916 S 3rd St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273

Julie Smith

LM, CPM

As a young adult, becoming a midwife was not even remotely on my radar as a potential career path. Midwifery took its sweet time before calling to me, but when it finally did, I whole-heartedly knew my answer. Prior to studying midwifery, I spent a few years studying film and creative writing (which actually means working as a waitress in the busy Seattle restaurant industry). After the birth of my daughter, I switched tracks and completed my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. As I was nearing the completion of my nutrition degree, I began spending all of my free time exploring the mystery of midwifery. With much deliberation, it became clear to me that practicing midwifery was the career I truly envisioned for myself.

I began working towards the completion of my Master of Science in Midwifery at Bastyr University. During this time, I trained with Gentle Hands Midwifery in Bellingham and Skagit Family Health Clinic. I attended over 100 births as an assistant and catching babies in both the birth center and home birth setting. I became committed to the comprehensive, individualized care that is essential to midwifery. I feel strongly about supporting families through childbirth in order to facilitate a smooth transition into parenthood or a growing family. In order to help build stronger communities, I hope to foster empowerment during the transformative time of pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum.

Outside of birth work, I share a love for the outdoors and snow sports with my family. In my free time I like to mountain bike, hike, canoe and snowboard. My daughter has been gleefully skiing since the age of one and a half. In addition to fun in the mountains, I enjoy reading, gardening, cooking with friends and family and making my own herbal remedies for common discomforts. I have a passion for intuitive nutrition, sustainable agriculture and the self-reliance that is gained from working symbiotically with plants and nature.