Meet the Team
Clarissa Baxter BSM CPM LM
Clarissa is the owner of Nampa Midwifery. She and her husband Logan Baxter, live in Nampa Idaho with their four children. Logan is a Doctor of Chiropractic practicing in Meridian.
“I have always been fascinated with birth. From a young age all I ever wanted was to be a mother. After celebrating four children of my own I desired to celebrate other women as they became mothers too.”
Clarissa started her professional career as a certified nurse assistant, later becoming a certified doula. Now she is a Certified Professional Midwife of the North American Registry of Midwives licensed in Idaho and Oregon.
Clarissa received her education at Midwives College of Utah. She graduated top of her class, magna cum laude, with three times the clinical requirements necessary for midwifery school. Clarissa trained with over 15 of the best certified professional and nurse midwives in the Treasure Valley.
“Midwifery is more than a career to me, its a calling. I come from a long line of midwife ancestors. I have six grandmother midwives in my family. Its a honor for me to continue the legacy of serving and supporting women and their families during pregnancy, labor, birth, and the postpartum period.”
Kaleigh Perry, Midwife Intern
Kaleigh is attending Mercy in Action College of Midwifery. She and her significant other live in Parma, Idaho with their two children on beautiful farm land. Her other half serves the community through the planting and harvesting seasons.
Health and reproduction have always been a passion for Kaleigh. Her affection led her on a lifelong learning journey. First, her path took her from Alaska to Idaho where she got a degree in Animal Science with an emphasis on dairy cattle reproduction. From there, she switched to Human Pharmaceuticals and then into the primary care world as a Population Health analyst in the Patient-Centered Medical Home Model for a large health system.
Still not quite finding her dream career, it took her own out of hospital birth to help her realize her love for the Midwifery Model of Care.
“I heard a lot of horror stories from other women about their labors; birth plans being ignored, unnecessary interventions that led to unwanted C-sections, and the general acceptance that “this is just how birth is”. My births were different, and my friends should not have experienced the birth that they did. That is when I realized I wanted to become a midwife. I want to empower women to have pregnancies and labors that honor them and the process.”
Kelley Walker, Midwife Intern
Kelley and her husband live in Caldwell, Idaho with their three children. Her husband has served in the Marine Corps and Army National Guard for more than 11 years.
Kelley started her career in Speech Language Pathology with an emphasis on Studies in Deafness. She took a brief break from studies to focus on raising her family and supporting her husband’s career change.
“I believe we need more empowerment and encouragement for women, from women. I found empowerment for myself through taking charge of my pregnancies and connecting with amazing midwives. I have had three very different home water birth experiences and I credit the beauty of these the strong Midwives who were with me every step of the way, quietly cheering me on from the comfort of my home. After my own births I knew I wanted to be a midwife.”
In her free time, she enjoys practicing Martial Arts, being active in her home school community, and renovating her farmhouse. She is passionate about trauma and the effects on the brain, and knows healing is possible. Kelley is currently attending Mercy in Action College of Midwifery and is excited to get to know the families at Nampa Midwifery.
Why Home Birth?
“You might choose a planned home birth for many reasons, including: A desire to give birth without medical intervention, such as pain medication, labor augmentation, labor induction or fetal heart rate monitoring. A desire to give birth in a comfortable, familiar place surrounded by family.” (Mayo Clinic, May 2020)
Home birth offers a more personalized experience for families. Families often create a relationship with their midwife that lasts years. Labor and birth are a sacred and special experience and your midwife will be there to support you. With home birth families have the freedom to control the environment (no limiting food or water intake!). Home birth is quickly becoming a choice more and more families are choosing.
Birth Center, Birth Suites Photos