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Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

Growing Families Naturally

About Us

Mat-Su Midwifery was founded at our current location in Wasilla, AK in 1992. We soon realized that there was a need in our community for holistic, individualized care to be offered for more than just pregnancy and birth care, but for the entire family. So, in 2007 we expanded our business to offer services to families throughout surrounding locations seeking a more natural approach to health care. That year, Mat-Su Midwifery was renamed Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health.

We are part of the ACNM (American College of Nurse-Midwives) Benchmarking Project, as well as accredited by The Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC). We have also been voted Best Midwifery in the Valley 3 years in a row!

Nurse Practitioners

Aubrey Spangler, ANP, CFMP

Aubrey Spangler, ANP, CFMP

Family Nurse Practitioner/Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

I specialize in Functional Medicine and believe in using a spectrum of therapies that offer the best and most individualized care to our clients. My passions include nutrition as a lifestyle, women’s health, children’s health, and hormone balancing. I am very excited and grateful to provide families continuity of care through the spectrum of pregnancy to many years of episodic visits, well-child exams, and well-woman exams. When I’m not at work, I am a wife, homeschooling mother of 2, nature adventurer, perpetual student, and wild-food harvester.

Darcy M. Lucey, ANP, CNM

Darcy M. Lucey, ANP, CNM

Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse Midwife

I came to Alaska from Montana over ten years ago with my husband looking for adventure and a chance to build a life somewhere neither of us had ever been. I worked as a nurse for about ten years, caring primarily for children and newborns. I loved nursing but wanted to build a career outside of the hospital, providing care to families. I became a Family Nurse Practitioner, and eventually a Nurse-midwife, and feel I have truly found my calling in the work I do now while being a great mom to my two daughters. I provide a blend of complementary and traditional methods to my patients and their families, and I tailor the care I provide to meet their specific and unique situation and needs.

Dr. Erica Wright, FNP, DNP

Dr. Erica Wright, FNP, DNP

Family Nurse Practitioner/Doctor of Nursing Practice

My husband and I are “newbies” to Alaska, having moved here in August 2016. We came to Alaska after my husband was offered a job and (like so many others) for the love of the outdoors. I worked in various areas in hospitals prior to becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner and now love working with the whole family during all stages of life. When I’m not at work, you can find my husband and I outdoors (we have a new-found love for fishing!), traveling, watching movies or spending time with our family and friends.

Sabrina Yoder, CNM, ANP, CFMP

Sabrina Yoder, CNM, ANP, CFMP

Certified Nurse Midwife/Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner

My specialty is functional women’s health from puberty through menopause and beyond. My experience as a certified nurse-midwife has revealed the incredible and intricate nature of women’s health and vitality in the midst of childbearing. I am certified in functional medicine which focuses on treating the cause of illness instead of treating only the symptoms. I partner with women to find relief from conditions such as PMS, abnormal periods, pelvic pain, vulvular conditions, bladder problems, and menopausal symptoms as well as many other primary care concerns such as thyroid disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and depression. My goal is to help women be fully alive in body, soul and spirit so they can in turn fulfill their purpose to the people around them. I live for the outdoors and love Alaskan adventures with my husband and children.

 

Midwives

Darcy M. Lucey, ANP, CNM

Darcy M. Lucey, ANP, CNM

Advanced Nurse Practitioner/Certified Nurse Midwife

I came to Alaska from Montana over ten years ago with my husband looking for adventure and a chance to build a life somewhere neither of us had ever been. I worked as a nurse for about ten years, caring primarily for children and newborns. I loved nursing but wanted to build a career outside of the hospital, providing care to families. I became a Family Nurse Practitioner, and eventually a Nurse-midwife, and feel I have truly found my calling in the work I do now while being a great mom to my two daughters. I provide a blend of complementary and traditional methods to my patients and their families, and I tailor the care I provide to meet their specific and unique situation and needs.

Judi Davidson, CDM, CPM

Judi Davidson, CDM, CPM

Certified Direct Entry Midwife/Certified Professional Midwife

I have lived in the Mat-Su Borough for 35 yrs, and began training as an apprentice midwife shortly after moving here from Texas where I had two hospital births and two home births. My home births were life-changing for me! I felt empowered by the natural forces and accomplishments of my own body, and it gave me great faith in my abilities as a mother to intuit how to care for my babies.I trained as an apprentice to an experienced midwife for 2 yrs while at the same time taking an approved academic course by the state of Alaska. I also did an internship at a birth center on the Texas/Mexican border before becoming certified as a Direct-Entry midwife in Alaska. I have built a career encouraging new mothers and families to willingly participate in the natural pregnancy and birthing process. In the aftermath of delivery, it also became a vision of mine to provide well-baby and well-women care to mothers, fathers, and families. It is so wonderful to have that all in one place!

I am a Certified Direct-Entry midwife licensed by the state of Alaska, and I am proud to say that I work in collaboration with Certified Nurse Midwives, Nurses, Family Nurse Practitioners, and Functional Medical Providers to assist families in their pregnancy and ongoing health needs.

Jessica Sawyer, CDM, CPM

Jessica Sawyer, CDM, CPM

Certified Direct Entry Midwife/Certified Professional Midwife

Mat-Su Midwifery has been my “second home” since 2002. I trained as an apprentice here for 3 years and became a certified direct-entry midwife in Oct. 2005. I really enjoy working with our wonderful moms and babies, and with the other great midwives and staff. My husband and I have 4 children (born 1995-2003). My own birth experiences, ranging from induced labor in a military hospital overseas to a home birth attended by midwives, have convinced me of the importance of midwifery and out-of-hospital birth. I believe that in most cases this setting provides the most comfortable environment for mom as well as the gentlest and safest welcome for baby. I look forward to serving you during this special time!

Katie Van Atta, CNM

Katie Van Atta, CNM

Certified Nurse Midwife

I joined Mat-Su Midwifery as a CNM in 2018 after completing my student clinicals here.  I became interested in out-of-hospital birth after several nieces and nephews were born at home with midwives.  It has been a great privilege to learn from and work alongside the dynamic group of women here at Mat-Su Midwifery.  I also happen to be a physician assistant who has worked in a variety of positions over the last 14 years, including a busy OBGYN practice in California; rural villages in southcentral Alaska and the Aleutian Islands; an emergency department and family medicine clinics.  I also have traveled to Africa, Fiji and New Zealand on health care-related trips.  I enjoy providing full-scope primary health care (including midwifery), and studying philosophies of health care and health care delivery systems.  In my spare time, I enjoy running, skiing, hiking, berry-picking, kayaking, paddle boarding, trying to smoke fish, and hanging out with my husband.

Samantha Keller, Midwifery Assistant

Samantha Keller, Midwifery Assistant

Midwifery Assistant/Birth Assistant

I became interested in midwifery after the birth of my first child in 2010. I was deeply impressed by how stable, competent and encouraging my midwives were during that process. I trained for 3 years as an apprentice at Mat-Su Midwifery, earned my Direct Entry Midwife license, and practiced for 4 years. In 2019, I changed my focus to more of a administrative role (you would not believe all that goes in to running a birth center) and birth assisting. I continue to be impressed by how stable, competent and encouraging my co-workers are!

In my downtime, I enjoy skiing, horseback riding, cooking and reading. I help my husband run a small air taxi (you would not believe all that goes in to running a small air taxi)! We are parents of two spunky girls(8 and 6).

 

Registered Nurses

Joy Stouffer, RN

Joy Stouffer, RN

Registered Nurse
In 2010, I moved from Washington to Alaska and got married to my wonderful husband. He is my best friend, biggest supporter, and the most loving guy I could ask for. We enjoy living the Alaskan life by four wheeling, camping, fishing, etc. I would categorize myself as an outdoorsy girly girl. We don’t have children yet, but look forward to having them in the good Lord’s timing. I love Jesus and strive to follow him with all my heart. I graduated from nursing school at UAA. I absolutely love working at Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health because of the relaxing and supportive atmosphere. I also work at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. I enjoy life and look forward to the adventures God has in store for me.
Marissa Van Thiel, RN

Marissa Van Thiel, RN

Registered Nurse

I was born and raised in Alaska and have been married to my Alaskan husband for over 11 years. Having worked as a nurse in hospitals in the past I thought I would only feel safe having my babies in a hospital so that is where we had our first two. But then with the 3rd we suddenly felt peace about trying Mat Su Midwifery & Family Health and we absolutely loved our experience here. We loved having our 4th baby here, as well. As a nurse, a mom and a friend I have always loved taking care of anyone who is hurting, both physically and emotionally. I love to help and offer comfort in any way I can. Mat-Su Midwifery has been an ideal working environment for me because the rest of the staff really cares as much as I do! It is fulfilling to be part of such a team.

 

 

Marilyn Vink, RN

Marilyn Vink, RN

Registered Nurse

My first introduction to Mat-Su Midwifery was when I attended the birth of my niece. All of the staff were friendly and supportive. When my husband and I moved back to this area, it was an easy decision to seek prenatal care here. With the help of my husband and the Matsu Midwifery team, I delivered our two youngest in the green room of the birth center. After eighteen years of working in EMS I completed nursing school. I am now excited to be an RN helping to providing care to those at Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health.

Students

Vanessa Williams, AM

Vanessa Williams, AM

Student Midwife

I am a lifelong Matanuska Susitna Valley resident. I am a wife and the mother of four little blessings. My passion for evidence-based care began with my first pregnancy and birth. After a less-than-desirable experience I knew I wanted to help other mothers advocate for themselves and their babies. Teaching nutrition and birth classes is a natural fit for me as cooking and eating are hobbies of mine, and birth is a miracle that I can’t get enough of. I eagerly anticipate each new group of mamas! Finally as an aspiring midwife my goal is this: “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”- Mother Teresa.

Bailey Caple, AM

Bailey Caple, AM

Student Midwife

Being a part of Mat-Su Midwifery is an amazing opportunity. I love to help serve the families and staff here. Before I worked at Mat-Su Midwifery I never realize the bond that comes from having your baby in this environment. I’m not a mother yet but seeing the way the midwives and staff interact with clients is heartwarming and fulfilling. When I decide to have children of my own I now know that I can have my baby naturally like my body intended. These women that work at Mat-Su Midwifery have gained my trust and have opened my eyes to child birth and patient care.

Office Staff

Tiffany Mouritsen

Tiffany Mouritsen

Office Manager

My passion for service is what led to Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health. I knew from previous jobs that I wanted to spend my time doing something to better myself and our community. When Judi approached me and invited me to apply for the position I had no idea what “midwifery” was, but I trusted my gut and agreed. The moment I walked in these doors I knew this was an environment that was filled with positivity, encouragement, healing and comfort. My role here is diverse and I enjoy it more and more each new day.

Bailey Caple

Bailey Caple

Medical Receptionist

Being a part of Mat-Su Midwifery is an amazing opportunity. I love to help serve the families and staff here. Before I worked at Mat-Su Midwifery I never realize the bond that comes from having your baby in this environment. I’m not a mother yet but seeing the way the midwives and staff interact with clients is heartwarming and fulfilling. When I decide to have children of my own I now know that I can have my baby naturally like my body intended. These women that work at Mat-Su Midwifery have gained my trust and have opened my eyes to child birth and patient care.

Megan Borgeson

Megan Borgeson

Medical Receptionist

I recently moved to Alaska from Texas with my Alaskan Husband, Corgi and Black Mountain Cur. I love the welcoming and relaxing atmosphere the Midwifery has to offer. I know that whenever we start our family I will be equipped with the knowledge I need for a healthy pregnancy and I hope to have my babies in the Birth Center. Outside of work you’ll find me exploring this beautiful state or cooking a delicious meal. Someday I plan to be a Physical Therapist to help injured Veterans.

Susanna Biederman

Susanna Biederman

Executive Coordinator

My journey with Mat-Su Midwifery and Family Health started 13 and 11 years ago when my two daughters were born here. Over the course of the last 10 years, I have served as both a Birth Assistant and a member of the Community Advisory Board here, which has nurtured my love for natural childbirth and fostered an even greater appreciation for this amazing group of midwives and medical providers. Motherhood has been a joy and a privilege for me personally, and I love to encourage and mentor new moms. Over the last 7 years, I have enjoyed time as both a volunteer and staff member at HeartReach Center, mentoring young moms and peer-counseling women and men facing unexpected pregnancy. With my husband of 17 years, our family enjoys road-tripping in Alaska, from Deadhorse to Homer and everything in between.

To schedule an appointment or a free facility tour, contact us today at 907-373-3420. Our team looks forward to meeting and working with you!

Mat-Su Midwifery & Family Health

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2650 E Broadview Ave
Wasilla, AK 99654

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Phone
907-373-3420

Fax
907-376-7847

Hours

Monday – Thursday
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Friday
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

We have 24-hour on-call providers for both the midwifery and family practice.