Melissa Hilson, CNM, ARNP

Melissa Hilson PhotoI attended my first birth when I was 20 months old as my younger sister was welcomed into our lives, at home, surrounded by family. I don’t consciously remember that experience, but grew up loving hearing the story of her birth and my role in it, and truly believe it has shaped my path in life. In my later teen years I had an idea that I wanted to go to nursing school, and then become a midwife. When I was 18 my older sister gave birth to her second baby at home. She was born into my hands, and opened her eyes and looked at me before her entire body was even birthed. At that moment I was sure!

I went to midwifery school with the goal of opening a home birth practice. During my education, I learned about the birth center model of care and fell deeply in love with it. I love that it allows women who don’t feel comfortable with the idea of a home birth, yet don’t want to birth in the hospital, another alternative that is woman and family centered. I am passionate about education, teaching people about their bodies and how they work, and giving them the information they need to feel empowered to make informed decisions about their care.

I have lived in southern Oregon for most of my life, and am so excited to have moved to Washington to be a part of the team at Skagit Family Health Clinic. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband and son, cooking, gardening, hiking, and playing in the great outdoors.