I am a midwife, lactation consultant, aspiring genealogist, and homeschooling mom striving to create a better world for the next generation to inherit. My passion for quality healthcare and education comes from a deep respect for my ancestors and the sacrifices they made so that future generations would have endless opportunities available to them. Midwifery care has been a normal part of my family for as long as anyone can remember and I am honored to be able to combine the traditions of the past with the evidence-based care of today.
After graduating from Mills College in Oakland, California, I became a birth and postpartum doula. I have since attended hundreds of births at home, in birth centers, and in hospitals. My midwifery training began with a formal apprenticeship with local midwife, Rosanna Davis, followed by an internship and residency at Casa de Nacimiento, a busy birth center in El Paso, Texas. I completed the academic program at National Midwifery Institute and received my midwifery license from the Medical Board of California in 2010. I am also a Certified Professional Midwife through the North American Registry of Midwives. I have been a volunteer leader with La Leche League since 2016 and I became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 2019.
I am the mother of two daughters, both born at home in San Leandro. The challenges I faced while pregnant, birthing, and postpartum with my own children were deep, humbling, and ultimately made me a better midwife and lactation consultant. I take pride in providing clinically competent care with compassion, patience, and with a true understanding that parenting can be more difficult (and rewarding) than anyone would expect. The support of my family makes it possible for me to serve other families as a midwife.
Our girls have been homeschooled since preschool and the experience has been greatly rewarding for the entire family. (I love helping other families realize birth doesn’t only have to happen in a hospital and education doesn’t only have to happen in a traditional school!) I also have a true passion and interest in Native American, Spanish, and Mexican genealogy and would be thrilled to offer a discount on midwifery or lactation services to anyone who can prove a genetic connection through Ancestry, 23andMe, or GEDmatch.
In my free time, I enjoy curriculum planning, interviewing elders, embarrassing my kids with my dancing, and cooking foods that are the best combination of culturally authentic and reasonably healthy for the body and soul.