Terri Chi-Lee’s career as a birth work 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 birth worker 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 decrease 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 of birthing families.
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Terri Chi-Lee LM, CPM
Andy (she/her/hers) has been passionate about and interested in birth work for as long as she can remember. She began her journey pursuing a nursing degree with WSU, but never felt at home in the hospital setting even after working in labor and delivery as a HUC for 2 years. It wasn’t until she sought out-of-hospital midwifery care for her own pregnancies that she truly felt like she was where she belonged professionally. Andy has over 10 years of birth experience and graduated from Bastyr’s Midwifery program in the spring of 2021 with a Master of Science in Midwifery. She is equally passionate about herbal medicine and pursued the botanical medicine pathway while at Bastyr. Andy identifies as a wife, mom of three, licensed midwife, certified professional midwife and clinical herbalist ready to care for you and your growing family!