Washington Black Midwife

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