Your Beautiful Birthing Experience Awaits!
Specializing in Certified Nurse-Midwifery Care!
…..in an out-of-hospital setting……
Our Certified Nurse-Midwives “CNM” believe in shared decision making and tailoring care to each individual woman. They will take the time to get to know your individual needs and wants and use these desires, along with evidence-based medicine, to develop your unique care plan. Our prenatal visits allow ample time to get to know each expecting mother as a unique woman which fosters an atmosphere of empowerment. Our CNM’s specialize in natural physiological childbirth and has the knowledge to carefully monitor the physical, psychological and social well being of our mothers, babies, and their extended support system. These unique skills facilitate a safe and individualized birth experience.
Kimberly A. Johansen, CNM, MSN, ARN
During Kim’s 20 plus year career in health care, she has been passionate about helping mothers bring their children safely into the world. Kim believes that every woman deserves to be treated in a caring, nonjudgemental way regardless of her social, economic, or cultural background. This belief drove her mission to open a birth center where women can feel safe and cared for while being empowered to take the lead in their journey to motherhood.
Kim’s personal childbirth experience, in a traditional medical system, with her first child compared to the experience of birthing, along with a CNM, for her second child motivated a career path change from management to healthcare. Kim realized that healthcare was not a one size fits all model and that women deserved a voice in what happens to their bodies, especially at such a vulnerable time as pregnancy and childbirth.
Kim received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Purdue University in 1997, along with a minor degree in psychology. Immediately after graduation, she began a career in women’s and children’s health along with specializing in labor and delivery. In 2002 she was accepted into the University of New Mexico’s prestigious Nurse-Midwifery graduate school. For her master’s thesis, she developed a theory of providing a model of Certified Nurse-Midwifery care that would enable women to become empowered throughout their pregnancy and childbirth experience.
As Kim’s experience- over 1,200 babies delivered- and knowledge base grew she realized that being a CNM was not enough to facilitate her vision of changes in women’s healthcare. She knew that in order to serve women in the way in which they deserved she needed to open her own birth center. Her theory would become the framework and foundation of how women’s healthcare would be delivered at Empowered Pregnancy Birth Center and Women’s Wellness Clinic.
Empowered Pregnancy Birth Center
Empowered Pregnancy officially opened its doors in May of 2019 realizing the dream of providing women the opportunity to deliver in a beautiful, relaxing and safe environment under the guidance of a certified nurse-midwife.
When a birth center has received the prestigious CABC Accreditation it demonstrates that the birth center has developed an environment of care based on rigorous safety standards that promote successful outcomes for both mothers and babies, as well as reducing health care cost. A four-year research program, conducted by the CABC, showed that the cumulative neonatal mortality rate, in CABC Accredited birth centers, were only 0.4/1000, which is the lowest among large studies of low risk populations.
Empowered Pregnancy is a locally owned and operated free standing birth center, centrally located next to Evergreen Hospital in the Totem Lake area of Kirkland, WA. The location is easy to find and there is parking available. The Birth Center is owned by Certified Nurse Midwife Kim Johansen. Kim has worked for over twenty years as a nurse midwife and is able to provide that knowledge and experience to her new clients here. The birth center opened in May of 2019. Kim is the primary care provider at the birth center and is supported by a small staff of receptionist, massage therapist, and some doula affiliates. A freestanding birth center is a safe and supportive environment for women with low risk pregnancies. A certified nurse midwife is able to provide exceptional care for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. As this business continues to grow and establish itself in the birthing community of the Eastside we have no doubt that many families will be blessed to have the care and services provided here.
A positive family environment for pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. Very attentive and thorough. Great middle ground between home birth and hospital birth. Wonderful and reassuring care throughout our families newborn experience
It is the best birth center in greater Seattle area. Love it!
I visited this birth center with a friend. Every detail has been thoroughly planned from the interior design to the latest equipment. It truly looks like beautifully designed and comfortable place to have your children.
Such a beautiful space! Kim is extremely experienced, knowledgeable, and kind. The birth classes were beyond expectations, so informative and thoughtful. This is a great middle ground option for those who don't feel comfortable giving birth at home but would prefer not to have to go to the hospital. 100% recommend!
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13114 120th Ave. NE Kirkland, WA 98034
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