Latonia Westerfield (she/her)
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 am 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.