Tracy Cooper

Tracy Cooper LM

Tracy Cooper
Campus: 
Washington
School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences
Department of Midwifery

Current Roles

Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Midwifery. Provides midwifery care to childbearing familes at the Puget Sound Birth Center Renton.

Education

Colorado State University BA Literature 1985, Seattle Midwifery School 1998

Past Experience

Home Birth/Birth Center practice in Seattle, Kirkland and Renton since 1998.  Seattle Midwifery School and Bastyr instructor since 2000

Classes Taught

Clinical Seminar. Midwifery Care, Postpartum and Newborn Care.

Interests

Food, books, my children!

Philosophy

In 1989, I had just graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in English Literature when a profound event occurred—the birth of my cousin’s baby.  Witnessing her strength and vulnerability, being part of the cocoon of support around her, and seeing how strange and wonderful it is for a baby emerge from another body was an “aha! moment” I’ll never forget.  That birth led me to pursue doula and midwifery training in Seattle.  Midwifery feels like the best way to support and empower women to experience a process as normal as breathing, but with the power to transform.  I still enjoy reading about the drama of human life in literature—but I feel lucky every day that now I am able to experience the drama of human life. 

Since my graduation from Seattle Midwifery School in 1998 until 2008, I practiced alongside my dear friend and colleague Michelle Sarju at Expecting The Best Midwifery Care until she moved on to work with Open Arms Perinatal Services.  Many hundreds of births later I am delighted to join Geraldine at Fremont Midwifery. We welcome former clients of Expecting The Best!  I also teach at Bastyr University in the midwifery program, and am a preceptor for midwives in training.  My professional work includes serving as the president of the board of the first nonprofit birth center in Seattle, president of the board of the Midwives’ Association of Washington State, and as a trainer for the Community Outreach Doula program of Open Arms. 

I am also grateful to be a recipient of midwifery care—my husband Matt and I have two amazing girls, born at home.  I spend my time when not at a birth playing with my kids and cooking.  I love to read fiction when I can, and am likely to ask you what you’re reading these days to get ideas. 

Tracy Cooper LM
Tracy Cooper, LM, CPM