The Midwives and Apprentices
Annette Lewis LM, CPM
Annette's journey into midwifery began in 1980, the day that Mt. Saint Helens erupted when she attended her first home birth in a teepee in Central Idaho. The years that followed were filled with her own home births, raising a family, a busy home birth practice and completing a 3-year midwifery academic course in 1988. In 1989, she was recognized as a Senior Midwife by the Idaho Midwifery Council. She became a licensed apprentice in Montana in 1992 and received her CPM by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). In 1997, she became a Direct Entry Midwife in Montana.
In 2000, she opened a free-standing birth center in Salmon, Idaho where she had been practicing since the "TeePee" birth. In 2008, she and her husband made the decision to "retire" and moved to Emmett to be near their 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Then, as all "retired" midwives do, in 2010 she received her Idaho Midwifery license and returned to a busy home birth practice.
Annette has a passion to tell the stories of her life and midwifery adventures in Rural Idaho. You can often find her at local rotary clubs, museums, and other places sharing these true life stories. She has composed poems for babies about their births because every baby has a story. She has also published a book especially for children entitled, "Our Friend, The Midwife".
After 35 years of midwifery, Annette is looking forward to working with the women and families at Whole Life Midwifery and Birth center.
Rocca is a student midwife who completed her education through Mercy In Action
in May 2015. She is in phase 3 (of 3) in her apprenticeship. Eager to gain
knowledge of all things birth-related, she has been trained as a DONA Doula, a
Certified Lactation Counselor, and a placenta encapsulation specialist. Alissa
has had experience with midwives in both birth center and home birth
settings. Her quiet, mild presence and her sincere smile is greatly
appreciated by clients and staff alike. Born and raised in the Boise
area, Alissa resides in Kuna with her husband of 2 years.
As a homeschooling mother of two and married for 22 years to a inveterate entrepreneur, life has always been full of adventurous activities! As a young couple, we were in search of a nontraditional solution to less work and more time. This has spurred multiple occupational directions. With experience in apartment management in Seattle, WA and the confidence of youthfulness, we packed our tiny family up and decided to test our skills in the real estate market of Flathead Valley, Montana. Ownership and rehabilitation of an 18 unit apartment building in Columbia Falls and 6 single family homes in Kalispell allowed for the career advancement into franchise ownership. A Canadian smoothie concept was gearing up to enter the US market and we were eager to apply our restless energy into unchartered territory. As proud owners of Booster Juice, we were able to expand our knowledge of business and management to a whole new level. The economic downturn of the Treasure Valley helped influence my husband’s decision to transfer back into a construction related industry. Time has slowly shifted my previous role from a very involved and active mother, wife and business participant to one more available to share time and energy with others. Last spring when my daughter and I were exploring the college and technical school options available locally, I was introduced to Mercy In Action College of Midwifery. As an empty nester with an insatiable desire for learning, I quickly submitted my application. I am eager to fully immerse myself into the culture, to begin developing friendships within the midwifery community, and anticipating the ability to meet and cooperate with so many wonderful mothers. I am grateful for every moment I can share with a mom, beginning throughout her pregnancy and leading us towards the debut of her precious newborn. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of these once-in-a-lifetime moments with you.
Saliesh Porter, Birth Center Administrator
Saliesh will help to
with the day to day management and operations of the birth center, from
scheduling appointments, to managing the accounting, preparing
budgets, and ensuring supplies are on hand. Saliesh has been exposed to
midwifery and home birth for the majority of her life, as she grew up with a
mother as a midwife. Saliesh moved to Boise to attend Boise State University to study business, where she graduated
in 1996 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Minor in
Economics. Upon graduation, Saliesh
joined a Boise based start-up company as the comptroller where she worked for
two and a half years. In 1999, she
joined Hewlett-Packard where she held various positions in the finance function
for the next twelve years. In December
2000, Saliesh earned her Master of Business Administration from Northwest
Nazarene University. Saliesh made the
decision to stay home with her daughter in 2011, during which time she has
enjoyed spending more time with her daughter and family. Saliesh resides in Boise with her 10 year old
daughter and husband of 15 years, she is actively involved with volunteering at
school, skiing, biking, and spending time outdoors.