Who We Are
One Family supports families from Anchorage, Girdwood, Mat-Su, and rural Alaska areas.
We are a non-profit dedicated to serving the needs of the community. We empower women and families to birth naturally and give women the freedom to have the birth they choose. One Family we work together with you to provide an optimal outcome for everyone involved. We are applying for 501(c)(3) status and invite our community to come forward with ideas for fund-raising or creating the ideal birthing experience.
If your here to meet your provider & support staff please read their bio’s below. If you would like to know the history of One Family, I am here to tell you my story…..I delivered my first child at our birth center in 2004, and was so moved by the experience that I dedicated my life’s work to the support of Alaska’s birthing community. I have a long history of supporting start ups of several successful enterprises.
An entrepreneur at heart, I became the managing member of One Family, LLC in 2007, and quickly led the organization to become the first licensed birth center in Alaska in January of 2008. Being a licensed facility is key to quality of patient care allowing for regulation of standards and reimbursement from exclusive insurances, such as Medicaid and Denali Kid Care. I have a serious drive for advocating for and educating clients how to maximize benefits and minimize the burden of patient responsibility, I continue to support the growth and development of One Family, LLC and in 2016 transitioned the BirthCenter into a separate non-profit entity known as One Family Community BirthCenter, which I humbly serve as President. The role of One Family Community BirthCenter is to be a safe space that empowers families to get the care they need during the vunerable stages of maternity care and provide space for professionals with like-minded practice to operate out of, like One Family, LLC. The company continues to practice it’s health clinic at the non-profit facility.Shauna Howell
I began my journey into midwifery after the birth of my first son by unplanned c/sec. When he was 10 months old I stumbled across the book Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin and it rocked my world. I had no idea there was such a thing as midwives, that women had choices and that birth was something to embrace. I knew midwifery was something I had to run after. I became a childbirth educator in 1994 and taught childbirth education in the hospital as well as for home birth clients. In 1995 I became an apprentice with a wonderful midwife and after 4 years of education and an apprenticeship with nurse midwives. Certified Direct Entry Midwives, in birth centers and at home, I became a Certified Direct Entry midwife in Alaska in 1999.
I have served women in Alaska, Arizona, Texas, Haiti and Oregon. My passion to serve women has only grown as my own family has grown. My husband and I have 14 children. As each child grows and leaves the nest, my calling has increased to serve families. We have two grand babies, whom I had the honor of catching as they came earth side.
I am so blessed to be at One Family, giving each woman and family one on one caring, holding space as each woman finds the strength to birth her baby, and taking care of each baby as they make the transition from the womb. I love being a continued place of support throughout the childbearing years.Bethel Belisle
I have a passion for empowering women to birth as they choose. I believes that birth is natural and that when the mom has minimal risk factors, it is not something that must be done in a hospital. I advocate for and attends vaginal births after cesareans (VBACs) and support women in deciding where and how they want to birth. With a background in ER nursing I am well equipped to handle emergencies when they happen, and with a history of serving women in Africa, I easily adapt to situations and cultural preferences for the wellbeing of mother and child. As a CNM, I am able to care for tricare women and often become a part of their family-away-from-family. I am honored to be able to serve them as they serve our country.
I witnessed birth for the first time at age 7. I “held the flashlight” and that birth planted the seed of becoming a midwife. I completed an intercultural study program at Trinity Bible College and immediately began training as a birth assistant with Bethel Belisle. Currently, I hold an apprentice license with the State of Alaska and am completing my midwifery studies with Via Vita School of Midwifery. I hold current certifications in CPR and NRP. I am also a placenta encapsulation specialist.
I love to write and am an accomplished artist. I am told I “bring the freshness of youth into our practice” but, for me it is all about the love for families.Noa Belisle
You will find me at the front desk greeting our mother’s to be and their families with a friendly smile and generous hospitality. Being a personal caregiver since 1993 and a devoted mother of two, I know how important family centered care is. I am so privileged to be doing what I am passionate about by supporting our midwives and genuinely caring about you and your family. I will ensure your questions or concerns brought to my attention are fully addressed with you, that you get the best care possible, and welcome you as part of One Family.Anitra Holloway
I entered the world of midwifery and natural births in 2011 after externing with One Family as a Certified Medical Assistant. As a first time mom, I knew nothing about labor except that I was having a baby in a hospital with a provider I barely knew. After meeting with a midwife and hearing other moms tell of their awesome labor experiences out of hospital, I knew I had to try it. In July of 2011 my husband and I welcomed our first child in what I can only describe as an amazing and relaxing waterbirth. From that moment on, I became a strong advocate of out of hospital births.
Today, I work in an environment with a team of wonderful, like-minded women who love what they do and more importantly love to provide support and encouragement to our moms and their families. Whether providing support to the front desk or assisting one of our midwife’s during your appointments or your birth, I look forward to meeting you and being a part of your experience here at One Family.Koleta Maalona
I’m Shanna, otherwise known as Alaska Birth Doula! A lifelong Alaskan, I’m married to Nate and mom to four awesome kids, three sons, and one daughter. I am a passionate encourager of supported and informed pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. I am a certified Labor Doula and Childbirth Instructor, and also serve as Vice President of the Alaska Birth Collective, a group committed to connecting Alaskan families with care providers and quality resources in our community.Shanna Switzer
I am a licensed massage therapist, educator, and consultant with more than 20 years experience in massage therapy, including prenatal massage, myofacial release, reflexology and other healing modalities. I am an A+ rated BBB member and board certified personal trainer. Contact for my services can be made through One Family Birth Center, where I schedule one complimentary massage with each expecting mother, while under the supervision of One Family Community Birth Center Midwives.Elizabeth Wallmann-Filley
I have been a resident of Anchorage, Alaska since 1982 and currently reside here with my husband and three children. In 2012, I graduated from the Alaska Institute of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, & Massage Therapy to become a licensed massage therapist. My passion for family care and loving touch within the home have been prevalent in my vision for my business from the beginning, prompting my goal to become a teacher of infant massage to parents, and I became a Certified Educator of Infant Massage in 2016 through Infant Massage USA. I have experience in both chiropractic and healing arts settings, and my primary focuses are myofascial and trigger point therapies. I build relationships with my clients to assist and encourage them through achieving their goals of pain relief, increased mobility, and stress reduction. Thorough intake, assessment, and modifications for each individualized session are used to provide optimum care. Modalities frequently used to meet your goals are Swedish Massage, Trigger Point and Myofascial Release Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, and Tuning Fork Therapy. Prenatal and Chair massage are also available.Claudette Burden