Meet the Midwives: Anchorage Office

"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful.
It's that women are strong."

Laura Stavoe Harm

Heritage midwives truly enjoy the process of attending women during their pregnancy and labor. This the most important time of your baby's life and we want to protect that. We are thrilled to be able work out of our free-standing birth centers in Anchorage, Palmer and Soldotna. Please feel free to stop by and visit with us.

Lena Kilic, CDM


Working in the midwifery field since 2009, I have been honored to be a part of such a special moment in a family's life. Creating a space that is peaceful and respectful during pregnancy and birth is so important and I work hard to ensure that each client and their family feels supported.

Like all Direct-Entry Midwives I am licensed by the State of Alaska and certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, CPR, and IV. I love being a part of a community focused on informed choices and letting a mom set the direction and pace for her own pregnancy and birth. Seeing so many repeat clients coming through the door is one of my favorite parts of midwifery – we get to be a part of this family's life for years. I also have an understanding husband and daughter who make this exciting life even better.

Chinmayo Forro, CDM


After having a solo homebirth practice for over two decades, I feel very fortunate to sail into my golden years in the company of the wonderful midwives at Heritage, and embrace their commitment to provide loving, professional, empowering and safe midwifery care.

Midwifery has been and continues to be the love of my life. My training has been with both, direct- entry and nurse midwives, in home and birth center settings in California, Texas and Alaska. I received my NARM certification in March 1992 and became certified in Alaska in 1994. Over the years I’ve become more and more relaxed in trusting the normalcy of the birth process and in women’s amazing ability to give birth. It is truly an honor to witness and be part of the miracle of it all.

Jennifer Hoadley, CNM

Anchorage, Palmer

I have spent the past several years working with women and newborns while working as a nurse in Labor and Delivery, Pediatrics and in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Now as a Certified Nurse Midwife i practice with a core understanding that pregnancy and birth are conditions of health and wellness. I am excited to use my experience and make a difference by help educate women on their birth options and providing safe, accessible and evidence based care for women.

I am thrilled to be part of the Heritage Birth Center team where I am able to practice midwifery with other women who recognize the beauty and perfection that is a woman's body as she is growing a baby. I am able to partner with women to help them have the birth experience they most desire. Additionally, with my medical background I am able to blend holistic health care with western medicine to provide a wide range of options for women's health care issues across her life span, from puberty, to pregnancy and birth, to contraception to menopausal issues – I am so blessed to get to collaborate with with women to help them achieve the healthiest versions of themselves.

Cindy Earley-Steinke, Midwife


I have been teaching childbirth classes since 1995, and have worked with close to 600 families. Since 2006 I have worked with nearly 60 couples as a doula. Five of my six children were born at home, three of them in water, and three of them I caught myself!  In addition to all of my duties as a mother of six beautiful children, I am the secretary on the board of directors for Informed Beginnings, and the treasurer for the Alaska Birth Network. I am looking forward to my new journey as an apprentice midwife at Heritage. I want to help women and their families experience a gentle, empowering birth.

Rachel Pugh, Apprentice Midwife


I am the mother to 4 beautiful children, all born with midwives and married to the love of my life for 25 years now. I have been a certified ICEA birth doula and childbirth educator since 2009 and have assisted more than 75 families with their birth journeys as their doula. My passion and calling to become a midwife moved me and my family over 3,500 miles back to Alaska this summer to join this amazing team of midwives at Heritage. It's been a smooth transition and I am really enjoying working as an apprentice with these lovely midwives. I love my "job"!