"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."- Theodore Roosevelt

Carolyn Mathews RN BSN IBCLC

Carolyn Mathews is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor Degree in Nursing received from the University of Washington in 1984.  She began her career working with families as nurse in Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care units at Children’s Hospital in Seattle, WA.  She moved to Bellingham, WA in 1990 and after a brief period away from full time nursing during her son’s early years, she returned to work in 1998 newly trained as a lactation consultant supporting mothers and babies in Whatcom and Skagit Counties.  She spent 10 years working for the Mother Baby Center conducting home visits for breastfeeding support services. During this time she earned the esteemed title of Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC).  She continued to work in the field of breastfeeding support services in the home health care setting after the closing of the Mother-Baby Center in 2008; this included a role as supervising RN/IBCLC at Walgreens/Option Care, and at Eden Home Health. After the closing of Eden Home Health’s Mother-Baby Unit, she continued her dedication to mothers and babies by launching her own private practice lactation service, Essential Lactation PLLC.  She is a member of the United States Lactation Consultants Association and works to keep herself updated in the ever changing field of lactation support services.

Rebecca Schayes MN CNM ARNP

Rebecca (Becky) Schayes is a Board Certified Nurse-Midwife (CNM) and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP).  Becky earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis & Clark and College in 2003, and returned to school at the University of Washington School of Nursing in 2008, where she earned a Bachelor of Nursing in 2009 and a Master’s of Nursing in Nurse-Midwifery in 2013. Her clinical experience during her training was varied and included everything from working with large, group practices in a hospital setting to working with a solo, independent, private practice CNM, ARNP with 32 years of experience delivering in hospital, home, and birth center.  While attending births is an incredible job, she feels strongly about providing women access to midwifery care throughout their entire lifetime, not just when they are pregnant.  For this reason, her current practice focuses on all other aspects of women’s health from the time a young woman gets her first period through menopause.  As an ARNP, she has is an independent, autonomous provider with full prescriptive authority.  Since starting private practice in June 2014 she has made many connections with other local providers, and has watched her number of clients grow steadily.  She is on the board of directors of Unity Care NW and a current member of the national and state affiliate chapter of the American College of Nurse Midwives.