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Meet The Midwife

I was born and raised in Interior Alaska around a large, loud and loving family.  I have four sweet children who were all born with the help of my amazing midwives.  Being a midwife is my calling and it was solidified after my first time giving birth; it was so transforming, so empowering, that I began the long journey of becoming a midwife myself.  I will never forget what it is like to grow a baby, take responsibility for my health, take a proactive role, and give birth with my own choices at the forefront of my midwife's care.  That is my goal: to empower one person at a time to find their own strength and listen to their own inner wisdom, which greatly benefits the whole family throughout the child rearing years and the community beyond.  Each and every client's identity and culture is respected, acknowledged and advocated for in my care, no matter your background.  There is a midwife who is right for every one, and every one deserves a midwife of their own.  ~ Melanie Hansen

Education, Experience, & Philosophy

  • Bachelor of Science in Midwifery from Midwives College of Utah

  • State of Alaska: Certified Direct-Entry Midwife

  • North American Registry of Midwives: Certified Professional Midwife

  • NARM Approved Preceptor

  • Midwives Association of Alaska: Treasurer

  • Alaska Birth Collective: Membership Committee

  • AAP Neonatal Resuscitation Program

  • AAFP Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics

  • Via Vita Midwifery Foundation

  • Continuing education from numerous trainings, workshops, & conferences

  • Since 2012 I've worked with midwives in Alaska in a wide variety of practices: small to large, homebirth and birth center, medically modeled to more holistic and hands-off.  I chose an evidence-based, low-intervention, empowering, client-centered, and holistic style after seeing harm caused by the opposite.


I'm here to bring traditional, honest, empowering prenatal care and birth back to Fairbanks...my Golden Heart Community!