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Welcome to Vashon’s Collaborative Health and Education Center. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing accessible perinatal, reproductive, newborn & child health and education services. 

 

Due to the unique disposition of Vashon Island, families seeking support in perinatal and reproductive health are faced with barriers that limit their access to safe, convenient, and affordable care.

 

We are here because EVERYONE deserves exceptional and reliable healthcare, despite financial means or other barriers.

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OUR CO-FOUNDERS and midwives
LAUREN STRAIN
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Lauren Strain is a Certified Professional Midwife and a Licensed Midwife in the state of Washington, living and working on Vashon Island. She has over 20 years of experience serving families as a birth doula, childbirth educator, infant massage instructor, parent group facilitator, perinatal massage therapist and midwife. She is an experienced herbalist who makes good use of the abundance of the Pacific Northwest. 

Lauren has expanded her midwifery scope to include preconception and fertility care. She enjoys bringing the midwifery model of care into fertility work, and helping all people and family structures realize their dreams of parenthood. 

Lauren passionately believes in the transformative ability of empowered birth, respectful health care and reproductive justice. She has made her home in the Pacific Northwest with her partner and children. When Lauren is not catching babies, teaching or hanging out with her family she is making anything and everything from scratch.

 Lauren uses she/her pronouns.

KATELYN COSTLEY

Katelyn (she/her) is a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed Midwife in the state of Washington, with a Master of Science in Midwifery degree from Bastyr University. She has attended births in hospitals, birth centers, and home birth settings all throughout the Puget Sound. 

 

Katelyn’s personal experience of feeling empowered in pregnancy and childbirth, with her eldest child, first inspired in her a deep interest and respect for the physiology of birth. It was then that she began to devote herself to ensuring that other pregnant people could be safeguarded the opportunity for exceptionally supported childbirth and healthcare experiences. While in midwifery school, Katelyn had a gorgeous, midwife-assisted, twin home birth on Vashon Island. 

Katelyn feels passionate about reproductive justice, sexual education, holistic medicine, and providing midwifery care that is evidence-based and culturally relevant to the community. Katelyn is also an herbalist, specializing in botanical medicine for the childbearing year. 

With more than half of her family being born on this island, Katelyn feels especially committed to making perinatal and reproductive healthcare a safe and reliable option for those in our community to access. 

Katelyn feels honored to be given the unique opportunity to serve in support of Vashon’s future! 

 
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Our Collaborative Health Partners
Taylor Ulrey

Taylor Ulrey, M.S., LMFT, MHP is a fully-licensed marriage and family therapist serving as the  mental health support for patients of Vashon Island Midwifery. Taylor has been supporting  parents in many different roles over the last decade: from a preschool teacher and nanny, to a  Disabilities and Mental Health specialist in Head Start, and all the way to both inpatient and  outpatient mental health settings as a family therapist. Taylor considers it an honor to walk  alongside families as they navigate unchartered territory and new roles in the transition to  parenthood, heal old wounds, and prioritize health for their children. Taylor is happy to support  all families- LGBTQ*, foster, adoption, and other nontraditional family types. Taylor is able to  provide traditional talk therapy, couples therapy, sex therapy, birth trauma processing, bonding  therapy, and assistance with colic resources.

Are you interested in becoming a Collaborative Health Partner with Vashon Island Midwifery? We'd love to hear from you!

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LEAD WITH US

We rely on the generous contributions of others who believe in what we do.

We are an organization whose leadership is composed of diverse individuals with varying skills that could support our passion for equitable access to quality health and education services for Vashon’s birthing families. Read below to learn about our current opportunities, or fill out our interest form to let us know how you would like to be involved.

why join our leadership teams?
  • Make your voice heard on issues important to the Vashon community around perinatal, reproductive, newborn and child health and education

  • Influence the efforts and build relationships that support safe childbirth on our island

  • Represent the interests of BIPOC, Latinx, LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented populations on Vashon

  • Contribute your wisdom and skills that help us fulfill our mission

  • Apply your nonprofit and/or grant writing experience

  • Offer your passion for midwifery care, home birth, empowered & informed choice, evidence-based practices, reproductive justice, perinatal mental health, whole-body pregnancy/postpartum care, sexual education… and so much more! 

     

Read more below about our current leadership opportunities.

board of directors:
  • All members serve a two year term with the option to run for re-election at the conclusion of the term

  • Attendance (video or in person) and active preparation/participation at the Annual General Meeting 

  • Attendance (video or in person) and active preparation/participation during all regular quarterly meetings 

  • Attendance (video or in person) and active preparation/participation at any called upon “special meetings” 

  • Participation in electronic communications (email)

  • A financial contribution is encouraged but is not required

  • Board members receive an official vote on organizational matters

Board Officer positions currently available:

Chairperson / President

Secretary

advisory committee:
  • All members serve a two year term with the option for re-election at the conclusion of the term

  • Attendance (video or in person) and active participation at the regular monthly Advisory Council meetings 

  • Attendance (video or in person) at any invited upon Board of Directors meetings

  • Advisory Council members, unlike Board of Directors, do not receive an official vote for the organization, but do play an important role in speaking on behalf of the community.

Get involved with us today by completing a short (3 minute) interest form, or schedule a meeting with our Executive Director, Katelyn Costley. 

 

We look forward to hearing from you!