Our Team

The midwives at SF Birth Center are UCSF trained Certified Nurse-Midwives who are drawn to give intimate, comprehensive, and holistic midwifery care. We have chosen to work at SFBC because this setting offers a unique opportunity to care for women and families in a way that encourages personal hands-on interaction and collaborative decision-making. As midwives, our greatest joy is watching strong women become empowered by birth and helping build healthy families.

Julie Birdsong

CNM, WHNP

Communications Director

Originally from Virginia, Julie graduated from the University of Virginia and started working with birthing families in 1996 as a registered nurse. She came to San Francisco as a travel nurse in 1999 and loved it so much she came back to stay for good. Julie worked for 10 years at Stanford Children’s Hospital where she was labor and delivery nurse, a member of the Lactation Committee and the high risk OB transport team.

In 2012, she graduated from the UCSF Midwifery Program and started her midwifery career at San Mateo Medical Center and Redwood City Kaiser before co-founding the San Francisco Birth Center in 2016. Julie enjoys the personal connection that comes with practicing at a birth center and loves the opportunity to create community around birth for her clients. In her spare time, Julie loves to swim, snowboard, hike in nature with her dog, and spend time with her nephews.

Sara Van Acker

MS, CNM, WHNP

Financial Director

Sara is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner who completed her training at UCSF. Her path to midwifery began as a doula at San Francisco General Hospital and has included various international and domestic projects including a midwifery fellowship at Holy Family Birth Services in Weslaco, TX and as a nurse-midwife at Santa Rosa Birth Center. Sara’s practice is rooted in the strong belief that families deserve holistic, client-centered choices for their birth and reproductive health care services and is overjoyed to have co-founded San Francisco Birth Center as an alternative option to women and childbearing families in San Francisco. Sara is taking some time off for her own birth and will return to us in the Spring.

Nancy Myrick

CNM

Clinical Director

Nancy Myrick is a midwife and has been the director of San Francisco Birth Center since 2015. She has practiced home birth midwifery since 2003 with Rites of Passage Midwifery. She began attending births as a doula in 1993, received her RN in 2000 and completed her training in midwifery in 2003 through the UCSF Nurse Midwifery Education Program. She has attended hundreds of births in homes, birth centers and hospitals and believes that choice in childbirth helps parents begin the long path toward building great humans!

Anjali Sardeshmukh

LM, CPM

Anjali Sardeshmukh is a Licensed Midwife (LM) and CPM. She completed her midwifery training at the International School of Midwifery in Miami, Florida, and continued to work in Miami in both birth center and homebirth settings. Anjali is passionate about Birth Justice and increasing access to midwifery care. She is looking forward to building the community in the Bay Area, and exploring the West Coast beauty with her East Coast born child.

Lisa Alden

Operations Manager

Lisa Alden is a Mensan and WashU alum. She is a certified birth and postpartum doula with experience supporting at births ranging from cesarean sections in hospital to water births at home. In addition to her studies in birth and anatomy, Lisa is certified in plant-based nutrition. Lisa is proud to support families during their childbearing years through her work with San Francisco Birth Center. When she’s not helping our families through the morass of modern day health insurance, she is with her two homebirthed boys being amazing.

Amanda Kessner

Student Midwife

Amanda is a student midwife and DONA certified birth and postpartum doula. Her background in feminist studies and nonprofit experience in women’s health inspired her to pursue birth work. She began attending births as a volunteer doula at San Francisco General Hospital and with Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco in 2013. In 2015, Amanda began her midwifery training by completing a Midwifery Assistant Workshop at The Farm in Tennessee. Currently she studies midwifery through the distance education program at the Midwives College of Utah. Amanda is deeply passionate about birth, and excited to be apprenticing at the San Francisco Birth Center.

Tabitha Ames

Student Midwife

Tabitha earned her Biology and Psychology degree at Carnegie Mellon University, giving her a strong foundation of science that she continues to use while supporting families. She began working with perinatal families in 2009 as a CAPPA Certified birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator and lactation educator, before beginning her midwifery education at National College of Midwifery in 2015. Tabitha is very excited for the opportunity to grow her knowledge and skills with the families and midwives at the San Francisco Birth Center.

Tabitha lives in the East Bay with her spouse and incredible 3 children. When she is not teaching classes or attending births, she can be found knitting, gardening, or petting one of her 11 chickens.

Elizabeth Mazza

Medical Assistant

Elizabeth graduated from San Francisco State University with a double degree in Physiology and Spanish, and is currently in the process of applying to medical school and planning her wedding. She hopes to one day become an OBGYN who advocates for doctor/midwife collaboration during pregnancy and birth. Before joining the SFBC team, she worked as an EMT and still bartends for fun on the weekends. She enjoys riding her bicycle all over the city and recently completed her first Olympic triathlon. While she considers herself a cat person, she admits that Julie’s dog Luca has won her heart.

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At San Francisco Birth Center we offer a combination of 1 hour visits with a midwife and group prenatals where we have a chance to dive deep into topics such as breastfeeding and postpartum planning. We invite experts from the community to share their knowledge. Here is a look at one of our group prenatal classes!

Amy also leads a breastfeeding circle every Friday at 10:30 at the SF Birth Center. Breastfeeding people can sign up using the link below, and it's free for pregnant people! We recommend attending a breastfeeding circle to get familiar with breastfeeding, trouble shoot breastfeeding challenges and for support from other mamas, and the wisdom of a Lactation Consultant.

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Such a welcoming and safe place to give birth. I loved the one on one care and also the group prenatal classes. I always felt heard and the midwives allowed me to be in charge of the birth I wanted. Birthing my baby here was such a powerful and intimate experience and I can't wait to have my second baby here.