Rainier Valley Community Clinic is home to Rainier Valley Midwives, both sponsored by the South Seattle Women's Health Foundation, which is dedicated to creating spaces for high quality, individualized perinatal care and increasing capacity within the community for jobs in the healthcare industry for local women, especially those of color and immigrant women. We love our community and our neighbors!
South Seattle Women's Health Foundation
We are committed to creating space for midwives and student midwives of color where they can thrive in their learning and their work.
We provide accessible, affordable learning opportunities designed to promote the skill and knowledge levels of midwives and student midwives, particularly those from and serving vulnerable populations
We seek allies who will center and support midwives and student midwives of color to join our team
We seek out internationally trained midwives and support them through the accreditation and licensure process in Washington State and then provide space for them to start their own practice or to join the RVCC family.
We use global strategies that are proven to reduce costs and improve the quality of care.
We teach life skills, health, childbirth, and parenting education classes onsite in community organizations that serve vulnerable and underserved populations.
We collaborate with community partners, local resources, regional and global organizations, and most importantly with the families we serve.
Our board represents our community and its allies, and is composed of professionals and community leaders who share a fundamental belief in the mission of our organization.
Our board is expanding in 2020. Interested in joining the team? Please Contact Us.
Crystal Ogle LM, CPM
Crystal is a gifted midwife and skilled teacher, and can usually be seen learning with student midwives and families. Crystal was a practicing birth doula and childbirth educator prior to becoming a midwife. She brings this experience forward, supporting the process as mothers come into ownership over their healthcare and decision making.
Crystal brings her passion for social justice and birth advocacy to the RVCC board and serves as the board president. Crystal is also actively involved in midwifery education and chairs the Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery.
Nelly Rabinowitz PA
Nelly Rabinowitz is a Physician Associate, PA Midwife, and Certified Doula whose career has focused around providing primary and women’s health care to low income and disadvantaged populations. She has worked in a variety of non-profit organizations and clinics dedicated to serving diverse populations including adolescents, inner city residents, incarcerated individuals, rural migrant farmworkers, and the LGTBQ community. Nelly maintains an active practice as a birthing doula, and sees her role as empowering women to have their birth be a transformative and life affirming experience. She is also active in childbirth education and serves on the advisory board of a number of non-profits. Nelly brings this extensive experience to her position as RVCC board Vice President.
Board Vice President
Ali Friedman MBA
Ali is an independent non-profit fundraising consultant focused on transforming fundraising programs and teams for start-ups and organizations undergoing change. Ali has 15 years experience fundraising for community-based organizations across the healthcare, anti-poverty, affordable housing, youth development and workforce development sectors. Ali most recently served as the Chief Development Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, and Senior Director of Philanthropy for Year Up. Ali is a facilitator with TableTalks, monthly peer learning group for non-profit professionals and is passionate about connecting resources with missions that make our community a healthier, more equitable and safer place for all to thrive.
Clarissa Phillips MPH
Clarissa has worked in the development field since 2003 and specifically in research, evaluation, grant writing, and training since 2006. Her resolve to reduce disparities in health outcomes stems from her experiences as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal. She graduated in 2007 from the University of Arizona with a Master’s of Public Health. She worked briefly with the U.S. State Department, seven years in the non-profit field, and has also taught at the University level.
Clarissa’s passion for midwifery care is personal: both of her sons were born under the loving and expert care of midwives. Her work and educational experience help to bring a data-focused perspective to her role as Board Secretary for SSWHF.