Mary Burgess, LM, CPM, MA
Serving Lynden & North Whatcom County at “The Nest in Lynden”
400 Liberty Street
Lynden, WA 98264
700 Dupont Street
Lynden, WA 98225
I fell in love with the birthing arts during my own pregnancies and births. The mother of two teen daughters, my experience includes 16 years of experience as a doula, childbirth educator, student midwife, and now midwife. I have served hundreds of mothers and families in many capacities. It is an incredible joy to participate in the birth of a baby, and an honor to witness the birth of a mother and family.
I received my academic training at the Midwives College of Utah, and have apprenticed with many local midwives and teachers from around the world. Now, I offer my own unique blend of modern midwifery practices and ancient midwifery arts, including herbs, homeopathy, and essential oils. A former audiologist, I offer high-quality newborn hearing screenings. I believe in and offer Informed Consent and Shared Decision Making, and truly enjoy witnessing a woman find her voice and step into her power as a mother.
I enjoy working with women and families of diverse backgrounds. I strive to provide compassionate, deeply nourishing, and culturally sensitive care. It is such an honor to witness many cultural traditions surrounding the birth and newborn! A highlight of my care includes extra supportive postpartum care to help mothering and breastfeeding off to a good start, and enjoy incorporating cultural foods preferences that help build strong, healthy mothers and babies.
My primary office is at The Nest in Lynden, where I work side-by-side with a lactation consultant, nurse practitioner, and acupuncturist to offer incredible care for women while pregnant, postpartum, breastfeeding, and general women’s health.
I believe in midwifery care and support of mothers who have previously experienced a difficult or distressing birth, and women who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. Along with Jennifer Hooper and Erin Smith of the Lydia Place, we offer CenteringPregnancy groups for pregnant mothers experiencing homelessness, toward reducing preterm deliveries and planting the seeds of empowerment for a vulnerable population. I deeply believe that pregnancy, birth and postpartum are all portals for our deepest healing and provide opportunities for immense love. It is here that we gather our courage and remember the incredible strength of women. Birth is, by nature, a profound, extra-ordinary experience.
With my whole heart, I love my work, and believe that midwives can be part of the necessary change toward vibrant, empowered and thriving mothers, babies and families. Peace on earth really does begin at birth, and how women and babies are treated throughout the childbearing year.