We are proud to be the recipient of the time, passion, commitment, and resourcefulness of so many individuals.
Faisa Farole, LM, CPM
Faisa was born in Somalia and grew up in the United States. She is the mother of two beautiful boys. For the last 15 years she has been working with women in a variety of capacities in healthcare and advocacy. She is a graduate from Midwives College of Utah, Washington State Licensed Midwife, and a Certified Professional Midwife.
Her passion for midwifery derives from a love of the Midwifery Model of Care and the ability to inform, empower, and educate women and their families. She believes that women can and should determine the course of their care and enjoys sharing that process with them.
Faisa works to ensure that midwifery care is an option available to every woman and that religious and socio-economic factors do not trump a woman’s right to be heard. She proudly serves the Somali and Southeast Seattle community and is known for her warm, welcoming and skilled care.
As a clinician and active community member, Faisa is ideally situated to help guide the midwives and practitioners who have been internationally trained as they seek licensure in the US.
Ceci Cordova, CNM, FNP
Ceci Córdova is a Traditional Healer, Midwife, and Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, offering Traditional and Integrative Medicine at Rainier Valley Community Clinic/Rainier Valley Midwives and in her own practice, Sacred Good Medicine, in the U District. She provides care for new parents and families before, during, and after birth. Ceci specializes in Breastfeeding Medicine which includes bodywork, lactation support, and tongue tie care (assessment and release). She offers craniosacral therapy, ancestral hands-on healing, ancestral abdominal massage, allopathic, and herbal medicine for the entire family. Ceci’s approach to healing is to listen to understand and provide what your new family wants and needs. She loves working with people from all over the world and enjoys collaborating with providers of other disciplines. Her role at RVCC is Director of Lactation Services. In this position, she facilitates Lactation Lounge, provides lactation support, assesses mom or lactating parent and baby for breastfeeding challenges, and helps parents meet those challenges so that their babies can be well-fed, and both parent and baby can be happy, satisfied, and comfortable. She also works as a midwife for Rainier Valley Midwives and teaches residents during midwifery clinic.
Ceci has cared for people in hospitals, birth centers, and their homes and taught nurses, medical students, midwives, and medical residents. As a midwife and aspiring IBCLC, she has helped many people with establishing breastfeeding and lactation concerns. She supports all people to feed their babies in a way that suits them and their families the best. She strives to support and serve people of all genders and people who do not identify with any gender, as they raise and feed their babies in the way they choose. She has enjoyed working with families in underserved communities, and with people from many different countries, languages, and cultures. Ceci Córdova speaks English and Spanish and enjoys learning about other languages, cultures, foods, and people.
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.
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.
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.
We use global strategies that are proven to reduce costs and improve the quality of care. We also teach life skills, health, childbirth, and parenting education classes in clinic and in the community to promote healthcare navigation skills and use of community resources and partners to achieve optimal well-being.