Paula Wiens, CPM, LM, CNM
Paula has a nursing degree from Excelsior College and a master’s degree in midwifery from the Midwifery Institute at Philadelphia University. In addition to her midwifery training, Paula has a B.A. in Geology from Colorado College. She began her career supporting women and families as a childbirth educator and active Le Leche League member. Paula has been attending births in the Treasure Valley area since 1992.
Paula is on the Idaho Board of Midwifery, and is a member of the Legislative committee for the Idaho Midwifery Council. She is an instructor for the Midwives College of Utah and for Bastyr University. Paula oversees the midwifery staff and provides direct client-care when needed.
Paula has a wonderful husband, two children born with the support of midwives and a very friendly dog. Paula is an avid hiker, backpacker and world traveler. She is a wonderful cook and loves to share her food with people she loves.
Kerry Horton CNM
Midwifery found Kerry more than Kerry found it. She grew up in Dubai, UAE, instilling in her an everlasting love for different cultures and travel. Kerry discovered her interest for nursing while getting her Bachelor of Arts from Luther College. After college, Kerry followed her love of travel to the Peace Corps and was given an assignment in a rural village in Rwanda. Most of her days were spent at the local health center, most often in the maternity center where the idea of becoming a midwife was formed. In Rwanda, Kerry had the privilege of seeing a different side of maternity care and attended dozens of births.
When her service ended in 2012, Kerry moved to Seattle and started her official midwifery education through Frontier Nursing University. Kerry completed her clinicals in Kirkland, Washington and when all the stars aligned, she was offered a position at Treasure Valley Midwives. Kerry likes to try most everything. Traveling to new countries is her favorite, though she also enjoys hiking, camping, reading, cooking, and watching the Seattle Mariners.
Jessica Voigt, CNM
Jessica started her journey towards midwifery as a registered nurse, graduating in 2003 with a BSN from the University of Vermont, followed by 10 years practicing as a RN in various specialties, although I always had a passion for women’s health. In 2011, she decided to follow her passion and pursue a masters in midwifery at Frontier Nursing University. After graduating in 2014, Jessica spent two years working as the sole midwife in a busy physician based practice in California. There she was able to provide care for women throughout the lifespan, including pregnancy.
While living in California she was blessed to have both her son Colby and daughter Nala at home with a licensed midwife. After experiencing out of hospital birth for herself, it solidified her belief in providing this type of care for all women. She is excited for her family to live and grow in the beautiful family friendly environment of Boise, which is similar to Vermont where her and her husband were both born and raised.
In her free time you will find her with her family, usually outdoors soaking up the elements hiking, biking, swimming, skiing or anything active in nature. She loves food, cooking, wine tasting, farmers markets, going to concerts and shows and enjoying all that life has to offer. She feels very excited and honored to be a part of the team at TVM, and is looking forward to serving the women and families of our community.
Katy Rawlins, LM, CPM
Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife
Katy is a Certified Professional Midwife with an ASM from The National College of Midwifery. She has been with us since 2012, completing all of her clinical training with Treasure Valley Midwives. She joined us from Eastern Idaho where she had a successful practice as a birth & postpartum doula, childbirth educator and breastfeeding counselor.
Katy was recognized in October 2009 by Lamaze International with the Safe and Healthy Birth Advocate Award. She has sat on the Birth Network National board of directors and helped found the Idaho Chapter. Katy has a published essay in the book ‘The Gift of Giving Life’. She strongly believes that birth is transformative and healing. She is committed to honoring women as they grow into mothers and empowering families.
Katy is happily married with four beautiful daughters. Together, her family enjoys musicals, nights at the drive-in theater, swimming and family reunions.
Carol Johnson, LM, CPM
Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife
Carol began her midwifery journey in 2005 when she began her doula training. Her first and only birth as a doula was with a midwife outside of the hospital and she quickly realized that she wanted to be a midwife. Carol has a Bachelors of Science degree from Boise State, and then was accepted into Seattle Midwifery School in 2006 where the official journey began. Carol spent one year of intense academic studies there and then began an apprenticeship with Treasure Valley Midwives. Carol went from Boise to Southern California, there she married her childhood best friend and they started their life together. Carol got back into her midwifery studies when her husband, an active duty Marine, was deployed to Afghanistan.
In 2013 Carol moved back to the Treasure Valley to finish up all of her studies and licensing requirements. Carol and her husband have two daughters, one was born at home. They enjoy being outdoors, camping, fishing and hiking. Carol also enjoys reading, amateur knitting, cross-stitching and jigsaw puzzles.
Shannon is a graduate of California State University Sacramento and a member of the AAPC. She has spent many years working in Marketing, Technology and Healthcare industry as a strategic planner and Healthcare Manager. She an amazing source of support to our clients, the midwives, students and directors.
Shannon is married with three boys, and together her family has recently moved here from California. They are extremely excited to explore the amazing wonders that Idaho has to offer. You will probably find them hiking, dirt biking, playing football, or camping in their spare time!
Carrie Anstrand, BSN, MA, RN, LCCE, IBCLC Lactation Consultant
Carrie Anstrand is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s in Communication from Texas A&M University. Originally from Boise, Idaho, Carrie worked in the Texas Medical Center at Texas Children’s Hospital for over 10years. Her expertise expanded from Children to Women’s Services as she obtained certifications as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) and as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She also has training as a craniosacral therapist, in pregnancy and postpartum fitness, and as a Doula. Carrie is pleased to be part of the Treasure Valley Midwives team.
Carrie enjoys family time, yoga and playing in the mountains. She and her husband soak up as much time with their daughter, Amelia (9) and son Charlie (7) as possible.
After having two birth experiences in the hospital setting, Laurie sought midwifery care and delivered her next two babies at home in the water. Laurie felt compelled to enter the birth world in 2010 and began working as a doula in the Coeur d Alene area.
Laurie worked at Dayspring Midwifery for nearly three years as a doula, birth assistant and student midwife. Laurie is passionate about serving, supporting and empowering women through pregnancy, birth and into motherhood.
In the summer of 2013 Laurie and her family moved to Boise. Laurie is married and has five children ranging from 6 to 15 years old, including a set of twins! Laurie loves art, music and getting into nature with her family. As a qualified birth assistant, Laurie will be on-call and attend births with the Midwives. A birth assistant assists the midwife in providing emotional and hands-on support during labor and birth.
Birth Service Concierge
Soraya is an amazing resource for the birth community! With a Bachelors in Entrepreneurial Business and General Business Management, and a Bachelors in Massage Therapy, she is always keeping a pulse on the local birth community through outreach and education. She recently became a placenta encapsulation specialist specifically after seeing the positive effects it has had on many women in her life, including a better milk supply, stabilized emotional state, and a much needed energy boost postpartum.
Soraya had her first birth at Treasure Valley Midwives, after an amazing, powerful and fulfilling birth, where her decisions were valued. She has a calming presence, is friendly, outgoing, and a good listener. She is great with the children of our clients at the birth center, and works exceptionally hard to make every woman’s experience a great one.
Soraya lives with her amazing partner, Michael and son, Otto. Her Friday ritual is taking her sweet kiddo out for a date to the local coffee shop for hot cocoa and bagels. You can also find her at the Acme Bakeshop booth Saturdays at the Boise Farmers Market.
Student Midwife, Bastyr University, Class of 2018
Dates: April 2016 – April 2017
Ali is a trained birth assistant, doula, and childbirth educator. She graduated from Western Washington University in 2010. Before stepping into formal midwifery education, Ali was a doula in Northern Washington as well as a commercial fisherman throughout the state of Alaska. Ali’s steadfast commitment to women’s health lead her to start the Master’s in the Science of Midwifery Program at Bastyr University in August of 2015.
Ali has a strong interest in Craniosacral Therapy for infants and pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and is training on the side as she moves through her midwifery studies. She enjoys listening through her hands and believes in the body’s innate wisdom. Each women teaches Ali something new about the birthing process and the transition into parenthood; she is so grateful to be a part of this process.
Student Midwife, Bastyr University, Class of 2017
Dates: may 2016 – April 2017
At age 12, Bri was deeply moved when she had the wonderful opportunity to witness her brother’s birth. From then on, she was fascinated by pregnancy and childbirth and in awe of the beauty and strength of women in the childbearing year.
Bri studied business at Oregon State University (OSU) where her vision for the future became clearer when she took a medical anthropology class with a midwifery focus. This class sparked her seemingly insatiable appetite for all things birth-related.
After she graduated from OSU in September of 2014 she immediately began her Masters in the Science of Midwifery Program at Bastyr University. Bri will be completing her second year on site training with Treasure Valley Midwives.