Vashon Island Midwifery is a WA state 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
We are currently accepting nominations for our Board of Directors and Advisory Committee. We rely on the generous contributions of our community.
Give today for Vashon’s future.
A MESSAGE FROM OUR CO-FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
OUR STORY BEGINS WITH VASHON...
Vashon is a moderate sized island, spanning approximately 37 square miles, and home to upwards of 11,000 year-round residents. Vashon Island is accessible by ferry commute only, via two ferry access points; one in Seattle and one in Tacoma (both metropolitan areas). The ferry commute is anywhere between 15-50 minutes in duration, and the ferries have limited spaces on the vessel to commute individuals and cars to and from the island...
How our sustainable model of healthcare services is addressing the unmet perinatal and reproductive needs of our community:
Forming as a non profit and charitable organization, which allows us to subsidize health and education service costs through gifts, grants and contributions, for those who otherwise don’t have the means to access or pay for these services.
Closing the gap on economic and health disparities on our island, by providing safe and high-quality health and education services to everyone who requires them.
Bringing resident community midwifery back to birthing people on Vashon, which research has shown for low risk, healthy people, produces a reduced risk of birth intervention, birth by cesarean, and birthing person/infant mortality and morbidity.
Providing administrative overhead, clients, physical meeting locations, and financial means for complementary providers and educators to reliably bring their services to the community.
Securing access to collaborative partnerships with off-island healthcare providers, hospitals and other resources to further promote the health of our community.
Strengthening our response approach to emergency transportation off island in collaboration with Vashon Fire and Rescue, Washington State Department of Transportation and the University of Washington AirCare program.
Providing an exceptional and safe model of midwifery care that is compassionate and gentle, while simultaneously ensuring access to emergency care medications and equipment, newborn hearing screen, limited ultrasonography, fetal cardiotocography, and more.