Hornsby (nee Doyle), CPM, LM
"I have wanted to be a midwife as long as I can remember. I was
born at home in Germany and grew up with a fundamental belief
that birth is normal.
At 25, I apprenticed under experienced rural midwives in
Kentucky. There, learning from these wise women, experts in
normal birth, I developed my philosophy of birth: babies know
how to get in and they know how to get out. My role is to
monitor the wellbeing of you and your baby while providing
support and encouragement. In the security and love of this
space, you and your baby can do what your bodies know how to do.
I have personally been on the receiving end of this type of
family-centered care. My three children, Jonah, Shahala, and
Julian, were all born at home. The experience of their births
reinforced my understanding of the needs of pregnant women who
choose to have their babies out of the hospital. The empowerment
of my own experience frames my commitment to the midwifery model
In 1993 I graduated Seattle Midwifery School and became a
Licensed Midwife. In 1999, I became co-owner of the Puget Sound
Birth Center. Here, I work closely with Nicole and Tonya to
provide family-centered care by helping to ensure optimal health
for mom and baby, encouraging a trust in the process of birth,
and easing this joyful transition for families.
I have attended nearly 2000 births. I am as passionate about
midwifery today as I was when I attended my first birth 23 years
ago. I look forward to providing high quality care to families
for many years ahead."
Nicole Donovan, CPM, LM
passion to be with women who choose an unmedicated childbirth
began after the unmedicated birth of my daughter 12 years ago.
It was such a dynamically different experience from the
medicated birth of my son two years prior. The personal
empowerment I experienced after my daughter's birth completely
changed the prior conception I had about myself, finding an
inner strength I never knew I had.
Five months later, in
1998, I took the birth doula training at Seattle Midwifery
School, and began my journey in supporting women during births.
In 2001, I took the postpartum doula training at Seattle
Midwifery School, and began working with families after their
births also. Eventually I came to realize that just being in a
supporting role with families was not enough for me, and I
realized my overwhelming desire was to become a midwife.
I feel often in our society the sacredness of birth and the
journey into parenthood is overlooked and forgotten. I feel
blessed to offer experience, guidance and support to your family
in honoring this experience, in the way that feels right to you.
I hope to help you navigate your way through the journey
of pregnancy, birth and early parenthood. Whether this is your
first or tenth pregnancy, each journey is different, and I look forward to being with you through this process!"
Tonya Floria (nee Iverson), CPM, LM
the empowerment of women and a love for supporting families are
the core values I hold as a midwife and the reason I believe I
was called to this work. I started my journey to my life as a
midwife at a young age and absolutely love the fulfillment it
to see women blossom throughout the process to
becoming mothers. Treating each woman with the respect and
compassion she deserves during this vulnerable time in her life
creates the kind of society I wish to live in.
I grew up
in a family that values education, high standards and positive
purpose in life, which in turn led me to this most amazing
career. I spent the majority of my life in the greater Seattle
area and am thrilled to be in a place to give back to the
families in my community. I attended Seattle Midwifery School
(now Bastyr University) where I graduated in 2010. I have
trained among many of this area’s great midwives, and have
additionally worked abroad, which is the leading reason I can
offer you excellent care today, as a part of this tenacious
My love for midwifery only comes second to my love
for my incredibly
supportive husband and family. In my
leisure time I enjoy rock climbing, snowboarding, hiking,
dancing and traveling as well as lazy afternoons spent laughing
and catching up with friends over tea. I am an active member in
the Seattle Lithuanian Community where I am a member of the
folkdance group, organize fundraisers and help run the
children’s summer camp..
Kyla Wheeler, LM
I first learned about midwifery during my second pregnancy.
My first child was born by cesarean section, and I felt strongly
about having a natural, vaginal birth the second time around. I
read everything I could find about midwifery and natural
childbirth, and I had 2 successful VBACs in the hospital. The
hospital experience really solidified my belief that normal
birth could be much better supported at a birth center or at
home. I developed a strong desire to help other women experience
birth in a powerful way, in an atmosphere that respected their
individuality, desires, and body's innate knowledge.
I graduated from Seattle Midwifery School (now Bastyr
University) in 2010. I have had the honor of working with
several fabulous local midwives and I spent time working in a
hospital in Vanuatu, an island nation in the South Pacific. I
have attended almost 300 births, mostly birth center or at home,
and I have done thousands of prenatal, postpartum and newborn
visits. I feel honored to have supported so many women and their
I am a bit of a health nut and nutrition junkie, and enjoy
weight training, yoga, hiking, rock climbing, and cooking. I am
currently experimenting with kombucha brewing. I like to sing
and play piano & guitar, I was a vocalist and music teacher in
the past. My wonderful kids, aged 14, 15 & 19, are an endless
source of entertainment.
I am excited to join the wonderful team here at Eastside
Midwives and Puget Sound Birth Center and walk this journey with
As a midwife, I uphold the following guiding principles:
To work in partnership with women, respecting the dignity and
rights of the women I work with, recognizing that the most
important determinant of a healthy pregnancy is the mother
To support women to make informed choices and take
responsibility for their own well-being.
To understand that childbearing is primarily a personal and
community event; a normal process that involves physical,
emotional and spiritual factors.
To facilitate these normal processes utilizing a holistic
approach, recognizing that each pregnancy and birth is unique.
I believe that midwifery care represents an important resource
for improving the health of mothers, babies and families.
I am dedicated to the development and advancement of the
profession in North America.
"The first time Justin and I met you, we walked out of the birth center knowing "those are the midwives for us". Thank you first for being so great at what you do–for knowing how to listen to women and their bodies, for knowing how to educate and reassure them to be confident mothers of healthy babies.
My birth experience at PSMBC is one I will cherish. Thank you for all your nurturing love and expertise."