· 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.
Stephanie Kleven, CNM, ARNP
Stephanie was first drawn to midwifery after graduating from Seattle University in 2006, where she earned degrees in Biology and Spanish. While living and working in Nicaragua, she met both American and Nicaraguan midwives and witnessed her first birth in a community hospital. It was that unforgettable glimpse into the power of the birth experience that first ignited Stephanie's passion for women's health.
Her journey to become a nurse midwife took Stephanie to Philadelphia, where she became a labor and delivery nurse at a busy urban hospital. There, she gained unparalleled experience working with both high-risk and low-risk laboring women. This fueled her desire to provide low-risk women with the choice to birth safely outside of the hospital. She earned her Masters in Midwifery and Women's Health from the University of Pennsylvania.
Stephanie is passionate about supporting low-intervention, physiologic labor and birth. As a board-certified Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Stephanie is also privileged to care for women outside of pregnancy and throughout their lifespan. She is deeply committed to providing holistic, compassionate care, always with an emphasis on prevention.
Stephanie is thrilled to be back home in Seattle where she loves to spend time outdoors doing everything from rock climbing to scuba diving. She lives in the city with her two favorite adventure buddies: her boyfriend Alex and their border collie/lab, Raya.