Kristin Eggleston, LM, CPM


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Kristin started her path to midwifery with the homebirth of her son in 2002.  This was the impetus that linked her previous interest in medicine and anthropology with her new interest in natural health and parenting.

She started Sunrise Midwifery in March 2009 after completing all the requirements to become a Licensed Midwife (LM) in Washington State and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) nationally.  In obtaining her LM and CPM certifications, Kristin graduated from a three year, intensive midwifery education that included both classwork and clinical experience, as well as attending births in homes, birth centers, and hospitals in Washington, Idaho, and Texas.  She currently works with the state midwifery association and many local entities to improve birth in WA.

She now lives with her husband, Bryce, and their busy, blended family of five kids and two dogs, in Prosser.  Kristin’s two children have been born at home with midwives.

Partial Curriculum Vitae

2009      BA in Midwifery from the Midwives’ College of Utah
2006      Credits towards midwifery degree at Seattle Midwifery School (later Bastyr-SMS)
1996       BA in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame
1995       Year abroad in Angers, France

Continuing Education
2016       Completed Advanced Life Support-Obstetrics for medical professionals
2014       Over 40 hours of  CEUs, including three professional conferences, a MEAC- accredited literature review and obstetrical pharmacology course from Midwives College of Utah and 8 hours of MAWS sanctioned Quality Management Program peer review
2012       40+ hours, encompassing gestational diabetes, MTHFR gene mutation, general midwifery and obstetrics
2012       5+ hours peer review with local midwives

Midwives and Uterine Rupture: What We Have to Offer.  Midwifery Today, Autumn 2007.

Current Involvement

MAWS Board Member (since January 2014)
MAWS Legislative Committee Member (since April 2014)
MAWS Membership chair (since May 2014)
NACPM Member
Preceptor for students from MCU, Bastyr, Birthwise

April Haugen, MSM, LM, CPM



April Haugen grew up in Monroe, WA. She fell in love with midwifery at a young age when a local mother introduced her to home birth. The personalized care she received and the relationship that formed between the mother and her midwife opened April’s eyes to the capacity of what a relationship with your healthcare provider could be like.  She holds the birth space with compassion and patience, believing women are so much stronger then they realize.

April is trained in herbal medicine and uses its ability to support the body’s natural healing in her midwifery care.

April is also a mother of two children, Madisen and Caydyn. In her free time she enjoys gardening, hiking, camping, photography, and spending time with her family.  She is very excited to start a new chapter of her life in Ellensburg.

Partial Curriculum Vitae

2014 MSM (Master of Science of Midwifery) from Bastyr University
2014 BS in Herbal Science from Bastyr University
2003 AA in Arts and Sciences from Everett Community College

Training and Experience
2016        Re-opening of Sky Valley Midwifery in Ellensburg
2014-15  Owner of Sky Valley Midwifery
2015        Locum midwife at Eastside Birth Center
2013-15  Office manager at Eastside Birth Center
2010-14  >160 births as a student under supervision
2000-15  Birth doula work
2005-09  Certification and work as CNA, cardiac monitor technician, and Health Unit Coordinator

Masters Thesis
“Using herbal medicine for labor induction and augmentation: An evidence-based practice guideline for Licensed Midwives”

Continuing Education
2014       Over 40 hours of  CEUs, including three professional conference, high-risk obstetrics, and 8 hours of MAWS sanctioned Quality Management Program peer review

Current Involvement

MAWS Board of Directors (as of November 2015)
NACPM Member
Preceptor for students from MCU
Owner of Sky Valley Midwifery (re-opened in Ellensburg, September 2016)

Student Midwives

At Sunrise Midwifery, we are committed to training new midwives so that more families have access to quality, personalized, and safe maternity care.  We value the training of excellent midwives and have committed to having midwifery students participate in our midwifery practice.  It is important that current and future midwives be able to care for the ever increasing numbers of homebirth clients.  The demand will only grow over the next decade with upcoming changes to health care services and hospital care.

The training of midwifery students differs from that of most medical providers.  First, as the client, you DO have the right to decline the attendance of the student during your care.  Secondly, midwifery students are acutely aware of the service you provide them by allowing them to be present with you during pregnancy and birth.  They are very respectful of your space and person.  They also practice many of their clinical skills (such as blood draws, gyn exams, and interviewing) on each other.  This sounds minor but it is very important.  What comes from this exercise is a greater respect of the other person as the recipient of care AND more self-awareness as the provider.

As a client, you will have the option of allowing students to participate in your care.  It is important to communicate your needs to the midwife during this process.  Please be understanding and gracious with them.  It is difficult becoming a midwife!

IMG_1658Hayley Swedelius

Hayley grew up in Bellingham, WA and came to the path of midwifery during her first pregnancy in 2004. She has been a doula since the beginning of 2006 and started midwifery school in January 2014. She has given birth to three children; her second son was born in 2007, and her third pregnancy was a traditional surrogacy in 2013, for friends who live in Colorado. She completed a year and a half long apprenticeship with Gentle Hands Midwifery in Bellingham at the end of 2015 where she attended births at home and in the local birth center. Combining her years of doula and student midwife experiences, she has attended over 250 births.

Hayley will be in the area an average of two weeks per month, as her spouse and two children will be staying home in Bellingham. When she is not busy with school work, doula clients, and apprenticeship; she enjoys knitting and spinning her own yarn, biking, hiking, singing, and strumming her guitar. Hayley is thrilled to join us as she learns about home birthing families in Eastern Washington as a primary student.


We work with multiple birth professionals over the course of a year.  Here are a few of them that may be part of your care:

Shannon Bennett, LM, CPM

Marcile Petrilli, LM, CPM


Liz Whittaker, CNM, RN

Liz is a retired CNM who is currently a public health nurse in Kittitas County.  She assists us at deliveries in Ellensburg and is a wonderful addition to the team.

Roxanne Spring, CNM

Roxanne provides in-house prescriptive abilities as well as full-scope well woman care for all ages including: exams, IUD placement, and birth control.  She accepts all insurances.


MAWS_logoMAWS has been serving midwives and families for almost 30 years. They are the primary midwives’ group here and are involved in legislative and insurance issues, access to care and anti-racism work, and holding conferences and peer review for midwives. WA is the only state, and MAWS the only midwifery association, to have a Quality Management Program with regular incident review and peer review.  We are so happy to be part of this active and great group of people working to make midwifery care more available and of the best quality here in Washington. Each year MAWS works with the Legislature, Office of the Insurance Commissioner, midwifery and medical groups, and natural birth advocates to help advance the profession and make midwifery more accessible to all.  MAWS is now the a priori midwifery association in WA that the legislators and many organizations look to for information and partnership.


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