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 500 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 women, pregnancy, birth and postpartum are among the healthiest times of their lives. Midwifery care focuses on the ways in which mothers 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 mothers.

 

As a midwife I believe strongly that pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding are healthy, normal events which just happen to be extraordinary. All women deserve thorough, supportive and attentive care during this important time. I strive to form strong relationships with my 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 of Utah, and am a Licensed Midwife, and Certified Professional Midwife, attending clinic and births with 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. 

Student Midwife

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
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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.