** I am currently taking a break from practicing to focus on my sweet family. Planning and hoping to resume in the fall of 2018 **
Jessica Christen, CPM, LM, began her path to midwifery in 2006. Growing up she was always a nurturer of sorts, using her hands and heart to help friends, family, strangers and even the occasional animal. Always an artist she chose to become a graphic designer, but after 7 years in the advertising field her best friend had a homebirth, opening her eyes to the world of midwifery and holistic care for the first time. After completing Heart & Hands midwifery intensives in 2007, she attended the birth of a dear friend in the hosptial. While being entirely honored to support them, it only further confirmed that the world needed more homebirth midwives.
As a student of the National Midwifery Institute she began apprenticing with two homebirth midwives, learning from them and the amazing families they worked with. In the following years she apprenticed at Sage Femme Midwifery, a free-standing birth center in San Francisco. Wanting to increase her skill set further, she spent a summer at a high-volume birth center in Utah, attending births at the center and at families homes with three different midwives. Always hoping to return to homebirth, she was thrilled to work with Wombservice Midwifery while finishing midwifery school.
After graduating from the National Midwifery Institute, Jessica received her midwifery license from the California Medical Board in May of 2012. At the same time she also became a Certified Professional Midwife, receiving this national credential from the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM). Her license and certificate authorize her to attend cases of normal childbirth and to provide prenatal, intra-partum, and postpartum care, including family-planning care, for the mother, and immediate care for the newborn. She is a member of the California Association of Midwives (CAM) and the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA).
She is currently studying towards becoming an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and looks forward to supporting families and babies beyond their first 6 weeks.
Jessica is very passionate about gentle, unhindered birth. She believes that midwives are meant to hold the space for families, offer skills and information when necessary and be witness to an incredible, beautiful miracle. In March of 2013, Jessica and her husband Simon welcomed their daughter Laila at home with their own amazing midwives. In July of 2016 they were overjoyed to welcome their son Aedan, also born at home. When she's not busy being a midwife she's having fun in the kitchen trying new recipes, tending to her vegetable garden, practicing yoga, hiking, traveling and spending time with her sweet babes and husband.