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.
I grew up in Louisiana and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Louisiana State University-Baton Rouge. I have a background in fitness training, medical claims and teaching. As a mother of toddler, I see pregnancy, birth and parenting as the greatest gift and transformative in the most beautiful ways. Lover of learning from life and sharing in experience towards wellness, positivity, hope, inspiration and optimal quality life is my passion.
Currently, I am a teacher of creative dance for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. My heart is to share multi-cultural music and dance with everyone and opening all hearts to diversity. With this focus and as a singer, I can be found performing multi-cultural music and dances at schools, festivals and various venues. I hope to continue to branch out into communities creating fun, informative and educational classes for the young and mature.
I first found out about Puget Sound Birth Center from videos while I was pregnant. It was very impactful for me to feel solid in deciding to have midwifery and doula care. My great-grandmother was a midwife during the days of racial segregation, integration and delivered a great many of my aunts and uncles. I hold the memory of her dear as she was a great and necessary service to the community. She’s a great inspiration and reminds me that the ways I want to help others is a journey to take.
I’m excited and spellbound being able to support women, midwives, families and communities here at PSBC!
I was born in Seattle and grew up in Washington. Midwifery care is rather new to me, I am learning a lot and it has been amazing to work with such a great group of women! After seeing the labor and birth of my niece, I fell in love with all aspects of pregnancy, labor, and birth.
I have worked in the front office in the healthcare field for over 13 years including a variety of specialties ranging from family practice, orthopedics, podiatry, sports medicine, as well as OB care. I earned a Patient Care Tech certificate in 2008 from Edmonds Community College. Since then, I have slowly been continuing my education, with dreams of one day becoming a physician. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my boyfriend and my puppy as well as my family and friends. I enjoy hiking, camping, sports, most outdoor activities; I love football and our Seahawks!
For the last three years I have been blessed to be a stay at home mother raising my dear sweet boy who more often than not keeps me on my toes. During this time I became pregnant leading me to my first visit with the Midwives at Puget Sound Birth Center.
However, soon after I suffered the devastating loss of my pregnancy. Through the mourning, it is the support of the midwives and women who have surrounded me that has drawn my heart to the birth world. Overwhelmingly feeling the call to be a supportive presence, I became a certified Doula and soon will be on my journey of becoming a Birth Assistant. While continuing to immerse myself in education and raising a son, I have been blessed to have been offered a position as a Receptionist with the Puget Sound Birth Center. I am truly grateful to be surrounded each day by the beauty of strength, kindness and empowerment that are the Midwives and Support Staff.
In my free time (which let's be serious, I have a young child) I enjoy long quiet walks alone in Target with a hot cup of coffee, hiding behind my camera capturing precious moments of my son's childhood and slowly but surely continuing my education in the art of yoga.
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.