Kristin Effland, LM, CPM


  • Seattle Midwifery School
  • St. Mary's College of Maryland - BA in Philosophy and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Past Experience

  • Vice President of the Midwives' Association of WA State (4 years); Board member & Student Rep 2008-2015
  • Prior to joining Wenatchee Midwife Service in 2010, Kristin spent two years working as a midwife at Gentle Hands Midwifery in Bellingham, WA. She trained in Seattle, Portland and Nepal.
  • Founder SMACC (Student Midwives Advancing Cultural Competency) 2005-2007
  • Youth Coordinator for the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition 2002-2005
  • Direct Care Worker at homeless and domestic violence shelters and a halfway house for women and children 2002-2003

Classes Taught

Midwifery Care 1, Professional Issues: Health Care Systems & Health Policy (Formerly, Business of Midwifery)


In her free time, she enjoys playing with her baby, hiking, running, climbing, skiing and playing outdoors with her dog, Riley and partner, John. She birthed her sweet son, Levi, at home in July 2014.  Kristin remains on the Legislative and Health Policy Committee of the Midwives' Association of WA State (MAWS).


Access to midwifery is just as important as access to the profession for all and we have a lot of work to do before we can achieve both of these goals.  

Kristin grew up trusting in the process of birth and in awe of the power women possess. She attributes this to her mother who still speaks proudly of the gift she gave her children and herself by choosing natural childbirth. Kristin was drawn to midwifery to help women access this personal strength, believing all women and their families deserve to be nurtured and supported throughout pregnancy and labor.

Kristin very much enjoys teaching as a preceptor and as an Adjunct Faculty member and has been doing so for over 5 years.  She entered the profession with the hope of affecting change on both a broad scale and on a more individual level working directly with pregnant families.


Kristin Effland, LM, CPM

Kristin Effland, LM, CPM

Kristin Effland, LM, CPM
School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences
Department of Midwifery