Meet Our Providers
Meet Cynthia Jaffe, Licensed Midwife
Midwife for Home Birth and Birth Center
My love affair with midwifery and birth began when I was pregnant with my first child. I had a good friend who was also pregnant and someone sent her this crazy book she was eager to share with me. It was “Spiritual Midwifery.” This was 1983 and most books on pregnancy either glossed over the birth part or just said, “here’s how to get through it!” Suddenly, here was this book that said, not only can birth be spiritually moving and fulfilling, it can be FUN!! I cried when I read it. Finally!! I KNEW in my gut it did not have to be this horrible experience we just “had to get through.” Then came the reality of labor! While I cannot say it was fun, phrases from the book came back to me when I needed them and helped me so much. The birth of my son in 1984 changed my life. I felt empowered by his birth and could not wait to have his sister less than two years later!
I had the same midwife with both of my births and she became a very good friend. I would invite her over and grill her about her births and her experiences and thought, “Wow! I wonder????? Then, one day, she told me that a midwife had arrived and was doing home births and looking for an assistant; was I interested? I felt like the heavens had opened up and prayers had been heard! I jumped right in. That was in 1986 and I have been involved in the birth community ever since.
I finally formalized my training, graduating from Seattle Midwifery School in 1990. I had a ready made clientele here on Whidbey Island, as our last midwife had left several years earlier and women were still looking to have their babies at home. I opened the Greenbank Birth Center to serve the needs of women on Medicaid because, at that time, Medicaid would not cover home births but would cover births in a state-licensed birthing center…so I built one! The Birth Center has also helped to bridge the gap for women who were not interested in home birth but did not want to deliver in a hospital. Greenbank Birth Center is set in the middle of five acres of woods and we are always amazed when the deer will come to the door while a woman is laboring. They seem to know when a new life is about to emerge and they want to be part of the party!
I have now been in practice for over 27 years and have delivered about 1800 babies. Midwifery is my calling and my passion and I hope to continue providing care and offering options for women and their families for many years to come.
Diana Miller, Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife
I grew up in the Amish culture of home birth and midwifery. The oldest of 11 children, I witnessed my mother give birth to my siblings at home. My grandmother was an Amish midwife and I have several aunts who serve their communities as Amish midwives.
Although home birth with midwives was normal to me because it was all I knew, I clearly remember the feeling of accomplishment that came with my first home birth. I was euphoric. It was a good beginning as a young mother. With each successive pregnancy I dug deeper into the world of midwifery care and home birth. I read every book I could find at the library and I ordered many that I couldn’t find. Birth stories became my favorite thing. After the birth of my 3rd baby girl, I knew that I would be a midwife.
I completed my degree with Midwives College of Utah in 2017 and passed the NARM and WA state boards in 2018. I was fortunate to do all my clinical work here at the Greenbank Birth Center for the past two years and it is a dream come true to now be a part of this incredible community as a midwife. It is a gift to work in a community where I bump into our families in the grocery store and at local events.
My husband and I have 3 girls and 3 boys. We spend our time outside as much as possible and are blessed to call Whidbey Island our home.
Carly Meiser, Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife
I always had a feeling that my life’s work would end up in the realm of womens’ health. I graduated from Western Washington University in 2010 with a B.S. in Community Health, and worked in the non-proft sector for a few years.
In 2011, I took a doula training course and soon after, attended the birth of a friend. In the moment that I witnessed the strength and fierce power of that woman birthing her child, everything in my being said “YES, this is IT. I will become a midwife. I need to learn all that I can so that I can be with women during this life event.” I have never felt such clarity.
I graduated from the Midwifery Program at Maternidad La Luz in El Paso, TX, Spring of 2014. It was one of the most fulfilling times of my life. I then moved back to Washington and earned my license Summer of 2015, assisting a number of midwives around Seattle. I worked at Ground Floor Health as the primary midwife for two and a half years. During those years, I connected with Cynthia and stayed in her guest house for a couple of weeks. I was lucky to attend 2 births with her and idea of coming to work on Whidbey never fully left my mind after that experience.
Reflecting over the past 5 years, I feel overwhelmed and honored to have been present during one of the most raw and powerful moments in a woman’s and new family’s life. I love promoting birth as the natural and normal process that it is. Along with attending births I provide in-home childbirth education and placenta encapsulation services.
My boyfriend, Zach, and I moved to the Island July 2018. We were excited to leave the big city and settle somewhere a bit more peaceful. So far, we feel it’s just right. I look forward to meeting you!
Meet Our Backup Doctor
Dr. Kathy Garde of Fidalgo Medical Associates is an OB/GYN who works out of Island Hospital in Anacortes. Dr. Garde has an established relationship with the Greenbank Birth Center and is available for consultation when a situation outside of normal arises and for transfer of care if medically necessary.
Learn more about Dr. Garde on Island Hospital’s website.