Kristin Kali, LM CPM

Kristin Kali, LM CPM is a talented and insightful guide for families in the process of welcoming a baby. As a midwife, she applies clinical expertise within a context of education, empowerment and support. Kristin began working with birthing families in 1995 and has assisted thousands of people in the process of becoming parents.

Kristin holds space for new parents to fully realize the deeply transformational process and life-altering capacity of the conception, pregnancy and birth experience. She honors the centrality of a parent’s own sense of inner knowing, vital to the journey of creating, birthing and nurturing a child. She works in partnership with families who have decided to take an active role in the health of their pregnancies, their babies, and their relationships with one another, facilitating empowerment within an atmosphere of trust, respect and love.

Kristin is a Licensed Midwife in California and Washington, and a Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives. She is a graduate of Seattle Midwifery School (now at Bastyr University) and a member of the Midwives Association of North America, National Association of Certified Professional Midwives, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, California Association of Midwives, and the Midwives Association of Washington State. Kristin is a skilled public speaker and has presented at numerous conferences and events across the country. She also provides training and consulting services for organizations working towards gender inclusivity and the reduction of health disparities for LGBTQ2S people.

Juniper Moon, LM CPM - Resident Midwife

Juniper is a passionate midwife with an eagerness to serve. She is committed to building lasting relationships and creating safe space within her community, through focussed and individualized care. Juniper has a fervent desire to address inequity and disparity in the POC and LGBTQ2S communities which she is a part of. She provides support and outreach for the diverse families in South Seattle who continue to slip through the cracks, unseen. She believes that the process of becoming a parent is a sacred experience and should be reverenced as such. Therefore, it is her mission to facilitate a platform by which we can heal together, and be reminded of our resilience with the unfolding of each client’s individual experience.

Juniper was 14 when she attended her aunt giving birth as a single mother and survivor of an abusive relationship. She watched her aunt labor and birth in a system that did not value her body, nor her autonomy; one which closely resembled her abuser. Juniper’s perspective was forever widened, and this memory has fueled her passion for reproductive justice ever since. This birth also revealed a transcendent, healing capacity; one which Juniper remembers as the single most transformational event of her life. It was through this powerful experience, a growing admiration, and an unrelenting zeal by which her calling was declared to her.

Juniper graduated from Bastyr University with a Masters of Science in Midwifery in 2016, and is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)  through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). Juniper has served over 100 families in their process of becoming parents, and she is extremely excited to be joining MAIA Midwifery & Fertility as a resident midwife.

Nico Grapentine-Benton - Office Manager

Photo of Nico Grapentine-Benton, MAIA's office managerNico hails from Madison, Wisconsin and has lived in Seattle since 2012. They keep MAIA’s office running smoothly with their organizational prowess and technical support skills. Nico balances their time as MAIA’s office manager with their own work as a postpartum doula, nanny and reiki practitioner. In their spare time, Nico is usually playing outside on their bike or scrambling around a mountain.

 

 

 

 

Emil Paddison - PEPS Facilitator

Emil Paddison is a native to the PNW who loves organizing and building community in Seattle. Coming from a background of housing justice and non-profit administration work, Emil is reworking their life around their new role as parent to a fantastic child and has a heart for supporting people in the wonderous, world-changing transition into parenthood. Emil is also a generative somatics practitioner and bodyworker doing body-based healing justice work.

 

 

Kat Henolson - PEPS Facilitator

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Kat has facilitated MAIA’s PEPS Groups for LGBTQ Families since 2016. Although she has read many parenting books, most of her parenting knowledge has come from first-hand experience and talking with other parents. As facilitator, Kat encourages other parents to connect, learn from each other and grow together. Kat and her wife live in Columbia City, Seattle with their two girls.

 

 

 

 

Kelsey Henry - Intern

Kelsey Henry, MAIA Intern

Kelsey Henry is the current intern at MAIA Midwifery and a practicing birth and postpartum doula in the Seattle area. She is a queer birth worker of color with a long-standing passion for reproductive justice and community-based care. Kelsey is particularly thrilled to be working with queer and trans* folks as they grow their families. When wearing any and all of her birth-related “hats,” she acknowledges that pregnancy and birth is not “one size fits all”. Kelsey loves honoring the creativity and intentionality that accompanies queer family-making.

Before moving to Seattle, Kelsey graduated with a B.A. from Wesleyan University, where she majored in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality studies and co-founded a doula collective that specialized in abortion support skills. Since then, she has been committed to supporting families across a full spectrum of pregnancy experiences and outcomes and across the spectrum of gender identity and expression, as well as sexual orientation.

Kelsey’s interest in reproductive justice and community-based healthcare is long-standing and informed by family history and a passionate alignment with queer health activism. She derives strength and inspiration from a long line of maternal grandmothers and great aunts who were black midwives and from her queer family, with our vibrant history of health activism and community-based care during the AIDS epidemic and beyond.

When she is not co-facilitating the Queer Conception Support group, assisting with LGBTQ Childbirth Education classes, or organizing queer baby-making events with MAIA, Kelsey enjoys dancing, writing and traveling anywhere with a redwood forest. She lives in the Central District neighborhood of Seattle with her partner, Patricia.

MAIA’s Founder

Since conceiving MAIA in 1993, founder Stephanie Brill has achieved national recognition by helping thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals with every aspect of creating family, pregnancy, and parenthood. She is author of The New Essential Guide to Lesbian Conception, Pregnancy and Birth, published in 2001 and revised in 2006.

Since leaving MAIA in 2006, Stephanie’s work has been focused on making the world a better place for gender nonconforming and transgender children. She is founder of Gender Spectrum, a nonprofit organization that provides education, training and support to help create a gender-sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. In 2008, Stephanie co-authored the book, The Transgender Child: A Handbook for Families and Professionals.

To reach Stephanie Brill, please visit www.genderspectrum.org.

Kristin Kali photo by Castallian Photography