Niki Coraggio LM, CPM

Licensed midwives are autonomous, independent professionals who work with women and their families during the childbearing year. Midwives work in concert with other professionals within the community to provide holistic, thorough maternity care. Gig Harbor Midwifery provides prenatal, intrapartum, and postpartum care to healthy clients regardless of personal beliefs, race, sexual orientation, or economic status.

I am Niki Coraggio, LM CPM, owner and founder of Gig Harbor Midwifery.  This practice is an extension of my self, serving the families and community that I love so much.  I have known all my life that I belonged in a medical care role, but could not find a place for my strong values of individual choice and direct client relationships until I had children of my own and discovered the midwifery model of care.

I graduated from Seattle Midwifery School (now merged with Bastyr University) in 2009. I founded Gig Harbor Midwifery in 2010. I am a professional member of the Midwives Association of Washington State, and a Certified Professional Midwife. I have attended over 600 births since 2007, in hospitals, at birth centers, and (mostly) at home.


I live in Gig Harbor with my husband and 5 kids, although they are rapidly flying the nest for college and careers.  We are a homeschooling family and enjoy spending time gardening, paddleboarding, and visiting with extended family.
 

Gig Harbor Midwifery provides comprehensive prenatal, birth, postpartum, and initial newborn care for our healthy low-risk clients planning deliveries at home or in freestanding birth centers.

Midwives believe that for most individuals, pregnancy, birth and postpartum are among the healthiest times of their lives. Midwifery care focuses on the ways in which pregnant people can prepare their bodies and minds for the work of growing, birthing and then feeding healthy babies, while at the same time finding themselves in their new roles as parents.

 

At Gig Harbor Midwifery we believe strongly that pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding are healthy, normal events which just happen to be extraordinary. You deserve thorough, supportive and attentive care during this important time. We strive to form strong relationships with our clients built on mutual trust and respect.

Brandy Stuart LM, CPM

Strength in Support

 

I was born and raised in Bremerton, Washington where I currently raise my 5 children. I am a typical Pacific Northwest girl – I love saltwater, evergreen trees, rain, mountains, and soaking up the occasional ray of Washington sunshine. Most of my time is spent being a midwife, being a mom, cooking delicious food, organizing things, creating art, and connecting with nature.

 

I became a doula in 2002 after training with Seattle Midwifery School. Pregnancy, birth, babies, and breastfeeding have always been a special passion of mine, so in 2012 I decided to make my passion a career, and started attending births as a doula. In 2016 I began working with Niki as a student midwife. I am now a graduate of Midwives College of Utah, a Licensed Midwife, a Certified Professional Midwife, and a partner in Gig Harbor Midwifery.

I believe that childbearing is a physical, emotional, and spiritual experience, and my goal is to provide comprehensive, holistic care that addresses each of these aspects. Every birthing person deserves to have someone there to guide and assist them in making educated choices about their pregnancy, and remind them that they can trust in the strength of their body during this time. 

Katlyn Carter LM, CPM

I am Katlyn Carter-woman, midwife, mother, partner, sister, and friend. I grew up in a small town in southern Idaho in a ranching community before going off to college and meeting my husband who was a submariner in the US Navy. The military has since moved us all over the country, and we are beyond excited to settle in the beautiful PNW! We now live in Poulsbo, WA with our four boys on a small hobby farm. Outside of midwifery, I spend my time homeschooling our kids, milking our goats, doting on my dahlias, cooking what grows in our garden, and spending as much time as possible outside.

 

I have been drawn to birth since before I can remember, though my early interest was related to cows and horses. When I became pregnant with my first, I realized quickly that the mainstream human birth world was very different than what I was familiar with. My passion and desire for natural birth led me to furthering my knowledge and building a trusted birth team. I went on to become a doula in 2015 and attended births at home, in birth centers, and in many hospital settings. This time of supporting my clients and walking the path of pregnancy with them helped confirm midwifery was my true calling!

 

I graduated from the Midwives College of Utah with a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery in 2020 and have been working in a solo practice since.  I am a Licensed Midwife and a Certified Professional Midwife. I am also a board member of WARM (Washington Alliance for Responsible Midwifery). I am passionate about advocating for women’s rights and autonomy and furthering the midwifery profession in this state.

 

As a midwife, I believe that all those who wish to become pregnant should have physical, emotional, and social support during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. I believe that pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding are normal, healthy events that have the potential to be strengthening and empowering. I believe that, within the bounds of safety, all people should have the right to birth how, where, and with whom they choose. I believe in the importance of prenatal education, planning, and shared decision-making with my clients. I strive to build relationships with my clients built on trust, respect, and understanding. 

Student Midwives

Student midwives who are training in an accredited program may also be involved in care if clients consent. Gig Harbor Midwifery feels strongly that the training of students is an important part of increasing access to competent and safe midwifery care in our communities.

Ciara Richardson

Hi, I’m Ciara

My pronouns are she/her, I am a mother, partner, creator and seeker of beauty in this world. I am a certified birth doula, a photographer, student midwife, birth assistant and have been attending births for the past 7+ years. I currently reside with my family in the Tacoma, WA area. I love to be outside, read, paint, make kombucha, have uncomfortable conversations, explore and am visibly pierced.

My passion for birth started while expecting my second child and grew like wild fire. I started as a birth photographer and naturally began transitioning to the role of support. I received my certification and training through Birth Arts International. As a doula I strive to create a safe, peaceful environment regardless of birth choices or circumstances. I believe education is our strongest tool and encourage all my clients to understand all their options. I believe there is no one right way to give birth and believe birth gets to look different for all people and all bodies.

 

I am currently attending births as a doula, a photographer and documenter. From Tacoma to Seattle and all surrounding areas, in home, birth center and hospital settings, for vaginal, v-back and cesarean deliveries. For more information, please visit here.

 

I am also a contracted Swedish Doula with Swedish Hospitals in Seattle and Issaquah. You can find information about their incredible program here. You can find my Swedish doula page here.

I am a current student midwife completing my BSM through Midwives College of Utah. If you would like to learn more about out of hospital birth and the midwife I am working with, find her page here.

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Hannah Young
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Hannah (she/her) has been a student at Midwives College of Utah (MCU) since September 2018 and is working towards her certification as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and Bachelor of Science in Midwifery. Hannah completed a year of training with Salt and Cedar Midwifery in Silverdale, WA. She is excited to be applying her training with Gig Harbor Midwifery in her last year of training as a midwife. 

 

Hannah has wanted to be a midwife since 12 years old, after completing a research project on the worldwide needs of pregnant people and their babies. This desire was solidified on a 3-month humanitarian trip after high school to Uganda, Africa, where she supported a mother who experienced the loss of her baby. Since then, Hannah balanced working with pregnant friends & family, volunteering as an EMT in rural Montana, and working as an ophthalmic technician for an eye clinic. She began consistently pursuing birth work in 2016 through preparing for midwifery school, working as doula, and observing births with a local obstetrician. 

 

Hannah lives in Bremerton with her husband and their two cats. She nurtures herself through gardening, hiking, reading, and crafting, and nurtures her relationships through intentional conversation and good food. Hannah is passionate about supporting pregnant people through the childbearing year and empowering them to make health decisions that are best for themselves, their babies, and their families.