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Andrea, Sadie, Caroline, and Ashley are not only colleagues, but are also friends who genuinely enjoy working together. You will feel the unique and special connection between us from the start. 

“You all work extremely well together and it shows. At the birth, I was so impressed with how smoothly you work together and it really made me feel safe, cared for and removed any anxieties I had because it was so easy to trust you. You are attentive, observant, caring, and somehow always seem to know what to say to comfort. I really appreciated everything about your care for me and my baby!” – Hillary D.

Andrea Henderson, LM, CPM, IBCLC (she/her)

Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Postpartum Doula

I wanted to be a “doctor who delivers babies” since I was young, “a calling” some would say. As a child, I did not know what a Midwife was, but I have always been interested in pregnant people, birth, babies and breastfeeding. I started my midwifery journey at Central Washington University, working towards a BS in Pre-Midwifery, a degree that I helped to develop with my advisors. I continued my education at the Seattle Midwifery School, earning a certificate in midwifery. Upon graduation, I enjoyed catching hundreds of babies while working at the Puget Sound Birth Center  located in Kirkland, WA and the Eastside Birth Center located in Bellevue, WA. Additionally, I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and postpartum doula.

I nursed all three of my own children, two of whom are twins. Having breastfeed one baby, then experiencing some difficulties while breastfeeding twin newborns, I understand the potential breastfeeding hurdles families may face. I offer breastfeeding consultations in our office. For more information on having a lactation consultation please see our Lactation Consultation Services page.

After having my own babies, with very little family around, I realize the need for quality postpartum support, which can come in the form of postpartum doula care. With over 20 years of experience of caring for families with newborns, I have the experience and qualities to provide the highest quality of postpartum doula care. For more information on hiring a postpartum doula, please see our Postpartum Doula Services page.

I genuinely love my career as a Midwife, Lactation Consultant and Postpartum Doula.  Outside of raising my own children and having a family, I have discovered that there is nothing I would rather do than assist families during the miraculous time of Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum. As a provider, it is my responsibility to empower families through individualized education and support as well as to safeguard the birth experience while recognizing the normalcy of the entire process. My first child was born at home in the care of midwives. This home birth was an amazing experience that strengthened my understanding of the precious time surrounding birth. My twins were born in a hospital. Both of my births have been beneficial life experiences. Having birthed in both home and hospital settings has been beneficial to me as a provider, expanding my personal knowledge so I can relate more fully to clients and their own experiences. My experiences have deepened my understanding of how valuable and essential the quality of care is that Licensed Midwives, Lactation Consultants and Postpartum Doulas provide. I am deeply committed to this holistic model, which includes one-on-one care with a dedication to respect and dignity.

Midwives and Lactation Consulting, Andrea Henderson, LM, CPM, IBCLC

Sadie Whitten, MSM, LM, CPM (she/her)

Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife, Clinical Herbalist

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to “help pregnant people”. To learn what that meant for me was where my journey to become a midwife began.

The Pacific Northwest is where I call home. I spent four years in Boise, Idaho, where I attended Boise State University for my undergrad. There, I received a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Spanish. I had the opportunity to intern at a hospital in San Ramón, Costa Rica during a summer studying abroad. There, I observed my first births as well as volunteer for the local milk bank. I soon realized that I felt passionate towards serving families during this transition into parenthood and giving birthing parents the right of autonomy during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

My journey to midwifery continued when I decided to apply to midwifery school. I graduated from Bastyr University and received a Master’s of Science in Midwifery. For my Master’s track, I chose to emphasize my studies in Botanical Medicine. This was an extensive two-year training that has helped develop my passion towards the use of herbs during pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. During my time as a student-midwife, I was able to apprentice with Northshore Midwives and Lactation as well as with Eastside Midwives. Over the years, I have had the privilege of working with many families in the greater Puget Sound region. It is my devotion to serve families with inclusive, evidence-based, and individualized care during their childbearing year.

Outside from midwifery, you can find me crafting, hammocking, and out finding adventure while wearing my Tevas.

Caroline Sausler, LM, CPM (she/her)

Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife

I first became interested in midwifery during a college anthropology course, when I watched a documentary about a homebirth practice in New York City. I thought to myself, this job looks amazing! A few years later, I attended a couple of births as a doula, and since then I knew birthwork would be a part of my life. Midwifery has been a beautiful balance of clinical skills and emotional connection for me that I find incredibly fulfilling. 

I am originally from Maryland, and then attended New York University where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology. After college I moved out to Seattle, fell in love with the Pacific Northwest, and now call it home. A few years later I graduated from Birthwise Midwifery School. As a student-midwife I was fortunate to apprentice with seven different practices, including Northshore Midwives, and was able to learn from a wide array of practice styles. 

I consider it an honor to work with all pregnant people and their families. It is my priority as a midwife to provide clients with evidence-based information so they can make their own informed choices about their healthcare. As part of the LGBTQIA+ community, I know the gaps that exist in our healthcare system firsthand, and am passionate about working with LGBTQIA+ clients and their families to help them feel safe and heard.

In my spare time I enjoy reading a good book and going for hikes with my partner Chris and our dog.

Ashley Marasigan, MSM, LM, CPM (she/her)

Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife, Clinical Herbalist

Hello! My name is Ashley and I was drawn into midwifery and birth work after having a negative experience with providers following the loss of my first pregnancy. I was determined to have a better experience when I became pregnant the second time with my daughter. My midwives advocated for me during my birth and held my hand throughout my entire pregnancy and postpartum journey that I wanted nothing more than to make this the norm for all birthing people. Thus, a midwife was born! I graduated with my Master of Science in Midwifery from Bastyr University in 2023 where I also studied herbal medicine for the perinatal period. Apart from midwifery, I have experience as a birth doula and am also a childbirth educator, birth photographer, placenta encapsulator, and certified lactation educator working towards becoming a lactation consultant. I am also a board member and secretary of the Midwives’ Association of Washington State and hope to be one of many voices that progresses this profession. I’m glad that I’ve found my passion in midwifery and hope to provide safe, supportive, and exceptional care to all individuals regardless of their race, beliefs, social status, sexual orientation or identity.

I have had the honor of being a student midwife at three other midwifery practices around Washington, with Northshore Midwives being my very first clinical placement! I’ve also worked as a birth assistant for many midwifery practices and am thankful to have learned various skills and styles from those who came before me.

When I’m not at a birth, you’ll catch me crocheting, drawing, reading, studying or making herbal medicine, or caring for my bunny Aries. I reside in South Seattle with my 4 year old daughter Niyomi, my husband Devin, and my grandpa. I am Filipino and Chinese and proudly join the small collective of Asian and Pacific Islander birth workers in Washington State!

Northshore Midwives & Lactation Consulting follows the Midwives Model of Care

The Midwives Model of Care includes:

  • Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
  • Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on stance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
  • Minimizing technological interventions
  • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

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