The most respected program of its type, Simkin Center is best known for its world-class faculty. Faculty members are the heart of Simkin's success and are the leaders of the modern doula movement.
Penny Simkin is the Center's namesake and senior faculty member. Penny revived the ancient art of providing continuous care in childbirth with her pioneering role in establishing the "birth doula." Penny is best known as an author, speaker, educator and key contributor to the understanding of the significance of childbirth in women's lives. Courses taught by Penny are noted on the course schedule.
Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), is a physical therapist, certified childbirth educator, internationally certified birth doula, DONA International birth doula trainer and DONA International Founder and Mentor. She is the author of many books and lectures internationally. Penny is Senior Insturctor Emeritus at the Simkin Center. She teaches the Birth Doula Skills Workshop and is Lead Instructor for the Birth Doula Trainer Course. Penny is also instructor of the When Survivors Give Birth workshop. Read more about Penny.
Christine Muenz, MA, CCE, LEC, is a certified childbirth and lactation educator. Read more about Christine.
Carole Osborne LMT is an integrative body therapist, author and educator. Her work focuses on facilitating somato-emotional and neuromuscular integration, particularly related to childbearing. Read more about Carole.
Linda Hickey, LMT is a maternity massage therapy practitioner and educator.
Annette Cycon, LICSW is a licensed social worker, is certified by Postpartum Support International and is founder and former Director of Training for a MA advocacy organization. Her work is featured in the documentary Dark Side of the Full Moon.
Liz Friedman, MFA is an educator and advocate certified by Postpartum Support International and is the PSI Coordinator for Western Massachusetts. She designed specialized trainings for perinatal professionals on mood disorders and mental health.
JoAnn Lewis, LMT, CEIM is a massage therapist, Certified Educator of Infant Massage (CEIM) and Trainer. She teaches internationally. Read more about JoAnn.
14500 Juanita Drive N.E.
Kenmore, WA 98028
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StaffAnnie Kennedy, DirectorKay Hwang, Program CoordinatorKiona Nessenbaum, Program Assistant
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