Oakland, CA


My Philosophy

"I truly trust the birth process and believe that most women have the inherent ability to birth babies with ease.   The key is continuous emotional support that keeps the fear away during birth."

Info for Expecting/New Parents

Here is a list of some of my favorite links about Pregnancy, Childbirth, Postpartum and issues I feel important for the empowerment of the birthing woman.   I hope this list helps you in the education of this amazing time in your life.   If you have suggestions about other sites to include, send email to



Filmmaker David Stark has produced beautiful DVDs relating to Breastfeeding and Infant Massage.

Tatia Oden French Memorial Foundation

Mission: The Tatia Oden French Memorial Foundation is dedicated to empowering women, specifically in the area of childbirth and pregnancy. We are dedicated to saving the lives of those giving life to others.

The Tatia Oden French Memorial Foundation is presently focusing on the issues of informed consent, the off-label use of drugs, and maternal mortality.

Black Women Birthing Justice

Black Women Birthing Justice is a collective of African-American, African, Caribbean and multiracial women who are committed to transforming birthing experiences for Black women. Our vision is that that every woman should have an empowering birthing experience free of unnecessary medical interventions. Our goals are to educate women to advocate for themselves, to document birth stories and to raise awareness about birthing alternatives. We aim to challenge medical violence, rebuild women’s confidence in giving birth naturally and decrease disproportionate maternal mortality.

More Business of Being Born

Executive Producer Ricki Lake and Filmmaker Abby Epstein follow their landmark documentary, The Business of Being Born, with an all-new, four part DVD series that continues their provocative and entertaining exploration of the modern maternity care system. More Business of Being Born, available on November 8th, 2011, offers a practical look at birthing options as well as poignant celebrity birth stories from stars including Alanis Morissette, Gisele Bundchen, Christy Turlington-Burns, Cindy Crawford, Molly Ringwald, Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Melissa Joan Hart.

England study:  Low-risk births don't need hospital

A new study in England shows little difference in complications among the babies of women with low-risk pregnancies who delivered in hospitals versus those who gave birth with midwives at home or in birthing centers.

I'm Confused about Foremilk and Hindmilk....

There seems to be a lot of confusion encountered by women on this subject.  This is a blog article I ran across that explains this very well.

Business Referrals

Businesses that I am familiar with that provide personal services for new families.