Elliott Leslie (nee Tillmann) has spent much of her life volunteering with various organizations, beginning at the age of ten with the local Headstart program on an Air Force base in Grand Forks, ND. Her years of volunteer work eventually brought her to working as a volunteer doula both with Seattle based Open Arms and with the Honduran organization Dar a Luz. From there, her love for birth work was cemented and her path to midwifery swiftly followed. Elliott also studied at the University of Washington where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a focus on gender, class and racial equity. She has been active in the Midwives Association of Washington State (MAWS) since 2017 and currently sits on the Board of Directors as acting secretary.
Elliott can also be found practicing and teaching yoga, doing crossword puzzles, and canning and preserving the bounty of her mini-farm.
Lizz began her journey to midwifery at an early age after witnessing her brother's home birth. She graduated with honors from Stanford University, majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in adolescent sexuality. She volunteered extensively with the university’s sexual, reproductive, and mental health student groups. She has lived in the Seattle area for over nine years and is very happy to call the Pacific Northwest home.
As a white, queer person with plenty of privilege, Lizz is passionate about building a truly inclusive midwifery practice and acknowledges that her privilege leads to blank spots. She is committed to educating herself and working tirelessly to offer care that meets clients where they are and honors the whole of their experience.
Outside of midwifery, Lizz loves making flower salads, knitting, gardening, and taking her cat for walks.
Elliott and Lizz both graduated from Bastyr University with Masters of Science in Midwifery. They are passionate about offering evidence-based, tailored midwifery care, and believe that strong relationships are key to positive birth experiences. Elliott and Lizz are thrilled to be supporting families through the tremendous transition that is pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. They are deeply committed to an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed style of care and believe that the Midwives Model of Care has the potential to heal the many personal, social, and intergenerational wounds that we all carry.
Lizz & Elliott truly believe that they work better together. You will get to know both midwives throughout your care and you can be assured that at least one (and usually both!) of your trusted midwives will be at your birth, whether you choose a home birth or birth center birth. Two midwives also means that they can take turns off-call, promoting a healthy, sustainable practice and happy midwives.
When not catching babies, Lizz and Elliott share a love for botanical medicine, gardening, wildcrafting herbal remedies, and hiking. They are thrilled to be serving South King County and are enjoying exploring the trails and parks around Federal Way, Auburn, and Des Moines. Thank you for trusting us to be a part of your journey!
Wellspring Midwifery is committed to helping build strong family foundations by offering safe, compassionate, family-centered care to pregnant and birthing families. We strive to be a healing force for our clients and communities by offering customized, holistic care for every family through anti-racist, trauma-informed, and shared decision-making frameworks. We believe that this type of care can lead to deep health and healing for the entire family that lasts a lifetime.
Join Lizz for a virtual tour of our office in Federal Way! This is where we conduct prenatal, postpartum, and well-newborn visits. We look forward to meeting you here!
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