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Washington Alliance for
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Highland Midwife
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South Central Washington
& the Columbia River Gorge

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.

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. Her husband, a retired scientist, is her secret-weapon midwifery-support team, making her coffee and packing her car at 3:00 a.m. (with best wishes for the mother and a smile, no less!) when those births calls come in. They live 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 since 2013, she was elected President of WARM in 2016. 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 Fridays. Appointments in Goldendale will be arranged on other days.

Lorri's private practice statistics from June 8, 2009 to June 6, 2016.

Total births in stats:   225

Deaths:   1, stillborn in hospital



Average age of clients:

29.7 years

Average weeks of gestation:


Primip (first time) moms:

30.7 %

Average birth weight in grams:

3707 g

Multip moms:

69.3 %

Average birth weight in pounds and ounces:

8 lbs. 3 oz.

Average weight gain:

34.1 lbs.

Birth weight under 6 pounds:

<2 %

Water births:

52 %

Birth weight between 6 and 9 pounds:

75 %

Intact perineums (no tears):

53 %

Birth weight of 9 pounds or larger:

23 %

Minor lacerations:

45 %

Shoulder dystocias:

12.4 %

Serious lacerations:

0.4 %
(no 4th degree tears)

Birth injuries:



4.9 %

Breech births:

3.1 %

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

8 %

Number of twins at home:


Average blood loss:

248 cc
(< one cup)

Average 5 minute APGAR:

9.43 (out of 10)

Minor hemorrhage 500 - 1000 cc:

4.9 %

APGARS <7 at 5 minutes:

0.8 %

Hemorrhage over 1000 cc:

1.8 %

Pre-term births:

0.4 %, 1 at 36 wks

Pre-Eclampsia / Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension:

0.4 %

Newborn resuscitations:

1.8 % (successful)

Gestational Diabetes:

0 (yes, zero!)



Vaginal births:

96 %

Newborn complications managed:

2 congenital defects
2 vitamin deficiencies
1 slow reflex to breathe
1 placental insufficiency (no effects to baby)
1 GBS (in Oregon*, antibiotics prohibited)

Home births:

90 %

Particulate meconium:

1.8 %

Hospital births:

10 %

Breastfeeding at last appointment:

98.2 %

Cesarean sections:

4 %

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

11 %

Average number of visits:


Births missed (unassisted):


Average miles to client's home one-way:


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

1.8 %

Repeat Clients:

19 %

Clients who are health care professionals:

18 %

*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. Appointments can be made with Rebekah in Pasco, or on Fridays in Yakima.

Other Area Midwives

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. Here I have listed all of the known midwives in the area to the best of my knowledge.

I also included photos and short bios of other types of birth professionals, midwife assistants, and students, so that you could become familiar with anyone who might possibly be called to come and assist at your birth, either as my backup midwife or as an assistant. That way if I am very shorthanded and have to draw from long distances for more help, any of the ladies who would arrive to attend your birth are familiar faces and names.


Dr. Virginia Frazer, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed Midwife
Dr. Virginia Frazer, ND LM

Ginger owns Blue Heron Naturopathic Clinic in Kennewick, Washington - see her website for more information about her education and specialties. Here is her EMAIL.

She is a family practice Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Midwife offering home birth services. Her practice includes both conventional medical treatment and traditional herbal medicines, with emphasis on patient education.

Marcile Petrilli, Traditional Midwife, CPM LM
Marcile Petrilli, CPM LM

Marcile was trained in traditional midwifery and has over 30 years of birthing experience, is nationally certified, and licensed to practice in Washington. She is located in Tri-Cities; see BirthWise for more information.

Marcile may be called to assist me at your birth, especially if my students are not available. Email Marcile for more information.

Shannon Bennett, CPM LM Shannon Bennett, CPM LM

Shannon is a nationally Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife in Washington State. She has been blessed to have participated in home, hospital and birth center births for the past 17 years.

Shannon is located in the Tri-Cities area and can be reached at 509-308-3711. Visit her website, Natural Care Midwifery, for more information.

Fran Wilson, Certified Nurse Midwife
Fran Wilson, CNM

Fran was a Certified Nurse Midwife experienced in both hospital and home births, who provided care for women in the area for decades.

WARM was very pleased to have her serving as the nurse-midwife member of the Board of Directors until 2016, when the world lost a great midwife in her passing.

She is very missed.


Kristin M. Eggleston, Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife
Kristin Eggleston, CPM LM

Kristin owns Sunrise Midwifery in Prosser, Washington - see her website.

She is a direct entry Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife who started practice in 2009, and is available for women's health care and childbirth education at her office in Prosser, and home birth services throughout the lower Yakima Valley into TriCities.


Kristin M. Eggleston, Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife

April Haugen, LM

April is a Washington Licensed Midwife who moved to Ellensburg in 2015, and owns Sky Valley Midwifery.

See April's Facebook page for more information.

Western Oregon:

Lindsay Kinman, Student Midwife
Lindsay Kinman, CPM LDM

Lindsay is a wife and mother of three. Her own unique experiences during labor, and the support she received, prompted her to embark on the journey of becoming a birth doula and now a midwifery student at Midwives College of Utah. She was a nursing assistant for six years but always desired to be working with laboring mothers and the birthing process. Her heart is truly for women to find the power they have within themselves to bring their child into the world.

Lindsay did the majority of her clinical training in the Yakima area with Lorri, and has since moved to Oregon and works at the Aurora Birth Center. As part of her practice, she also offers childbirth education for both hospital and home-birthing parents; see her website for more information.

Adria Fuller, Student Midwife

Adria Fuller, LDM CPM

Adria lives in Stevenson, WA with her husband and three children born at home (with the exception of one transfer). She passed her NARM exam for CPM in 2014.

She is now licensed in Oregon and Texas, and is serving the lower Columbia River Gorge area. See her website for more information.

Students, Midwife Assistants, and Doulas

The Pacific Northwest is known for extremes and diversity, and the midwifery laws are no exception. Oregon only recently required a state license in order to practice midwifery. In Washington the requirements are very rigorous, but there are certain exemptions for the limited practice of midwives offering religious or gratuitous services, assistant midwives, students, and traditional midwives who are actively seeking accreditation and licensing. There is a great need and a place for each in the birthing world, and in our part of the state we all work cooperatively with each other as we fill different roles that fall within our legal scopes of practice.

I am currently attempting to draft a concise summary of the differences between various types of credentials, licenses, training programs, and requirements, how each of those is allowed to practice and to what extent, and the ability of each to bill insurance. It is going to take some work to make certain that I am accurately explaining all of those in a neat, short package, but when I am finished there will be a link posted here.
Thank you! ~Lorri

Doula Note:
At any point, there are usually students in my practice who are available to hire as doulas for those who are planning hospital births. Some of them also offer placenta encapsulation services, and childbirth education classes.

See the new Student Pages

Alyssa Proszek, Student Midwife
Alyssa Proszek, Junior Apprentice Midwife

Please welcome our newest team member! Alyssa is a new apprentice who will be starting formal education at MCU soon. She comes to us with plenty of skills, having assisted her mother who was a midwife, and with job experience as a trained phlebotomist and EMT. She is getting to know our clients, and will soon be assisting at births with Lorri.

Full bio to be posted soon.

Connie Hummel, Senior Student Midwife

A very experienced senior student and homeschooling mother, Connie is a part-time member of our team who comes to us all the way from Florida. She will be attending a few more births with Lorri and taking her Washington licensing exams in 2017.

Photo and full bio to be posted soon.

Adria Dobiash, Student Midwife
Adria Dobiash, Senior Student Midwife

A senior student and mother of five, Adria lives in Goldendale, WA. She previously attended Bastyr in Seattle, and has completed all of her academic work at Midwives College of Utah and will soon be graduating. After many years of planning and preparing, she is finally in a long-term clinical preceptorship with Lorri. Adria is also a student member of WARM.

Adria attends appointments in both Goldendale and Yakima, and is one of the primary senior students managing births in the Gorge and in Yakima Valley.

Janelle Weishaar, Student Midwife
Janelle Weishaar, Senior Student Midwife

Janelle is a wife, and mother of three. She lives in Yakima WA, and is attending Midwives College of Utah.

Janelle is attending clinical appointments with Lorri and Rebekah, and the births that are within driving distance of her home. Janelle is now a senior 4.0 student, in a primary care role in her clinical training. She is an experienced member of the Board of Directors of WARM and is currently serving as Treasurer.

She also established The Nest in Yakima, a wonderful focal point for local mothers to attend breastfeeding and childbirth classes and other events, locate nutritional and herbal supplements often used in pregnancy and lactation, and to purchase hard-to-find and handmade items for mothers and babies. She has now passed on this torch to new owners who are continuing to expand The Nest into a tremendous community resource.

BettyGrace Wharton, Junior Student Midwife

BettyGrace lives in Tri-Cities, and is attending Mercy in Action.

She is a junior student working with Rebekah at both clinical appointments and at births. She also has experience overseas doing clinical missionary work.

Photo and full bio to be posted soon.

Hollie Moyer, Student Midwife

Hollie Moyer, Certified Professional Midwife

Hollie is a mother of three babies born at home with Lorri, with many years of nursing experience, and is a wonderful calm presence at births. She recently graduated from Midwives College of Utah and completed her requirements and testing for CPM. Hollie is a member of WARM.

Hollie is now living in Russia, and the birthing mothers there are very fortunate to have her!

Brittany Hansen, Midwife Assistant

Brittany Hansen, Midwife Assistant Brittany Hansen, Midwife Assistant Soon after her third child was born at home with Lorri & Kristin in November 2009, Brittany began assisting at births, and took Midwifery Assistant Training in Genesee, ID with midwife Nancy Draznin in May of 2010. Her first babies (now age 6 and under) were born in a birth center and hospital, and her fourth was born at home in June 2012. I think she is our best advertisement, effectively promoting breastfeeding, midwifery care, and home birth everywhere she goes.

Brittany loves being a stay-at-home, home schooling, cloth-diapering, "normal-length" breastfeeding, home birthing momma. She is considering someday becoming a midwife, but currently loves assisting at births and is also passionate about helping and encouraging mothers around her community during pregnancy, birth, post-partum, and breastfeeding. If you are birthing in the TriCities area, you may be lucky enough to get Brittany as an Assistant!

Layla Mabbitt, Midwife Assistant, DONA-trained Doula
Layla Mabbitt, Midwife Assistant, Birth Doula

Layla is a D.O.N.A. trained birth doula since 1999. She received her professional doula training at Seattle Midwifery School. She has been attending home and hospital births for 13 years. She worked as an assistant midwife in Central Oregon at Heart 'N' Hands Midwifery assisting at home births for just shy of 2 years. She also has her certification in Phlebotomy. She became a doula to empower and teach women to trust their bodies, before and during the normal birth process.

She has lived in the Tri-Cities area for 2 1/2 years. She lives with her husband and has 7 children, and 2 very cute purebred Dachshunds. She has experienced home and hospital births with her children. You can email Layla or phone 509-591-7035.

Brandee Kandle, Midwife Assistant

Brandee attended her first birth as a doula in 2001 in an off-grid yurt in Homer, Alaska. The complete normalcy of birth was astounding and captivated her. She attended many more births as a doula until finding an apprenticeship with a midwife at a busy free-standing birth center in Soldotna, AK in 2007. While there, she delivered her eldest daughter and moved shortly after to be closer to her husband's family in the Tri-Cities. Since relocating here, Brandee has been assisting some of the midwives at births. Since the home-birth of her youngest daughter in the fall of 2010, Brandee has been taking a break from assisting and enjoying family life. She plans to return to assisting when the time is right for her family and herself.

Kristina French, birth doula, childbirth educator, lactation educator

Kristina French, CD(DONA) CLE
Birth Doula, Childbirth Educator, Lactation Educator

Kristina owns Three Rivers Birth Services in Richland, Washington.

Please see her website for much more information.

Jessica Burden Jessica Burden, DabbleFly, Postpartum Consultant, Infant Care Educator, Lactation Support, Placenta Preparation Specialist, Doula
Postpartum Consultant, Infant Care Educator,
Lactation Support, & Placenta Preparation Specialist

Jessica originally trained as a postpartum doula. Over the years she saw her practice transform into assisting with more specific needs outside of the doula's scope. She is now a self-proclaimed Postpartum Consultant offering education in all things "baby" and mother recovery. Special areas of experience are breastfeeding, sleeping, and baby wearing. In addition to consultations, Jessica is a trained placenta preparer. She offers families a convenient choice for preparations such as encapsulation. Jessica follows strict safety protocols and supplies all necessary equipment. (Our clients love her!) Find more information about Jessica and her offerings at DabbleFly.

Other Providers

Dr. Heidi Robel, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist
Dr. Heidi Robel, ND, LAC, PC

Heidi is a Naturopathic Physician and Licensed Acupuncturist in Yakima - see her website for more information, or the beautiful new website for Yakima Family Natural Medicine.

Dr. Robel is available for referrals for my clients; YES she does do pediatrics, and for my clients who are within driving distance she is their favorite baby doctor. Her office is located at 307 S. 12th Avenue Suite #11. See MAP.

Heidi has also kindly made her office available on Fridays to midwifery clients in Yakima! For appointments call Lorri at 509-250-2072.

Dr. Kristina Coppock, Chiropractor Dr. Nathan Coppock, Chiropractor
Kristina and Nathan Coppock, DC

Kristina and Nathan are the talented doctors who own Active Life Chiropractic in Yakima - see their website for more information.

We love to refer pregnant and postpartum moms and their babies to them for adjustments, and highly recommend them for their thorough, gentle care.

Dr. Shawna Hasel, Naturopathic Physician
Dr. Shawna Hasel ND

Shawna is a Naturopathic Physician in The Dalles - see her website for more information.

Dr. Hasel is available for referrals for my clients.

Her office is located at 818 West Sixth Street Suite #1. See MAP.

Dr. Heidi Robel, Naturopathic Physician, Licensed Acupuncturist
Dr. Angela Sullivan, DC

Angela owns Family Chiropractic Wellness Center at 110 Columbia Point Drive in Richland, Washington, where she serves many of our midwifery clients. She is very good at taking care of those back and hip pains during pregnancy!

For more information, please see her website.

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