MEET THE MIDWIFES
Laoch Midwifery specializes in Empowering Midwifery Care
Neva Gerke is a graduate of Bastyr University with a Master of Science in Midwifery. She is a Licensed Midwife with the State of Washington and a Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives.
Midwifery is a trade of the heart that has been calling people to serve for centuries. Neva was inspired by her sister's insistence on a holistic, low intervention birth. She heard her calling to midwifery during the home birth of her niece in the late hours of a winter night. In the years since this pivotal moment in her life, Neva has dedicated herself to learning the trade and art of midwifery while participating in midwifery activism on a state and national level.
In her practice, Neva strives to support each client’s desire to take an active role in health care decisions. It is her goal to hold the emotional space and clinical awareness during pregnancy and birth so that each family can grow together as they welcome a new baby. She views pregnancy and childbirth as normal aspects of life. The day of each birth itself is such an important day! Neva appreciates that this day will be remembered forever. The way a laboring person is treated during those precious hours can resonate forever.
"My heart is drawn to the inner strength of people. My passion is helping them see the warrior spirit within as they travel the path of pregnancy and parenthood. This strength can be relied on throughout the rest of their lives"
~Neva Gerke, LM, CPM, MSM
Laoch means "warrior" in Gaelic
ABOUT THE PRACTICE
Laoch Midwivery is seated inside Tacoma's only free standing birth center, The Birthing Inn. Neva can serve more families each month in a warm, loving environment by catching babies exclusively at TBI.
Laoch Midwifery endeavors to pair an empowering service while creating a sustainable practice for the midwife. Midwifery is very demanding and requires client support and midwife availability 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In order to create a more viable long-term practice, Neva is backed-up by other midwives if she is unavailable. Even if Neva takes a weekend off, you will have a midwife to care for you; Just call her voicemail to get the contact information.
Laoch Midwifery has established relationships with other licensed midwives, nurse midwives, obstetricians, naturopathic physicians, pediatricians, chiropractors, and hospital staff that can be easily integrated into care for each client when necessary. These established relationships coupled with evidence based midwifery offers a safe, comprehensive out of hospital birth experience.
THE BIGGER MIDWIFERY MOVEMENT
Neva is very active in midwifery activism. She serves as The President of the board of Directors for the Midwives Association Washington State (MAWS). Previously she was appointed as a communications fellow for the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM). She is a founding member of Anti-racism and Anti-Oppression in Midwifery (AROM). Prior to her midwifery training, Neva served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps, worked as a freelance writer, and spent several years as a corporate manager.
Click here to read about Neva's trip to lobby for midwives in Washington DC as part of a group of Washington State Midwives.
Neva provides midwifery care to all families. She is dedicated to working toward resolving the many health disparities that exist within our country through activism, organizing as well as in her day to day practice and personal life. Every family should feel welcome at Laoch Midwifery.
Click here to read a call to action to support student midwives of color.
Laoch Midwifery is an Official Perinatal Safe Spot! This means that Neva and the team at Laoch are dedicated to providing a safe place for each and ever pregnant person, but it's so much more. Watch this short video to hear founder Jennie Joseph describe what a Perinatal Safe Spot is all about.
Click Here if you would like to join the National Perinatal Task force, every little bit of love can make a difference!
Photo Credit: Terah Lara