Mary Bolles, CNM
Mary Bolles practices midwifery because she believes it recognizes the power of women. "Giving birth transforms families’ lives. My role is one of facilitator, educator and guide for each woman’s unique birth process, celebrating each birth with a personal, nurturing touch."
Practicing as a certified nurse-midwife since 2002, Bolles earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Washington, and lives with her family on Whidbey Island.
Michelle Grandy, CNM
Michelle Grandy sees midwifery as a holistic healthcare approach for women. "Midwifery means 'with woman,'" she said. "It is a great privilege to be with women and families as they experience pregnancy and become a family."
Grandy, a certified nurse-midwife since 1996, earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Seattle Pacific University in 1988 and her master’s degree at the UW. She is married and has a daughter.
Mary Lou Kopas, CNM
Mary Lou is originally from New England. She studied nursing and midwifery at the University of Washington. She has been practicing at UW Valley Medical Center, a very busy practice in Renton, WA, as well as doing some per diem coverage with us. "I am excited to be joining the Northwest midwives full time, most especially because I live close-by and I love the idea of caring for the women and families right in my neighborhood." Mary Lou enjoys getting to know her clients as individuals: "every woman’s journey is unique and special—the more I can understand her perspective, the better I can meet her particular needs." She is particularly interested in second stage labor care and breastfeeding support. Mary Lou is a member of the Washington State Perinatal Advisory Committee and an active member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives Washington State affiliate group.
Mary Lou and her husband have two teenaged sons. Her favorite past-times include cooking, crafting, and hiking.
Cindy Rogers, CNM
Cindy Rogers became a certified nurse-midwife to provide health-care to women in a comfortable, supportive way. She believes that offering information and listening are important in guiding patients through pregnancy and birth.
Rogers has delivered babies since 1988, often teaching patients’ families and friends to help the mother-to-be prepare for parenthood. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University, and a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University.
Deborah Blue, CNM
Deborah Blue believes in the importance of building trust and enjoys developing warm, professional relationships with her patients. "As a midwife, it is my goal to ensure that women and their families feel cared for, understand their choices, and are included as active participants in their healthcare decisions." Deborah Blue earned her bachelor’s degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia and her master’s degree from Seattle University. Prior to becoming a midwife, she spent years supporting women and their families as a doula.
Helen Gabel, CNM
Helen became a certified nurse-midwife in 1981. She has provided coverage for our midwifery practice during vacations since 1997. Helen has a gentle, compassionate spirit. Clients comment on her warmth and genuine way of connecting. "I deeply enjoy connecting with pregnant women and supporting the growth of each new family." Helen also teaches midwife students at Bastyr University. She lives in Bothell with her husband and enjoys gardening, long talks with friends, and dancing.
Robyn Holloman, CNM
Robyn Holloman became a certified nurse midwife in 2004. She received her bachelor and master’s degree from the University of Washington. She enjoys supporting families towards well-informed and holistic birth choices. "I am endlessly enchanted by the miracle of childbirth and honored to be invited to share this miracle with my clients."
Robyn’s dream to practice midwifery was partially inspired by the guidance and loving care she received from her own midwives while birthing her daughters at home. Robyn lives in Seattle with her family and enjoys parenting, knitting, and the company of good friends.