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.

 

 

Erin Gamet

Kirkland Office Manager

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My goal is to create smooth and enjoyable experience that leaves our clients feeling special and cared for. I found birth work through my own winding journey as a bartender, certified yoga teacher, single mother, activist, entrepreneur, doula and lifetime learner/lover of the Spanish language. Reproductive health and justice as well as birth work called to me in my late teens and twenties and has remained a beautiful tapestry that has woven many of my interests and passions together.

Before I became pregnant with my daughter, I was enrolled to attend Maternidad La Luz (a birth center and midwifery school) located in El Paso, Texas but as plans often do, mine changed! Instead, I experienced first hand the extraordinary phenomenon of pregnancy in my own body and became even more drawn to birth work. I saw and appreciated first hand just how crucial and integral the support of birth doulas are.

After my daughter was born, I followed the path to become a doula and co-created a practice with three other doulas. Through my work as a doula, I came to study placenta encapsulation which felt like true magic in the making. I still offer the amazing process of placenta encapsulation to people who are interested. I am happy to help support you and your family as you embark on this journey into the unknown.


 

Chardae Dennis

Renton Receptionist

 

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The spark that lit my passion for natural health and more specifically natural birth was catching my niece here at the Puget Sound Birth Center. The process felt so magical and inclusive for everyone in my sister’s life. I have never felt a moment so transforming. From the moment I joined my sister for her prenatal visit I knew that this space, and these Midwives had love, joy and vibration I’ve never felt before. The moment I touched my new niece I knew that this was the field meant for me to explore.


I am a native to the PNW. I come from a strong nonprofit background serving the PNW for over a decade. I started as an Academic Coach for the Federal Way Americorps. I served at an elementary school for a year and then went on serving at all of the Boys and Girls club of King County's at risk sites for 9 years. I spent the last year serving a social service nonprofit as a Career Coach for youth ages 17-24 in Portland and surrounding neighborhoods.



My new adventure in life starts here. I am learning and flourishing and trying to follow in big footsteps here at PSBC Renton. I look forward to serving this population and furthering my education in birth work.



My time spent in the non profit was filled with working side-by-side with vulnerable communities planting loving, conscious, and just plain goodness in their youth. Now, I am thrilled to flip the script and cater to mothers and whoever walks through our doors.




Kyla Morgan

Kirkland Receptionist

 

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I graduated from the University of Washington in the summer of 2018 with a BA in Global Health and Medical Anthropology. During my time at UW I had an internship at Swedish Hospital that eventually placed me in labor and delivery. I witnessed my first live birth and knew that it was a community I wanted to be around, but I still was not sure how. I had a professor my last quarter that was a doula and ran a women's health clinic in Mozambique and inspired me to follow my passions for women's health.


Birth to me is one of the most raw and powerful moments we have as women, but we are unfortunately often uneducated and not properly supported emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It is my goal to be supporting women and their families in some facet in this community and ensuring that we have agency, as well as autonomy, when it comes to our bodies and choices. I was honored to accept a position at the Puget Sound Birth Center and work with a driven, supportive, and strong group of people that help support each others goals.I plan to be a positive part of each persons birth experience that comes through our doors. My future goals are to pursue training to become a doula and lactation consultant, gain more skills and experience, and hopefully bring the skills I learn to under served women. Outside of work I enjoy spending time outside with my dogs, painting, and baking.

 

 

Liz Chalmers

PSBC 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.

 

Although what I do is behind-the-scenes work, usually from home, you might catch me at the birth center fixing computers or wrangling paperwork. When I walk through the front door now, I often think of that first visit, when I was very pregnant and worried. That visit, and every subsequent one, left me feeling thoroughly heard and supported. Ensuring that quality of care remains an option in our community inspires me every day.

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