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.
Empowered Pregnancy’s goal is to provide empowerment to women during their pregnancy with an exceptional birthing experience. And, to provide a birthing option with a much lower cesarean outcome than within the traditional hospital setting.
Empowered Pregnancy is the only certified nurse-midwife owned and operated birth center in the greater Seattle area. The two nurse-midwives practicing at Empowered Pregnancy have over 40 years of combined childbirth experience between them. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, along with the American College of Nurses-Midwifery, states that for a low-risk population of women it is just as safe to have your baby with a certified nurse-midwife in a nationally credentialed birth center as it is in the hospital.
The risk of a cesarean in the hospital, within the United States, is over 31% where the rate in a birth center facility, by certified nurse-midwives, can be as low as 6% with the same outcomes for both mothers and babies. The United States pays more money every year on maternal-fetal medicine than any other country but with the worst maternal-fetal outcomes of all industrialized nations. The United States also pays more money yearly on maternal-fetal medicine than any other aspect of health disparity including heart disease and cancer. United States outcomes for minority women and children are even worse. The way to decrease the amount of money spent on maternity care, while increasing health outcomes, is to have normal, healthy mothers and babies delivered in CNM run birth centers.
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.
Meet Your Support Team
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.