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Midwifery Spotlight 

December 2014


Midwife Seattle, Inc.


Cindie Brown, CNM, ARNP and Stephanie Kleven, CNM, ARNP have a unique group practice that provides full-scope midwifery care in out-of-hospital settings. Their home-like clinic is located in the Maple Leaf neighborhood in Seattle.  While most of their clients desire homebirth, they also may choose to deliver at freestanding birth centers (Puget Sound Birth Center in Kirkland or Center for Birth in Seattle).  A new addition to the Midwife Seattle practice is an ultrasound program.  After didactic training and clinical mentoring, the midwives are able to perform the full range of “limited OB ultrasound”, including dating, fetal growth, placenta location, cervical length and BPPs. 


Cindie began her career in hospital-based practices through Group Health Cooperative and Virginia Mason Medical Center. In 2001, Cindie founded the practice that eventually became known as Midwife Seattle, Inc. She attended births primarily in hospital, caring for low-risk and moderate risk women.  In more recent years, she ended her hospital services and turned attention to promoting physiological birthing in out-of-hospital settings. This has allowed her more time and energy to bring the midwifery model to women's health care and to play a creative role as director of Midwife Seattle, Inc.


Stephanie is originally from Tri-Cities and earned degrees in Biology and Spanish from Seattle University. She was inspired to pursue a career in women's health after witnessing her first birth in a community hospital in Nicaragua, where she was working under a Fulbright scholarship. Stephanie earned her Masters in Midwifery and Women's Health from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also worked as a labor and delivery nurse in a high-risk center. She joined Midwife Seattle in early 2014.

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