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.
OUR CO-FOUNDERS and midwives
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 (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!
Our Collaborative Health Partners
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.
Ellen Weir is a Functional Nutritional Therapy Practitioner certified by the Nutritional Therapy Association. Prior to beginning her career in holistic nutrition, Ellen received her PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Washington, where she studied human engagement with the environment and the impact that our environment has on health and well-being.
Ellen’s passion for nutrition began as a teenager, when she learned how to manage her own chronic health issues through dietary and lifestyle changes. She believes that there is no one-size-fits all approach to nutrition and takes a bio-individual perspective, focusing on each person's unique situation, body chemistry, and nutritional needs.
Ellen grew up on Vashon and is raising her two young children on the island, and she is committed to ensuring that everyone in our community has access to nutritional guidance and support. She is especially interested in providing nutritional support for families before, during, and after pregnancy, given the impact that quality nutrition during preconception and pregnancy can have on a child’s lifelong health.
Are you interested in becoming a Collaborative Health Partner with Vashon Island Midwifery? We'd love to hear from you!
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
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!