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. I believe that birth is powerful, challenging, beautiful, transformative, and fundamentally a normal, healthy function of the human body and that all birthing persons have the right to give birth in safety, dignity, and power.
Raised primarily in San Francisco, I first moved to Santa Cruz to attend UC Santa Cruz, earning a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies in 1991. That same year I attended my first birth and became hooked on birth and babies, which inspired me to change paths and become a midwife.
My midwifery education includes didactic training and apprenticeship with homebirth midwives in the San Francisco Bay Area; at Maternidad La Luz, a freestanding birth center and midwifery school in El Paso, Texas; as well as, 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 water birth tub at home, with a midwife’s help.
I am honored to serve all growing 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.