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.

Krystal Portrait

Krysta Freed LM, CPM

I am so happy to be a midwife in our region. Kim and I take great pride having incredible relationships with our clients and I thrive on the friendships I have developed while supporting my passion of working with mothers in their childbearing year. My goal is to continue to practice at a small, intimate level to ensure the best quality of care. I could not maintain my love and commitment for midwifery if it weren’t for my wonderfully supportive family. They never let my cup go empty. My husband and I have been married since 2009 and when welcoming our daughter Alaina in 2011, it was apparent our lives were about to change drastically. The care we received from our midwives (Kim Palmer is included in that birth team ☺ was so empowering it made my future clear, I was going to be a life learner about all things birth. Through this process, my husband and bonus girls – Kayla and Emma have learned with me, loved me in the hard times and rejoiced in the beautiful times. My three girls, my husband and midwifery are the absolute loves of my life. In our spare time, we enjoy anything that has to do with music; singing, dancing, concerts and exploring instruments we have no clue how to play. We swim, paddleboard, fish, hike and most recently ski and snowboard.


  • Licensed midwife since 2017
  • Attending births since 2012
  • Attended Midwives College of Utah
  • Currently a member of the Idaho Midwifery Council
  • Certified in Neonatal resuscitation
  • Certified in CPR and Basic Life Support
  • Bloodborne pathogen certified
  • Regularly attend our region’s peer review meetings
  • Quarterly attend round table meetings with KMC OB and neonatology staff
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Kelsea Justus

My name is Kelsea Justus and I’ve lived in Coeur d’Alene for 10 years. I’m currently a student midwife, working towards a Master Degree in Midwifery from Midwives college of Utah. I graduated with an Associates Degree in Environmental Science from North Idaho College in 2016. I have three children, my daughter age 7 and two sons ages 5, and 2. My interest in birth work started 4 years ago, as I began my journey as a prenatal and birth doula. As an accompanying feature to my birth work, I started birth photography. I watched in “awe” as mothers welcomed their babies earth side, which has led me to my current path as a student midwife. In 2015, I became a certified midwives assistant. Here is where I recognized that my acquired skills proved to serve a great purpose to mothers and midwives. My path as a student midwife has opened many other opportunities in my career. I’m a placenta encapsulation specialist, photographer, and a Certified Kinesiology/ Soft tissue Taping Practitioner. In January of 2018, I started working as a student with Kimberly Palmer and Krysta Freed. I’m honored to be part of the Hazel Tree team, and look-forward to accompanying you and your family on this beautiful journey.
Meet our Families
Kim’s Family
Krysta’s Family
Kelsea’s Family