About

Jennifer Neira Heystek

Generations Midwifery Service is the midwifery practice of Jennifer Neira Heystek.  It was born in 2010 and is based in San Leandro, California.

My passion for community-based midwifery care stems from the inherited legacy of continuing the work of my ancestors, a passion for providing quality health care and informed consent, and the midwifery care I received while pregnant with my own child.

After graduating from Mills College, I began attending births as a DONA-certified birth doula.  My midwifery training began with a formal apprenticeship with Rosanna Davis, Licensed Midwife, followed by an internship and residency at Casa de Nacimiento, a high-volume birth center in El Paso, Texas.  I completed the three-year academic program at National Midwifery Institute and received my California midwifery license in 2010.  Since 2005, I have attended hundreds of births at home, in birth centers, and in hospitals.

My grandmother and two great-grandmothers were traditional midwives who provided care to Mexican-American families in Texas and California.  Midwifery has been a part of our family for generations, and I am honored to be able to continue the tradition of providing families with community-based, culturally-appropriate care.

I am licensed by the State of California to provide midwifery care, including planned home birth services, to healthy women having normal pregnancies.  I am also a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives.  I speak conversational Spanish and conversational Dutch.

I was graced by the presence and support of many wonderful mentors along my journey of becoming a midwife and I believe in passing on that same support to the next generation.  Each month, I host a support group for aspiring midwives to provide encouragement as they travel their individual paths.  Any Bay Area aspiring or student midwife is welcome to join us!

I could not live and work as a midwife without the love and support of my family.  My husband, Louis, and I have been married for 8 eight years. We live in San Leandro, along with our daughter, Olivia, who was born at home with the help of a midwife in 2012.