Ashley Castillote

Midwife Postpartum Doula, Placenta Specialist & Certified Lactation Educator

I’ve come into the birth world in many different roles: as a midwife, a birth doula, birth photographer, birth assistant, lactation educator, and as a laboring client myself! I hope to use all the knowledge and lessons I’ve learned through these experiences to better serve you in your own pregnancy journey.


My journey into birth work has truly come full circle. After having a negative experience with providers following the loss of my first pregnancy, I was determined to have a better experience when I became pregnant the second time with my daughter. This was when I first became introduced to midwifery. My midwives advocated for me during my birth and held my hand throughout my entire pregnancy and postpartum journey. I’ve heard so many traumatic birth stories from friends and family members and felt so deeply that a positive birth story like mine should not be an anomaly. Thus, a midwife was born! In 2020, I started the Master of Science in Midwifery program at Bastyr University and just graduated in June 2023. Prior to starting my master’s program, I completed birth doula training at Bastyr University’s Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations. I have had the honor of serving many families in the last few years in various roles: as their doula, as a birth photographer, as a birth assistant, or as the one catching their baby as a primary student midwife! Following graduation, I hope to support families in other ways outside of midwifery while I work on midwifery licensure and devote more time being present with my own family. Currently, I offer birth doula support, placenta encapsulation, birth photography and videography, and am a Certified Lactation Educator ready to help prepare parents for the breast/chestfeeding journey.

During my academic career, I have had the utmost privilege of gaining both labor support, midwifery, and lactation experience at my first clinical rotation at Northshore Midwives in Kenmore, WA. After a year with them, I got placed with Lake Washington Midwives at the Puget Sound Birth Center in Kirkland, WA where I took on primary roles as their senior student before switching to Foothills Midwifery & the Birth Cottage in Enumclaw, WA. I’m glad that I’ve found my passion in birth work and hope to provide safe, supportive, and exceptional care to all individuals regardless of their race, beliefs, social status, sexual orientation or identity. I also identify as a proud Filipino and Chinese woman and join the very few Asian American birth workers in Washington who stands by my promise of making birth services accessible and affordable for all.

When I’m not attending births, you’ll catch me crocheting, drawing, reading, studying plant medicine, caring for my bunnies, or chasing after my daughter, Niyomi! I reside in Des Moines/Federal Way with her, my husband Devin, and my grandpa.

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