Rebecca Bartsch, LM

rebeccabartsch-printI decided to become a midwife half-way through naturopathic medical school at Bastyr University, following the birth of my son in 2010. I saw a midwife during my pregnancy and gave birth at home, an experience that altered my life in so many ways. When it was time for me to return to school, I found that my interest in medicine had dwindled and I felt a longing to learn more about midwifery and what it means to support women through the transformative rite of passage that is pregnancy, birth, and motherhood. I decided to take some time off from school in order to reflect and enjoy time with my son, but I found that my new passion for midwifery only grew. In 2012, I returned to Bastyr University and began the midwifery program, one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I graduated in 2015 and shortly after was blessed with a sweet little girl, also born at home. The midwives at Skagit Family Health Clinic were an integral part of my midwifery training and I’m honored to join them as a Licensed Midwife. 

I love being a midwife because I get a unique chance to walk with people during one of the most significant and joyful times in their lives. I love watching women become mothers, men become fathers, brothers and sisters welcoming their newest little friend into the world, and seeing families made. It’s a truly beautiful thing to behold. Love at it’s best. I am deeply grateful to all the families who have welcomed me into their lives and trusted me to care for them. It is such an honor. 

My family is very supportive of my love of midwifery, though my son often tells me to take a shower when I get home because I “smell like birth”! Together, we like to travel, hike, eat pizza, bake cookies, and make each other laugh. If I get a moment alone, which I never do, my favorite hobby is napping.