About the Midwife / Fremont Midwifery of Seattle, WA / Home & Birth Center Births

 
 

Formerly a native New Yorker, I came to the Pacific Northwest to complete my midwifery training at Seattle Midwifery School after graduating with a B.A. in Dance from Barnard College of Columbia University.  During my time in college, I moved in next door to doula and discovered that midwives still existed and were providing a stellar alternative to the usual, no-frills obstetric care that dominated the scene for the past century. 


Before starting Fremont Midwifery in the Summer of 2009, I worked as a midwife for several, busy Seattle area practices.


Prior to my midwifery training, I was a NYS Emergency Medical Technician, theater electrician/stage manager, doula, and childbirth educator.  During midwifery school, my training included births in Seattle as well as an overseas rotation in Vanuatu at Vila Central Hospital.  From 2006 - 2009, I was a preceptor for both Seattle Midwifery School and Bastyr University midwifery students.  As a member of the Midwives’ Association of Washington State, I participate in regular peer review as well functioning as a committee member in the Quality Management Program.  In early 2013 I was privileged to work as a volunteer midwife at the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Hargeisa, Somaliland.


In my off-call time, I can be found at Crossfit or biking around town (and to your home visit).  I enjoy circus arts, knitting, building with cob, and healthy irreverence.  I completed my first 50K in March 2011... and it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would.

 

Geraldine Lee, Licensed Midwife

You are assisting at someone else’s birth. Do good without show or fuss. Facilitate what is happening rather than what you think ought to happen. When the baby is born, the mother will rightly say:  “We did it by ourselves.” - Lao Tzu

ABOUT THE MIDWIVES

Tracy Cooper, Licensed Midwife

Tracy works as a back-up midwife to this practice.


In 1989, I had just graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in English Literature when a profound event occurred—the birth of my cousin’s baby.  Witnessing her strength and vulnerability, being part of the cocoon of support around her, and seeing how strange and wonderful it is for a baby emerge from another body was an aha! moment I’ll never forget.  That birth led me to pursue doula and midwifery training in Seattle.  Midwifery feels like the best way to support and empower women to experience a process as normal as breathing, but with the power to transform.  I still enjoy reading about the drama of human life in literature—but I feel lucky everyday that now I am able to experience the drama of human life. 


Since my graduation from Seattle Midwifery School in 1998 until 2008, I practiced alongside my dear friend and collegue Michelle Sarju at Expecting The Best Midwifery Care until she moved on to work with Open Arms Perinatal Services.  Many hundreds of births later I am delighted to join Geraldine at Fremont Midwifery. We welcome former clients of Expecting The Best!  I also teach at Bastyr University in the midwifery program, and am a preceptor for midwives in training.  My professional work includes serving as the president of the board of the first nonprofit birth center in Seattle, president of the board of the Midwives’ Association of Washington State, and as a trainer for the Community Outreach Doula program of Open Arms. 


I am also grateful to be a recipient of midwifery care—my husband Matt and I have two amazing girls, born at home.  I spend my time when not at a birth playing with my kids and cooking.  I love to read fiction when I can, and am likely to ask you what you’re reading these days to get ideas.