Meet the Midwives

"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 and Palmer. Please feel free to stop by and visit with us.

Kirsten Gerrish, CDM

Anchorage, Palmer

Before starting as a midwife, I worked both as a doula (www.dona.org) and as a Bradley Natural Childbirth Educator (www.bradleybirth.com). I have also been trained as an Aquanatal and Happiest Baby instructor.

For over 15 years I’ve attended women in both the home and birth center settings. I am licensed by the State of AK and carry certifications in Neonatal Resuscitation, CPR and IV. All licensed midwives are required to have a certain amount of CEUs per licensing period. My husband and I have enjoyed 4 home water births.

My goal is to help women birth in whatever way they wish, with the least amount of intervention possible. I believe women should birth surrounded by people who love them and in an environment and atmosphere that the woman chooses. This allows the woman to fully relax and let the birth unfold as it needs to.

Lena Kilic, CDM

Anchorage, Palmer

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.

Jessica Johnston, Apprentice Midwife

Anchorage, Palmer