Ashlee Walter, CNM, MSN is a certified nurse-midwife with Women's Healthcare Associates in Portland, Oregon.
“One thing I love about my job is the daily variety. Whether it is being able to identify the root cause of an issue that brings comfort and relief—or helping someone understand what we know and don’t know about what they are experiencing. Every person’s life situation and circumstances are different, so every conversation is different. My goal is to meet each person where they are at, help them understand their options and remain flexible in meeting their needs.”
Fascinated by pregnancy and birth for as long as she could remember, Ashlee was on the path to medical school when she learned about nurse-midwifery from a mentor during college. For Ashlee, the midwifery model of care represented the ‘missing link’ in her plans: a health care career that focused on truly knowing the individual at the center as person first, outside of their health condition. Today, she loves the variety inherent in caring for people with different identities, lived experiences, circumstances and needs. She values the opportunity to bring healing and redemption to previous traumatic or disappointing health or health care experiences and enjoys being able to work with teenagers, young adults and people who identify as LGBTQ+. In addition to caring for healthy pregnancies, Ashlee also has experience working in partnership with physicians to manage certain pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia, diet-controlled gestational or pre-existing diabetes, minor fetal anomalies and vaginal birth after cesarean section. Education and shared decision-making are core tenets of how she works with all of her patients, whether they are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, trying to avoid pregnancy or addressing another gynecological or preventative health care need at any stage of life.
Ashlee grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee just outside of Knoxville. She spent her college summers working for a whitewater rafting company in Colorado and could hardly wait to make her way west permanently after finishing graduate school. A former Young Life volunteer, she looks forward to returning to some type of volunteer youth mentorship again in the future. She also loves skiing, hiking and backpacking and spending time outdoors with her dog.
Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Midwifery, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, 2021
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 2019
American College of Nurse-Midwives