The Midwives


Darlene Curtis, L.M. – Founder

The greatest joy in a woman’s life is to be a mother, The second is to be a midwife…
Darlene Curtis founded the birth center in May of 1999. Since founding Cascade Birth Center, we have been blessed to help welcome over 2000 babies.

On September 4th, 2020 Darlene retired and gently placed the Birth Center in Jennifer’s capable, loving hands. September 4th, 1998 was one of the happiest days of my life, I passed my state board exams and began my midwifery journey. It seemed fitting that this is the day that my midwifery journey would finally come to an end. Who knew 12 years ago when I helped Jennifer bring her babies into the world that I would be entrusting her with this place, my “other” baby. I have every confidence that Jen will carry on my legacy with the same love and commitment to the growing families of Snohomish County

Jennifer Marsh, LM CPM – OwnerJen resize pic

Before I became a midwife I had been working in the medical field for over 15 years as a medical assistant, phlebotomist and transfusion support technician. After my daughter, Elliana, was born in 2009, I took the birth doula training as a stepping stone towards midwifery school. Once my children were all in school I decided it was time for me to go back to school too. I started midwifery school in 2015 and soon after started working at Cascade Birth Center as a birth assistant and midwifery student. I graduated in the beginning 2019 and started working at the birth center as a licensed midwife immediately after. In September of 2020 I became the owner of Cascade Birth Center. Since starting at Cascade Birth Center I have had the pleasure of helping welcome around 400 babies. This birth center has been a huge part of my life from the place where my babies were born to the place I learned to become a midwife. I feel truly blessed to be a part of such a special part of so many peoples lives.

Amanda Engholm, LM CPMAmanda copy pic1

Amanda Engholm was born in Pasadena, CA and raised in Granite Falls, WA.  She joined the Air Force in 2007 and worked in the medical field for over 15 years.  This is where she found her passion to help others.  Captivated by pregnancy and birth, Amanda decided to pursue birth work after having her first child in 2014.  She was accepted into Bastyr University’s midwifery program in 2016 and graduated with her MS in Midwifery in 2019.  She takes every opportunity to educate client’s, co-workers and friends on everything involving pregnancy and childbirth. Amanda joined Cascade Birth Center as a licensed midwife in early 2020. Her passion for midwifery grows stronger each day as she learns the ins and outs of what it takes to be a midwife.