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Andrea, Felicia, and Sadie 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

Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

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).

I have nursed all three of my own children, two of whom are twins.  Having breastfeed one baby, then experiencing some difficulties while breastfeeding the twins, I understand the potential breastfeeding hurdles other 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.

I genuinely love my career as a Midwife and Lactation Consultant.  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 Midwife, 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 midwife, 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 and Lactation Consultants 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
Midwives and Lactation Consulting, Felicia Dunbar, MSM, LM, CPM

Felicia Dunbar, MSM, LM, CPM

Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife, Clinical Herbalist  

I have always been fascinated by the medical profession. When I was growing up I wanted to be everything from a brain surgeon to an emergency room nurse. I didn’t discover midwifery until I began to have my own children. Through the birth of my four children, two in hospital, one at a freestanding birth center and my last one at home, I discovered that I had a passion for birth. This was not simply a wanting to be part of it, it was a calling to the profession of serving women and babies. Having had four children myself, I have seen and felt that each birth experience is special and unique no matter what the circumstances, or how many times you do it.

When my youngest was just one year old I returned to school for midwifery, first to Everett Community college and then on to Bastyr University where I received my Master’s of Science in Midwifery with an emphasis in Botanical Medicine. Throughout my training I was able to work with many wonderful midwives, including Andrea Henderson from Northshore Midwives, the Eastside Midwives at Puget Sound Birth Center and also did training at Providence Portland Hospital with a Certified Nurse Midwife. The botanical side of my training spanned two years and included extensive knowledge about plants and their medicinal uses throughout the childbearing years.

I am very excited to be serving in the communities that I have called home for over fifteen years, and had my own babies in. I am honored to be a midwife and to support and help guide families through the transitions of pregnancy, labor and parenthood.

Sadie Whitten, MSM, LM, CPM

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.

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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