Mary O'Neill, LM, CPM
Midwifery is my heart's calling and my greatest passion. To me, midwifery care is clinically excellent, safe and compassionate. It attends to the wellbeing of the whole family, strengthens the community, forms a lifelong relationship between midwife and family and is rooted in love. This is the care that I practice and proudly offer my community.
I learned midwifery from a large and vibrant group of badass midwives. My journey began in California as a student of the National Midwifery Institute. My clinical training took place in three cities with four clinical instructors in very different practices. Additionally, I attended births with a handful of other midwives, served on the board of the California Association of Midwives, offered Well-Woman care to my community and attended legislative reviews to expand the scope of midwifery care in California. The diversity of the encounters, teachers and practice styles that I experienced as a student helped shape me into the midwife I am today. My eyes were opened to what does, and does not, work in my field. With this information, I have thoughtfully developed practices I believe encompass the best of what midwifery has to offer.
After graduating and opening my first private practice in California, I happily returned home to the Seattle area in 2017. Since then, I have been fortunate to work alongside, and learn from, many fierce women in my field at the Puget Sound Birth Center, Bastyr University, the Midwives' Association of Washington State, and my fellow midwives in the United States as well as at Shanti Uganda in Kasana, Uganda. Since moving to Washington my involvement in midwifery has included: offering midwifery care locally and Internationally, clinical precepting, teaching midwives, developing curriculum, and serving on the Board of Advisors for Shanti Uganda Birth Center. Shanti Uganda is now affiliated with Budondo Intercultural Center. This exciting and forward-thinking collaboration allows Shanti Uganda to offer better care in a larger scope of practice, and have access to more funding to continue their important work. They are well-run organizations offering life-saving care to the community. Please consider affiliating yourself with Budondo Intercultural Center and Shanti Uganda as a volunteer, donor or advocate.
My hope is to empower people through midwifery care, education and advocacy. My wish is for people in my care to experience individualized, whole-person health care that strengthens their families, communities and improves global pregnancy and birth outcomes. I believe that my role as your midwife extends beyond pregnancy and the post-partum. I am your ally and advocate for life!
When I'm not practicing midwifery you will find me adventuring in the forest, loving my friends and family, exploring the cosmos, traveling, studying herbal and plant medicine, enjoying simple pleasures, and finding inspiration in books, poems and quotes. As a lifelong learner with an endless craving for knowledge, I spend my time researching topics in my field and in all areas of life. I love exploring everything in this beautiful world with joy, curiosity and a sweet reverence for the wild unknown.
Amy Frazier, LM, CPM, MSM
There has always been a place in my heart that has drawn me to working with people. I love having shared experiences that deeply and purposefully grow a community.
I have called Bothell, Washington home for the last 25 years and could not dream up a better place to share my passion for midwifery! In the years prior to graduate school I spent time working, caring for family and attending school part-time in hopes of finding “the thing” I was supposed to do with my life. It was through my time at Edmonds Community College (EDCC), caring for family members and a lot of wilderness exploration that I realized how much I enjoy showing up to support people. The tricky part was figuring out how to apply that to a career. In my last year at EDCC, a wonderful friend encouraged me to check out Bastyr University’s Midwifery program and thought it might be a good fit. Little did she know how much midwifery would consume my being in all the right ways. The doors started flying open and the path to midwifery made itself known — I was in the right place.
I graduated from Bastyr University with a Master’s of Science in Midwifery. During my time as a student, I completed two year-long clinical rotations, and was able to identify a lack of perinatal services available for the unique ways families are structured. This fueled my Master's Thesis, Movement for Midwife-led Intrauterine Inseminations. I completed my first clinical rotation with Snohomish Midwives with a focus on homebirth, gained clinical management skills in my final year with Lake Washington Midwives at Puget Sound Midwives & Birth Center, all while navigating the depths of conception, fertility inclusion, and gender competency for pregnancy professionals. I feel honored to have had my Master’s Project come to life with the support and guidance of local midwife, clinical expert and advocate for gender inclusivity, Kristin Kali LM, CPM.
In April 2019 I had a homebirth of my own where I was able to walk my path of pregnancy, labor, and birth. We welcomed our soulful, brown-eyed, Hazel into the world with the most magical birth team and local midwives, Mary O'Neill, Jessica Swan and Maya Johnson holding space for us (see photo below). How AMAZING is that?! My dear friend and business partner was also my midwife. It's so good! This raw and emotionally rich experience has deepened our bond, love and trust which has ingrained itself into the developments of this midwifery practice. We are glad you are here, and can't wait to share our passion with you.
When I am not immersed in midwifery, I cherish making memories with my village and have always felt a connection with nature and the outdoors. My partner, Stephen and I have enjoyed sharing this beautiful state with our husky doggo (Miesha) and 9-month-old daughter, Hazel. A good pair of hiking boots will take you a long way! In the peace and quiet of the great outdoors, I have come to truly appreciate the natural beauty of life - how precious and important it is. These wild places give me strength and energy much like that of the birth space. I look forward to sharing this space with you.