Support Staff

Micki Persons, Director

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I graduated from Central Washington University in 1998, with a BS in Community Health Education & Nutrition. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to serve communities of people. This passion for service brought me into the "birth world"! I was toying with the idea of going to back to school to become a nurse but, something just didn't feel right (going with my gut has never failed me). I witnessed my first unmedicated birth, then my first out of hospital birth in 2000 & I immediately knew that this was the community I was meant to serve! I became a birth assistant in 2002 and I instantly fell in love with helping families bring their newest addition into their lives. In 2004, my oldest daughter was born and I took a break from being on call. I took time to be a mom and become a Foster Parent.  In 2010, I was ready to come back to the birth community.  I was honored to be asked to join the midwives at Puget Sound Birth Center as a Birth Assistant (2010) and Clinic Director (2013).  I am at home here.  Right where I am supposed to be….serving midwives, student midwives and many, many families.  I am honored to have witnessed more than 350 babies enter this world, more than 350 beautiful families grow.  I am also blessed to be the mother of 3 beautiful girls and wife to a fantastic man.

 

 

Brittany Flem

Renton Office Manager

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From where I sit, I can see how my whole life has twisted and woven together to prepare me for where I am now; at Puget Sound Birth Center. As a child, I always “helped” my mom manage her calendar and would calmly report from the backseat of the car when she had forgotten what time the doctor appointment was. My previous jobs have never veered far from the management and organizational track. I get overzealous with a label maker and a trip to The Container Store is a religious pilgrimage for me. And, of course, I love labor and babies!

 

When I walked into the birth center for the first time, I immediately felt the love from the midwives and staff, the gorgeous and soothing ambiance, and that intangible energy of new life. I thought “I’m home!” and now I never want to leave. I am so honored to be able to support our incredible midwives. Their loving care is inspiring and makes every day a great day at work.

The beautiful Pacific Northwest has always been my home and I love seeing new life begin here. I can’t wait to witness the day one of the babies born at Puget Sound Birth Center returns to have their baby here! That generational influence is strong in our midwives and care team and we look ahead to a future full of natural births.

 

 

Angela Ertel

Kirkland Co-Office Manager

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I was born and raised in Washington and live in Lynnwood with my husband and three kiddos, two of which were born with PSBC midwives. I've previously been a banker and baker (no candlestick maker yet) but birth work is by far my calling. I've worked as a doula for 6 years and work as a Birth Assistant for both Lake Washington and Eastside practices. I am thrilled to be working part-time now in the office and look forward to serving our lovely clients here at Puget Sound Birth Center.

 

  

Chelsea Doyle

Kirkland Co-Office Manager

 

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I have been attending births here as a Birth Assistant since 2010 and just recently have become part of the Admin team as well. Years ago, I had 3 of my own babies with a midwife at a birth center and at home.  I was completely transformed by the whole midwifery model of care.  The care I received and the birth workers I met, opened my eyes to the type of work I needed to be a part of.  I left my job in finance of 10 years and joined the amazing community of birth workers.  I have worn many hats in this birth community over the years.  I have worked as a Lactation Assistant and taught Breastfeeding classes. I had a very active Doula practice for years supporting families.  I was even a Student Midwife for a brief moment!  I am also currently the co-owner of Northwest Birth Assistants and teach Birth Assistant classes to the community as well. 
 
Joining the Admin team here just also made perfect sense.  Supporting PSBC in this role allows me to really shine in my “nerd” and nurturing roles.  I am very organized and detail oriented.  I enjoy the fast pace at the front desk and checking things off my to-do list.  I also get to support the midwives here that I have grown to love and adore and that feels very rewarding.  Additionally and most importantly, it means I get to greet and spend time with every family that walks through our doors and that is what I really enjoy!  Sometimes I still get choked up when I answer the phone and schedule a client’s first prenatal appointment ever.  I remember the excitement of first finding out you are expecting and meeting your midwife for the first time, it should all be a positive and memorable experience.  I am honored to be even a very small part of that journey with you.  

 

When I am not at PSBC, you will find me most often wearing my “mom” hat.  Life with 3 kids is full and we are a busy, active family.  We spend a lot of time in the car shuffling kids to sports and activities and also in the kitchen, where we try to eat as clean as possible.  I practice yoga and get on my mat as often as I can.  We also try to sneak away and go camping in the woods whenever our schedule allows.  I married my high school sweetheart and we are still enjoying this journey and the life we share together.  Life is crazy and fun and I am exactly where I am supposed to be both personally and professionally. 
 
I look forward to meeting you at PSBC!


 

Erin Elkins

Kirkland Receptionist

 

I began serving the clients of Puget Sound Birth Center in the spring of 2015 as a midwifery student from Bastyr University. My heart has been involved with birth work since my son's birth in 2001. Prior to midwifery school I worked as the office manager for a local print shop for over twelve years, in retail and stayed at home with my son for his first year. I enjoy simple things in life like getting the mail and spending time with my family. My husband and I enjoy making plans for the future and it is our goal to open a birth center in Yakima, WA in a few years. Working at Puget Sound Birth Center is an incredible opportunity I am blessed and thrilled to receive.

 

It is a significant honor to be invited to share in the transformation of pregnancy to parenthood through various lenses including partners, grandparents, siblings and friends... However, there is nothing like witnessing someone say "I did it" following giving birth; the expression represents acknowledgement of accomplishment, joy, strength, courage and resilience. It is a lasting memory and a foundation for childrearing. My hope is for all experiences of childbirth to be this empowering and I assert the shared-decision making of midwifery care is what makes that hope a reality.

 

As a part of this remarkable team, I treasure my interactions with you and desire to provide the best service I can to you. Know that you are beautiful inside and out; know that you are an inspiration to those in your life; know that you have support here.

 

To close, consider Mahatma Gandhi's words "If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change... A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do."

 

 

Liz Chalmers

Co-owner/back office

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I grew up in England, where midwives attend most deliveries, and homebirth is actively encouraged by the government. It never crossed my mind to work in the birth business. Instead, I earned a BSc in Electronics from the University of York and, newly married, moved to Redmond to work in the software industry. 

 

I first came to Puget Sound Birth Center when I was 34 weeks pregnant with my third baby, reeling from a cancer diagnosis and looking for more support than the hospital midwives could provide. The PSBC midwives held the space for me to powerfully birth my son a few weeks later, at the end of a year that had left me feeling diminished. The experience changed me profoundly.

 

Three years after my fourth child was born at home, attended by Valerie Sasson and Heike Hornsby, I apprenticed as a midwife at the birth center. I was privileged to attend 50 births that year. I loved it. My family did not. I made the choice to stop pursuing that dream, but I could not stay away from the birth center. I used my computer skills to support and improve use of technology. I used my love of numbers to focus on the dollars and cents of running a birth center. After embedding myself ever further into the business side, I was invited into the ownership team in 2013.

 

Much of what I do is behind-the-scenes work, usually from home, but I meet many birth center clients who take my Birth Zone childbirth classes. The opportunity to work with families keeps me grounded in the value of midwifery and birth centers and fuels my passion for quality birth options for our community, for generations to come.

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