My passion for women’s health, pregnancy, and childbirth started from a young age. At seventeen years old, I volunteered with local Berkeley midwife, Peggy Vincent, and saw my first three births under her tutelage. I was immediately smitten, and felt called to the profession of midwifery. Over the next few decades, I had two babies of my own (both at Alta Bates!), worked as a birth and postpartum Doula, taught childbirth education at Kaiser Oakland, and volunteered with several other midwives. I became a registered nurse and worked in women’s health for eight years, and with great joy, graduated from the UCSF Master’s Entry Program in Nursing as a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner.
I base my care on listening to women and families, developing authentic relationships, and understanding needs within the context of culture, upbringing, education, and family structure. I follow your lead when it comes to decisions about your care, and help you navigate the transition into parenthood with autonomy. As a woman of color, I know the importance of concordant care, and am eager to provide a safe space for families from diverse backgrounds with as much humility and empathy as possible. I believe that when pregnant people feel safe and truly cared for, and when their process is respected, they can let go of fears, trust their bodies, and focus on doing the important work of birthing their babies.
I have lived in Oakland my whole life, and strive to serve this beautiful, vibrant, and growing Bay Area community. Now that my own children are young adults, I am fully available and dedicating my time and endeavors to full scope midwifery care in the form of private practice.