Marla Hicks began practicing midwifery in 1979 after working extensively with midwives and physicians attending homebirths. She successfully completed the Seattle Midwifery School Challenge Process and is licensed as a midwife by the Medical Board of California. She is a Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives and is one of only a few registered nurses in the United States holding ANCC-board certification in Perinatal Nursing, the high-risk obstetric nursing specialty.
Marla has attended nearly a thousand homebirths as a senior midwife and has also worked in hospital labor and delivery units, ambulatory care settings and a free-standing birth center. She is passionate about preserving homebirth as a safe choice for pregnant women and their families and is firmly committed to educating future midwives through direct-entry and nurse-midwifery educational programs. She is presently the Program Manager and a lead instructor for the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery.
Marla and her husband have a blended family of eleven children. Her seven births were all attended by midwives, the first in the hospital and the last six at home. Marla believes strongly in each woman's inherent ability to give birth and in physiologic birth as a transformative experience that uniquely prepares a woman for motherhood and brings family members closer together.