Lynn Hughes, LM
My passion for birth and midwifery caught fire more than 29 years ago when I became pregnant with my eldest child. Before I even knew I was pregnant, a conversation with a co-worker brought me to assert, “If I ever have a baby, I’m giving birth at home,” even though I didn’t know the first thing about home birth or midwifery at the time. As I explored midwifery and obstetrics throughout that pregnancy, I developed a deep knowing that nothing in the world could surpass the potential that midwifery holds for meaningful life’s work.
My journey to becoming a midwife brought my family and me from Philadelphia to Seattle so that I could attend Seattle Midwifery School, the oldest direct-entry midwifery school in the US. I graduated from SMS in 1991; and, although my path has been full of twists and turns, my love for and desire to be with childbearing women and my drive to help promote midwifery and normal birth have remained central.
I am thrilled to be practicing at Rainy City Midwifery with Beth Coyote, whom I have known for more than 24 years—first as a teacher and clinical preceptor and then as a colleague and a member of the SMS faculty. When I’m not happily busy attending clinic visits, doing home visits, attending births or talking on the phone with pregnant or postpartum families, I try to carve out some time with my family for good food, good films and enjoying the outdoors of our beautiful Puget Sound. I’m married to an wonderful man who loves that I am a midwife and have three sons and a daughter (20 to 30), all born at home.