About Skaidre Brown, LM
I live in the beautiful Skagit Valley in Mount Vernon, Washington on 4 1/2 acres with my husband and 3 children. My parents also live with us in a daylight basement apartment in our house. We have chickens, apple trees, cherry trees, raspberries, and blueberry bushes. Since being in school I haven't had much time for the acreage. Now that I am done with school I dream of being a bit of a homesteader and hope to expand with a midwife/medicinal herb garden and goats!
Since having my second child, I have been passionate about natural childbirth. I became a Bradley Method childbirth educator and birth doula in 2002. I've taught childbirth classes and attended births as a doula for 7 years when I decided to go to Midwives College of Utah to become a direct entry midwife. I was homeschooling my 3 children at the time and the rigors of school were too much for me, so I took a break. I took a break from childbirth altogether for about 2 years. I then began teaching my own childbirth class and attending births as a midwife assistant. As my children grew and became more independent I realized that I still had the passion and dream to become a midwife. In August of 2016 I started to pursue that dream once again. With the support of my husband and my children I began taking classes again and have since finished school and became licensed in WA in September 2020 and opened my practice, providing all services in the client's home, in October 2020.
It has been no small feat to accomplish all of this. In my last small stretch of school the world was hit with the SARS-CoV-19 virus pandemic. This pandemic not only affected my schooling, but also that of my children. It also has changed the shape of healthcare and homebirth. In some areas, more people have been afraid to go to the hospital where sick people go and homebirth boomed. For community birth providers, the Department of Health in each state has made new requirements for PPE and protocols to stop the spread. I believe the stress has impacted maternal and fetal outcomes, but we won't have definitive answers to that for years to come. Despite all of the challenges caused by the pandemic, I am done with school and was able to get my license and open my practice. I hope to serve my community by giving the safe alternative of homebirth to as many people as possible! I have been in practice for 2 years now and love serving my community!