Northwest Hospital’s team of experienced certified nurse-midwives gives mothers-to-be an additional birthing option. Together, they have delivered thousands of babies and have guided families through the life-changing experience of pregnancy and birth.
Midwives are healthcare professionals who specialize in assisting normal, uncomplicated births. Certified nurse-midwives (CNM) have a bachelor’s degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nurse-midwifery.
Our midwives approach birth as a holistic journey, collaborating with each woman to create a personalized birth plan in keeping with individual values, cultural preferences and medical considerations. They also specialize in patient education and will be there throughout your pregnancy and birth to help you make the choices that work best for you and your family.
The midwives typically refer women with health problems or higher-risk pregnancies to obstetricians before their births. If complex problems arise during births they are attending, the hospital’s obstetricians, neonatologists and obstetric anesthesiologists are available around the clock to partner with them in your care if necessary.
Part of helping you create the best possible pregnancy and birth experience is having a midwife available whenever you need them. If you have any questions or concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, call the Northwest Hospital Midwives Clinic at 206-368-6670 or visit the clinic website at www.nwmidwivesclinic.com. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Same-day appointments can be arranged if your need is urgent. A skilled staff member will answer your call and assist you, or will page the midwife on-call for you if it’s after hours. The new Northwest Hospital Midwives Clinic is located in Suite 190 of the UW Medicine Northwest Outpatient Medical Center at 10330 Meridian Ave. N.
Meet Our Midwives’ Team
Deborah Blue, CNM
Deborah Blue believes in the importance of building trust and enjoys developing warm, professional relationships with her patients. “As a midwife, it is my goal to ensure that women and their families feel cared for, understand their choices, and are included as active participants in their healthcare decisions.” Deborah Blue earned her bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia and her master’s degree from Seattle University. Prior to becoming a midwife, she spent years supporting women and their families as a doula.
Mary Bolles, CNM
Mary Bolles practices midwifery because she believes it recognizes the power of women. “Giving birth transforms families’ lives. My role is one of facilitator, educator and guide for each woman’s unique birth process, celebrating each birth with a personal, nurturing touch.”
Practicing as a certified nurse-midwife since 2002, Bolles earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington, and lives with her family on Whidbey Island.
Michelle Grandy, CNM
Michelle Grandy sees midwifery as a holistic healthcare approach for women. “Midwifery means ‘with woman,'” she said. “It is a great privilege to be with women and families as they experience pregnancy and become a family.”
Grandy, a certified nurse-midwife since 1996, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Seattle Pacific University in 1988 and her master’s degree at the UW. She is married and has a daughter.
Michelle Grandy has been recognized by Seattle Met as one of its 2013 “Top Nurses.” This recognition speaks to her professionalism, her dedication to safety and clinical excellence and, above all, to her commitment to compassionate patient care.
Mary Lou Kopas, CNM
Mary Lou is originally from New England. She studied nursing and midwifery at the University of Washington. She has been practicing at UW Valley Medical Center, a very busy practice in Renton, WA, as well as doing some per diem coverage with us. “I am excited to be joining the Northwest midwives full time, most especially because I live close-by and I love the idea of caring for the women and families right in my neighborhood.” Mary Lou enjoys getting to know her clients as individuals: “every woman’s journey is unique and special the more I can understand her perspective, the better I can meet her particular needs.” She is particularly interested in second stage labor care and breastfeeding support. Mary Lou is a member of the Washington State Perinatal Advisory Committee and an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives Washington State affiliate group.
Mary Lou and her husband have two teenaged sons. Her favorite past-times include cooking, crafting, and hiking.
Cindy Rogers, CNM
Cindy Rogers became a certified nurse-midwife to provide healthcare to women in a comfortable, supportive way. She believes that offering information and listening are important in guiding patients through pregnancy and birth.
Rogers has delivered babies since 1988, often teaching patients’ families and friends to help the mother-to-be prepare for parenthood. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University, and a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University.