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.
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.
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.
Anjali Sardeshmukh is a Licensed Midwife (LM) and CPM. She completed her midwifery training at the International School of Midwifery, Miami, Florida in 2009. After obtaining her license, Anjali worked as a midwife in an OB/GYN office, birth center, and attended births primarily in home settings. Anjali is passionate about Birth Justice and increasing access to midwifery care, having been part of the inception of reproductive justice organization, Mobile Midwife (now Southern Birth Justice Network) in 2009. She moved to the Bay Area, California and joined the SFBC staff in September 2016. She has enjoyed building community in the Bay Area and exploring West Coast beauty with her East Coast born child. She is especially looking forward to celebrating her 10th year of practicing midwifery in 2019 by welcoming SF’s newest babies.
Alana Joy Diamos is a Licensed Midwife (LM), and Certified Professional Midwife (CPM). She spent many years as a homebirth Midwife in the desert southwest, and spent over three years practicing midwifery in Chiapas, Mexico.
Alana is overjoyed to be back in her homeland of Northern California and excited to be part of the San Francisco Birth Center team, blending ancient craft with modern medicine and working to expand access to the midwifery model of care.
She is the Mama of two little ones: her lioness daughter and her sunshine boy.
When she isn’t at the birth center, you can find her chasing her kiddos, exploring a state park, dreaming up her next trip to Mexico, oogling new recipes, and enjoying good coffee. Alana is fluent in Spanish.
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.
Kara Schamell is a Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife. With SF Birth Center, she focuses on postpartum home visits and assists at births. Kara launched her career as a doula in 2010 and began her midwifery journey in 2012. In addition to graduating from Birthwise Midwifery School in Maine, she also trained in two busy homebirth practices, a private gynecologic practice, and a women’s health clinic. Prior to moving to San Francisco at the tail end of 2018, she served Boston-area families as a homebirth midwife, childbirth educator, doula, and placenta encapsulator. Upon landing in California, Kara dipped her toes in the field of FemTech by helping to build a holistic telemedicine practice focused on women’s midlife health and the menopausal transition. Whether a woman is pre-conception or post-menopausal, Kara is passionate about providing compassionate, high-quality and accessible care. Kara is very happy to be back in the world of babies, breastfeeding, and all things birth.
RN, 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.
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, holds a Master of Fine Arts, earned fundamental credentials from Harvard Business School, and is certified in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University. She founded San Francisco Doula and supported at births in homes, birth centers, and hospitals for more than a decade. She is proud now to support folks during their childbearing years through her work with San Francisco Birth Center. When she’s not helping our families and center, Lisa is likely playing tennis, writing songs, or with her two homebirthed sons on every soccer field.
Alexa is passionate about reproductive rights, education, and informed decision-making. She hopes to use her career as a technical writer to help women gain better access to the resources they need to make informed choices about their body, mind, and soul. She is incredibly thankful to SF Birth Center for allowing her to become part of such a precious family of not only midwives, but of beautiful, pregnant mamas as well. Alexa spends her free time as a lightboard operator for shows and enjoys competing in Tahitian drum competitions.
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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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