Katherine Dexter is a Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife and feels honored to serve childbearing families in the Seattle area. She has supported over 100 families through pregnancy, birth and beyond, helping them to welcome their babies at home, in birth centers, and in hospitals.
Respect – We believe that pregnancy and birth are fundamentally normal, yet also transformative, vulnerable, and life-changing processes. Our mission is to support and guide our clients along the journey that is the childbearing year with trust and respect, and to ensure that they emerge both healthy and empowered.
Learn about the services Tidelands Midwifery offers: complimentary consultations; individualized prenatal care (including labs and ultrasounds); birth care at your home or in a freestanding birth center; and frequent postpartum and newborn visits.
I had given birth twice before with the help of midwives in a hospital setting. This birth was different. On Sakeena’s Birth Day, the two moments that most vividly replays in my mind and heart are:
Half an hour before Sakeena was born, during my last hour of intense labor, Katherine was by my side, comforting me with encouraging words, soothing me with her touch to ease and relax me. She was so synced to my needs, I didn’t have to explain much. On one side was my husband, and on the other, she was there.
Once Katherine helped to deliver Sakeena and took care of my medical needs, she so lovingly, compassionately performed the newborn check, changed Sakeena’s first diaper, dressed her, warmed her carseat, and gently placed her in it for her very first departure. It was almost poetic, one of the sweetest experiences ever. During her exam, Sakeena made a surprisingly loud sound that my husband and I both laughed at, because, well, we were her parents. I can’t forget Katherine’s smile and loving laugh, as if she had been with Sakeena all this time, and grown a love for her just as I did.
There are kinships other than lineage. Friends, neighbors, and classmates can fall into this category. Well, I include midwives. Even if I might never see them again.
At my last post-partum appointment, I was genuinely sad. As we embraced, I walked away with a sinking feeling in my heart, because I knew this was where the road forked, and we would be going our separate ways. I’ve never felt that way about any other medical practitioner before.
In my prenatal care, labor, delivery, as well as post-partum care, Katherine connected with me by listening; in fact, most of the appointment consisted of her listening to what was going on in my life, showing that she genuinely cares. She addressed my concerns and anxieties, reassured me of my fortitude, and proved herself to be medically knowledgeable. If something was outside her scope, she didn’t hesitate to consult. Above all, her compassion with me during one of my most vulnerable moments stands out; it is this compassion that drives her to achieve excellence in the care that she provides.
I was terrified about being pregnant and becoming a mother. I was never really excited until about the end of my pregnancy. I was afraid I wouldn’t love Willem or being a mom. I thought I was going to be bad at it. I was never the type of woman that was daydreaming about becoming a mother. Now, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
As far as midwifery was concerned…I had my reservations only because I was uneducated. When I did my research and then had my first visit, I thought as I was leaving the office “what a difference! I feel like I just made a friend, and I don’t have any questions.” This was a huge relief, as I had transferred care from an OBGYN.
Katherine was patient, kind, loving, funny (which was very important to me), and helpful in so many ways. She listened, she let me cry, she hugged me, physically did whatever she could to help relieve pain, never left my side, and most importantly she chose to be there for us even when she wasn’t on shift. That will forever stick with me.
You won’t regret hiring Katherine.