As your midwives, we partner to provide complete prenatal, birth and postpartum care. On call 24/7, we are 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.

We hold a deep trust in birth and strive to practice evidence-based, holistic care.


Midwives

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Renée Lepreau

Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Renée has attended hundreds of births over the last eleven years, and has practiced as a Licensed Midwife since 2014. She has worked in many settings, including home, high volume birth centers, and serving rural Amish and Mennonite families. 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, who taught her that good medicine has to include “being there.”

Renée is also completing a certificate in Creative Writing/Poetry at Berkeley City College, and loves to backpack, dance, meditate, and bike around Berkeley.

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Emunah Elayla (El) Meyer Tarver, LM, CPM

Licensed Midwife

El’s calling to midwifery came through years of organizing and activism in reproductive justice, racial justice, and queer/trans liberation movements. She observed the ways that political change is intricately linked with personal and interpersonal growth and transformation, and longed to put her ideals into practice as a healer. El’s favorite part of midwifery care is the depth of connection that develops in her relationships with clients.

El has over a decade of healthcare experience. Prior to becoming a midwife, El worked as a midwife’s assistant for three years, first at a busy birth center in Brooklyn, NY and then in a homebirth practice across the five boroughs of New York City. During this time, she also served on the leadership of the Doula Project, an organization that provides free doula support in abortion clinics and to low-income people giving birth in all settings. Additionally, she spent two years working as a counselor at a family planning health center, and four years as a reproductive health educator with Project Prepare. El is a queer Jewish femme, and provides care that is queer/trans affirming, and invites you to bring your whole self to the relationship.

Inclusive Care

 

We hold closely the values of feminism, anti-racism and anti-homophobia and am committed to serving all types of families regardless of race, religion, sexuality, gender, age, or ability. We believe that health care is a human right.

We serve Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Rodeo, San Pablo, Walnut Creek, Concord, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Montclair, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Alameda, and Greater East Bay.