916 S 3rd St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

Cyrena Faith Gilpatrick

Student Midwife

I was born with a passion for women’s health, pregnancy, and birth. I started volunteering at my local hospital at the age of ten, and attended my first birth at the age of 16. I knew at that point, more than ever, that I needed to be a birth worker, in whatever form possible. I received my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire while also taking prerequisite courses for nursing, and undergoing doula training at Birthwise School of Midwifery. After having my son in the hospital, I realized that midwifery was my passion, and out of hospital birth was truly the direction my heart was pulling me in.

I worked as the teaching assistant for a nursing course at the University of New Hampshire titled “Making Babies” for over three years where I met a legend in my midwifery world, Carol Leonard. Just listening to her describe the births she had attended, and the babies born into her hands lit the fire inside me to pursue what I had always known was my true purpose, aside from being a momma. I am now in my second year at Bastyr University, only one year away from attaining my Master of Science in Midwifery degree.

I know that women have the ability to listen to their own bodies and understand instinctively what to do during labor, because I have witnessed it time and time again. I believe that it is important to stand by women, to remind them that they are strong and capable of advocating for exactly what they need. I am constantly in awe of the strength, tenacity, and power laboring women possess. And I am honored to have a front row seat to that magical moment when a woman recognizes that she can harness that strength and power within herself to bring her baby earthside.