ABOUT  JESSAMYN

I was inspired to become a midwife by my older sister, who is herself a homebirth midwife. I graduated from midwifery school 16 years ago. From there I went on  to assist at a busy homebirth practice in New York City. I opened my own homebirth practice in the Bay Area in 2005. I have assisted at births and delivered babies in many settings: birth centers, homebirths and hospitals.

 

Birth is a spiritual journey. It is a time when we come close to the portals of life and death. I value supporting women to go through this sacred rite in a dignified way. Providing the space for women to birth in the places, in positions and with the people they choose facilitates the natural, powerful process to move smoothly and unimpeded.

 

I believe in a hands-off approach that, whenever possible, allows birth to take its healthy, natural course. When interventions are necessary I take a team approach with the birthing mother and her partner to create plans that feel like they accurately reflect the desires of the parents while ensuring the safety of both mother and baby.

 

I enjoy hiking with my family, swimming in the ocean and all other cold bodies of water, writing poetry and playing with my child. My own birth taught me about the simple, undeniable pain that we encounter in labor. I believe I am a better midwife for having experienced how important it was to be listened to, respected and given space to give birth in the way that my body and my being dictated. 

Education and Certifications

Midwifery Degree, Maternidad La Luz, 2001

Neonatal Resuscitation, certified since 2001 

 

Certified Professional Midwife, 2001

 

Licensed California Midwife, 2005

B.A. in Writing, The New School University for Social Research, 2004

 

Masters in Integral Counseling, California Institute of Integral Studies

© Sacred Rite Midwifery, 2017

Jessamyn Meyerhoff LM, CPM   |   510-393-0554    |    sacredritemidwifery@gmail.com

Serving the Bay Area: Berkeley, Oakland, San Leandro, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, San Fransisco, Marin