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.



Erin Elkins

Kirkland Receptionist

 

I began serving the clients of Puget Sound Birth Center in the spring of 2015 as a midwifery student from Bastyr University. My heart has been involved with birth work since my son's birth in 2001. Prior to midwifery school I worked as the office manager for a local print shop for over twelve years, in retail and stayed at home with my son for his first year. I enjoy simple things in life like getting the mail and spending time with my family. My husband and I enjoy making plans for the future and it is our goal to open a birth center in Yakima, WA in a few years. Working at Puget Sound Birth Center is an incredible opportunity I am blessed and thrilled to receive.

 

It is a significant honor to be invited to share in the transformation of pregnancy to parenthood through various lenses including partners, grandparents, siblings and friends... However, there is nothing like witnessing someone say "I did it" following giving birth; the expression represents acknowledgement of accomplishment, joy, strength, courage and resilience. It is a lasting memory and a foundation for childrearing. My hope is for all experiences of childbirth to be this empowering and I assert the shared-decision making of midwifery care is what makes that hope a reality.

 

As a part of this remarkable team, I treasure my interactions with you and desire to provide the best service I can to you. Know that you are beautiful inside and out; know that you are an inspiration to those in your life; know that you have support here.

 

To close, consider Mahatma Gandhi's words "If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change... A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do."

 

 

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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