Prenatal visit

About the Midwives

Astrid holding a newbornAstrid 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 JeanRachael 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.