Carolee Hall, LM, CPM
Carolee was inspired to become a midwife through her own birth experiences and the loving care she received from midwives during her pregnancies. Not only did they provide a beautiful model of care, but also encouraged her in her path to midwifery. A 2005 Seattle Midwifery School graduate, Carolee preceded her midwifery education with certification as a doula, childbirth educator and lactation educator. During this time she helped found a hospital-based lactation clinic. Breastfeeding support continues to be an important aspect of Carolee's work as a midwife.
Carolee believes in the sacredness of birth. It is her hope to partner with women and their families throughout the passage to parenthood in order to support their birth journey. She believes this is best done by building a close and respectful relationship that honors the family's inherent knowledge of birth while providing information and encouragement.
Carolee lives in rural Thurston County with Jay, her husband of over twenty-five years and their four wonderful children. Without their loving support she could not be the midwife she is today.
Constance Frey, LM
As a midwife, Constance honors the authority of each woman over her body, her care and the health of her child. Being both competent and compassionate are her core values. She’s a strong woman who listens well and offers gentle and loving support as well as frank and open communication.
Now in her 12th year of practice, Constance has attended over 600 births. “But I still feel awe and respect the sacredness of each birth,” she says. Knowing that no two pregnancies are the same, she cherishes the uniqueness of each woman, family and child. She sought midwifery care for the birth of her first child 20 years ago, and has worked in the field of women’s health ever since. Both spiritual and scientific, she strives to combine the ancient wisdom of our foremothers with modern, evidence-based care.
Katherine Sanderson, LM, CPM
Katherine was first introduced to the world of natural childbirth from a young age through her mother, Laurie, who worked as a childbirth educator and played an active role in the prevention of unnecessary cesareans. Laurie was always willing to share teaching materials with her children and was happy to answer any questions they may have had. Katherine was intrigued on an abstract level, and was imprinted with the deep knowledge that birth is a normal and natural process.
Katherine has always been passionate about connecting with and supporting people through relationship. She has also always been fascinated with how the body works. Add these two things to a commitment to supporting women’s health and a love of babies, and you have the perfect recipe for a midwife. Her work in L’Arche communities with people with developmental disabilities and as a nanny has all helped to prepare her for the service of midwifery.
Katherine is a 2010 graduate of Birthingway College of Midwifery and she attended births as a student under the supervision of both CPMs and CNMs in Oregon. After passing her national board exam, she served hundreds of families as a midwife with a lovely birth center practice in Portland for 6 years before deciding to make the move to Olympia. Katherine is excited to be a part of the Around the Circle community, she plans to continue her work as a midwife with an open heart, a listening ear, and compassionate skill.