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.
Renton Office Manager
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.
Before coming to work for Puget Sound Birth Center I was an excited expecting mother. After a safe hospital delivery of my eldest boy I learned the strength and power my body is capable of and my heart's desire was to deliver in the birth center. Unexpectedly, I suffered the devastating loss of the pregnancy. Through the mourning it was the support of the midwives and women who surrounded me that drew my heart to support the birth world.
With this overwhelming call to be a supportive presence I began my journey of support as a receptionist with the Puget Sound Birth Center.
In the fall of 2016 our family of three grew by one more. The room was filled with overwhelming joy. To be surrounded, as both a client and receptionist, by the beautiful strength and empowerment of the midwives and support staff, in the intimate act of welcoming our child into the world, was a blessing to myself and my family.
To my boys who continuously teach me to embrace the chaos, to my husband who is my best friend and support, and to the women who have taught me the importance of a cup of tea, thank you!
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.