Meghan Filer (she/her)
MSM, LM, CPM
I was called to this work; midwifery was not really a choice for me. My journey into this career began with the birth of my child Phoebe, on a stormy October Sunday in 2008. I had an array of experiences in the hospital with her birth, which required an induction at 42 weeks, although I had been planning a home birth. Her labor, birth, and my postpartum experiences pulled me to community midwifery in a way I had never known before. I felt strongly that all birthing people should have access to all the resources and options available to them, and be able to make informed decisions about their birth.
This desire to be a part of a team that offers access to and education on birthing options, as well as respectful and trusting healthcare relationships, led me to Bastyr University. Throughout my time at Bastyr where I completed a Master’s of Science in Midwifery, my passion for social justice and community driven care was re-kindled. I had previously dreamed of joining the Peace Corps or Doctors Without Borders, but in the course of my education, I realized how much work there is to be done in our own community. I believe firmly in supporting midwives of color and the LGBTQ community, and believe that our community needs more representation of the clients we serve. I also strive to be a part of a community that brings birthing parents together in mutual support, whether that is through classes, support groups or simply having a safe place to talk.
When I am not at the birth center, I enjoy gardening with my daughter, walking and hiking with our pup Maple and snuggling our two newest members of the family, Clover and Basil, our bunny siblings. I have an unwavering love for anything outdoors, and camping and backpacking are a regular part of our life from spring until late fall. I am so grateful to be joining the Snohomish Midwives community and I hope to be able to further the education of future midwives, while supporting the incredible community of birthing families we are so lucky to serve.