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. Her three children were all born at home. She completed a 3-year midwifery academic course in 1988. In 1989, she was recognized as a Senior Midwife by the Idaho Midwifery Council. In 1997, she received her CPM by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and became a Direct Entry Midwife in Montana. She operated Full Circle Midwifery in Hamilton Montana and Family Centered Birth Services in Salmon Idaho. In 2000, she opened a free-standing non-profit birth center in Salmon, Idaho The Main Event Maternity Care Center. In 2008, she and her husband moved to Emmett to be near their 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. In 2010 she received her Idaho Midwifery license and opened Whole Life Midwifery in 2014. Annette has a passion to tell the stories of her life and midwifery adventures in Rural Idaho. You will catch her often sharing these true life stories. She has composed poems and short stories about many births because "every baby has a story." She has also published a book especially for children entitled, "Our Friend, The Midwife". At 39 years of midwifery, Annette still works hard 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, her husband and new baby girl (born at home) reside in Kuna.
Libby Silva, Student Midwife
Libby is in her 3rd year at the Midwives College of Utah. She began attending births as a doula in 2014 before hearing the call to midwifery and beginning midwifery school. She completed her first apprenticeship on the North Oregon coast in a small, rural, home birth practice. In both 2016 and 2017, Libby had the incredible privilege of attending births at a busy maternity clinic in rural Uganda. She loves to travel and is fascinated by the different and similar ways cultures treat the universal processes of pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum. Libby was born in the now-gone birth center on 12th Avenue in Nampa and grew up outside of Caldwell. From an early age, she loved hearing her mom's birth stories and pretending to breastfeed her dolls. Birth and breastfeeding were always treated as normal processes and Libby simply revered women and their innate power to birth and breastfeed. She feels honored to have the privilege of witnessing and supporting birth. Outside of the birth world, Libby loves to hike, ski, cook, read, write, and spend time with those she loves.
Saliesh Porter, Birth Center Administrator
Saliesh will help to
with the day to day management and business operations of the birth center. 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 attended Boise State University to study business, where she graduated
in 1996 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance and a Minor in
Economics. She has worked as comptroller and at Hewlett-Packard in finance function
for the many years. Saliesh also holds a Master of Business Administration Degree from Northwest
Nazarene University. Saliesh resides in Boise with her 11 year old
daughter and husband of 16 years, & she is actively involved with volunteering at
school, skiing, biking, and spending time outdoors.