Childbirth & Family Education

In an effort to serve our childbearing community during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are now offering virtual childbirth education. You can register at the bottom of the page.

Meet the instructors

Julie Harwell, RN, BSN
jharwell@kvhealthcare.org
Childbirth Preparation, Grandparent Education

Julie Harwell has been working as a childbirth educator since 1987. During her tenure at Seattle Midwifery School (now Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University), she developed their childbirth educator training curriculum and worked as lead educator. She has been a registered nurse for 25 years and has spent her entire career supporting childbearing women through labor and delivery. When she isn’t teaching childbirth class she can be found on her farm tending to dairy goats.

Rozsika Steele, MS, IBCLC
rsteele@kvhealthcare.org
Infant Feeding & Lactation Education, KVH eLearning

Rozsika Steele is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and is developing KVH’s first lactation program. She has been supporting families through her work as birth doula and childbirth educator since 2007. She earned her Master’s degree in Resource Management and has published work in the field of visual ethnography. In addition to her work in maternal-child health; she is a photographer, beekeeper, and mother to four children.