Now partnering with St. Luke's downtown providing in hospital birth option

Meet Our Staff



::: Meet Our Midwives :::


Charlotte Salinas Wilkes, CNM APRN & Boise Women’s Health & Birth Center Owner

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Charlotte dreamed of being a midwife from the time she was thirteen and read an article in her mom’s McCall magazine about a women’s experience giving birth at a birth center in California.  She was originally trained in the art and science of midwifery at the Seattle Midwifery School in Seattle, Washington and graduated from the three year program in 1996.  She attended births as a Washington State Licensed Midwife, both at home and in a birth center at various locations from 1996 through 2003.  After deciding she wanted to expand her scope of practice to gynecological care as well as prescriptive authority, she went to nursing school and obtained her BSN at Lewis Clark State College in 2006 and completed her Master’s degree at Frontier Midwifery School in 2008. While working on her Master’s degree, she worked as a Labor/Delivery/Postpartum nurse at Pullman Regional Hospital.  She moved back to the Boise area (where she was originally from) in 2008 and worked at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center for nearly 5 years providing full scope midwifery/gynecological services to both low and high risk patient.  She was awarded “Most Recommended Practitioner” by Saint Alphonsus four years in a row. 

She was honored to have worked with other practitioners, both midwives and OB/GYN’s that shared their knowledge and experience in OB care as well as Gynecological care.  Though she loved working with her patients at the hospital, she preferred working in a smaller practice where she could devote more time to her patients and offer more personalized care. 

Charlotte is married to an incredible man, who continues to support her with her passion, even though it means he sometimes has a wife that may suddenly be absent on short notice.  Thank you Jonathan!  She has three children and two stepchildren, a son born with the guidance of a CNM at the hospital in 1989, a daughter born at home,with the guidance of Licensed Midwives in 1991 and a son born in the hospital due to complications in 1998.  She loves being a mom/stepmom and understands how important this role is. As of July 4, 2017, Charlotte is now the proud grandmother to Benjamin (see his adorable photo on our home page)


Jill Gustafson, APRN, CNM
 

Jill has been providing compassionate care to women giving birth for over 12 years.  She started attending births as a birth doula in 2005, learning from women the art of providing supportive care that meets women where they are at and celebrates pregnancy, birth, and motherhood as important rites of passage in women’s lives.  After working as a doula for 3 years, Jill moved to Asheville, NC to study home-birth midwifery and traditional medicine.  Over time she has incorporated a wealth of wise-woman traditions into her practice, including herbalism, homeopathy, Chinese medicine, and cranial-sacral therapies.  Jill became a registered nurse in 2011 and spent 4 years attending births in labor and delivery as an RN, eventually graduating with her Master of Science in Midwifery from East Carolina University in 2017.  Jill is a new resident of the Treasure Valley and is excited to explore the beautiful wilderness of Idaho with her family on her days off.  Jill is also passionate about breastfeeding and childbirth education.  She is a certified Lamaze childbirth educator, and, as a fellow breastfeeding mom, she enjoys providing in-depth lactation support to new moms for a variety of breastfeeding challenges. 

Kiley Hewett, APRN, CNM

Kiley’s interest in midwifery was sparked at the young age of 7 after being present at her brother’s birth. She remembers being fascinated with the process, and the entire pregnancy itself so when the opportunity arose with other family members and siblings, she was present for their births as well. Her interest turned into a passion and she knew from that time on her life long career goal was to become a midwife, so she began her research and started her academic journey into Midwifery as soon as she finished high school.

Kiley attended Boise State University where she earned her Bachelor in the Science of Nursing degree in May of 2015. That same summer, in August of 2015, she packed up her life with her husband and moved across the United States to Cleveland, Ohio. In Ohio, she attended Case Western Reserve University where she earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree with a nurse-midwifery and women’s health focus in May of 2017. 

Kiley obtained diverse experience during her time in Cleveland and had the opportunity to be a part of an international weeklong medical mission in the highlands of Guatemala. She is dedicated to caring for women and families of all backgrounds and is an avid believer that women should be supported in making informed decisions regarding their general health, pregnancy and birth experience. She has joined our birth center as APRN, CNM and is very excited to have the opportunity provide midwifery care in the setting she has always envisioned. 



::: Birth Assistants :::

Katie Kovash, RN

Hello! My name is Katie Kovash. I am a registered nurse, RN, and I will be at births assisting the midwives with deliveries! I have been a nurse for two years now, and I feel lucky to have landed a position here at the birthing center. I also work at St Alphonsus in Labor and Delivery. I absolutely love my job! It is very rewarding to have the privilege to be a part of a momentous life event that is bringing new life into the world! It has been my dream job since I was a young girl and I feel so blessed to be where I am today.

I have 2 beautiful children, and a loving husband. My children were both born via cesarean section, which can sometimes be an alternate route of birth for some women. Despite not being able to have a vaginal birth of my own, I find it truly fascinating to get to witness the capabilities of a woman's strength, courage, heart and determination during the birth of their babies!

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, reading, swimming, yoga, traveling, spending time outside, camping, etc. I plan on going back to school when my children are older. I have always had a strong desire to go to midwifery school.

Please be aware that I get called to deliveries close to the end, so if we haven't met before I apologize! I will be working alongside the midwives during delivery and during your postpartum stay. My goal is to be respectful of your privacy and birth experience, and be quietly present when the midwives request me to be there. I am so excited to be a part of your special day!



Dana McKee, RN

Dana has been a Registered Nurse since 2013. She started building her nursing foundation on a Medical/Oncology unit, taking care of the very ill and elderly, and in 2014 transferred to Labor and Delivery, getting to assist in the other end of the life cycle.

Dana's interest in birth began when she was 19, when she learned the term "midwife" through a friend who suggested that career path to her. After graduating from Boise State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish in 2009, she spent the next 2 years learning about birth, reading everything she could on the subject, and training with DONA (Doulas of North America) to become a birth doula. Prior to entering Idaho State University's accelerated Bachelor of Science, Nursing program, Dana was able to attend a few births, both in and out of hospital as a doula. Now Dana gets to help mothers through labor, birth, and the early postpartum period everyday she goes to work, which really doesn't feel like work, but more like a privilege and an honor.

When Dana is not caring for mothers and babies, she enjoys spending time with friends (sometimes getting to be their doula), family, and with her fiancé, Greg. Together they mountain bike, travel, and search for new adventures.


Katy Rawlins –photo and bio coming soon



::: Office Staff :::


Sarah Frazee - Business Operations Director

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Sarah obtained her B.A. and Masters of Business Administration from Boise State University. She has worked in healthcare for over 6 years and is passionate about working with women and families.

Sarah has lived in the Treasure Valley for 10 years and loves everything Boise has to offer. She has been with her husband Danny for 12 years. They enjoy snowboarding, hiking with their 3 dogs and camping in Idaho’s beautiful wilderness. Sarah and Danny welcomed the birth of their first son (Tennyson) on St. Patrick’s Day 2015 at Boise Women’s Health and Birth Center.

“I could not have envisioned a better birth experience than the one I had at Boise Women’s Health and Birth Center. Charlotte and all the staff were so attentive and professional. The birthing suite was comfortable and welcoming. I will never forget the sense of calm that came over me, despite being in the midst of labor, when I walked up the stairs and entered the birthing suite. I had such an amazing experience throughout my entire pregnancy, birth and after. I am honored to be working with Charlotte and helping provide families with a stress free experience during such a magical time in their lives.” - Sarah Frazee



Meagan Lloyd,Client Services Representative

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Meagan is native of Hailey, Idaho. After high school she chose to attend a one year school in Oregon, Ecola Bible School in Cannon Beach. At the end of the year, Meagan's desire for working alongside women, and her desire to encourage other women, and grow herself, she applied and accepted an R.A. position for the school. She was then offered a position of Assistant Dean of Women, and served for two years. At 23 she decided to relocate to Boise to spend time closer to family.

Boise offered many opportunities, and after a few months she decided to apply for a Patient Service Representative position at Saint Alphonsus, where she had the privilege of working alongside Charlotte at one SAMG Women's Health for 3 years. During that time, she was suggested to work for a separate program within the office by the name CARE Maternal Health Clinic. This program served woman who had been resettled to Boise with refugee status. The program offered community, education, and support for new and practiced mothers after arriving in the states into a new culture. It was there that her fervor for service, dignity, and respect were expanded upon. Another life transition to the International Family Practice clinic for St Alphonsus where she has worked for the past 3 years. The love and community of those years will forever be in her heart.

John Muir expressed something dear to her soul, "The mountains are calling and I must go." Her parents had relocated to the main Salmon River, above North Fork, ID. The Salmon river a few acres from their backyard, water access from a mountain well, solar panel for power, and elk who eat out our their hand! This is where she feels most at ease. Much of her time is spent with friends and traveling to her parent's home, Hailey where she grew up, Oregon, and anywhere she is able. And although once a self-proclaimed extrovert, she now appreciates the introvert aspects to life and enjoys a hot cup of tea, some yoga, cooking, and conversations with dear friends.


Elizenda (Elly) Salinas – Office Staff

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Elizenda was born at home, with the guidance of Licensed Midwives in 1991 in Seattle, Washington. She is currently attending BSU with a major in Psychology and a minor in French. Elizenda’s role at the center works in the office doing various tasks, she often cleans, does extra office work, and overall tries to make sure that the center is always looking its best and that everything is in its place. That said, Elly has had plenty of experience as a nanny and babysitter and doesn’t mind if any little tikes put anything out of place.

Elizenda has two sweet tiny dogs, Tito and Penelope, Tito is an 11 year old Pomeranian who often snores while he’s awake, and Penelope is a 1 year old Pomeranian who wiggles all day until she crashes out for bed.

Elizenda is very interested in the process of birth, but is usually only present in the center before or after a birth. When she isn’t at the center, Elly enjoys playing with her Pomeranians, crafting, cooking, and Netflix.
Elly also happens to be Charlotte’s daughter :)

Elisheba Denney, Medical Assistant

Elisheba started working at Boise Women’s Health early on.  We are so lucky to have her gentle spirit with us! She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science Studies and her Psychology Minor at Boise State University in 2007. She is currently back in school, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree, and is looking forward to continuing her passion of working with women, children and families. 

Elisheba is an Idaho native and has resided here most of her life, other than a few fun, short seasonal stays in Montana, Washington and Oregon, before returning to a place she has a new found appreciation for and loves to call home. Elisheba enjoys a life with her loving partner, stepchildren and sweet dog, whom she absolutely adores and finds fulfillment in.  She loves spending quality time with family and friends, especially in an adventure to the mountains where she feels most at peace. 





::: Doulas :::


Marie Bigelow, MT-BC, CD(DONA)                   
                                      

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Marie has been a certified doula since 2003 and a board-certified music therapist since 2004.  She received her Bachelors degree in Music Therapy from Utah State University, and was the valedictorian of her major.  After graduation, Marie spent two years specializing in Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth.  She has been teaching Music Birth classes since 2006, and has helped hundreds of couple prepare to give birth while utilizing the power of music to promote relaxation, fight pain, aid in imagery, support breathing, support massage, and enhance prenatal bonding.

As a doula, Marie has attended over 100 births in homes, birth centers, and in hospitals.  To read about some of the births she has attended, go to www.musicbirth.blogspot.com.   Marie believes that one of the best ways to strengthen a family is to help them have a safe and empowering birth experience.  She loves not only being a doula, but also supporting other doulas as a board member for Treasure Valley Doulas. 

Marie’s family consists of her husband, Todd, and their 4 children, all of whom were born naturally using the Music Birth method.  In her free time, Marie enjoys teaching Zumba, biking, and spending time with her family.


::: Our Lactation Consultants :::


Cassandra Mackiewicz, IBCLC – Photo coming soon  

Cassandra is an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC).  She has been helping families with breastfeeding for the past five years both in the hospital and out. She worked at Riverside Community Hospital in California, working in the outpatient breastfeeding clinic assisting moms and babies with everything from latch to extensive breastfeeding issues.  She also worked in the postpartum unit in the hospital assisting new moms with breastfeeding support, as well as with babies in the NICU during their journey to breastfeed.  Cassandra meets clients where they are in the feeding journey regardless of what the issues may be. There is no judgement, no guilt, just encouragement and support as mom’s need it. She believes that breastfeeding is the most beneficial and natural way to feed your baby but above all else, she believes in a happy and healthy mother child relationship.   She loves helping moms work through their breastfeeding struggles because the outcome is so worth it!    

Her journey to help moms began after she had multiple difficulties when attempting to breastfeed her own children.  She was finally able to successfully breastfeed her last baby. After having a rocky start, she attended a breastfeeding clinic for help and found a new passion for helping other mothers achieve their breastfeeding goals.   She attended school while working full time to finish her education to become an IBCLC. When the times looked dark and never ending she knew the end goal was something so much greater.   

Cassandra is the wife to Jason and a mother to 4 children, three sons and one daughter. She also has two dogs that act just like her kiddos! She loves to craft and create things. Her family is new to the area having just moved here from California, and is learning about all the great things available in the Treasure Valley.