Ineke Stolp (she/her)
I can still remember the first birth I attended twelve years ago as a newly graduated midwife. As I drove away in the early morning hours after witnessing the beautiful and powerful birth, I knew I had made the right choice to pursue midwifery. I fell in love with my dynamic, independent, and intuitive profession. More than ten years and many births later, my world and my view on midwifery were transformed as my husband I became parents ourselves. My own pregnancy, birth and the infinite postpartum period have gifted me an even deeper understanding and ability to relate. Today, I feel strongly that the road to parenthood is a unique and deeply personal adventure, and it is an honor to be a part of that journey.
As an international midwife, licensed in both Washington State and the Netherlands, my outlook on birth has been informed by the midwifery practices I observed around the world. For the first half of my career, I enjoyed working as both a home birth and clinical midwife in bustling community practices and hospitals in Europe. During this time, I earned my Master of Science in Evidence Based Practice. Soon after I had received my degree, I started working for Doctors Without Borders, a humanitarian aid organization. I worked with teams of local midwives and traditional birth assistants to bring accessible and comprehensive birth care to refugees in Ethiopia and Uganda. It was both the most challenging and the most rewarding work I have done so far. Since I moved to the United States in 2018, I have worked as a birth assistant, I have continued to deepen my knowledge and skills of midwifery, and have been teaching childbirth education classes.
My career and path of life have cultivated my passion to help expecting parents feel heard, safe, and supported on their journey to birth. I hope that through compassionate care, clear communication, and deep listening, I can offer my knowledge and skills of midwifery to fully support parents through the incredibly transformative experience of birth.
Count on me to always say yes to home-baked sourdough bread, salsa dancing, butter, and sailing. And whenever we have the opportunity, I love spending time camping, mushroom hunting and adventuring with my husband Tristan and our daughter Eloise.