Andrea Henderson, LM, CPM, IBCLC
Certified Professional Midwife
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
I wanted to be a “doctor who delivers babies” since I was young, “a calling” some would say. As a child, I did not know what a Midwife was, but I have always been interested in pregnant women, birth, babies and breastfeeding. I started my midwifery journey at Central Washington University, working towards a BS in Pre-Midwifery, a degree that I helped to develop with my advisors. I continued my education at the Seattle Midwifery School, earning a certificate in midwifery. Upon graduation, I enjoyed catching hundreds of babies while working at the Puget Sound Birth Center located in Kirkland, WA and the Eastside Birth Center located in Bellevue, WA. Additionally, I am an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).
I have nursed all three of my own children, two of whom are twins. Having breastfeed one baby, then experiencing some difficulties while breastfeeding the twins, I understand the potential breastfeeding hurdles other women may face. I offer breastfeeding consultations in our office. For more information on having a lactation consultation please see our Lactation Consultation Services page.
I genuinely love my career as a Midwife and Lactation Consultant. Outside of raising my own children and having a family, I have discovered that there is nothing I would rather do than assist women and their families during the miraculous time of Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum. As a Midwife, it is my responsibility to empower families through individualized education and support as well as to safeguard the birth experience while recognizing the normalcy of the entire process. My first child was born at home in the care of midwives. This Home Birth was an amazing experience that strengthened my understanding of the precious time surrounding birth. My twins were born in a hospital. Both of my births have been beneficial life experiences. Having birthed in both home and hospital settings has been beneficial to me as a Midwife, expanding my personal knowledge so I can relate more fully to clients and their own experiences. My experiences have deepened my understanding of how valuable and essential the quality of care is that Licensed Midwives and Lactation Consultants provide. I am deeply committed to this holistic model, which includes one-on-one care with a dedication to respect and dignity.
I have always been fascinated by the medical profession. When I was growing up I wanted to be everything from a brain surgeon to an emergency room nurse. I didn’t discover midwifery until I began to have my own children. Through the birth of my four children, two in hospital, one at a freestanding birth center and my last one at home, I discovered that I had a passion for birth. This was not simply a wanting to be part of it, it was a calling to the profession of serving women and babies. Having had four children myself, I have seen and felt that each birth experience is special and unique no matter what the circumstances, or how many times you do it.
When my youngest was just one year old I returned to school for midwifery, first to Everett Community college and then on to Bastyr University where I received my Master’s of Science in Midwifery with an emphasis in Botanical Medicine. Throughout my training I was able to work with many wonderful midwives, including Andrea Henderson from Northshore Midwives, the Eastside Midwives at Puget Sound Birth Center and also did training at Providence Portland Hospital with a Certified Nurse Midwife. The botanical side of my training spanned two years and included extensive knowledge about plants and their medicinal uses throughout the childbearing years.
I am very excited to be serving in the communities that I have called home for over fifteen years, and had my own babies in. I am honored to be a midwife and to support and help guide families through the transitions of pregnancy, labor and parenthood.
With sincere appreciation, thank you to the families and photographers who shared their photos with us.
~Northshore Midwives & Lactation Consulting follows the Midwives Model of Care~
The Midwives Model of Care includes:
The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.
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Northshore Midwives & Lactation Consulting believes that it is important to have at least two well-trained health care providers at each birth for safety of mother and baby.
In addition I serve: Seattle, Shoreline, Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, Lake Forest Park, Mill Creek, Brier, Kenmore, Lynnwood, Mukilteo, Everett, Lake Stevens, Snohomish, Monroe, Sultan, Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Woodinville, Sammamish, Duvall, Carnation, Mercer Island, Renton, SeaTac, Kent, Issaquah, Snoqualmie, North Bend, King County and Snohomish County in Washington, WA.
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