Heidi Schimpf (she/her)
Some say that midwifery called to them, and that's exactly how it was for me.
My path here began in my early college years while I was studying to become a nutritionist. I have always felt devoted to serving others, so with a passion for holistic health care and a belief that food is medicine, I dove head first into human biology and nutrition courses. Nevertheless, over time I found myself completely captivated by my studies of the childbearing cycle and lactation. It was also around this time that I first began to hear about community midwifery from my peers. It was the perfect storm, and something just clicked. The more I sought out information, the more I discovered that community birth isn't just a fringe thing, but that it was happening all throughout my community. There was no doubt about it, I had to be a part of it. Once I came to the realization that I could become a midwife and spend my time with birthing people, babies, and growing families; there was no looking back.
My midwifery studies began at Bastyr University in 2017, where I received my Master's of Science in Midwifery with a chosen focus on Botanical Medicine. During my midwifery training I had the opportunity to train with two different practices. I began my training here, with Snohomish Midwives, before going on to train in a busy freestanding birth center.
I'm passionate about midwifery because I get the unique opportunity to offer families a truly holistic and individualized model of care. I get to be a practitioner, advocate, educator, counselor, and friend. When I'm not catching babies, I stay busy as a zealous crafts and DIY project undertaker, as well as a lover of good food, travel, and dogs.