Gentle Hands Midwifery is the resident midwifery practice at Bellingham Birth Center. Catriona and Eloisa meet their clients at the birth center for most prenatal and postpartum appointments.  This allows clients planning to give birth at the birth center to become quite comfortable with the environment in which they plan to meet their baby. They also enjoy attending home births as well.


Catriona Munro, LM, CPM
Gentle Hands Midwifery
2430 Cornwall Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 752-2229
www.ghmidwifery.com

Midwife Catriona_Munro

My passion for birth began in 1994. When I was in massage school, a good friend invited me to attend her home birth and massage her during labor. I learned that day what a life-altering event birth can be: often more challenging and rewarding than any other single life experience. I knew then that I wanted to play a part in helping women and their families achieve their unique goals for their births.

After opening a massage therapy business in 1995, I continued to work part time while I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in women’s studies and health sciences at Western Washington University. Shortly after graduation, I enrolled in the Seattle Midwifery School, now at Bastyr University, an intensive, three-year program of study that included comprehensive medical courses, training in healthcare skills, and hands-on experiences in the art and science of midwifery. I opened my practice in Bellingham in 2002 and have been happily practicing ever since. In my work as a midwife, I so enjoy seeking the balance between providing support to my client in labor, allowing the family privacy and ensuring the well being of the mother and baby.

When I began my work as a midwife, I had not experienced childbirth myself.  I have since had the opportunity and good fortune to have two “easy” home births in the presence of skilled midwives.  I have vivid memories that will be with me always of the tenderness and peace and intensity of those hours I spent in labor and birthing my children.

Even still,  I am honored and astonished every time I feel a baby’s new life in my hands. My work is to facilitate the sanctity of that moment and the ones that surround it as the family changes shape.

When off call, I enjoy spending time with my family, sailing, bicycling, hiking, and escaping to the San Juan Islands.


Eloisa Cary, LM, CPM
Gentle Hands Midwifery
2430 Cornwall Ave.
Bellingham, WA 98225
(360) 752-2229
www.ghmidwifery.com

midwife eloisa_cary

In my role as a midwife, I am honored to uphold the beauty and intimacy of birth, while being an unobtrusive guardian of safety for the mother and baby.  I believe deeply in the normalcy of birth and employ an appropriate use of technology and medicine in the preservation of my clients’ wellbeing.  Birth is a crucial moment in a woman’s life and it holds the potential for great amounts of growth and joy.

In my midwifery practice, I am able to draw on my background, which is a blend of science and somatics.  I have a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience from Smith College, and have studied and taught ballroom dance, karate, naturopathy, and yoga.

My interest in midwifery arose during the birth of my first child.  The experience of giving birth at home completely transformed my life.  I realized on a personal level that the setting in which a birth takes place predicts many features of the birth, and I got to experience first hand all the positive outcomes that resulted from the decision to have a home birth.  I was left with the question, “Who wouldn’t want to bring that sense of transformation to women and their families?”  I answered that question by becoming a licensed midwife.

Soon after my daughter’s birth, I started completing my prerequisites and went on to attend Seattle Midwifery School, doing internships with several different midwifery practices in Washington State.  I live in Bellingham with my husband and children.

 

 

 

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