Rachel Bennett MSM

A graduate of Baster University, Rachel holds a graduate degree in midwifery science. She assists Dr. Lane in the clinic within the maternity program and assists at births.

Rachel has been deeply invested in women’s health education since her undergraduate years at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She began her journey by studying plant medicine specific to women’s health and wellness. Her interest in plant medicine and women’s health eventually led her to her heart’s true calling: midwifery.

During her time at Evergreen, Rachel completed a Labor Support course through the Simkin School for Allied Birth Vocations in 2010 and subsequently became a volunteer doula in the Olympia area. Rachel completed an internship with a childbirth educator and doula as part of a Health Science program at Evergreen. She also completed several independent research projects that focused on midwifery care in the US and birth in other cultures.

Rachel received her midwifery education at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. Formerly the Seattle Midwifery School, Bastyr’s three-year hybrid midwifery program is nationally renowned in its educational and clinical standards. While in school, Rachel worked with a hospital-based nurse-midwife in the San Juan Islands, a busy freestanding birth center in Berkeley, CA and in a rural birth center and home birth practice in Central Washington. Rachel completed a thesis that focuses on midwifery care and advocacy for incarcerated mothers. She received a Masters of Science in Midwifery and a well-rounded clinical education in a variety of settings. Rachel joined our practice having attended nearly 100 births.

Rachel is passionate about upholding the midwifery model of care and working towards autonomy for all families during their pregnancy, birth and postpartum experiences. She believes in women’s innate ability to give birth and their right to choose how and where they would like to do so. She couldn’t be more excited to join the Believe team to help bring the vision of the practice to life!

When she isn’t involved in the clinic and births, Rachel enjoys music and dancing, spending time in nature, cooking delicious meals, and quality time with people (and pets) that she loves.

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