About Susan

Being Born Is Important

Being born is important, you who have stood at the bedposts and seen a mother on her high harvest day. The day of the most golden of harvest moons for her.

You who have seen the new wet child dried behind the ear, swaddled in soft fresh garments, pursing lips and sending a groping mouth towards nipples where white milk is ready.

You who have seen this love’s payday of wild toiling and sweet agonizing

You know being born is important.

You know that nothing else was ever so important to you.
You understand that the payday of love is so old,
So involved, so traced with circles of the moon,
So cunning with the secrets of the salts of the blood.
It must be older than the moon, older than salt.

Carl Sandburg

"Susan is truly amazing. She's gentle when she needs to be and firm when she needs to be. She's very insightful and is very experienced. "
Tory S
“I can’t put into words how much I appreciate your care and support…You made all the difference in changing my attitude during pregnancy, saving my hoo-ha during birth and saving my sanity with the whole breastfeeding debacle…”
Jenny
“Thank you, Susan, for helping us achieve the type of pregnancy and birth we wanted with our second child. We enjoyed and appreciated the attention and time you gave us as a family during the pregnancy (always welcoming our daughter at appointments and spending time getting to really know us) and we were so happy with the care you provided during and after the birth of our little guy. It couldn’t have been the same without you!”
Karissa
“Words cannot express our gratitude for all of your support and encouragement as we welcomed the arrival of Luke into our lives. Your advice and recommendations were so helpful during our birthing process. You were such a blessing to our family and we’re so grateful!”
Scot and Sara
“Thank you so much for helping me learn how to feed my son…I truly am thankful for the bond he and I now have – that you helped me to build. We wouldn’t be in such a great place today without you and your grace! I am amazed by what you do!”
Melanie
“Thank you for helping to give me another beautiful birth experience. We love and appreciate you, and the empowering way that you delivered Riley into the world.”
Holly
“Thank you for the perfect birthing experience! I know you aren’t responsible for it all but without your calm willingness to let me deliver on my own terms; I wouldn’t have had such a beautiful birth. Thank you for taking such good care of me.”
Ann
“Words cannot express how grateful we are for your love and care in bringing our son in to the world and helping him to thrive through nursing. I will forever be grateful for your wisdom, expertise and insight in guiding us to a safe birth. I am especially appreciative for all the chances you gave me to try and birth him naturally and peacefully. You are so gifted – may you receive as much love from the world as you give to it.”
Kristin and Colimore
“Susan, I feel so blessed to have met you and have you deliver two of my babies (I wish you delivered all five of them).  Even though my deliveries were full of surprises, your confidence and calm attitude made me feel safe and in good hands.  You always had my best interest at heart and knew what I needed without me having to ask.  I am forever grateful for the experience I have had with you and for the calm home-like environment of my deliveries.  Thank you Susan!”
Tatyana and Anthony

Mother

Susan has been blessed with four children, whom she refers to as her “teachers”. With her brood keeping life full of excitement, she is forever learning lessons from her three sons – Garrett, Jordan, and Connor – and her daughter, Whitney. “These wonderful people taught me the grace of giving birth by way of three joyful hospital births and one awesome home water birth.” After nearly 30 years of raising her children, Susan is excited to be entering into a new phase of life and motherhood.

Midwife

Susan started her career in 1996, working with women during their childbearing years as a certified doula (professional labor support), continuing on to become a childbirth educator in 1997. Before becoming a Midwife, she had the pleasure of serving over 1,200 families as a Doula/Midwife Assistant and mentoring hundreds of couples through childbirth classes. Prior to 2003, Susan attended births from Seattle to Olympia, caring for women in hospitals, birth centers, and private homes. This variety of locations allowed Susan the opportunity to learn the craft of catching babies under many skilled providers including OB/GYNs, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Licensed Midwives.  The Birthing Inn in Tacoma hired Susan as a midwife assistant in 2003, giving her the privilege of joining a group of wonderful midwives and gaining access to the many different tricks of the trade. After a decade of observing and learning, Susan started midwifery school in 2005 and was licensed in Washington State as a Midwife in the fall of 2008. Susan serves her midwifery clients using the Midwifery Model of Care and also functions as the full-time owner and manager of The Birthing Inn. “I truly believe working as a Midwife is my calling in life – and I love my job!”

Mentor

For Susan, it’s not enough to be dedicated to her clients and to The Birthing Inn, she also believes in passing the torch to other women who desire to learn the craft of midwifery and discover if “catching babies” is the business that’s right for them. Susan trains Doulas, as well as Midwife Assistants, and often has midwifery students from around the country in her Tacoma office learning the trade. If you are interested in learning from Susan, please contact The Birthing Inn here.

Susan

Susan is caring, personable, and down-to-earth, with a desire to know her clients and allow them to know her. She is respectable and easy to connect with. You may even find yourself sharing stories about locations other than the Northwest, or about being near (or in) the water – her favorite places.