20315 S Clodfelter Road

Kennewick, WA 99338

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Water birth

Marcile has a lot of experience with birth! She is a specialist at supporting you through a natural non-interventive birth, yet she is highly qualified and prepared for emergencies.

The benefits of laboring and birthing in water are numerous to both you and your baby.

Home birth

If your desire is to have your baby in your own home, Marcile is experienced in bringing the necessary equipment and safety to your environment. Prenatal visits are done in the BIRTHWISE clinic, with a home visit taking place a month before your due date.

Have your heart set on laboring or birthing in water? She has rentable portable pools for your home birth. Or you can buy you'r own to use at all you'r home births or resale at yourwaterbirth.com

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

Marcile loves helping women plan and achieve a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC)! Over 90% of her clients intending a VBAC end up having a successful vaginal birth. Please take time to study information about the risks and benefits of vaginal birth and elective cesarean so you can make the healthiest choice possible for you and your baby.

Who is involved in a Home Birth?


Each birth is special and includes a unique set of needs for that special day. Below is a list of professionals that may be involved in a home birth.




Midwife means "with woman". Traditionally, women have attended and assisted other women during labor and birth. As modern medicine emerged, birth became a medical event that took place in the hospital with a doctor. Childbirth was viewed as pathological rather than a normal, natural process, and unnecessary medical techniques and interventions became common.



A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the birthing family before, during and after childbirth. Doulas are trained professionals who understand the needs of mothers and their families during this time. Research has proven that continuous support from a doula during labor provides physical and emotional benefits for moms and babies. A doula is not a Dr., nurse or midwife. She is not trained to make medical decisions. However, her training includes learning about the usual medical interventions so that she can explain them to parents and they can then make an informed choice regarding their care. Doulas offer support in hospitals, birth centers and at homebirths. 



Student Midwife or

Trained Birth Assistant


For safety reasons there is always a specially trained birth assistant, student midwife or a second midwife who attends each birth with your midwife. Both student and assistant are trained in emergency situations and are required to have current CPR and neonatal resuscitation certification. They may help monitor blood pressure, fetal heart tones, pulse & respiration or assist the midwife in monitoring baby & mama postpartum. They are there primarily to assist the midwife in ensuring mom and baby are doing well, and provide emotional and physical support to mom as able.





Home Birth Frequently Asked Questions


At BIRTHWISE MIDWIFERY CARE its important to us that you have the knowledge you need to make informed decisions for you and your family. If you have  and want answers to these and other questions  please reach out to us by visiting the Contact page.

Is home birth safe?

What are the most common reasons for not being able to have a homebirth?



Is homebirth messy?



I live in an apartment. Can you do a homebirth in an apartment?



Do I also need to see an obstetrician during my care with a midwife? 

How do you get a birth certificate and social security card for your baby when you have a homebirth?

What if something goes wrong?


What equipment do you bring to the birth?


We bring everything that you would find in a free-standing birth center:

  • Oxygen and resuscitation bag/mask 

  • Medications and herbs to stop heavy bleeding

  • Doppler for monitoring baby during labor

  • Blood pressure monitoring equipment 

  • IV fluids 

  • Vitamin K and Erythromycin eye ointment for baby

  • Suction to clear baby’s airway

  • Puls oximeter to monitor oxygen levels

  • Sterile instruments for birth 

  • Sterile instruments and medication for suture if needed

  • Scales for weighing baby