Journey Midwife Services, LLC is a Seattle-based midwifery clinic founded by licensed midwives Emi Yamasaki McLaughlin and Caity Wheaton.
We trust in the wisdom of the body and believe that pregnancy and birth are natural, normal life processes. We practice safe, evidence-based care and provide compassionate, culturally responsive pregnancy care to healthy individuals desiring to birth at home or in a birth center.
Everyone deserves quality pregnancy care, and we are committed to reaching diverse communities, specifically communities of color, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans* and Queer communities, and teens. We continually educate ourselves on providing culturally sensitive care for all of our clients.
To that end one or both midwives have attended the following continuing education classes, including the Midwives’ Association of Washington State conferences (which has an anti-racism component), Reproductive Justice Summit at University of Washington (2014), Culturally Proficient Care for Transgender Patients (2014), the Inequity in Breastfeeding Support Summit (2013), Cultural Competency with LGBTQ Families (2013), Midwives Alliance of North America conference (2017), CPM Symposium (2012), and International Center for Traditional Childbearing (a Black midwives organization) doula training (2012), Midwifery Today (2016).
Journey Midwife Services partners with other midwives and birth professionals in an effort to provide outreach to communities that aren’t typically choosing midwifery care. We hand out information about pregnancy, fertility and resources specific to LGBTQ families every year at Capitol Hill Pride in Seattle. We have especially enjoyed inspiring the next generation of midwives by speaking to over 200 middle school, high school, and college students in Renton and Seattle. Additionally, Emi taught at a doula training for queer and trans* people of color in the summer of 2014.
In order to best serve you, we offer flexible clinic hours – including evening appointments. We welcome you to bring your partner, children, and any other support people with you to your visits. We accept private insurance, Kaiser Permanente HMO and PPO plans, WA Apple Health/Medicaid (DSHS) and cash pay. Feel free to call us with questions about insurance coverage and payment options.
We love what we do, and we enjoy serving the diverse communities of Seattle.
Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well being of a person throughout the childbearing cycle
Providing individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
Minimizing technological interventions
Identifying and referring those who require an obstetrician