712 16th Avenue South,   Nampa, ID 83651, PH: 208-467-1230


Whole Life Midwidfery & Birth Center LLC

Certified Professional Midwife ~ Licensed in Idaho

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.

Alissa Rocca, Apprentice

Alissa 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. 

Rebecca Edgar, Student Midwife
Time has slowly shifted my previous role from a very involved and active mother, wife and business participant to  Mercy In Action College of Midwifery. As an empty nester with an insatiable desire for learning, I am eager to fully immerse myself into the culture, to begin developing friendships within the midwifery community, and to meet 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.
Clarissa Baxter, Student Midwife
‚ÄčClarissa was born and raised in the beautiful desert of Tempe, Arizona. She comes from a family of 5 children being the youngest of 4 girls and 1 boy. She fell in love with birth when her sisters began having children. She loved caring for them during their pregnancies and hearing about how their bodies were changing and growing and couldn't wait to have children of her own. While still in high school Clarissa became a certified nurse assistant, later married and now has four children. In January of 2017, after her husband graduated chiropractic school, she pursued her dream to become a certified professional midwife and is currently in her second year of school. Clarissa has a deep love caring for women during their pregnancies, she believes it is a pleasure to witness the beauty of life every time she is at a birth.

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.