Certified Professional Midwife (CPM)
Licensed Midwife (LM)
I have attended hundreds of births in very diverse locations, from big cities to isolated villages in the U.S., Mexico, and even Scotland and I whole-heartedly believe that birth is a normal, healthy function of the human body and that all birthing persons have the right to give birth in safety, dignity, and power.
I provide services in both English and Spanish.
I grew up primarily in San Francisco as part of an immigrant family and completed a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1991. Along the way, coursework in Women’s Studies sparked in me a passion for women’s health.
When a dear friend invited me to her birth, I became hooked on birth and babies and was inspired to change paths and become a midwife.
My midwifery education began in 1993 and included apprenticeship and didactic training with homebirth midwives in the San Francisco Bay Area; at Maternidad La Luz, a freestanding birth center and midwifery school in El Paso, Texas; and with traditional midwives in Mexico. I earned my CPM credential from the North American Registry of Midwives in 1999 and my midwife license (LM) from the Medical Board of California in 2008.
In between I became a mother myself, giving birth to my son in a birth tub in my grandmother’s kitchen with a midwife’s help.
I am excited to be back in Santa Cruz and am honored to serve all families as an affirming health care provider– regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, socioeconomic background, marital status/single-hood, weight, sexual orientation or gender expression.
When not caring for my clients, I enjoy spending time with my teenage son and our pets, gardening, and being in awe of nature.