As a midwife, I seek to nurture a woman’s sense of personal strength and self-confidence so that she may experience birth as an empowering process that can be drawn upon throughout her life. I do not “deliver” babies, rather assist and support women and their families to give birth. I believe that birth is a normal life process created by God that works best when allowed to unfold as naturally as possible, only intervening when a need arises. When I attended my first birth in 1984, I wept and was forever transformed by the power and overwhelming beauty of ushering in the miracle of new life. I have found deep joy in actively serving birthing families since. Ten years were spent specifically supporting pregnant minors, both those who chose to parent and those who chose to place their children for adoption. In the 1990’s, I was blessed to birth three beautiful children, two daughters and a son, at home with midwives. As birth changed the way I see myself as a woman and mother, and provided the catalyst to heal past wounds, I desire this for all women. I am licensed as a massage therapist and certified as a placenta encapsulation specialist with           I attended the              (Midwifery Education Accreditation Council) accredited midwifery school, National Midwifery Institute. I feel honored to have received incredible training through wise and seasoned midwives, and continue my training with the greatest teachers of all: the birthing mamas, their partners and their babies. I have also studied under Dr. Aviva Romm and am a graduate of her Professional Training Program for Integrative and Functional Medicine for Women. I seek optimal health in pregnancy, well-woman care, and future health by uncovering and holistically addressing root causes of symptoms that arise. Each one’s journey is unique, forever broadening my vision and understanding of the birth process. When not attending births, I enjoy family, friends, travel, long beach walks, massage, a good cup of tea, and dark chocolate!

Ronda Perea, Licensed Midwife

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I grew up listening to my mother’s stories of how she had attended her siblings’ births in Mexico, and how sacred those experiences were. It saddened me to hear that I was the first generation born in the hospital; where my mother had minimal labor support and no postpartum care. The answer was quite clear to me that I needed to be a midwife to help influence the change I wanted to see in the world we live in. After earning my Human Biology Degree at UCSD, I decided to enroll in a MEAC Accredited Program called Maternidad La Luz in El Paso Texas in order to become a Certified Professional Midwife. There I attended over 100 births to some of the strongest mamas I have ever met. As of August 2018, I am a proud Chicana licensed midwife in California. I feel immense gratitude and joy working with the Innate Midwifery team and families for almost two years now in the place I call home. I look forward to meeting you and would be honored to be a part of your journey!

Sandra Iraheta, Licensed Midwife

I have been a combination of a doula and apprentice midwife since 2006, and attending births since 2007. I am currently an active doula and student midwife. I have been working with the Innate team since 2017. I have been blessed with a combination of wise indigenous and Western teachers, and weave all modalities into my birth support. I believe strongly in the common sense and magic of traditional/pre-colonial birth and postpartum practices, and am committed to learning all I can in bringing these support systems back to all families. I am committed to sharing these teachings, and doing this in a way that honors my teachers’ living communities and ancestors. I am mother to two wonderful and wild boys, 8 and 12 years old, who were both born peacefully at home. I am committed to ‘mothering the new mother’ through every stage of her childbearing, birth, and postpartum process, because the work she is doing to birth and raise the next generation is so important, and requires a high level of loving support in order for her and her family to thrive.

Alexis Starting (Lexi), Student Midwife

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As a midwife, I seek to nurture a woman’s sense of personal strength and self-confidence so that she may experience birth as an empowering process that can be drawn upon throughout her life. I do not “deliver” babies, rather assist and support women and their families to give birth. I believe that birth is a normal life process created by God that works best when allowed to unfold as naturally as possible, only intervening when a need arises. When I attended my first birth in 1984, I wept and was forever transformed by the power and overwhelming beauty of ushering in the miracle of new life. I have found deep joy in actively serving birthing families since. Ten years were spent specifically supporting pregnant minors, both those who chose to parent and those who chose to place their children for adoption. In the 1990’s, I was blessed to birth three beautiful children, two daughters and a son, at home with midwives. As birth changed the way I see myself as a woman and mother, and provided the catalyst to heal past wounds, I desire this for all women. I am licensed as a massage therapist and certified as a placenta encapsulation specialist with           I attended the              (Midwifery Education Accreditation Council) accredited midwifery school, National Midwifery Institute. I feel honored to have received incredible training through wise and seasoned midwives, and continue my training with the greatest teachers of all: the birthing mamas, their partners and their babies. I have also studied under Dr. Aviva Romm and am a graduate of her Professional Training Program for Integrative and Functional Medicine for Women. I seek optimal health in pregnancy, well-woman care, and future health by uncovering and holistically addressing root causes of symptoms that arise. Each one’s journey is unique, forever broadening my vision and understanding of the birth process. When not attending births, I enjoy family, friends, travel, long beach walks, massage, a good cup of tea, and dark chocolate!

Ronda Perea

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