Sequoia Midwifery
 

Experience

  • Certified Nurse Midwife since 2004.
  • 486 babies caught as primary midwife, and counting! Including many waterbabies, in home, free-standing birth center, and hospital settings.
  • Currently one of six certified nurse midwives practicing homebirth in the bay area.
  • Over 560 total births attended as midwife, midwife assist, doula, or c-section surgical assistant.
  • Worked as a full-time midwife for Sutter Davis Hospital's progressive birthing center from 2006-2010.
  • Doula since 1998 attended births in home, birthing center and hospital settings.
  • Nurse Practitioner since 2004.
  • Registered Nurse since 2002 working in Women's Health Clinics at San Francisco General Hospital.
  • Prenatal Yoga Instructor since 2000 offering individual and group classes in English and in Spanish.
  • Massage Therapist since 1999 worked in both spa and private practice settings.
  • 16 years of experience working with birthing families.

Education

Master of Science (M.S.) Nursing 2004
University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital Interdepartmental Nurse-Midwifery Education Program

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Anthropology 1999
University of California Santa Cruz

Current Licenses and Training

American Midwifery Certification Board
Certified Nurse Midwife

California Board of Registered Nursing
Nurse Midwife
Nurse Midwife Furnishing
Nurse Practitioner
Registered Nurse

American Heart Association
Neonatal Resuscitation Provider
Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers

International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners
International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
IBCLC Number: 11179560

Midwife Publications Inc.
First Assist for Cesarean Birth

WholeBirth Yoga Robin Sale
Jane Austin Prenatal Yoga Teaching Training
Certified Prenatal Yoga Instructor

Cypress Health Institute
Certified Massage Practitioner

Nursing Mother's Council
Breastfeeding Counselor

Centering Healthcare Institute Inc.
Centering Pregnancy Empowerment model of Group Prenatal Care

United States Department of Health and Human Services, National Plan and Provider Enumeration System
NPI# 1851406532

My Care Philosophy

Birth is normal
Pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and mothering are deep and sacred experiences. Pregnancy is not an illness, it is a normal transition and aspect of the life cycle.

How we are born matters
The way babies enter the world matters and impacts their health and subsequently the health of our families, communities and the world. My work involves helping to create healthy families, empowered mothers, and respected newborns.

Homebirth is safe
If we accept that birth is not an illness, it follows that it does not always need to take place in a hospital. Homebirth is a safe option for healthy women experiencing uncomplicated pregnancies. Over the years, I've observed that women birth well in the location where they feel the most safe. Many women feel safer, more comfortable, and more in control in their own home environment and with skillful, personalized, compassionate care by a midwife.

Trust in your health care provider matters
I believe that relationship is the medicine and that women are able to contact the deep power and vulnerability inherent in the birthing process when they trust their care provider.

Midwifery is an art and a science
As a midwife, I combine compassionate, intuitive care with the appropriate application and use of medical science and technology. In other words, I offer high-touch low-tech care. I believe in the power and efficacy of the midwifery model of care; bridging ancient ways with modern medicine.

Family centered
Birth is a normal family event, a rite of passage in which all involved are initiated. I enjoy working with doulas, support people, and family members.  When it is appropriate, I also love it when siblings attend the birth.

Individualized
No two women, no two babies, and no two births are the same.
I attune to your individual needs, trusting in your unique process, facilitating your connection to the innate and instinctual wisdom of your body, your baby, and your motherself.

Shared Responsibility/Shared decision-making
Choosing homebirth is a decision to participate more fully in your experience, to take responsibility for your and your baby's health, and to be intimately involved in your health care decisions.
Informed consent is an essential part of this process and gives you the opportunity to know the risks, benefits, and alternatives associated with specific medical interventions.

Your inherent wisdom is valued
Women are experts about their own bodies. Babies have an inherent intelligence, which they are already communicating in the womb. Sharing this wisdom with your midwife is a vital component in guiding our decision-making. Both your intuition and maternal instincts are valued and supported.

Holistic Care
I treat the whole person and I am passionate about preventative and integrative medicine. I recommend the simplest remedies first with nutrition, exercise, mindfulness, herbs, homeopathy, flower essences, and other complementary modalities for healing. As a nurse-midwife, I am well-versed in the use of medical technology and life-saving interventions. However, I believe the art of midwifery includes recognizing and educating families about the appropriate use of such interventions.

Biography

  I was called to the field of midwifery at the age of 19. I attended my first birth as a support person for a mother birthing twin boys in the hospital in San Diego in 1998. Shortly thereafter, I attended my first homebirth in New Jersey. I will never forget the awe and wonder I experienced while witnessing new life emerging from a woman's womb. For the past 14 years I have dedicated myself to the service of birthing women and their families as a midwife, doula, massage therapist, prenatal yoga instructor, breastfeeding counselor, and registered nurse.  For me, this work fulfills my desire to directly participate in the creation of a more peaceful, sustainable, inclusive, and just world. Welcoming babies into the world is an honor. I derive profound joy from guiding natural processes and supporting feminine power.
  I was born in New Jersey and spent my childhood in both Southwest Florida and Coastal New Jersey, the youngest of three girls. Drawn by the amazing weather and environment, I moved to California in 1996 to start my higher education. During my undergraduate work at University of California San Diego, I began an apprenticeship with a homebirth midwife, and volunteered in clinics at the border of California and Mexico. I finished my Bachelor's degree in Cultural Anthropology from University of California Santa Cruz in 1999, while working as a medical assistant for a Certified Nurse Midwife. During that time, I also trained to become a prenatal yoga instructor, massage therapist, breastfeeding counselor as well as a doula. In 2001, I attended the University of California San Francisco, first becoming a Registered Nurse in 2002 and then a Certified Nurse Midwife in 2004. In 2001, I participated in a cross-cultural exchange of skills and practices with a cooperative of midwives and weavers, called Nueva Allianza, in the village of San Martin outside of Xela, Guatemala.
  My formative years as a practicing midwife took place at Sutter Davis Hospital in Davis, California, where I was fortunate to gain valuable experience in an environment that honors the birth process and evidence-based, low-intervention maternity care.  I am overjoyed that my path has now come full circle to practicing homebirth in the Bay Area, where I have lived since 2000. In my years as a midwife, I have attended 465 births in all settings: hospital, free-standing birth center and home. I consistently feel honored by the trust which families place in me in this role.
  I currently live in the Kensington hills in a small community. I am fortunate to have Wildcat canyon as my backyard, and when I'm not catching babies I like to spend my time hiking in the canyon, gardening, surfing, backpacking in the sierras, dancing, and watching slapstick comedies. I am a native English speaker and am proficient in speaking, reading, and writing in Spanish.

Languages Spoken

English and Spanish