Paula Pelletier-Butler, MSM, LM, CPM

Current Roles

Paula will be teaching the Business of Midwifery Class. She also is the co-owner, Executive Director and midwife at Flagstaff Birth and Women’s Center providing prenatal, birth and postpartum care to families in Northern Arizona.


  • Master’s of Science in Midwifery, Bastyr University, 2012
  • Diploma of Massage Therapy, Seattle Massage School, 1995
  • University of Montana, General Studies, 1986-1990
  • Minnesota Vocational Institute, Practical Nursing, 1985

Past Experience

  • Midwife, Womancare Midwifery  
  • Birth / Midwife Assistant       
  • Women’s Health Massage Therapist and Educator    
  • Owner / Director, Healing Arts Studio, LLC     
  • Lead Faculty, Ashmead / Everest College
  • Doula                                                   
  • Phlebotomist / Birth Control Educator/ AB Counselor             
  • Director, Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis Prevention                  
  • Business Manager, Associated Students of U of Montana               
  • Director, U of Montana Women’s Resource Center     
  • Staff Home Health Nurse

After the births of both my first and second child, I decided that becoming a midwife was my life's work. After many twists and turns, including the birth of my third child and a long and successful bodywork/educator career, I finally made that dream a reality. My clinical rotations included low and high-risk hospital midwifery and gynecologic care along with home and birth center births. I am now the co-owner, Executive Director and midwife at Northern Arizona's only accredited birth center serving women and their families locally and regionally.

Classes Taught

At Bastyr:

  • Business of Midwifery

Other Institutions:

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Massage Therapists
  • Kinesiology
  • Pregnancy and Women’s Health Bodywork
  • Business
  • Eastern Medicine
  • Professional Development Courses
  • HIV/AIDS for Massage Therapists
  • Beginning and advanced bodywork techniques


In my spare time, I love to hike, dance, travel, cook with local foods, read, play cards or cribbage and spend as much time as possible with my husband, kids and extended family and friends.  I recently picked up the guitar again and look forward to bringing music back into my life.   


My teaching philosophy is that we learn and grow together; I as a guide to the most updated essential information and the student as the active participant who adds to the content with her/his/hir own interpretation of the material.  I believe in including a variety of learning styles including active, kinesthetic learning models to assist in bringing the headier and rote-memorization information “into the body” for increased clarity.  I make every effort to truly listen and I am open to suggestions and differing opinions.  I have taught intelligent adults long enough to know and admit that I can make mistakes, which facilitates growth as an educator and human being.  I believe that everyone should have an opportunity to be an active participant and will strive to make that happen in the classroom/online experience.     

Paula Pelletier-Butler, MSM, LM, CPM

Paula Pelletier-Butler, MSM, LM, CPM

Paula Pelletier-Butler, MSM, LM, CPM
Department of Midwifery