Our Team

Bethel Belisle CDM, CPM

Bethel Belisle

CDM, CPM

​After her firstborn was delivered by an unplanned cesarean section a spark ignited within Bethel to educate women on their options and ensure that they have the knowledge to make the best decisions for themselves and their baby. Bethel is a VBAC mom, birthing at a birth center and at home.

Bethel began her apprenticeship in 1995 and was first licensed in 1999. Bethel has practiced midwifery in Alaska, Arizona, Texas, Haiti, and Oregon. With each new place she has journeyed to, her love and passion for midwifery has only grown.

Bethel is a Certified Direct Entry Midwife as well as a Certified Professional Midwife under the Bridge Program. Bethel has been married to Kennon for over 30 years and together they have 14 children, by birth and by adoption.

Noa Kellar

CDM, CPM

​Daughter of Bethel Belisle, I am no stranger to midwifery. After helping to “hold the flashlight” at my first birth when I was 7, it became my desire to become a midwife and work alongside my mother someday. That day came in 2015 when I returned home from college and was told that I was on call as a birth assistant. From there, I moved quickly from assistant, to apprentice, to midwife. ⠀

I am a new member of the Alaska Air National Guard and am enrolled at the University of Alaska, Anchorage pursuing my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. My goal is to get my Master’s and use it to work with women battling mental health disorders in their childbearing years. ⠀


Noa Kellar
Cindy Earley

Cindy Earley

CDM, CPM

Cindy’s journey to midwifery was a long road, beginning with the birth of her first child in 1994. She began her pregnancy with the intention of an OB assisted hospital birth, but ended up choosing a midwife in a hospital in another town altogether. The experience of switching providers mid-pregnancy in order to get the care she wanted led her to become a childbirth educator for the next 20 years. The rest of her children were all born at home.

In addition to teaching in Lynchburg, Virginia and Anchorage, Alaska, she also taught classes in the communities of Bethel and Fairbanks. She has served on the non-profit boards of the Alaska Birth Network and Informed Beginnings, and is the current Secretary for the Midwives’ Association of Alaska. Her work has included training other childbirth educators and presenting on various topics at childbirth conferences. During her time teaching she also became a doula, and eventually a licensed Certified Direct Entry Midwife in 2016, and a Certified Professional Midwife in 2018. She has worked in both birth center and home birth settings, believing that it is an honor and privilege to be invited into the sacred space of a birthing woman.

She and her husband TJ together have 8 children, and when not catching babies she homeschools, gardens, and chases cats and chickens around.

 

Laura Lemons

CDM, CPM

I am a life long Indigenous Alaskan who was raised in Glennallen and Dillingham. My husband and I have called the Mat-Su Valley home since 1998 and have enjoyed raising our three children here. We have been married for 25 years and have two amazing grandsons who also live here the Valley.

I have been birth support for family and friends for many years which helped develop my love for birth and supporting families. I trained and became a certified doula in 2018, a Certified Indigenous Doula in 2020, and went on to obtain my Bachelor’s of Science in Midwifery May of 2022. Two months later, I obtained my Certified Professional Midwife license and I now hold a midwife license in both Idaho and Alaska.

I love and feel privileged to witness the miracle of birth, educating women and their families and helping them become more empowered in the birth process.

Laura Lemons

Sarah Stevens

IBCLC

I moved to Alaska in 2005 to be closer to my brother and his wife as they were raising their first child. I had had my own kids while living thousands of miles away from family and I wanted my siblings to have better support than I had had. I didn’t expect to like it – I grew up in California and I hate being cold – but almost 20 years later I’m still here! Alaska has turned out to be a welcoming place to raise my family and grow a community and has been the setting for fantastic outdoor adventures. I love to play outdoors and get dirty and am always up for a spontaneous bike ride, camping trip or fishing day. Mostly, though, I make my messes in my kitchen or my garden.
 
I have been an Internationally Board-Certified Lactation Consultant since 2009. Before that I was a Childbirth Instructor and a flight attendant for a major airline. I became a Lactation consultant after a disempowering breastfeeding experience with my first child. I want to provide care and support to families and make sure they have adequate information to make all of the important decisions we make when we are raising babies. I’m eager to hear how I can help and support you in your unique experience of parenthood

Ashley Kocienda

Student Midwife

After a career in law enforcement Ashley wanted a more positive change. She attended a midwifery school back in 2018 and plans on continuing that journey in the near future. Ashley’s first childbirth experience was the birth of her younger brother. Since then she has fallen in love with helping women and their growing families. 

On the side Ashley loves photography and would like to specialize in maternity and birth photography. Ashley has a passion to love and help people anyway she can.

Asher Tua

Asher Tua

Administrator & Midwife Apprentice

Asher is often the first person you see when you walk into Haven. She is the one who answers your phone calls, texts and emails, and answers any billing and insurance questions you may have. She works hand in hand with our billing team to make sure the whole process is as easy and smooth as possible for you. Asher also does placenta encapsulation, artwork, and resin placenta and breastmilk jewelry.

"Most amazing ladies. So knowledgeable and open to your ideas and needs! I am a professional woman with many pregnancy care options and I would not want anyone else to care for me and my child/family! Love these ladies!"
- Priscilla Moore

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