- Practicing since: 2001
- Tacoma & Pierce County
Ana’s journey to midwifery began with several paths. In her early 20s, Ana experienced a number of healthcare situations that left her feeling alone, unsupported, and wondering why there wasn’t a better option for women and their reproductive healthcare. At the same time, Ana was introduced to Ina May Gaskin, and the world of midwifery, through Ina’s book “Spiritual Midwifery”.
Ana became a birth doula in 1997 and practiced for seven years, working with underserved populations, while providing all services pro bono. She decided she wanted to become a midwife and after graduating with her nursing degree, worked as a labor and delivery RN in a low risk setting at Northwest Hospital, then in a high-risk setting at UW Medical Center. Ana then obtained her MSN from Frontier Nursing University, a school steeped in midwifery history, founded on the premise that if the mother/birthing/pregnant person is well cared for, the whole family will be healthier and happier.
Ana’s philosophy of care is relationship based, which is why she is passionate about working with clients to build a relationship that is founded on trust and mutual respect. Clients working with Ana have described her as warm, caring, and straight forward. She partners with pregnant people to provide them with the latest evidence-based care, merging new and ancient technologies inherent to reproductive health care. Ana believes that every client has an innate wisdom that needs to be cultivated and honored.
Shoreline Community College,
Associate in Nursing
Frontier School of Nursing,
Master in Nursing
Additional Clinical Interests
Family Planning, Grief/Loss Counseling, Health Equity, Support of Physiologic Birth