About the Midwives
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Astrid Grove LM, CPM
I received my BA in Eastern Medicine and Philosophy from UMass at Amherst in 2000 and am a graduate of Birthwise Midwifery School, a school that trains direct-entry midwives. During my training, I traveled throughout the United States and Africa and served many different communities. I have been witness to an assortment of styles and techniques and have acquired pieces of wisdom from many amazing and talented midwives. In the summer of 2012, I gave birth to my first baby at home with midwives.
I am a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and a Licensed Midwife (LM). I am a member of MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America), CAM (California Association of Midwives), BABI (Bay Area Birth Information) and Birth Network Santa Cruz. I am trained as a doula through DONA (Doulas of North America). I have studied herbalism extensively with teachers including Ellen Evert Hopman, Pam Montgomery and Susun S. Weed. Herbs are an integral part of my life and my practice, and I enjoy sharing this wisdom with my clients and students.
I love being a midwife and look forward to each new experience! It is such a gift to support families and to welcome the next generation onto the earth.
I invite you to call or e-mail with any questions.
Rachael Jean, Student Midwife
I am currently enrolled as a student at Birthwise Midwifery School, working towards becoming a Certified Professional Midwife after graduation in 2015. I am trained as a doula through DONA (Doulas of North America).
I am a Certified and Licensed Massage Therapist and have been practicing bodywork since 2006.
I am very inspired by midwifery and feel honored to have the opportunity to work with families as they welcome new life.