Meet the Midwives

Birth is sacred work

"A midwife must possess the hands of a lady, the eyes of a hawk and the heart of a lion."

Aristotle

With Master of Science degrees in Midwifery, Vancouver Community Midwives weave modern, evidence based knowledge with the traditional roots of this ancient profession. With up-to-date and evidence based information, we hold true that it is pregnant people and babies who teach us the true focus and breadth of pregnancy, labor, and birth.

We learned birth by witnessing it. By grasping straining hands and wiping sweaty brows. By celebrating first cries and labor songs with those who sing them. By holding tiny bottoms and meeting brand new eyes. Each labor is a ritual all its own.

We mingle wisdom and knowledge, spirit and truth into this journey to serve your family with the best care our midwives can provide. To watch and truly see. To honor and cherish the gritty mystery of birth and honor it as sacred. To hold. Not only the birth of the baby but the birth of the family.

We are Midwives: With woman.

Naomi & Serenity, Vancouver Community Midwives

Meet the Midwives & Team

Vancouver Midwife Naomi O'Callaghan MSM LM CPM

These are the things I hold dear:

  • Collaboration, Community, Independence and Autonomy
  • Courage to be vulnerable, willingness to learn
  • Birth, the smell of amniotic fluid in the morning, strong birth songs, midnight magic
  • Plant medicine, botanical gardens, forest magic
  • Reproductive justice

Naomi O'Callaghan

MSM, LM, CPM (she/her)

Licensed Midwife, Clinical Herbalist

My story began a long time ago in the Deep South. Growing up there, I learned the meaning of family, community, duty, the importance of sweet tea and how to live with the land and not just on it. My journey to midwifery began with the home birth of my third baby. That experience with midwifery care was so profound that it inspired me to serve families in the same loving capacity that I was served, as were the millions of other women since the dawn of time.

I received an undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts from Clark College in Las Vegas, NV and Masters of Science in Midwifery from Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. There, I also earned a certificate in Botanical Medicine for Midwifery Care through a specialized track through the Department of Midwifery. I am a Licensed Midwife (LM) in Washington and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM).

Immediately following graduation, Serenity and I created Vancouver Community Midwives and have been serving our community since 2018.

I am a homebody at heart and when not midwifing, I enjoy home remodeling projects with my husband of 25 years, watching our 3 kiddos grow, tending to my garden, creating plant medicine and giving belly-rubs to my Golden Doodles.

Serenity Quiggle

MSM, LM (she/they)

Licensed Midwife, Clinical Herbalist

I learned about Midwifery during the birth of my nephew, and later went on to deliver twice in my home with a Midwife. I moved from the Las Vegas desert to Vancouver, WA in 2013, where I fell in love with the PNW. I attended Bastyr University, where I obtained my Masters of Science in Midwifery. I then became a Licensed Midwife (LM) in Washington state.

VCM was always to be my home after school, where I would partner with my best friend, Naomi, to bring the passion of midwifery and botanical medicine to the Vancouver community that we both love so dearly.

I am blessed to have two daughters out in the world “adulting”, and a teenage son at home. I have a granddaughter who’s giggles fill me with joy, and a kind, loving partner.

Outside of midwifery, I enjoy getting artsy, being out in the woods, reading, gaming, and trying to snuggle my two old, ornery cats.

Vancouver Midwife Serenity Quiggle MSM LM

These are the things I hold dear:

  • The musical rhythm of a baby's heartbeat
  • Equality for LGBTQIA & BIPOC families
  • Being present during a new human's first breath
  • Encouraging accessibility of botanical medicine
  • Continual education and self-growth

Rachel Schmauder Student Midwife Vancouver WA

These are the things I hold dear:

  • Being my authentic self
  • Spending time with my partner, our fur-babies, Fred & Charlie, and our loving chosen family
  • Normalizing community birth and increasing accessibility to midwifery care
  • Reproductive justice and equality for LGBTQIA+ & BIPoC families
  • Being a life-long learner and staying humble

Ronan Schmauder

(they/them)

Student Midwife

Heather Samuels Vancouver Community Midwives Office Manager and Birth Assistant

These are the things I hold dear:

  • Family, friends, & quality time together
  • Having the honor of being welcomed into birthing spaces
  • Lifelong learning, the capacity to grow, & serving others
  • The serene tranquility of a snowy winter forest
  • Advocating for maternal choice and excellent care

Heather Samuels

(she/her)

Office manager, birth assistant