Meet the Team

Kim Palmer - Meet the Midwife

Kim Palmer LM, CPM

Native to the Pacific Northwest, I have been active in birth work since 1995. Doing extensive work as a doula and as a student midwife has made my skills sharp. I sat for the national exam for the North American Registry of Midwifery in 2012. I am currently licensed with the state of Idaho. I am an active member of the Idaho Midwifery Council and NACPM.

I have been married to my sweet guy since 1987. When weather permits, we camp regularly and enjoy fishing, canoeing and exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We both love to garden and find unique and tasty ways to eat what we grow. Our love of travel has taken us to foreign countries where we enjoy sampling local cuisines & experiencing diverse cultures. Together we have raised two wonderful daughters who have married fantastic men. They have made us grandparents to three of the greatest little people on the planet.


I have been very fortunate to travel yearly to Kenya, Africa and hope to continue.  My humanitarian work there includes sponsoring school age girls with tuition to a school specializing in “rescuing” girls at risk for FGM (female genital mutilation/female circumcision).  I also work very hard raising funds for a remotely located Maasai Days for Girls International Enterprise where the women construct and distribute  washable, reusable menstrual kits to school age girls. I have also been graciously welcomed into the Maasai Tribal Midwife community in a region known as Maasai Mau where I have been asked to offer continuing education style classes to local Maasai tribal midwives.  It has been such a blessing to me and I am so thankful to be a part of something this fantastic and life-changing.

When I’m not busy with birthing clients, or snuggling on my grandbabies, I love to create.  I’m an artist at heart.  I knit, I sew, I tatt, I refinish and upcycle.  I dabble in interior design and I’ll cut across three lanes of traffic to get to an antique store.   With all that, I try diligently to balance my midwifery career with the pleasure of being a wife and grandmother.


• 7 years as Student Midwife with Richelle Jolley, CPM, Dayspring Midwifery & Puget Sound Birth Center
• 10 years as self employed doula
• Current member of Idaho Midwifery Council
• Current member of National Assoc. of Certified Professional Midwives
• Certified in Neonatal Resuscitation
• Certified in CPR and Basic Life Support

I participate in regular Peer Reviews and Continuing Education opportunities.

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Estie Parris

My name is Estie Parris and I’m a west coast gal at heart. I was raised in Bellingham, Washington and have my B.A. from Western Washington University. I love to advocate for people and this has been a major theme in my life.

In 2007, I married my best friend, Joel. We are blessed by three spunky and energetic children, Peytra, Emmy and Asher. In the midst of tying to keep up with laundry, dishes and diapers, I love adventuring in the outdoors with my family. We love hiking, camping, bike-riding and rock climbing.

I started my journey into the birth world in 2009, when our first daughter was born via emergency cesarean section, due to cord prolapse. In 2011, our second daughter was born in a hospital, naturally by VBAC, just in the nick of time. My birth team consisted of my steadfast husband, as well as two close doula friends.

In 2013, our family moved to beautiful Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Pregnant with our third baby, I was delighted to meet Kim Palmer and she became our midwife. We quickly built a strong trust with Kim and had an amazing redemptive out-of-hospital birth. Since then, I have been ecstatic about the world of birth and aspire to partner with women and families. I am honored to be part of the HazelTree birth team, and look forward to serving you and your family on this life changing journey.

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Krysta Freed

My name is Krysta Freed and I am a senior midwifery student with HazelTree. I have attended around 150 births since 2011 and could not be more excited about finishing my degree with Midwives College of Utah to qualify for Idaho state licensure. I began working with Kim in May of 2015 and I am thrilled about our future together!

I married my best friend, Doug, in 2009 and officially became a bonus parent to two beautiful girls, Kayla and Emma. Two years later when we were expecting our daughter, Alaina, we simply hadn’t connected with our care providers so we decided to try this out-of-hospital birth thing ourselves! Kim helped bring my daughter into this world and it was through that beautiful experience that I found a passion for midwifery.  Our three girls sure keep us busy! We are often found at volleyball games, dance recitals, flute concerts and soccer matches. As a family we love bike-riding, hiking, singing and making home movies.

This career is a true calling and I am honored to be a part of women’s birth stories. I am continually humbled and fascinated by the process of the childbearing year and the empowerment that women gain when taking control of their pregnancies, labors, and parenting decisions.  We are here to support your journey with education, experience, and teamwork.

Meet our Families
Kim’s Family
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Estie’s Family Krysta’s Family
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