Michelle Welborn, CPM, LM | Primary Midwife
I am a Certified Professional Midwife, a California Licensed Midwife and a graduate of the National Midwifery Institute’s 3-year midwifery program. I attend homebirths in and around San Francisco, California.
I am amazed and grateful to have found midwifery and I love my job! I feel so passionate about birth that it rarely feels like work. I believe that pregnancy and birth are normal life processes that have the power to transform us at the deepest levels. Witnessing this transformation and seeing women/birthing parents realize their power is both a joy and an honor.
Education is a core value. I offer individualized care, professional advice, information and resources to empower my clients to make autonomous decisions about their pregnancies, births and babies. The Midwifery Model of Care builds confidence in parenting skills.
No matter how many births I attend, I learn something new at each birth and find myself profoundly moved by the strength, love and wisdom I regularly witness in my clients. I can't imagine doing anything more rewarding than this work!
How I Got Here:
Witnessing the births of my sister-in-law’s twins in 2002 changed my life forever and inspired me to leave the corporate world behind to pursue work in the birth arena. By 2003 I was attending births professionally as a Birth and Postpartum Doula. My journey has included teaching childbirth education, newborn care and breastfeeding classes to expecting parents and training birth doulas. I teach classes for local student midwives and often have student midwives working as apprentices in my practice. Since the birth of the twins I have attended over 700 births and taught classes to families and birth professionals all over the San Francisco Bay Area.
My training is through the National Midwifery Institute, Hearts and Hands Midwifery program, and The Farm Midwifery Center. I gained my hands on skills in apprenticeships with three busy local homebirth practices. Additionally, in the summer of 2008 I volunteered as a Hospital Midwife in Vanuatu. I am a lifetime learner and love to attend conferences, seminars and trainings.
I am eternally grateful to the families I have served and to the midwives and teachers who have mentored me along my way. Thank you!
Yes, Welborn is my real family name — it must be meant to be — a calling perhaps!
Kate Van Der Riet | Apprentice Midwife
I am a student midwife at the National Midwifery Institute, an MEAC accredited program for aspiring Certified Professional Midwives. I am a birth and postpartum doula with training from SeirraChildBirth (DONA Certified), Natural Resources and Spinning Babies. I am also certified in CPR and NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation). My experience includes birth at home and in hospital.
Three years ago my life changed when my first niece was born. As my sister’s support person I worked along side her doula - an experience that resonated deeply within me. I eagerly took on the role of her postpartum doula and a new world opened up to me. In 2017 my second niece was born and I had the great privilege of catching her. Talk about life changing! I have since reorganized my life and poured myself entirely into this path. I feel it is a great privilege to be invited on the journey with the birthing person. It is a great honor and profoundly humbling to witness birth.
Prior to this I worked as a team lead/manager in software sales and retail sales while pursing an art career on the side. My education is in Psychology and Fine Art. I was born in South Africa, immigrated to Canada as a young person and have spent most of my adult life here in the Bay, my home.
Note about gender
We recognize, appreciate and indeed celebrate that it’s not just women that can give birth and breastfeed. Transgender individuals who were born with a womb, but who have undergone or are undergoing a gender transition may also be able to give birth. We also recognize that it’s not just a baby’s biological mother who can breastfeed/chestfeed. We welcome your feedback about how we can be more inclusive of all genders and all families.