“I just want to let you and everyone know how much I appreciated the prenatal care you provided these last 9 months and a special thanks for the awesome experience we had for Gracie’s birth! It couldn’t have gone more perfectly. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I can’t say enough how grateful we are to have used your services…it was wonderful. God Bless.”
– The Cook Family
“Our birth with WMS was amazing! Having Hazen at home in such a relaxed and supportive setting helped us feel fully present and empowered. Hazen’s birth was a positive, life-changing experience. Throughout the pregnancy we were empowered to seek out information, make informed choices, and work WITH the midwives to bring Hazen into the world. I will never forget our midwives’ gentle voices, calm spirits, steady hands and their tenderness towards our baby boy. If we choose to have another baby, we will be calling on WMS.”
– Shelby, Josh & Hazen
“It was the best and most amazing birthing experience I have had! I am so grateful for WMS!! Throughout my second pregnancy and delivery it was nothing but feeling that I was their top priority and feeling that I was loved. Danelle and Eva were so wonderful during my deliver of our son! My husband had the opportunity to deliver our little boy and it was a very special moment. I am currently expecting again and of course I have come back to WMS! I don’t see myself going anywhere but here!! The staff at WMS are truly loving and amazing at what they do!“– The Betancourt-Ornelas Family
“There is no way we can ever thank you enough for the competence, compassion and support we received throughout my pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We are so lucky to have had the experience from the Wenatchee midwife center – our midwives were dedicated to instilling us with knowledge and confidence. We will never forget how much you did to help us bring our baby girl into our lives. Thank you! You are a real blessing.”-Karenia, Shawn, and Leila Rose
Wenatchee Midwife Service & Childbirth Center offers full-service maternity care and is covered by most insurance providers.
Laurie Braunstein, LM, CPM
Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife
Founder of Wenatchee Midwife Service in 1985, Laurie has devoted her life to helping mothers and their families through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She completed her nursing education in 1975 and graduated from Seattle Midwifery School in 1985. She is an active participant on the faculty of Seattle Midwifery School as a preceptor for midwives-in-training, and works on the board for Midwives Association of Washington State (MAWS). Laurie is the mother of three beautiful children. She is loved by many in the greater family of this valley’s community, and in her free time enjoys the great expanse of her garden, swimming and skiing.
Danelle Aurilio, LM, CPM, MSM
Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife
Danelle is a graduate of Bastyr University with a Master’s of Science in Midwifery. Born at home with a midwife in Wisconsin, she grew up trusting the natural wisdom of women’s bodies and the birthing process. Her three children, Leora, Antonio, and Dante, were born at home with midwives in Massachusetts, Nevada, and California. When her youngest son was three years old, Danelle’s desire to be a healthcare provider was rekindled, with a focus on supporting women and fostering a gentle entrance into the world for little ones.
Danelle feels blessed to call this beautiful valley home. Her interests include herbalism, traditional food preparation, sports, hiking, improving her Spanish language skills, and raising well-loved, independent children. She also currently offers Placenta Encapsulation services and Craniosacral Therapy. She is passionate about promoting racial and social justice within healthcare, midwifery and the greater community.
Eva Lorenz, LM, CPM, MSM
Eva still keeps the diary from when she was 13 years old where she wrote that she wanted to work with new babies. She attended her first birth as a doula in 2011, and knew as soon as the baby emerged that this was meant to be her life’s work. During her years as a doula, she also worked as a co-teacher in a preschool, a daycare provider, and private nanny. Her experience with young children and new babies has given her a particular passion for including siblings in the pregnancy and birth process.
Her dream came to fruition when she left her home state of Virginia to attend Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington where she received her Master’s of Midwifery. She came to the Wenatchee Birth Center as an advanced student. During that time, she completed her Master’s thesis on the safety, efficacy, and standardization of fetal heart rate monitoring of babies in the birth center or home setting. She joined the practice soon after graduating.
Eva joined Wenatchee Midwife Service in 2016. In her spare time, she enjoys canning and preserving from her garden, knitting, yoga, and hiking.
Laurie Braunstein, Danelle Aurilio & Eva Lorenz are graduates of the midwifery program within Bastyr University (formerly Seattle Midwifery School), licensed by the State of Washington (LM) and nationally certified as Certified Professional Midwives (CPM).
Medicaid and most insurance providers cover the maternity care offered through Wenatchee Midwife Service & Childbirth Center.
Laurie, Danelle & Eva practice evidence-based health care. Safety and the health of the clients are combined with empowerment and education in this unique form of personalized maternity care. Refer to the Our Services to see the details of this full-service midwifery practice.
The Midwifery Model of Care practiced by Laurie, Danelle & Eva is based on the fact that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes.
The Midwifery Model of Care includes:
- Monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
- Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
- Minimizing technological interventions
- Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and Cesarean section.
Laurie, Danelle & Eva are highly trained in the skills necessary to diagnose and respond in the rare event of an emergency, with established relationships with physicians for consultation or transfers to the hospital if necessary.
Our friendly office manager, Jennifer, can help answer your questions about scheduling, insurance and billing. She is also trained in medical billing, specializing in midwifery care. Her cheery smile welcomes you and your family at every office visit!
WMS believes strongly in the importance of training new midwives. Our local communities, the U.S, and the world are experiencing a shortage of trained maternity care providers, and we aim to be part of the solution! We usually train our students over the course of 6 months to a year, while they are participating in the didactic portion of their learning. Students observe and participate in prenatal and postpartum visits as well as during labor and birth. Our students are friendly, eager and sensitive learners.
Our current student, Jaime Doty, shares her inspiration for becoming a midwife:
“My love for women’s health has always been vibrant and felt more like a calling than just a career choice. I strongly believe in the importance of educating women about their bodies. I have seen first hand the empowerment that cultivates when a space is held for women to share their experiences and knowledge. Professionally, most of the work I have done has been working intimately with families.
I have learned so much from those parents, and it has opened my eyes to the incredible need for a shift in how we treat mothers in this country. I want to do everything I can to be a part of the care that women and their babies deserve.“
We use one or two birth assistants at every birth. Our birth assistants are well-trained in emergency procedures. They hold certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR, as well as have labor and postpartum support training. Often our birth assistants have medical or birth-related backgrounds, such as doulas, childbirth educators, and EMTs. They are all are sensitive, caring, proficient attendants. Several of them have had their babies with us!