Here at Empowered Pregnancy we practiced personalized family-centered care. We believe in helping women make informed decisions about their health and maternal needs and empowering them to make the choices they can be proud of in their healthcare journey. Our primary focus is on giving gentle nurturing care that is respectful and inclusive of all women. Your midwife will give you individualized care guided by evidence-based practices that have been tested and proven successful. We believe in facilitating natural childbirth whenever possible and take the time to carefully monitor the physical, psychological and social well-being of both mother and infant.
We can’t wait to meet you and help support your family in making the best choices for you and your baby during labor and postpartum.
Kimberly A. Johansen, CNM, MSN, ARNP
Kim has been a midwife for nearly 15 years and before that she worked as an L&D nurse and in the NICU. Her two decades of experience have uniquely prepared her to care for women and babies in the out of hospital setting. She is passionate about education as a means to optimize the health of women and their communities.
Debbie Carley has been a certified doula for over 10 years in the Washington community after the spark was ignited in her to help women have the best birth possible. Debbie’s passions lie in lactation support and postpartum work with new moms through invaluable encouragement and reassurance. As a doula, Debbie looks forward to watching new families be born together and is committed to protecting the birth journey as a positive experience for both mom and dad. Debbie sees herself as a model of behavior for the support person and helping partners really blossom in their role as the birthing support mother needs the most.
Kelsey EL Fassy Fihry
Kelsey holds a pre-med bachelor’s degree in Human Biology, Health and Society from Cornell University, with concentrations in Maternal Health & Child Development, Global Health and Nutritional Biochemistry. She completed her doula training at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University in January 2017. Kelsey was inspired to become a doula after her realization during her own pregnancy of the importance of trusting one’s care providers. Her top priority is to have a trust-based relationship with her clients, while supporting and empowering them to make the choices that are right for them during the birth of their child. Having personally had a miscarriage and then a challenging pregnancy and labor, Kelsey empathizes with the emotional and physical demands of birth. When not attending births, Kelsey enjoys volunteering with seniors, hiking, salsa dancing, gardening and baking with her daughter.
Deanna’s philosophy around birth is that there is no “right” way to have a baby. She aims to focus on the education piece surrounding pregnancy and delivery. Deanna finds that most of life’s uncertainties come from the unknown, and she tries to help bring things to an understandable level so that you can have an idea of what lies ahead. There is really no way that anyone can ever be 100% prepared, but with Deanna’s assistance and support, you can know that you aren’t alone in the process.