· Our Midwives ·
Cynthia Brown, CNM, ARNP
Cindie discovered midwifery in 1984 when she first witnessed a calm, natural childbirth at home. The baby was over 12 pounds! Her interest in the medical field then fused with her desire to promote healthy families, and she immediately knew midwifery was her calling. With this focus, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Washington in 1991, then her Master of Nursing from Oregon Health Sciences University in 1994. She also holds a degree in Systematic Linguistics from Seattle Pacific University.
Cindie began her career in hospital-based practices through Group Health Cooperative and Virginia Mason Medical Center. In 2001, Cindie founded the practice that eventually became known as Midwife Seattle, Inc. She attended births primarily in hospital, caring for low-risk and moderate risk women, including those with previous cesareans. In more recent years, she has turned her attention to promoting physiological birthing in out-of-hospital settings and ended her hospital services. This has allowed her more time and energy to bring the midwifery model to women's health care and to play a creative role as director of Midwife Seattle, Inc.
Cindie is married to Steve, a high-school Spanish teacher and 'renaissance man'. They have three inspiring teenage children, one of whom has special needs. All were born at home in Seattle. Cindie's primary life passion is following Jesus, believing He has brought significant healing and love to her own life and hope to a hurting world. She wants that same love and power to permeate all she does. She also likes gardening, reading, and, yes, chocolate.
Katrina Anderson, CNM, ARNP
Katrina grew up in the Pacific Northwest and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Bethel University in Minnesota. While serving alongside a midwife in Indonesia for a summer, she came to love working with mothers, helping them realize their innate strength and beauty. As a hospice nurse, Katrina served families through the transition of their loved ones passing away naturally at home. She considers both birth and death to be life events in which presence, compassion, and reassuring support are what families most need.
She received her Master of Nurse-Midwifery from Vanderbilt University in 2012, where she was awarded the Faculty Choice Award for the most outstanding student. Her clinical training offered her hospital-based birth attendance, as well as a specialty in 'physiological birthing' gained through extended experience at a freestanding birth-center. She has deep respect for the natural process and power inherent in birth. In addition, she has a specialty in women's health care, providing gynecological care and some primary care to women. In all contexts, she is dedicated to listening to women and partnering with them as they take ownership of their health. She has a strong focus on academics and enjoys integrating current research into practice.
Katrina loves traveling and serving across the United States and internationally. She plans to eventually work with underserved populations in lower-resource settings. While constantly picking up new hobbies, she considers knitting, gardening, cooking, and the outdoors to be her staples.