Your Care Team
Erin Elkins, LM, CPM, MSM
I grew up in the lower valley and went off to the west side after graduating high school. During pregnancy and when my son was born in 2001, my eyes opened to a whole new world and purpose. Following in my mom’s footsteps, I knew I wanted a natural childbirth and so I did and learned as much as I could in those 9 months to try my best to make that happen. My experience in a hospital setting with nurse midwives was perfectly textbook and planted the seed that became my midwifery journey.
At the time I wanted to become a childbirth educator but could not afford to as a single mom. As time passed, I learned more about pregnancy, birth, and postpartum through reading and hearing other peoples’ birth stories. And I became a doula. The more I experienced, the more I desired to pursue a path of professional midwifery to provide and hold space for people choosing out-of-hospital birth. I was blessed to meet and marry my husband and was able to make my dreams come true.
“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change… A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” –Mahatma Gandhi
I trained with leading midwives at one of the largest birth centers in the state, graduated in 2017 with my master’s in midwifery from Bastyr University, and became licensed in Washington state in 2018. Our son is now in college at CWU, and I’ve been called back to the Yakima valley to be with family, and give back to the community which has given me so much. It feeds my soul to serve our community with integrity and love.
In my spare time I enjoy the simple things in life, like playing games with my family, finding beauty, awe, and wonder in everyday life like the hills around us and singing along to any song I know the lyrics to.
It is a significant honor to be invited to share in the transformation of pregnancy to parenthood through various lenses including parents, grandparents, siblings and friends… the expressions represent an acknowledgment of accomplishment, joy, strength, courage and resilience. Lasting memories form and become a foundation for child-rearing. My hope is for all experiences of childbirth to be empowering, and from what I’ve witnessed, shared decision-making is what makes that hope a reality. I continually grow and learn in this work from colleagues and clients alike!
I treasure my interactions with you and desire to provide the best service I can to you. Know that you are beautiful inside and out; know that you are an inspiration to those in your life; know that you have support here.
Iva, Birth Assistant
I have a mother’s intuition and I trust in it. I am a mother of 5, which includes a set of twins and I have had 3 of my 4 labor and deliveries without an epidural. I chose to be a birthing assistant because I understand what it takes to give birth. Being aware of what a mother needs in delicate times and providing it are most important to me. Whether it be words of encouragement, a cool cloth, or charting your entire birth experience, I am here to assist during your labor and delivery. My supporting role as a birthing assistant to my midwife is to make sure your stay is as comfortable and relaxing as possible. I truly believe women are at their strongest when they are in labor and I want to be there to help ensure that each and every mother feels strong and they can just focus on the task at hand. I am honored and grateful to be a part of each and every birth. When I am not helping with labor and delivery I am busy working on my family farm, weight training, and spending time outdoors with my family and our two black labs.