Micki Persons, Director
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.
Chelsey Swan, Office Manager
Born in Seattle, I grew up in Everett but returned to my “roots” for college. In 2011, I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Women Studies and Spanish. During my studies at the UW, I focused my interest on women’s maternal health in general and the midwifery model of care in particular. I trained as a birth doula at Bastyr’s Simkin Center in March 2011 and knew that I wanted to work in the birth field in some capacity. I have found a special place here at Puget Sound Birth Center and feel so lucky to be a part of this amazing team as Office Manager! In my spare time I like to live life to the fullest and learn as many skills as I can. I enjoy flea markets, riding my motorcycle, knitting/crocheting, archery, metalsmithing, and art museums.
Meghan Schneider, Receptionist
When I began attending college I started as a business major, assuming that I wanted to work as an entrepreneur in some capacity. As time went on I realized that business administration was not for me, and after the birth of my daughter almost six years ago, I found my calling in life. The birth world had a profound impact on my direction and I knew that I would end in healthcare. I started pursuing nursing, but after three years of pre requisite coursework and working in three different hospitals I realized again that was not the direction for me. I immersed myself in birth first by taking the childbirth educators course, and then the birth doula course. I recently also attended the birth assisting course through Northwest Birth Assistants and feel deeply connected to midwifery. I plan on applying to Bastyr as a Midwifery major. The past two years have been spent gaining as much knowledge as I can around the profession. I started as a volunteer at Puget Sound Birth Center in October of 2013 and was thrilled to be offered a position as receptionist in April of this year. My time at the birth center has introduced me to some absolutely amazing women, and given me a great opportunity to grow my passion for this field. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, kayaking and picnicking in the sun with my daughter as much as Seattle allows me.
Liz Chalmers, Co-owner/IT Genius
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.