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Kara Engelbrecht, CPM

Assisting Midwife

Kara's path to midwifery started with a worn out copy of Spiritual Midwifery that she inherited in her first pregnancy. She continued to collect volumes of birth stories, which eventually let to a collection of text books. Kara enrolled in a doula training in 2003 and after a successful doula practice for six years she began an apprenticeship with Nancy and Ami at Rites of Passage and enrolled in National College of Midwifery with academic supervision with Cynthia Banks, CNM, formerly a Homestyle midwife. Kara has studied at The Farm, completed Hearts and Hands, and worked in the Kafoutine Clinic in Senegal. 

Kara is a Certified Professional Midwife licensed in California. She is an active member of the Bay Area Homebirth Collective, California Association of Midwives, Midwives Alliance of North America, and participates in local peer review. She continues to collect birth stories, amounting a wealth of trust and love for women and babies, and their ability to birth. 

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Michelle Welborn, LM
Assisting Midwife

Witnessing the birth of her sister-in-law’s twins in 2002 inspired Michelle to pursue midwifery - although some might say she was destined to do this work because of her name! She has supported new families professionally since 2003 as a birth & postpartum doula and as a childbirth & lactation educator. She has been attending births as a homebirth midwife since 2009. Since the birth of the twins she has attended over 450 births and taught classes to dozens of expecting and new parents in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Michelle’s midwifery training was primarily through the apprenticeship model with three busy local practices and additional training through The National Midwifery Institute, The Hearts and Hands Midwifery Program, The Farm Midwifery Clinic in Tennessee with Ina May Gaskin and Pamela Hunt and the midwives and doctors of the Port Villa Maternity Ward in Vanuatu. Michelle loves that she learns something new at each birth and is profoundly moved by the strength and wisdom she regularly sees from women and their partners.

 

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Nile Nash, RN, CNM, NP
Assisting Midwife

Nile has felt a calling to midwifery since witnessing her first homebirth at the young age of seven. Since then she has pursued the art of midwifery. With an undergraduate degree in Women's Studies Nile understands the complexity and importance of pregnancy, birth, and parenting in the larger context of women's lives.

Nile has been a certified birth doula (DONA) for the last five years, supporting private clients in both the hospital and homebirth settings. The last three years Nile has immersed herself in the study of midwifery. As a graduate of UC San Francisco's Certified Nurse Midwife and a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner program Nile has three years of experience in the hospital providing prenatal, birth, and postpartum care.

Before becoming a CNM herself, Nile studied with the wonderful midwives at the Farm Midwifery Clinic in Tennessee. She has also worked with traditional midwives in Mexico and has done extensive research into the culture of birth and how to best facilitate its natural process.

Recently Nile has been actively involving herself in Rites of Passage homebirth practice as an assistant midwife. She believes in homebirth and in supporting women and their families throughout their process of becoming a new family. As a childbirth educator and Birthing From Within mentor, Nile recognizes the importance of education and support and hopes to bring her knowledge and passion for birth to each client interaction.