Darlene Curtis, L.M.
Favorite quote~ The greatest joy in a woman's
life is to be a mother,
The second is to be a midwife...
My name is Darlene Curtis and I am the mother of four beautiful
children, and three grandchildren. Since witnessing the birth of my little
brother 25 years ago, I knew that I wanted to do birth work. It
just took me a while to figure out exactly in what capacity. When
I witnessed my first home birth 21 years ago, I knew at that moment
that I wanted to be a midwife. But first, I had to finish having
my own babies.
After the birth of my third child Cody, I completed the Doula
training course and quickly became immersed in birth as a birthing
assistant. At the same time, I was also a facilitator for a Cesarean/VBAC
Support group, and attended about 50 Vaginal Births After Cesarean.
I loved what I was doing and learned so much. By the time I had
my last baby in 1994, I had attended well over 100 births and
finally had my own homebirth that I had always imagined. It was
such a wonderful experience being at home, supported my family
and midwives, that it only served to cement in my heart that I
was on the right path.
After completing two years of nursing prerequisites, I enrolled
in the Seattle Midwifery School in 1996, and because of my previous
experience was able to graduate early in the summer of 1998. By
this time I had welcomed over 250 babies and I loved every moment!
One of my other dreams was to someday open my own birth center
in Everett. So, as soon as I obtained my midwifery license, I
quickly began pursuing my dream. In May of 1999, Janine Walker
and I founded Cascade Midwives and Birth Center! My dream was
finally a reality, I couldn't believe it!
Not only am I dedicated to women and their families, but I am
also committed to working for my professional organization, The
of Washington State or MAWS. I have served on the Board of
Directors since becoming a licensed midwife. I am devoted to continually
striving to promote midwifery and let everyone know about the
wonderful option of midwifery care. I am proud to share that I
received the Annual Award of The Midwives Association of Washington
State for Outstanding Merit and Service in October of 2000. I
was so touched to have been acknowledged that way, when there
are so many midwives out there that devote the same amount of
time and effort on behalf of other midwives, women and their families
in Washington. In 2004 I was the co-creator of the Quality Midwiferey Program through my professional organization MAWS. I currently serve as the co-chair for the QMP as the Peer Review Cordinator.
Since founding Cascade Birth Center, we have helped almost 900
families welcome their newest addition. I feel blessed to be able
to witness these amazing women give birth, and watching as another
new family is born. I am truly honored when families choose me
to participate in this wonderful moment in their lives.