Jennifer Neira Heystek, LM, CPM, IBCLC

I am a Native American (Genizaro, Coahuiltecan) and Chicana midwife, lactation consultant, genealogist, and mom striving to create a better world for the next generation to inherit. My passion for providing quality healthcare comes from a deep respect for my ancestors, an honoring of the sacrifices they made, and a recognition of the opportunities that were not available to them. Midwifery care has been a normal part of my family for as long as anyone can remember. I am grateful for the ability to combine the traditions of the past with the evidence-based care of today.

After graduating from Mills College in Oakland, California, I worked as a birth and postpartum doula. My midwifery training began with a formal apprenticeship with local midwife, Rosanna Davis, followed by an internship and residency at Casa de Nacimiento, a high-volume birth center in El Paso, Texas. I completed the academic program at National Midwifery Institute and received my midwifery license from the California Medical Board in 2010. I am also a Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives. My years of experience as a doula and then as a midwife gave me the opportunity to support hundreds of families as they gave birth at home, in a hospital, or in a birth center. 

I am the mother of two daughters, who were both born at home in San Leandro, California. The challenges I faced while pregnant, birthing, and postpartum with my own children were deep, humbling, and ultimately made me a much better health care provider. 

After attending La Leche League meetings to get help with my own breastfeeding struggle, I became a volunteer leader and then eventually an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I take pride in providing clinically competent care with compassion, patience, and a true understanding that parenting can be more difficult (and rewarding) than anyone would expect. My family and extended community make it possible for me to serve other families as a midwife and I am so grateful for their support. 

In addition to healthcare, I am deeply passionate about genealogy and tracing family roots. My particular interest is in Native American, Spanish, and Mexican genealogy. I have spent years researching my own family history and I really enjoy helping others start their own research journey. In my down time between births, I enjoy dancing Ballet Folklorico, playing the drums, going to powwows, and cooking New Mexican food. This is the year I will learn to make my own ribbon skirt!

I was born and raised in the Bay Area and I’m proud to serve clients who reflect the rich diversity of the area. At Generations Midwifery & Lactation Services, all families seeking support for pregnancy, birth, and lactation are welcomed and treated with dignity and respect. I especially enjoy working with BIPOC and LGBTQ+ families. I’m so grateful to all the parents and babies who have allowed me to work with them through such a sacred part of their lives.