We are proud to be the recipient of the time, passion, commitment, and resourcefulness of so many individuals.
Office Assistant, Medical Assistant
Amelia is from Seattle, WA and has indigenous Filipino and Puerto Rican roots. She believes it is vital that she take part in supporting the clients at Rainier Valley Midwives. Amelia has been serving the community for over 5 years in the medical field, working with expectant mothers, foster children, and underserved communities. She is a certified indigenous breastfeeding peer counselor and a Certified Medical Assistant, and she also serves on the board of Kinship Connection, being that she is a relative-caregiver to one of her three children.
Amelia was called to birth work after the birth of her most recent child. Being surrounded by a team of midwives and a doula, and receiving on-going lactation support, sparked something in her, and she wants to serve, empower and connect with birthing persons and families. She believes in helping families make informed decisions and supporting them in ways that work for them. To Amelia, self-care isn’t enough and we need community care, too, because it takes a village. To quote Kanahus Manuel, “Birth is the ultimate act of decolonization and resistance.”
Amelia welcomes us all as we come in the clinic, keeps our admin and midwives running on time and provides support for all of our systems . She helps clients and their families navigate the healthcare experience and can help you get setup in care, make new appointments and access resources.
Jenn Linstad, MSM, LM CPM
How grateful I am that my path brought me to your service!
I have been supporting families for over 10 years through the childbearing year. I am filled with humility in the face of the strength of those I serve and the wisdom of babies, and I come to this profession with experience, knowledge, skill and a deep love of what I am called to do.
As a midwife, providing you with non-judgmental, unequivocally excellent care is what I strive for every day. My mission is to provide this care to all families, including competency in caring for folks single parenting by choice, LGBT+ identified individuals. I am also body positive, and believe in health at every size. I will create a safe space for you to be exactly who you are.
Having a midwife changed my life, and gave me the confidence and power to discover my potential. My deepest desire is to give you the space and care so that you too, might discover all the power and beauty you have inside. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you and your family. As your midwife I bring to you experience, compassion, knowledge, wisdom, and love.
My home is filled with my two kids, our ever evolving menagerie of pets, our beloved garden, and what seems like millions of incorrigible blackberry brambles. I have lived in Kent since 2006, choosing this community specifically to serve.
Laura Marie MacPherson
MSN, ARNP, CNM, IBCLC
Laura is a Certified Nurse Midwife/Nurse Practitioner who is thrilled to be joining the RVCC community! She offers family planning (including birth control of all kinds), gynecology care, well-woman visits, and support for our clients and midwives. She brings a wealth of experience in group prenatal care, breastfeeding medicine, and all things midwifery. She is a highly regarded clinical educator and is known for her kindness and compassion.
Laura lives and plays a few minutes from the RVCC in South Seattle with her two kids and one pesky rabbit.
Lead Student Midwife
Like Rainier Valley Midwives, I envision a world where all pregnant people and birthing families have access to care that is safe, equitable, and culturally congruent with the client’s community. I especially want to provide this care for communities that have been historically marginalized and under-served by the mainstream healthcare system.
Working with RVM means that I can be a part of addressing health disparity outcomes ]in under-served communities. Being a student at RVM gives me an opportunity to learn from and work with midwives of color—a rare experience for student midwives of color. I want to be a student with RVM because RVM is reducing barriers to midwifery care and creating capacity for midwives of color, who represent Seattle’s diverse communities, to be a part of creating and sustaining healthy communities. I truly believe that making compassionate, culturally appropriate midwifery care accessible during the childbearing year leads to healthier outcomes for the client and baby, their families, and their communities.
We are incredibly lucky to have Latonia as part of our Leadership Team here at RVCC.
As lead student midwife Latonia participates in a leadership training fellowship while she completes her midwifery training. This gives her access to learn about and participate in community engagement, public health programs, and grant programs alongside the administrative team. She plays an integral role in client advocacy and co-creating models for problem solving in our practice and community.
Professionally, I bring with me 25 years of working in public health in the greater Seattle area. I feel honored to provide services required for those who have been less fortunate because of systematic barriers or lack of access. At Rainier Valley Midwives, I serve as the health educator and I host our pregnancy support groups. My goal is to provide clients with peace of mind when it comes to feeling supported and getting your needs met (and exceeded) during the special period of pregnancy.
And personally (which I think is more important that my work history): I am the daughter of the most amazing woman to ever walk this earth; she was brilliant, resourceful, kind, loving, alive, giving, creative, strong, determined, fashionable, happy, protective, loyal and so much more. She was all the things you would want in a mother, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, or friend. I am all that she was and am inspired to share all those qualities with you and my team.
I am also the mother of four amazing children: three girls and one boy. I used to wonder “Will I love my second child as much as the first?” and I want to tell you the answer is “Yes!” It is incredible how much LOVE is in a woman to LOVE these little gifts, each one with their own personality, so deeply.
When I was younger, I thought I would have a life in theater as an actress, writer, producer, or costume designer. So, while you may be giving a physical “push” during your delivery, I am working on my artistic birth and hope to one day invite you and your new family to see one of my productions. I guess inviting you means that I must finish that goal, so thank you in advance for being my “push” to do so!
I look forward to meeting you and your beautiful families and supporting you throughout your pregnancy. We are here for you!
Our Administrative Team
Our administrative team is dedicated to creating a supportive environment for lifting and centering the work of serving our community. We work from an abundance mindset, and promote a spirit of co-collaboration in our departments and with each other. Our Executive Director challenges the team every day to consider options for innovation and excellence. We lead with love for the community and the families in our care, the providers, doulas, educators, allies and partners we get to work with every day.
Tara Lawal MSM, RN
Tara is a native of Seattle, with roots from Hawaii and India. Her parents had nine children and taught her that birth should be family-centered, and promote feelings of safety and confidence. As a trained midwife, she values those principles and values women as the ultimate decision makers about their care.
Tara graduated with her Masters of Science in Midwifery from Bastyr University and is a Registered Nurse. Tara served for 3 years on the Board of Directors for the Midwives Association of WA state, and is now an active member of the Pacific Islander Health Board.
Tara is a co-founder of the South Seattle Women’s Health Foundation and the current Executive Director of the Rainier Valley Community Clinic. She loves going on adventures with her son, 13 nieces and nephews, and traveling the world with her husband.
Libby Brockman MPH
Libby Brockman is a nonprofit professional with more than 10 years of experience working in public health. She is a passionate people-person with a demonstrated history of building and leading safe, effective, and collaborative programs that address the needs of their communities. She is an operations guru with strategic leadership experience and loves building things that matter.
Most recently she co-founded Camp Promise, a nonprofit program for individuals with neuromuscular diseases, and after 10 years, she successfully transitioned the camp to new leadership. With a background in public health and clinical research, she appreciates a mix of evidence-based and performance-based approaches to delivering an Impactful program.
Libby grew up in South Seattle, has an MPH from the University of Washington, collects tutus and peoples’ stories, and loves a good brainstorm.
Birth Bundle Program Manager, CLC
Deziree has been working in the birth world since 2011. She fell in love with community work while working as a doula and a home visitor, and she has had the privilege of being able to serve families in many different capacities since then.
She is a mother, plant lover, body worker and birth worker. Deziree joined Rainier Valley Midwives in January 2020 as the Birth Bundle Administrative Assistant and is thrilled to be part of such an innovative project.
Jodilyn is a Licensed Midwife and co-founder of this organization. She was born and raised in Seattle and raised her own family in South Seattle, working as a doula and parenting educator for many years before becoming a midwife. Jodilyn loves teaching and learning from the families she serves and her colleagues and students. She is passionate about community-based work and increasing capacity within the midwifery community to serve from a public health stance. A born collaborator, she is happiest working in a team innovating programs and services that delight healthcare consumers and the providers who serve them.
Jodilyn is focused on provider infrastructure for the Rainier Valley Midwives, leading collaborative rounds, supporting student midwives, and developing unique avenues of education and skill development for the team and our colleagues. She is passionate about innovating at the intersection of love and justice and healthcare.
Jodilyn currently lives in Memphis, TN where she worked with underserved families before joining the RVCC team. She has mastered the art of Zoom Communications and is most often found in the clinic on the computer screen meeting, collaborating, learning, and planning! She comes to Seattle regularly for RVCC intensives and wakes up excited every day to be lucky enough to be a part of the team.
South Seattle Women’s Health Foundation (SSWHF) operates the Rainier Valley Midwives clinic. SSWHF is a nonprofit organization founded in 2015. It is dedicated to creating spaces for high quality, individualized perinatal and aligned healthcare, education, and support for families living in typically underserved communities through the vehicle of community-based clinics. Foundational work includes increasing capacity within the community for jobs in the healthcare industry for local women, especially those of color and immigrant women.
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