As your midwife, I provide complete prenatal, birth and postpartum care. On call 24/7, I am available to answer questions, safely guide you through the intimate journey of pregnancy and birth, and celebrate with you as you welcome your child into the world. I bring a deep trust in birth and in the strength of each birthing family as well as holistic, evidence-based midwifery care.
Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife
Renée has been attending births for ten years. After many years of doula births and training, she licensed in 2014. Since then she worked as a staff midwife at a busy birth center for a year before returning full time to home birth in 2016. She's also had the privilege of attending births in rural Iowa and Colorado with midwives who serve Amish and Mennonite families. She is a Certified Lactation Educator and will be sitting for the exam to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant exam in October 2018. She has a BA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.
Renée’s commitment to compassionate maternity care was inspired by her grandfather, a practicing doctor until his late 80s, when he volunteered at a hospice run by nuns. Hearing his stories, following him on rounds, and seeing the close relationships that often grew between him and his patients taught her that good medicine has to include “being there.”
She loves to dance, hike, and swim in every lake, river and ocean she can find. In July of this year she solo hiked 180 miles of the John Muir Trail. She's completing a certificate in Creative Writing/Poetry at Berkeley City College when she’s not catching babies and has been nurturing her meditation practice for six years.