Washington Black Midwife

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

Providing assistance as a Midwife & Monitrice (Advance Doula Service)


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!

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.

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.”



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.


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


Open Communication




Shared Decision Making

Support Informed Choice


Risk Assessment


Evidence Based Care

Continuity of Care

Community Fluidity

Equity & Inclusion



Increase confidence in the Midwifery Model of Care.


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


Promote healthier pregnancies of BIPOC communities.


Decrease poor birth outcomes of BIPOC communities.


To be accessible to marginalized communities.


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


Couldn't have asked for a better person to be involved in my pregnancy and birth. Such a caring and calming soul. Always there to help in any way and never failed to calm my nerves and doubts. I was not getting the experience I wanted with my midwife and truly believe it was because of this amazing woman I still came out with such amazing and happy memories. Would recommend her to anyone looking for extra support and care during such a special time. Will definitely be calling in the future if another sweet one enters the picture.

B. Hope

Mercedes is a skilled, responsible, and safe provider. She is attentive and meticulous in her care and her clinical abilities are unquestionable. But the soul of a midwife is more than just good clinical practice. The soul of a midwife is in how she loves you, how she advocates for you, and how she tirelessly gives you space and time. The reason I recommend her without hesitation is she will care for you with all her heart and will advocate for you beyond what you might ever expect. You and your family will be safe, loved, and have the most amazing experience you could ever imagine if you choose to be cared for by Mercedes.

Jennifer Linstad, MSM, LM, CPM (Local Midwife)

Her spirit and personality were (always are)  just so sweet and genuine. She's the loveliest person to be around and she truly cares and loves others. I couldn't ask for anything more. This is Mercedes gift from GOD and I am so truly happy and overjoyed to have experienced her works as my Doula.

K. Queen


Thank you for visiting!

You can contact Mercedes by using the form below—or learn more about her here.




© 2020 Mercedes Snyder

Tel: (253) 285-0133

Fx: 1 (855) 450-2148

P.O BOX 2054

Auburn, WA 98071-2054

Algona,WA; Auburn,WA; Black Diamond,WA; Burien,WA; Covington,WA; Des Moines,WA; Federal Way,WA; Kent,WA; Issaquah, WA; Maple Valley,WA; Milton,WA; Normandy Park,WA; Pacific,WA; Renton,WA; Seatac,WA; Seattle,WA and Tukwila,WA. Bonney Lake, WA; Buckley, WA; DuPont, WA; Edgewood,WA; Enumclaw,WA; Fife,WA; Fircrest,WA; Lakewood,WA; Milton,WA; Orting,WA; Pacific,WA; Puyallup,WA; Roy,WA; Sumner,WA; Tacoma, WA and University Place,WA.


Monitrice (Advanced Doula Skills) to Auburn Medical Center, Auburn, WA; Valley Medical Center, Renton, WA; St. Joseph Medical Center, Tacoma, WA; Puyallup, WA; St. Elizabeth Hospital, Enumclaw, WA; St. Francis Hospital, WA; Swedish Medical Center- First Hill; Swedish Medical Center- Issaquah; Birth Centers & Home Birth.