Mary Lou Kopas M.N., C.N.M.

Mary Lou Kopas M.N., C.N.M.
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  • English


  • Gynecology
  • Midwifery
  • Obstetrics
  • Women's Health


Mary Lou is a midwife specializing in healthy pregnancy and birth, as well as well-woman care, and also serves as chief of the UW midwifery practice group. She is originally from Massachusetts. Her first degree was in Biology from Colby College in Maine. She received her bachelor's and master's of nursing degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. She was an obstetric nurse at UW Medical Center before becoming a midwife. She previously practiced at Valley Medical Center in Renton before joining the Northwest Hospital Midwives Clinic.

An active participant in her professional association, Mary Lou has served as president of the Washington State Affiliate of the American College of Nurse-Midwives and serves on the statewide Perinatal Advisory Committee. She has presented at regional and national conferences, and lectured locally to medical residents and perinatal nurses. Her review of second stage labor care was published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.

Patient Care Philosophy

As a midwife, I focus on educating my clients to optimize their health and make informed choices about their care. I really enjoy getting to know the women and families in my care. Every woman’s journey is unique and special, and the more I can understand her perspective, the better I can meet her particular needs. I strive to provide an environment that gently supports and protects the natural physiological processes of pregnancy and birth. My top priority is to keep mother and baby safe, but I also want my patient to be an active participant in her care. If interventions are necessary, she and her family need to understand what is being recommended and why. My role is to lovingly guide women and their families through pregnancy, childbirth, and the first stages of infant bonding and breastfeeding. I cannot imagine any work more important than providing a healthy, loving start for parenting.

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests include second stage (the pushing phase) of labor, breastfeeding support, healthy newborn care, midwifery education, and psycho-social challenges during the transition to motherhood.

Research Interests

Mary Lou's research interests include care practices in the second stage of labor, supporting normal physiological birth and patient-centered care practices.


Institution Credential Year
University of Washington School of Nursing Medical Education 2011
Degree Institution Year
CNM University of Washington 2011

Board Certifications

Certification Specialty Year
American Nurses Credentialing Center Certified Nurse Midwife 2011