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.
Being a home birth and midwifery-care baby myself, I grew up fascinated by the thought that I wasn’t born in a hospital like everyone else I knew. I regaled many a friend and family member over the years with the tale of my birth, in an apartment complex I serendipitously live less than five minutes away from now; whenever driving by I point and sigh wondrously, “Look, I entered the world there. Right there. Those blue ones,” usually while my husband smiles and acknowledges this fact for the perhaps the hundredth-or-so time before I launch into the entire story once more.
Being born naturally and at home was something that I felt made me special, and unique. As I grew older, the beauty and power of childbirth and the essential role of midwives and doulas to the journey was something I took a keen interest in. While my educational path led me towards Psychology and my occupational path into the service-oriented world of restaurant, it is now my absolute pleasure to be working alongside the empowering women of Puget Sound Birth Center in the role of receptionist.
Outside the birth center I enjoy spending time with my aforementioned and wonderful husband, Marco, and our two darling (and by all accounts spoiled) cats. I enjoy both reading and writing fiction, primarily fantasy, and have several television shows I geek out over. I love cooking natural and whole foods, walking barefoot through dewy grass, spending time making dream boards, and admiring Mother Earth and all of her beautiful fauna and flora.
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.
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.