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Our Team

San Francisco Birth Center is committed to comprehensive, intimate, holistic midwifery care. Our midwives have chosen to work at SF Birth Center because this setting offers a unique opportunity to provide care in a way that encourages personal hands-on interaction and collaborative decision-making. Our greatest joys are watching people become empowered by birth and helping to build healthy families.

Kelly Wong McGrath

CNM, AGNP

Clinical Director

Kelly is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner. Kelly started her career in health care as an NP, providing primary care services to San Francisco’s low-income and transitionally housed populations. While she loved her work, Kelly found herself so inspired by the two beautiful homebirths of her daughters that she decided to become a midwife herself. Kelly is passionate about childbirth education and informed consent and her goal for all families is to experience pregnancy and birth as a time of empowerment. 

Born and raised in San Francisco, Kelly spends a lot of her free time with her large extended family. She loves to knit, read, make messy art with her kiddos, and find new places to eat noodle soups.

Mason Wilson-Tanev 

LM

Mason Wilson-Tanev comes to us with over 20 years of experience catching babies. She initially trained at a birth center in the East Bay and has had an active home birth practice since 2001. She is wrapping up her Masters in Anthropology and will be starting a PhD program in the fall focused on new methods of supporting folks with a history of birth trauma. She is also trained in massage therapy, hypnotherapy, IBS FODMAP counseling, and lactation counseling.

Sandra Iraheta

Sandra Iraheta

LM, CPM

Sandra Iraheta grew up in Santa Barbara listening to her mother’s stories of attending home births in Mexico and was further inspired to pursue out of hospital midwifery after learning from traditional midwives in Oaxaca, Mexico. She was trained at Maternidad La Luz on the Texas/Mexico border and became a California Licensed Midwife in 2018. Previously, she worked in a busy home birth practice in Santa Barbara and globally with midwives in Madagascar. Since Sandra moved to the Bay Area in the fall of 2021, she has also been working with our friends at Pacifica Maternity in Berkeley. She loves to travel, ride her motorcycle, and speaks fluent Spanish, English, French, Italian, and conversational Portuguese. Sandra has deep connections to her Latinx roots and aims to increase accessibility to midwifery care as everyone should have the right to an empowering birthing experience.

Serena Saeed-Winn

CNM, WHNP

Serena Saeed-Winn is a Certified Nurse-Midwife, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Founder of MOMumental, and mother of three. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, she has served women and their families for over 20 years. Serena began as a doula, supporting women in labor and postpartum. She then transitioned to working for the Homeless Prenatal Program where she supported clients through education and creation of programing to serve the whole family. As a midwife, Serena served families at an out of hospital birth center and, most recently, as a full scope Midwife at the St. Luke’s Women’s Center in San Francisco. Serena is also the founder of MOMumental, a program to help families prepare for the postpartum period and grow as individuals in parenthood. The proud mother of three amazing girls, including her lively twins, parenthood remains her biggest accomplishment.

Savannah King

Savannah King

CNM, DNP

Savannah King graduated with honors from Columbia University’s midwifery program with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice. Prior to becoming a midwife, she worked in public health research, focusing on maternal trauma, stress, mental health, and food insecurity in pregnancy.  

Molly Geisler

LM, CPM

Molly is a Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife, and is about halfway through a master’s program in Maternal and Child Nutrition with a Lactation Consultant track. She believes every person deserves access to respectful healthcare and nutrient dense foods and sees this as an even higher priority during the perinatal cycle. Apart from the Bay Area, Molly has cared for families as a midwife in New England, within Amish communities, and in refugee camp clinics. Before becoming a midwife Molly was lucky enough to live and work in India, New Orleans, Ghana, and Seattle but is originally from Boston. She has held roles in different non-profits, worked as a doula, perinatal nutrition instructor, and as a postpartum chef. When she isn’t at births or postpartum appointments Molly is hiking with her partner and devastatingly beautiful Australian Cattle Dog, cooking or trying new foods, adventuring around the Bay, making herbal products, and scripting stand up comedy bits. As the Postpartum Care Staff Midwife, Molly feels honored to be welcomed into your home during your postpartum visits and looks forward to meeting you and your baby!

Nancy Myrick

CNM

Director

Nancy Myrick is a Certified Nurse-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. Nancy 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!

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 she is overjoyed to have co-founded San Francisco Birth Center as an alternative option to childbearing families in San Francisco. Sara is also the new mama to a baby girl, an experience that has deepened her commitment to supporting families through the transitions of parenthood.

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Lisa Alden

Administrative Director

Lisa is a WashU alum, studied at Harvard Business School, holds an MFA, and is certified in plant-based nutrition through Cornell. She founded San Francisco Doula and supported births in homes, birth centers, and hospitals for more than a decade. When she’s not helping our families and center, Lisa is likely playing tennis, writing songs, or with her two homebirthed sons and their fluffy dog.

Alexa Almira

Office & Medical Assistant

Alexa is passionate about reproductive rights, education, and informed decision-making. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS in Technical & Professional Writing, which she uses to help folks gain better access to information and resources they need to make informed choices about their body and mind in healthcare settings. She is incredibly thankful to SF Birth Center for welcoming her into a precious family of not just midwives, but beautiful parents and parents to be. Alexa spends her free time as a lightboard operator for shows and competes in Tahitian Drum competitions.

Maddison McCauley

Social Media & Admin Assistant

Maddison has a passion for women’s health and birth work. She completed her degree in Public Health from American University in Washington D.C. Maddison is a certified Birth Doula, Placenta Encapsulater, and Childbirth Educator. When not at the birth center, she can typically be found drinking good coffee, binge reading books in one night, and hanging out with her baby girl, cat, and handsome husband. With a background in Financial Institutions and Marketing, Maddison is very excited to “get in to the birth world.” She is so thankful for the opportunity to meet and work with the lovely parents (and parents to be) of SF Birth Center.

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