Meet the Team

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 and Washington. 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.

Certifications and Experience:

I participate in regular Peer Reviews and Continuing Education opportunities.

Tammy Desjardins LM, CPM

My love for midwifery began with my own home birth in 2000. I loved it so much that I
had two more!

Committed to home schooling my six children, including leading a local cooperative, I remained a stay at home mom for over twenty years. Realizing that my youngest child would be an adult before long, I searched for my next assignment. 

Midwifery became a clear path for me, so I dove in with as many classes and certifications as possible. My experience as a Birth Assistant and Doula only solidified my desire and decision to follow this calling. Kim and Krysta welcomed me to HazelTree
Midwifery in 2020.

I am currently in the primary phase of my clinical studies while attending Mercy In Action School of Midwifery. I am both honored and excited to be
serving so many amazing families here in the Inland Northwest!

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Mercedes Krebs
Executive Administrator

Mercedes can’t help it. She loves to organize and streamline processes. She has worked in the administrative field for fifteen years but has also had her share of experiences and studies in the birth world as a prior student midwife and doula with Birthingway College of Midwifery.

Mercedes has seen in her own life the innate power and healing capabilities of the human spirit and body, and witnessed how pregnancy and childbirth is the exemplar of just that. She continues to be enamoured by it, and feels incredibly fulfilled working in this way to support the midwives and families of HazelTree.

Prior to Coeur d’Alene Mercedes was traveling the United States learning how to live off-grid and on homesteads. It was intuition and the HazelTree website that propelled her to travel across the country and take root in Idaho. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, eating, martial arts, dancing of all kinds, especially big band swing, being still in the wilderness, and her two sweet cats, Logan and Lexi.

Olivia
Midwifery Student

I am native to the PNW but grew up moving around and traveling internationally since I was young. My parents always had a nitch for travel and could never stay in one place so that made for an exciting life. Once I graduated high school, I decided to move over seas and served in a missions organization and provided humanitarian aid for two years. I always had a passion for holistic medicine and knew that I wanted to help others through this field. During my time serving in Ethiopia, I witnessed babies being born by local midwives which opened my eyes to a world I never knew existed. 

 
I moved back home after my travels and decided to become an Emergency Medical Techinician and worked on the ambulance for two years while I completed my prerequisites for midwifery. During this time of helping people in emergency situations, I realized that providing midwifery care would be a much more life giving career and fit my passions better than EMS. 
 
I am now a second year midwifery student and just recently moved to Coeur d ‘Alene to work under Kim at HazelTree. I feel so at home and can’t describe how right this path feels. I hope to serve my local communities while also serving internationally once I become a midwife. I am passionate to see people flourish in their best health and be apart of families as they grow. 
 
Besides being busy with midwifery, I have many other hobbies and passions. I love spending time outdoors, flipping houses or riding motorcycles with my sweet fella when we get to visit each other, cooking, anything to do with art, and spending time with my supportive friends and crazy family. Life is so good and I am blessed! 

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Selah
Midwifery Student

To pursue midwifery has been a desire of mine for many years. I’m thrilled to now getting the opportunity to train under Kim and the Hazel Tree team.
The idea that birth is natural and very much doable part of a woman’s life has been instilled in me since my youth. My mom had all four of her children at home and I one day hope to follow in her footsteps. In the meantime, my heart is to stand alongside expecting mommas and cheer them on as they bring their children earthside while also having the knowledge and practical skills to help aid moms when needed.

If drinking coffee or hot drinks in the morning is a hobby, then I definitely consider it one of mine.  A few more hobbies of mine could include playing piano, lake days, trying to keep my plants alive, and going out on the town in search of live music.  But if we’re being honest my favorite pastime is spending time with my new husband! Newly married and loving it! I am a native PNW girl. Born and raised. So naturally I’m excited to be even more firmly rooted in this community and I’m looking forward to serving many families in this area!

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