University of Washington - Master, Nursing in Midwifery, 2003
University of Pennsylvania - BS Nursing, 2000
University of Iowa - BA Religion and American Studies, 1991
Melissa did not always know that she wanted to be a nurse midwife, coming to midwifery as a second career. She worked in women's healthcare in many different capacities, particularly in public health, public policy, and international development. Melissa finally found her calling when volunteering as a lay healthcare provider in a free health clinic in Washington, D.C.
Melissa feels blessed to be a midwife and is continually honored by the privilege of participating in the most personal and profound experiences of pregnancy, labor, and childbirth. She enjoys sharing knowledge with women and their families throughout their pregnancy and their childbearing years. She most especially relishes the opportunity to create trusting relationships that span many years and multiple pregnancies.
Melissa lives in Seattle with her wonderful family. Her three children were all delivered by nurse-midwives.