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About Us


Meet The Midwives


Lorri Ellen Carr, LM CPM LDM
Licensed Midwife (Washington and Oregon), Certified Professional Midwife


Lorri Carr, Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife, owner of Highland Midwife Birth Services in Goldendale Washington

Lorri founded Highland Midwife Birth Services and Silver Sage Herbal Tinctures in Goldendale, Washington. She is a direct-entry midwife with over 20 years of birthing experience, who has completed both the national midwifery certification and the Washington state requirements for practicing midwifery, and received her Washington license in March 2008. In 2013, in order to better serve clients with limited insurance across the river, she acquired her Oregon state Licensed Direct-Entry midwife credentials.

Her formal education includes a degree in Pre-Med Biology, undergraduate study at Seattle Midwifery School, and graduate study at Midwives’ College of Utah which will soon result in a Masters of Science in Midwifery. Her areas of midwifery research are primarily in nutrition during pregnancy, and she is developing her PhD research study on perinatal Omega-3 and Vitamin D therapy.

Other education and experience includes Emergency Medical Technician Basic, IBLCE Professional Lactation Educator, DONA Labor Support, ICEA Childbirth Educator, and massage/physiotherapy specializing in pregnancy and injury rehab with licensure as an LMT, LMP, and ICMTBP international certification.

Lorri has been appointed as an Adjunct Assistant Instructor for the northwest branch of A.T. Still University of Osteopathic Medicine, and approved as a preceptor for several other colleges and training programs, including Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland Oregon, Midwives College of Utah, Birthwise Midwifery School in Maine, Mercy in Action, and the Association of Texas Midwives. She is passionately dedicated to training new students to be excellent care providers, who can carry on the unique skills of traditional midwives and herbalists as well as interact proficiently with all of the medical professions.

Her midwifery training took place in a wide range of settings, including out-of-hospital (home and birth center) births with several types of midwives and doctors, births in hospitals with doctors and nurse midwives, and clinical obstetric and gynecology care for thousands of women as a staff OB/GYN provider in a large community health center. For three years she worked with her primary preceptor Dr. Leonel Zolessi MD FACOG, who trained her in high-risk maternity management.

Lorri with her beloved champion foundation Arabian mare Laurali Lorri's four oldest children Lorri had all of her own 5 children (photo, right) out of hospital, and was a nursing mother for about 10 years; now she is a grandmother of 3. She lives in the foothills of the Simcoe mountains where she breeds a rare line of Arabian horses (photo, left) that she has preserved for over 35 years.

Lorri delivers babies in both Washington and Oregon, from as far down the Columbia River Gorge as Hood River, Oregon, and north into Washington up the valley to Yakima. She has been politically active in promoting and expanding safe options for birthing families since 2004. A board member and volunteer webmaster for the Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery from 2013-2017, she was elected President of WARM in 2016, then appointed as head of the Legislative Committee and Liaison to the state. She retired from WARM at the beginning of 2018 to focus on other projects. To view her resume, click HERE.
the first baby Lorri delivered
She is usually assisted by at least one student midwife in training, more often two.

The lovely young woman in the photo on the right is the first baby that Lorri delivered, in 1987.

Appointments can be made with Lorri in Yakima, Washington on Wednesdays. Appointments in Goldendale will be arranged on other days.




Lorri's private practice statistics from June 8, 2009 to July 19, 2018.

Total births in stats:   306

Deaths:   1, stillborn in hospital

Moms

Babies

Average age of clients:

30 years

Average weeks of gestation:

40.5

Primip (first time) moms:

30 %

Average birth weight in grams:

3714 g

Multip moms:

70 %

Average birth weight in pounds and ounces:

8 lbs. 3 oz.

Average weight gain:

35 lbs.

Birth weight under 6 pounds:

<2 %

Water births:

52 %

Birth weight between 6 and 9 pounds:

74 %

Intact perineums (no tears):

>57 %

Birth weight of 9 pounds or larger:

24 %

Minor lacerations:

42 %

Shoulder dystocias:

10 %

Serious lacerations:

<1 %
(no 4th degree tears)

Birth injuries:

0

VBACs:

6 %

Breech births:

4 %

VBAC, twins, and breech combined, all born vaginally:

10 %

Number of twins at home:

0

Average blood loss:

220 cc
(< one cup)

Average 5 minute APGAR:

9.5 (out of 10)

Minor hemorrhage 500 - 1000 cc:

4 %

APGARS <7 at 5 minutes:

1 %

Hemorrhage over 1000 cc:

1 %

Pre-term births:

0.3 %, 1 at 36 wks

Pre-Eclampsia / Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension:

0.3 %

Newborn resuscitations:

<2 % (all successful)

Gestational Diabetes:

0 (yes, zero!)

Jaundice:

0

Vaginal births:

>96 %

Newborn complications managed:

2 congenital defects,
2 severe vitamin deficiencies (fully resolved),
1 slow reflex to breathe (no long-term effects),
1 placental insufficiency (no effects to baby),
1 GBS (in Oregon*, antibiotics prohibited),
1 hypoglycemia (cause unknown),
1 severe cord strangulation (resolved, no effects).

Home births:

90 %

Particulate meconium:

1.3 % (no effects to baby)

Hospital births:

10 % (about half planned ahead)

Breastfeeding at last appointment:

98 %

Cesarean sections:

<4 %

Total transports for all reasons (even during prenatal care), mom or baby:

12 % (over 4 % were referrals for high-risk OB care)

Average number of visits:

18

Births missed (unassisted):

0

Average miles to client's home one-way:

88

Near-misses (midwife arrived within 5 minutes of birth):

1 %

Repeat Clients:

24 %

Clients who are health care professionals:

19 %


*Oregon has since added antibiotics for GBS to the scope of licensed midwives.








Rebekah Pierson, ARNP, FNP, Certified Nurse Midwife
Rebekah Pierson, ARNP FNP CNM

Rebekah owns Wild Rose Clinic in Pasco, Washington - see her website.

She is a Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse-Midwife, and offers complete family practice medical care. After 12 years of hospital and birth center deliveries, Rebekah began doing all home births. Rebekah also serves as a preceptor for midwifery students from many programs, in both nursing and direct-entry routes.

Rebekah and Lorri have worked together since 2007.








Janelle Weishaar, Student Midwife
Janelle Weishaar, CPM, LM

Janelle is a wife, and mother of four, the last two born at home. She lives in Yakima WA, and trained mostly with Lorri. Janelle has completed her Bachelor's degree at Midwives College of Utah, Magna Cum Laude, obtained her national Certified Professional Midwife credentials, and is now a Washington Licensed Midwife.

Janelle owns Little Blessings Birth Services, and is officially taking over most of Lorri's clients at The Nest in Yakima and Ellensburg. Lorri is still available for repeat clients and can be requested as the second midwife at any of Janelle's births, but having a great midwife who lives right in Yakima is a beautiful dream come true! For more information, see her new website.













Note:
I recommend meeting and interviewing every available provider before you chose someone for maternity care, not only those from certain practices, styles of training, or organizations.

On this website I have listed most of the known midwives in the area; see the Contacts page, and under Links see Local Resources.













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