Tessa Amos, CNM has chosen to step down in her position as a full-time midwife Spring 2019 to spend more time with her young daughter. Tessa is a very smart, compassionate, and caring healthcare provider and we are thankful for her time with us this last year. We were so very lucky to find another midwife with a strong desire to live and practice in Juneau with us. Our new full-time midwife, Alisha de Zagottis will be joining our staff in April 2019.
Read more about her here:
Hello families at Juneau Family Health and Birth Center,
I am a midwife from Washington state who will be joining your midwifery team at JFHBC
this spring. After spending many years traveling between SE Alaska and the lower 48, I am delighted to return again and call Juneau home with my husband, Kelix, and our fluffy dog.
I love what I do. It’s such an honor to guide families through the amazing experiences that come during the childbearing year.
When I first learned about midwifery care, I had one foot in my undergraduate studies
and another in Alaska’s maritime industry. I saw the care midwives provide as an integral
part of community well-being by empowering families through access to quality health
care, education and support. Soon after years of catching fish as a commercial fisherman, I made a steadfast commitment to catching babies as a midwife in pursuit of my passion for community health.
I hold a master's degree in midwifery and botanical medicine training from Bastyr
University. In addition to my time as a doula, my clinical experience includes working with a diversity of families and care providers in the home, birth center and hospital birth
settings throughout Idaho, Oregon and Washington. Most recently I have been serving
the families in Bellingham WA as a midwife at a local community-based birth center.
In my free time I deeply value spending time in wild places and especially cherish being in the mountains. I enjoy snowboarding, venturing in the woods, fishing and being creative in the kitchen. I look forward to meeting each of you and thank you for welcoming my family into yours.
Getting an ultrasound machine has been a long-standing goal for JFHBC and we are so excited that we are getting close to achieving it! In our belief that prenatal care should be affordable and accessible to all families, regardless of their ability to pay, we are committed to offering prenatal ultrasound services at a reasonable cost. As always, families are able to apply for our donated healthcare program if they are unable to afford this service. Look forward to some joint fundraisers coming up later in the year!
To learn more you can read the article published in The Inside Passage.
This year we did a video series to introduce you to our midwives and learn a little bit more about who they are, how they got into Midwifery, and why they do it.
In Part one of the I am a Midwife series the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center midwives talk about what got them into midwifery.
In Part two of the I am a Midwife series the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center midwives talk about the most fulfilling part of midwifery.
In Part three of the I am a Midwife series the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center midwives talk about the hardest part of being a midwife, the longest birth they've attended and their favorite food after a long birth.
In Part 4 we wrap up the #Iamamidwife series talking about the midwives favorite things they've learned and something we may not know about them.
Part 5 of our #Iamamidwife series gives you a sneak peek at just how silly and fun our midwives and students can be! It is with great joy that I present the Bloopers! Our #midwivesmakeadifference in so many ways... even if it's just brightening up your Monday!
This year the birth center gained two "Office babies", Adelaide and Luna Star. They add sweet excitement to the everyday operations.
Adelaide was the first baby of 2018, and has been keeping us on our toes ever since! Read about her journey into the world and the press that it got.
Luna Star joined us August 17th and her and her momma Paige returned from Maternity leave in December and are back full time now!
Forty runners and walkers participated in the Juneau Family Health and Birth Center’s annual Labor Day (weekend) Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, September 1st. Thanks to Juneau Trail and Road Runners (formerly South East Road Runners) and the American Red Cross of Alaska, we had everything we needed for a fun race, despite a bit of drizzle at the start. Supporters of natural birth, who held signs encouraging runners through the many stages of labor, cheered participants along the way. We look forward to another Labor Day Fun
Madi, Christine, and Office baby Addi attended the baby fair this year. We were able to see a lot of families we have provided care for and talk to a lot of families that were thinking about starting a family or growing theirs. Thank you AEYC for allowing us to partner with you!