Your Birth Belongs To You!
Childbirth is both a miracle and a normal, primal life process. With loving and skillful attention in support of your instincts, tremendous joy and healing can be experienced.
It matters how we give birth
I became a midwife to encourage your instincts, respect your self knowing, help you digest your fear and guide you towards trusting your body and your baby.
I have all the skills, knowledge and equipment of my medical licensure. And I also practice radical consent, never losing sight that you are the decision maker in your own care.
People choose Homebirth because:
Birth is a normal body processes - not an illness
You are in the comfort and familiarity of your own home
You choose who is at your birth, who touches you and how
You are not "on the clock"
You move, eat, drink as you desire
You are free to birth instinctively by listening and responding to your body's impulses
You are never separated from your baby
There are no routine interventions
It matters how we are born
I work with those who understand that birth demands all the strength and all the surrender they possess; those who trust and who long to trust in their ability to meet and be equal to the intensity and mystery of their experience; those who want to birth uninterrupted at home.
The complications of childbirth, due routine medical interventions, are minimized or eliminated
The risk of having a cesarean birth decreases
The risk of infection decreases
And so many more reasons!
What I offer:
Postpartum care (for baby too!)
Breast/chest feeding support
Birth trauma healing
Authentic Movement sessions and groups
Assistance in finding culturally appropriate care
I have been involved with childbirth for over 26 years, beginning with the homebirth of my gorgeous daughter. My first Midwifery teachers were my own beloved Midwives. They gave me an unshakable foundation of trust in the ability and wisdom of our wild-nature bodies to grow and birth babies. And it was here that I learned about and experienced the power of radical self-responsibility and the healing of body autonomy during childbirth.
I went on to create a village prenatal clinic, teach childbirth options and attend unassisted, free births. This led to formal midwifery training in birth centers and with homebirth midwives in Canada and the U.S. I graduated from the National Midwifery Institute and have attended over 700 births.
I’m dedicated, in quiet and noisy ways to understanding power, privilege, and oppression, both internal and institutional, and to speaking out against and standing up to white supremacy and patriarchy. I’m committed to protecting and nurturing that which is beautiful in life, so that each and every one of us gets to experience health, joy and liberation.
I acknowledge that, here in the East Bay, I am a settler on the ancestral homeland of Muwekma Ohlone people. I am grateful to discover and want to share with you one practical way to begin to recognize this and take responsibility:
The Sogorea Te Land Trust is an urban Indigenous women-led community organization that facilitates the return of Chochenyo and Karkin Ohlone lands in the San Francisco Bay Area to Indigenous stewardship. Sogorea Te creates opportunities for all people living in Ohlone territory to work together to re-envision the Bay Area community and what it means to live on Ohlone land. Guided by the belief that land is the foundation that can bring us together, Sogorea Te calls on us all to heal from the legacies of colonialism and genocide, to remember different ways of living, and to do the work that our ancestors and future generations are calling us to do. http://sogoreate-landtrust.com
I look forward to hearing from you!