Pacifica is an East Bay Freestanding Birth Center currently accepting new clients. Interested in starting care with us? First, attend an orientation session! Sign up here.
We are a community supported birth center committed to offering midwifery care to Bay Area families during pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum time. We offer individualized care focused on the unique needs of each family in a safe, home-like environment. The midwives and support staff at Pacifica provide full pregnancy care and childbirth services, referrals, parenting education, and newborn health care services.
We understand that having a baby is a very important life experience and transition for you and your family.
Our goal is to provide personalized, safe and professional care throughout the child-bearing years. We understand the importance of informed decision making for you and offer our support to ensure that our services are addressing your needs and desires. Throughout your care we spend time with client and their family educating, discussing, and listening to assist them in making the best decisions for themself.
We are committed to serving all birthing families regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, or physical ability.
Additionally, we are committed to green business practices and a more gentle impact on our environment.
Pacifica Family Maternity Center is 4 short blocks from Alta Bates and accessible by public transportation. Please call for a free orientation and get to know the services we offer and the people providing them.
Cindy has been attending women and their families choosing out-of-hospital birth since 1990.
After completing her training at Maternidad La Luz, a freestanding birth center and midwifery school in El Paso, Texas, Cindy accepted a position as a staff midwife at Maternidad La Luz, and then as clinical director of the birth center. During her seven years at Maternidad, Cindy provided full scope midwifery care and supervised student and staff midwives.
In 1998 Cindy gave birth at home to her daughter, Elia. In 2000, Cindy moved to the Bay Area where she was a founding staff midwife at Circle of Life Birth Center in Fairfax, CA and began her own homebirth practice in the East Bay.
Cindy’s homebirth practice, Tres Lunas Midwifery, has successfully served hundreds of families and has trained many student midwives. Cindy has attended over 1100 births and is both a Licensed Midwife and and Certified Professional Midwife.
Cindy is fluent in Spanish and English, and committed to making midwifery care accessible to all families.
Growing up in Hawaii taught Heather to honor life’s natural cycles and to respect diversity.
After studying psychology, plant medicine, healing and therapeutic massage, Heather pursued her midwifery education. An apprenticeship in the Bay Area and internship at a public hospital in Jamaica led to her certification as a CPM. She returned to Maui and had a small home birth practice for 4 years.
Heather recently graduated from UCSF with a Master’s of Science in Nursing, specializing as a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in obstetric offices, community clinics, and hospitals serving incredibly diverse populations.
Heather is committed to providing compassionate care for families through the greatest transition in their lives— birth.
She loves being in the ocean, yoga, hiking, reading, and spending time with her children.
Carlee Ann’s passion for women’s health led her to become a Doula in 2009. Simultaneously, she received her Massage Therapy License and specialized in working with prenatal and postpartum women. Her undergraduate degree is a combination of Biology, Kinesiology, and Holistic Health from San Francisco State University.
Carlee Ann began midwifery school in 2012 to continue her education in maternal health and childbirth. She graduated from Bastyr University’s Midwifery Program in 2015 with a Master of Science in Midwifery. She is committed to providing accessible, evidence-based, individualized, and culturally sensitive care to women and families. When she is not practicing midwifery, Carlee Ann enjoys reading, bicycling, and dancing.
Ellen Levitt, Licensed Midwife (CA License #7), 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. She currently works in the SF Bay Area.
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.
Melissa grew up in the Great Lakes state of Michigan and came to learn about midwifery while finishing her Bachelors degree in women and gender studies. She began volunteering as a doula to a diverse group of under-served families and from this her dream of becoming a midwife was born. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Midwifery and has carried with her a strong commitment to providing culturally competent and individualized care to families in her community. Her personal philosophy on birth is that by supporting wellness, upholding informed decision-making, and minimizing interventions or manipulations of the process we can promote the safest and most satisfying outcomes for a new family.
Melissa is a Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife, and Board Certified Lactation Consultant. What she enjoys most about being a midwife is the chance to build relationships with families, the opportunity to work with a diverse community and provide truly individualized care. She is inspired by the strength, determination and profound love in each birthing family; to her there is nothing more rewarding both professionally or personally than being a midwife.
In her free time, she enjoys running, backpacking, practicing yoga, cooking, hiking, and spending time relaxing around a campfire with friends.
Briana’s passion for reproductive health began in 2010 when she became a facilitator for UC Berkeley’s Female Sexuality course. After much time discussing contraceptive and birth options, she trained as a birth doula and placenta specialist.
Over the next few years Briana served a variety of clients in a solo practice and as part of collectives. She has also practiced as a Reproductive Health Specialist at Planned Parenthood. Most recently she has worked with Roots of Labor, an Oakland-based birth doula project that is composed of and serves primarily low income women of color as an initiative to study the positive effect of doulas on birth outcomes.
Currently Briana is studying midwifery with National Midwifery Institute. She feels honored to be able to serve her communities at Pacifica Maternity.
El’s journey to midwifery began in 2010 when she was trained as a birth doula and began taking clients. In addition to attending births, El is a full spectrum doula and has supported many people through abortion procedures and fetal losses.
El was in the leadership of the New York Doula Project and has facilitated trainings for full spectrum doulas around the country. El worked as a midwife’s assistant in a birth center and then in a home birth practice in New York for 2 years. She also worked as a medical assistant in an abortion clinic in Oakland for a year and a half.
El has been studying western herbalism since 2011 and loves growing plants and making medicine. Currently, El is a student at the National Midwifery Institute and is very excited to be a part of the Pacifica team!
She uses acupuncture, herbs, moxibustion, cupping, gua sha and e-stim. Having trained extensively in the US, India and Japan, Anne has specialized in perinatal and family care since 2005.
Anne’s greatest passion is making traditional medicine relevant for modern families and integrating it seamlessly with biomedical care. Anne is currently a doctoral fellow at Five Branches University. She graduated magna cum laude with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College. Before beginning private practice, she interned as an acupuncturist for two years in the AIMC clinic, including the SF Homeless Prenatal Clinic.
In addition to traditional education, Anne studied in clinical apprenticeships for more than 15 years. She studied Chinese medicine and Polestar astrology with Liu Ming, medicinal food cures with Nam Singh, and acupuncture and Tibetan Medicine with Robert Levine. Outside of the US, she studied Japanese acupuncture in Shikoku, Japan. She interned at an inpatient-outpatient Ayurveda clinic with Dr. Ashwin Shastry in South India.
Learn more about her practice at www.ritualhealth.com or 510.671.1370.
Kirstin Soares is a licensed midwife with many years of experience attending births and supporting families as they expand and grow.
She has a special place in her heart for supporting newborns and their parents integrate their birth experiences through her work with Craniosacral Therapy
What is Craniosacral therapy?
CST is a gentle, hands-on method of evaluating and enhancing the health of the body.
Using a soft touch the practitioner seeks to optimize the function of the central nervous system and complement the body’s natural healing processes.
Common reasons parents seek Craniosacral Therapy:
A challenging birth: Long labor or pushing stage, C-section, or use of instruments
Infant’s head is misshaped, has ridges or bumps
The infant is “fussy” or seems unhappy
The infant has a tendency to turn it’s head to one side
Tongue or lip tie
Well-being of infant
A suggestion made by a Doctor, Lactation Consultant, friend or body worker
One or both parents are anxious or worried all the time.
CST helps with these issues, as well:
Bonding & Attachment
Digestive issues; including Colic, Reflux, Constipation
Stress and hyperactivity