As your home birth midwives, we work in partnership to provide complete prenatal, birth and postpartum care, including VBAC. On call 24/7, we are available to answer questions, safely guide you through the intimate journey of pregnancy and birth, and celebrate with you as you welcome your child into the world. We bring a deep trust in birth and in the strength of each birthing family.
Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife
Renée earned her BA in Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Macalester College in 2008 and started attending births as a doula in 2008. The majority of her midwifery training took place in Minneapolis with a busy home birth practice and then at a birth center. She also had the privilege of attending births in rural Iowa and Colorado with midwives who serve Amish and Mennonite families. She is also a Certified Lactation Educator.
Renée’s commitment to compassionate maternity care was inspired by her grandfather, a practicing doctor until his late 80s. Hearing his stories, following him on rounds, and seeing the close relationships that often grew between him and his patients taught her that good medicine has to include “being there.”
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Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife
Ellen has a strong passion for women’s health and over 25 years of experience providing loving prenatal, birth and postpartum midwifery care. Since 1987, Ellen has attended more than 1,000 births.
Ellen trained as a midwife through a homebirth apprenticeship in California and clinical training in a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica and at birth centers in Austin, Texas and Hollywood, Florida. Prior to that she worked as an EMT in San Francisco. Teaching and training apprentices, midwifery students and her clients has been an integral part of her practice with the wonderful result of passing on the midwifery model of care. Her enthusiasm and dedication have led her to become a leader in the midwifery community.
In addition to offering classes and workshops to aspiring midwives, Ellen has served as the regional representative on the board of the California Association of Midwives and on the California Licensing Committee. She also helped found the Bay Area Homebirth Collective. Ellen’s commitment is reflected in the respect and affection of her client families. When not caring for her clients, Ellen enjoys partner dancing, juggling, and spending time with her family.
The safety of home birth comes in part from the strong relationship between midwife and client, based in trust, respect and open communication. As your midwives, we provide care founded on clinical skill and knowledge of current research and best practices. Abundant research shows that for low-risk pregnancies, birthing at home with midwives is a safe option.
We deeply respect the autonomy of each birthing person and value their right to make choices regarding all aspects of their life. We also value the oneness of clients and their unborn children and the ability of clients to nurture their pregnancies and make choices for themselves and their babies. We strive to offer care rooted in shared decision making, informed choice, and empowerment of the birthing family. (See more from MANA and NACPM)
Most people in labor enjoy getting in the birth tub at some point, whether they end up choosing to birth on land or in water. We lend a birth tub to all clients desiring the option for a water birth.
We follow you and your well newborn until six weeks postpartum as primary care providers. If there is a need for your baby to see another provider in that time, we will help you transfer care.
We are committed to supporting the breastfeeding relationship. When necessary, we include extra postpartum visits to insure that breastfeeding gets off to a great start.
Some people who birth in the hospital would still like midwifery care at home during early labor. As a monitrice, we act as sort of hybrid between doula and midwife; we provide midwifery care (such as monitoring vitals and heart tone checks) during labor at home and then stay with you as a doula upon arrival at the hospital.
For monitrice clients, we also offer to bring a camera and take photos as the process allows, free of charge. (We took all of the pictures on this site!)
We charge a flat fee for complete prenatal, birth, and postpartum care. Insurance will often reimburse at least some of this fee, depending on your plan. We work with a biller to recover as much of your costs as we can.
We hold closely the values of feminism, anti-racism and anti-homophobia and am committed to serving all types of families regardless of race, religion, sexuality, gender, age, or ability. We believe that health care is a human right.
Call to set up a free consultation about your birth: (510) 406-8333. This interview usually lasts about an hour and is a time for you to get all your questions answered about our care and for us to get to know each other.
We serve Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Rodeo, San Pablo, Walnut Creek, Concord, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Montclair, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Alameda and Greater East Bay.