©2018 by East Bay Homebirth Midwifery

  

birth your family,

your way

Home birth with us

Home birth is a safe and satisfying option for those experiencing low-risk pregnancies.  Our team's decades of combined experience, solid foundation of clinical skills, and current knowledge of evidence-based practice provide a quality of care you can have confidence in.  After working in partnership with our retired founder, Beah Haber, CNM, for many cherished years, Michelle Edgar, LM, is honored to continue the tradition of providing experienced, compassionate, holistic midwifery care to families throughout the greater east bay area.  Births are attended by Michelle, a registered nurse or assistant midwife, and a student midwife.

 

Michelle Edgar, LM

I’m a Licensed Midwife who has been privileged to serve hundreds of bay area families in all stages of their family-building journeys, from conception to birth, for the last 15 years.  I was trained by apprenticeship in a home birth practice, freestanding birth center, fertility practice and OBGYN office.  I'm a graduate of the National Midwifery Institute and licensed by the state of California.  I also hold a BA in Spanish.  As a midwife I am deeply committed to empowering families and individuals through informed consent, offering a more personal, holistic approach to perinatal care, including culturally appropriate care and home-based options for assisted conception (see At Home Fertility).  I am grateful every day to my teachers - the families, midwives, nurses and doctors who have shaped me into the best midwife I can be.  When I'm not doing the work I love, you’ll find me out walking our wild hills, getting lost in a good read, knitting tiny garments, whipping up some culinary magic, or hanging out with my kids, who were both midwifed into the world.

Amber Pearson, Student

Amber Pearson has been an apprentice midwife since 2013 and joined East Bay Homebirth Midwifery in 2015.  Born at home in England and raised by a mother who deeply trusted the journey through pregnancy and birth, Amber loves supporting families during one of the most amazing transitions of their lives.  She has studied yoga with Janet Stone, is a trained and experienced doula, and a student at the National Midwifery Institute.  Specializing in Ayurvedic postpartum care, Amber also provides doula services, birth tub rentals and placenta encapsulation.  Her favorite place to be is outside in nature.  More at www.amberloopearsonrebirth.com.

 

Experience the kind of health care everyone deserves

We accompany you in partnership, providing personalized care, loving support and information.  We encourage open communication and your active participation, empowering you to make informed choices and to experience pregnancy and birth in the way that is right for you. 

Appointments are not rushed, we have ample time for all your questions.  Partners and children are welcome to participate in whatever ways are right for your family.  Throughout our entire care relationship we are available to you in person, via email and by phone 24 hours a day. 

We trust in the birth process, recognizing that birth is both a normal, natural part of life and a powerful rite of passage for the person giving birth, the baby being born, and the family.  We are trained and experienced in identifying and managing situations which fall outside normal ranges and we are adept at facilitating transfers into medical care when indicated.  

We offer home birth, water birth, comprehensive prenatal care provided in our offices in Berkeley and Walnut Creek, nutritional counseling, breastfeeding assistance, normal newborn care, extensive postpartum care at home, VBAC support, gynecological care (Pap smear, STD screening, family planning advice), fertility consultation and intrauterine insemination (see www.athomefertility.com).  We can order any testing you may want, including laboratory tests, prenatal screening and diagnosis, ultrasounds, fetal non-stress tests and routine tests for the newborn.  

Our practice welcomes families and individuals of all types, inclusive of race, religion, national origin, sexual identity, gender expression, marital status, age, and ability.


We serve families in the greater east bay area, including Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville, Piedmont, Alameda, San Leandro, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, Hercules, Pinole, Rodeo, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Orinda, Moraga, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Danville, San Ramon, Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, Castro Valley, Hayward, Union City, Fremont, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Pittsburg, Antioch, Brentwood, Martinez and Benicia. If you live outside these areas, please inquire whether we may be able to travel to your location.

Midwifery fees are paid directly to us in advance of your baby's birth via check, cash or credit card.  We offer flexible payment plans.  If you have PPO insurance you can submit a claim for reimbursement after your baby is born.  

 
 

Acupuncture

Laura Aguia

Tao to Wellness 

Aimee Ruiz 

Jules Bogdanski 

Nadia Moredo 

Kate McCarthy 

Leslie Oldershaw  
Berkeley Community Acupuncture
Oakland Community Acupuncture
Mount Diablo Integrated Wellness Center 

Birth Supplies & Tubs

Purchase Our Birth Kit (and other supplies you may want) from Cascade Healthcare 
Oral Vitamin K for Newborns (includes dosing info)  

Amber (our student) rents tubs 

Labor in Water - AquaDoula tubs 

Awakenings - AquaDoula and la Bassine 

Inflatable "Fishy Pool" (nothing fancy, under $40!)

Breastfeeding

East Bay Lactation Associates 

Paula Santi, IBCLC 

Amrit Khalsa, RN, IBCLC
Sylvia Boyd, IBCLC
Serena Meyer, IBCLC 
Find your local La Leche League group/leader
KellyMom 
Target's Breast Pump Program (covered by insurance)
Hospital Lactation Services:

  • Alta Bates Summit Medical Center 510.204.6546

  • Kaiser Oakland 510.752.7557

  • Kaiser Hayward 510.784.2804

  • Kaiser Walnut Creek 925.295.4368

  • Kaiser Vallejo 707.651.5582

  • San Ramon Regional Medical Center 925.275.8459

  • Valley Care Medical Center 925.416.3598

  • Sutter Delta Medical Center 925.779.7200

  • Washington Hospital 510.494.7013

  • John Muir Mt. Diablo Women’s Health Center 925.941.7900

California Programs

Employment Development Department - pregnancy disability, paid family leave and elective coverage for the self-employed 
Prenatal Screening Program 
Newborn Screening Program 

California Newborn Hearing Screening Program

Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (newborn hearing screening appointments)

Carseat Installation

NHTSA's Car Seat Inspection Station Locator 

Classes 

Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting - Nancy Bardacke
Loving Arms Childbirth Classes 
Homebirth Preparation 

Birthways - childbirth prep, hypnobirthing, baby care, etc

Birthing from Within 

Hypnobirthing with Claudia

Hypnobirthing with Kathy 

Bradley Childbirth Class 

Childbirth Prep for Queer Parents 

Chiropractic

Inspired Life
Acorn Wellness
Awaken Chiropractic   

Counseling

Gena McCarthy, RN MFT 
Natashia Fuksman, MFT  
Gina Hassan, PhD 

Craniosacral Therapy

Nancy Burke, CST
Sara Van Zutphen, CST
Bay Area CranioSacral Children’s Collective Infant Free Clinic

Doulas

Meadow Evans 

Blythe Lee 
Megan Bayles 
Full Circle Doula Group  
East Bay Postpartum Doula Circle 
Doulamatch.net (search doulas by cost, experience and availability)

Doulas of North America 

Environmental/Drug Exposure/Awareness

Beyond Pesticides  
The Organic Center
Healthy Child Healthy World

Environmental Working Group 

safefetus.com 

Herbs

Tap Root Medicine's Strong Woman Syrup (iron supplement)
Dr. Christopher's Birth Prep (for the last 6 weeks of pregnancy) 
Wishgarden Herbs (especially AfterEase tincture for after pains)
Lhasa Karnak (Berkeley)

Homebirth Information

Home Birth: An annotated guide to the literature

Outcomes of planned home births with certified professional midwives: large prospective study in North America

MANA Statistics Project Planned Home Birth Outcomes 2004-2009

Insurance

Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM) - insurance for middle-income pregnant women
Covered Californi
California Dept. of Insurance 
SLB Billing Service for clients of midwives - verify your benefits

Massage

Candace Palmerlee, CMT 
Meadow Evans, CMT 
Angela Bausch CMT 

Medical Providers 

UCSF Benioff Children's Physicians Maternal-Fetal Medicine 

Freyja Clinic 

Golden Oak Midwives  

Lauren Lockwood, CNM  

Midwifery Organizations

California Association of Midwives
Midwives Alliance of North America 
American College of Nurse Midwives 
Citizens for Midwifery 

Naturopaths

Berkeley Naturopathic Medical Group

Tara Natural Medicine 
Walnut Creek Naturopathic

East Bay Natural Medicine  

Jolene Brighten 

East Bay Naturopathic Clinic 

Nutrition

Dr. Brewer's Pregnancy Diet 

Weston A. Price Foundation 

Kitchen Table Remedies 
Julie Matthews - "Nourish the Future" classes and consultations 

Chris Kresser's Healthy Baby Code

Parent Communities & Resource Centers

Berkeley Parents Network  
Holistic Moms Network  
Our Family Coalition - groups for queer parents 
Single Mothers by Choice 
Attachment Parenting International 

BirthWays    

Blossom Birth 
Natural Resources (SF) 

Pediatricians

Bayside Medical Group (Oakland/Berkeley) – Dr. Janet Perlman and Dr. Katya Gerwein 
Sage Pediatrics (Oakland) – Dr. Amy Maidenberg
Kiwi Pediatrics (Berkeley/Albany) – Dr. Robin Winokur and Dr. David Kittams
Glenview Pediatrics (Oakland) – Dr. Gary Bean 
East Bay Pediatrics (Berkeley/Orinda) – Dr. Myles Abbott 

Dr. Maria Steelman (Lafayette) 
Livermore Pleasanton Pediatrics – Dr. Bruce Gach  
Dr. Andrew Nash (Danville but does home visits in the greater bay area)

Pediatric Alternatives (Marin) 
Dr. Sabina Sonneman (Redwood City) 

Photography

Dianne Jones 

BabyLove  

Physical Therapy
Pelvic Health & Rehabilitation Center 
Dynamic Changes Physical Therapy 

Forefront Physical Therapy 

Placenta Processing

Amber Pearson (our student)  

Anna Hurty  

Postpartum Resources 

Mindful Mothers' Groups facilitated by Gina Hassan

Mom2Mom groups facilitated by Natashia Fuksman 
Support Groups for Mothers - facilitated groups in the east bay
Muir Mommies - free facilitated group for moms of babies 0-3 mos @ John Muir Hospital 

Solace for Mothers - healing after traumatic birth

Pregnancy Loss

SAND - Support After Neonatal Death 
Beyond Choice - group for parents who have ended pregnancies due to fetal anomalies
Share - Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support 
"Born in Silence" - video about stillbirth from parents' perspective 

Vaccine Information  
Ask Dr. Sears 

National Vaccine Information Center: CA Requirements/Exemptions  
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Yoga/Exercise/Movement

Yoga Tree 
Bloom Retreat 
Yogalayam 
Loka Yoga  

Precision Point Pilates 

Karen Casino - pregnancy & postpartum workouts 

Happy families

"You want your midwife to know what she's doing, and Michelle does. I very highly recommend her. As a 36 year old first time mom I am so grateful to have had a home birth and the extra care that I needed postpartum. Michelle and her team are very responsive and caring. I think of Michelle as a modern midwife with a mind for integrative medicine. She helped me to avoid numerous interventions, but I felt safe knowing that she knows when to refer. Both her student midwife and the R.N. who attended the later stages of the birth were kind and trustworthy, too. I will always remember my birth as being transformative and I have this group to thank!"

"The midwives of East Bay Homebirth Midwifery take their work of caring for pregnant moms and their families seriously, provide holistic care that accounts for mind-body-spirit, and do all this with a tender balance of love and professionalism."

"Your hands are skilled.  Your knowledge of how babies are born is vast.  Your voices are steadying and comforting and true.  You brought the spirit of our mother ancestors into the room of our birth.  You are so practical.  You are safe.  In the most excruciating moments of the birth I felt safe and joyous because I sensed that my baby was being born into a sister circle."

"I cannot say enough about how essential, comforting, and competent Michelle was at the births of both my children. She took time with my partner and I, answered all our questions thoroughly, and provided balanced and sound advice. During my labors she was calm, soothing, and encouraging, giving me the space I needed to get into the zone of labor, stepping up the support when I was overwhelmed, supporting my partner and I in our connection, and all the while she was subtle and skilled with the medical tasks.  I am so grateful."

Resources

Scroll down for our extensive resource list.  If you find a broken link or have a resource to add we'd love to hear from you.

 

Get in touch

Looking for a midwife?  Wondering if home birth is right for you?
Need a Pap Smear?  Questions about your fertility?  Consultations are free of charge.  Please get in touch - email, call or use the form below (preferred).

Office Locations

2414 Ashby Avenue, Ste. 201, Berkeley, CA 94705

2363 Boulevard Circle, Ste. 12, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Voice (510) 655-2229

Fax (510) 845-1700