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.