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Picture of Heike DoyleHeike Hornsby (nee Doyle), CPM, LM
Founding Member

"I have wanted to be a midwife as long as I can remember. I was born at home in Germany and grew up with a fundamental belief that birth is normal.

At 25, I apprenticed under experienced rural midwives in Kentucky. There, learning from these wise women, experts in normal birth, I developed my philosophy of birth: babies know how to get in and they know how to get out. My role is to monitor the wellbeing of you and your baby while providing support and encouragement. In the security and love of this space, you and your baby can do what your bodies know how to do.

I have personally been on the receiving end of this type of family-centered care. My three children, Jonah, Shahala, and Julian, were all born at home. The experience of their births reinforced my understanding of the needs of pregnant women who choose to have their babies out of the hospital. The empowerment of my own experience frames my commitment to the midwifery model of care.

In 1993 I graduated Seattle Midwifery School and became a Licensed Midwife. In 1999, I became co-owner of the Puget Sound Birth Center. Here, I work closely with Nicole and Tonya to provide family-centered care by helping to ensure optimal health for mom and baby, encouraging a trust in the process of birth, and easing this joyful transition for families.

I have attended nearly 2000 births. I am as passionate about midwifery today as I was when I attended my first birth 23 years ago. I look forward to providing high quality care to families for many years ahead."

Nicole Donovan, CPM, LM

"My passion to be with women who choose an unmedicated childbirth began after the unmedicated birth of my daughter 12 years ago. It was such a dynamically different experience from the medicated birth of my son two years prior. The personal empowerment I experienced after my daughter's birth completely changed the prior conception I had about myself, finding an inner strength I never knew I had.

Five months later, in 1998, I took the birth doula training at Seattle Midwifery School, and began my journey in supporting women during births. In 2001, I took the postpartum doula training at Seattle Midwifery School, and began working with families after their births also. Eventually I came to realize that just being in a supporting role with families was not enough for me, and I realized my overwhelming desire was to become a midwife.

I feel often in our society the sacredness of birth and the journey into parenthood is overlooked and forgotten. I feel blessed to offer experience, guidance and support to your family in honoring this experience, in the way that feels right to you.

I hope to help you navigate your way through the journey of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. Whether this is your first or tenth pregnancy, each journey is different, and I look forward to being with you through this process!"

Tonya Floria (nee Iverson), CPM, LM

Facilitating the empowerment of women and a love for supporting families are the core values I hold as a midwife and the reason I believe I was called to this work. I started my journey to my life as a midwife at a young age and absolutely love the fulfillment it gives me
to see women blossom throughout the process to becoming mothers. Treating each woman with the respect and compassion she deserves during this vulnerable time in her life creates the kind of society I wish to live in.

I grew up in a family that values education, high standards and positive purpose in life, which in turn led me to this most amazing career. I spent the majority of my life in the greater Seattle area and am thrilled to be in a place to give back to the families in my community. I attended Seattle Midwifery School (now Bastyr University) where I graduated in 2010. I have trained among many of this area’s great midwives, and have additionally worked abroad, which is the leading reason I can offer you excellent care today, as a part of this tenacious team.

My love for midwifery only comes second to my love for my incredibly
supportive husband and family. In my leisure time I enjoy rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking, dancing and traveling as well as lazy afternoons spent laughing and catching up with friends over tea. I am an active member in the Seattle Lithuanian Community where I am a member of the folkdance group, organize fundraisers and help run the children’s summer camp..

Kyla Wheeler, LM

 I first learned about midwifery during my second pregnancy. My first child was born by cesarean section, and I felt strongly about having a natural, vaginal birth the second time around. I read everything I could find about midwifery and natural childbirth, and I had 2 successful VBACs in the hospital. The hospital experience really solidified my belief that normal birth could be much better supported at a birth center or at home. I developed a strong desire to help other women experience birth in a powerful way, in an atmosphere that respected their individuality, desires, and body's innate knowledge.

I graduated from Seattle Midwifery School (now Bastyr University) in 2010. I have had the honor of working with several fabulous local midwives and I spent time working in a hospital in Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific. I have attended almost 300 births, mostly birth center or at home, and I have done thousands of prenatal, postpartum and newborn visits. I feel honored to have supported so many women and their families.

I am a bit of a health nut and nutrition junkie, and enjoy weight training, yoga, hiking, rock climbing, and cooking. I am currently experimenting with kombucha brewing. I like to sing and play piano & guitar, I was a vocalist and music teacher in the past. My wonderful kids, aged 14, 15 & 19, are an endless source of entertainment.

I am excited to join the wonderful team here at Eastside Midwives and Puget Sound Birth Center and walk this journey with you.

Midwives Oath:
As a midwife, I uphold the following guiding principles:

To work in partnership with women, respecting the dignity and rights of the women I work with, recognizing that the most important determinant of a healthy pregnancy is the mother herself.

To support women to make informed choices and take responsibility for their own well-being.

To understand that childbearing is primarily a personal and community event; a normal process that involves physical, emotional and spiritual factors.

To facilitate these normal processes utilizing a holistic approach, recognizing that each pregnancy and birth is unique.

I believe that midwifery care represents an important resource for improving the health of mothers, babies and families.

I am dedicated to the development and advancement of the profession in North America.

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"The first time Justin and I met you, we walked out of the birth center knowing "those are the midwives for us". Thank you first for being so great at what you dofor knowing how to listen to women and their bodies, for knowing how to educate and reassure them to be confident mothers of healthy babies.

My birth experience at PSMBC is one I will cherish. Thank you for all your nurturing love and expertise."

 –  Jessica

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