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This profile was last updated on 4/20/14  and contains information from public web pages.


Local Address: Olympia, Washington, United States

Employment History


  • Bachelor of Science , Nursing
    Emory University
  • Master , Maternal/child nursing
    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • first bachelor's degree
    The Evergreen State College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree
    Oregon Health Sciences University
  • Master in Nursing degree
    University of Washington
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Web References
WomanCare-Care For Women of All Ages in All Stages, 20 April 2014 [cached]
Karen Swift grew up the youngest of three daughters in northeastern Ohio. While attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois she was called to midwifery after reading The Immaculate Deception by Suzanne Arms. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Emory University in Atlanta in 1982, and after gaining nursing experience at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital and Northwestern's Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago, obtained her Master in Maternal/child nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1988. Her first midwifery jobs led her to Texas where she worked at two of the busiest maternity hospitals in the United States, Jefferson Davis in Houston and Parkland Memorial in Dallas. In Texas she met her husband, Charlie. After working briefly in southern California she moved to Olympia where she has resided since 1991. She is the mother of two daughters, Ella and Molly, and loves animals, reading, yoga, gardening, and crafts.
Karen feels that all individuals have their own personal philosophies of health. She honors these ideals while trying to help women explore their optimal wellness. During her career she has attended births at homes, birth centers, and hospitals. She continues to be amazed at the strength of women and the miracle of birth.
At age 18, after experiencing the births of her niece and nephews at a freestanding birth center in Mt. Vernon, Washington, Michelle knew she wanted to be a midwife. Her road to midwifery was, however, scenic and winding. She received her first bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College. She then worked as a nutritionist for several years while raising the child of her heart. In 1988 she returned to school and obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. For much of her nursing career, and while raising a second child, Michelle worked as a Labor and Delivery RN and lactation specialist. She also worked in hospital staff development and management, then left hospital nursing for a time. However, midwifery and her passion for birth were constantly reawakened by life experiences. Michelle returned to school in Seattle, Washington and received her Master in Nursing degree, as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, from University of Washington. As part of her U of W externship she was with WomanCare, delivering her first baby under the mentorship of Karen Swift, CNM, ARNP. Following graduation she was invited to join the WomanCare team.
Michelle believes in empowering women by promoting health and confidence throughout the childbearing years and beyond. She believes birth functions best when midwives take the stance of knowledgeable watchfulness and awareness, trusting the birth process. Michelle's philosophy is that each woman and her partner are unique. Her goal is to provide them with skilled and thoughtful care as they find their way to a safe, satisfying birth experience which is "right" for them.
Washington, 15 Feb 2013 [cached]
Karen Swift, CNM, ARNP 205 Lilly Road NE, Building B, Suite C Olympia, WA 98506 360-456-0555, Toll Free: 877-604-4646 Fax: 360-456-0721
WomanCare-Care For Women of All Ages in All Stages, 4 Oct 2010 [cached]
WomanCare opened in 2000 and was co-created by Sharon Hinz and Karen Swift, Certified Nurse Midwives (CNM) and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP).
Today, Karen Swift serves as leader in both health care management and clinical practices. She is supported by a diverse and capable team of women who share her vision.
Midwives of Washington - Find a Midwife, 10 Nov 2007 [cached]
Karen Swift, CNM, ARNP 205 Lilly Rd NE Building B, Suite C Olympia, WA 98506 Phone: (360) 456-0555 Toll Free: (877) 604-4646
Supportive Providers, 10 Mar 2006 [cached]
Karen Swift, CNM, ARNP3425 Ensign Rd NE, Suite 250-BOlympia, WA 98506360-456-0555, Toll Free: 877-604-4646Fax: 360-456-0721
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