Terri Chi-Lee’s career as a birthwork began in 2013 after her second child was born. Through her own personal birthing experiences, she discovered the lack of options and diversity within the out of hospital birthing community. This ignited her passion and desire to bring accessible options to her community. She started her journey as a doula and birth assistant while she worked towards her goal of becoming a midwife. She graduated from Bastyr in 2019 with her Master’s of Science in Midwifery and a certification in Botanical Medicine. Post-graduate school she continues to educate herself in various birthing traditions. She is a member of the Indigenous Birthworker’s Network which is an international network of traditional birth keepers. She is also involved with the Canoe Journey Herbalist project in WA where she continues to deepen her knowledge and relationship with plant medicine. She spent the summer after graduation in Cambodia, mentored by a Khmer midwife. This opportunity created a pathway that connected with her roots, culture, and ancestors. This experience broadened her midwifery lens with a rich and humble perspective. Terri is a bilingual, Khmer birthworker who is deeply passionate about honoring the birthing experience with timeless, compassionate, and culturally sensitive care. She is dedicated to diversifying the midwifery profession and working to decreasing the rising rates of maternal and infant disparities in the US. As a childbearing person of color, she understands the importance of culturally matched care and how it can improve positively impact these outcomes and improve the overall experience birthing families.
Meet the Midwife
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