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
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.
Jessica “Tsipe” Angelson
Tsipe graduated from Columbia University’s midwifery program and began her career at North Central Bronx Hospital, one of the largest and longest standing midwifery services in the country, where she cared for a diverse group of women with both low- and high-risk pregnancies. She then provided full-scope midwifery care in a busy private hospital practice in Brooklyn’s Hasidic community. Previously she worked in the non-profit public health sector in southwest China, where it was a public health perspective on maternity care, and the influence of homebirth midwives in particular, that led her to change her professional path and become a midwife herself. Tsipe fulfilled a longstanding dream by transitioning to community birth through a homebirth fellowship with Midwifery Care NYC before moving out to the Bay Area in early 2020. When she isn’t attending births she can be found exploring ways to make the US healthcare system more just for all of us, talking someone’s ear off about the history of medicine, or walking in the Oakland Hills.
Ebony Espiritu is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, a third generation San Francisco native and a mom of one. She earned her RN, Midwifery and Nurse Practitioner Licenses at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Ebony has worked in a variety of perinatal settings around the Bay Area and is excited to now be a part of the San Francisco Birth Center team. She has worked as a labor and postpartum doula, a Registered Nurse at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and most recently as a midwife at SFBC. She is passionate about health equity and strives to create a supportive and empowering environment where people can feel comfortable and confident in themselves and their care.
In her spare time, Ebony likes to be outdoors and enjoys biking, hiking, traveling and spending time with her son, spouse and two dogs. She also loves vacationing in Lake Tahoe and trying new and unique foods from around the world.
Savanah Washington (she/her/hers) is a Certified Nurse-Midwife. Savanah holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from New York University and a master’s degree in midwifery and women’s health from Georgetown University. She has eight years of experience as a registered nurse in several areas of nursing; her past experience as an oncology nurse has cultivated her nurturing attitude. Savanah is also a trained doula and prenatal yoga instructor. From her midwifery training at Sierra Natural Birth Center in Sonora, she brings with her extensive preparation and clinical skills in community birth and will be diligently integrating her knowledge into her practice at San Francisco Birth Center. Savanah loves midwifery because it gives her a way to support pregnant people, infants, and families through a holistic lens. She is also passionate about health equity and dismantling racism within the healthcare system. She believes that all of her patients should feel empowered and safe to make their own educated medical decisions. When she is not working, she is cooking, working out, or checking out the farmer’s market.
Devon is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner honored to continue her journey with San Francisco Birth Center. She started with SF Birth Center in 2017 as a volunteer, in 2018 began attending births as an RN assist, and then completed the majority of her midwifery student training with SF Birth Center in 2020. She holds a master’s degree in midwifery and women’s health from Frontier Nursing University. Her path to midwifery began with over 5 years of bedside RN experience in Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, and Newborn Nursery in both in and out-of-hospital settings.
Her passion truly lies in supporting families and creating a space in which all birth givers are equally educated and empowered to make autonomous and informed decisions around their perinatal care. In Devon’s free time she can be found hiking in West Marin, practicing yoga, and visiting her hometown in Lake Tahoe.
Lisa Jensen is a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She is a Bay Area native, and spent the first part of her career doing client advocacy and direct service work with homeless and medically underserved communities in San Francisco. Lisa has provided midwifery care at a busting public hospital in the Bronx, and worked on the Labor Unit in a rural hospital in Northern Uganda. Lisa teaches mindfulness-based childbirth and parenting classes, has a certificate in classical homeopathy, and holds a deep interest in Western herbs and food as medicine. She has been a birth assist with SF Birth Center and will be filling in more this year as SFBC grows.
Lisa is a mama of two littles, who keep her heart full and her feet moving. In her free time, she loves to roughhouse with her dog, eat new foods, and read outside in the sun. Most recently, she is learning how to rock climb with her daughter.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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