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.