I was awakened to the world of Birth and Midwifery in the mid 70s after reading Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May Gaskin and Immaculate Deception by Suzanne Arms. I was so inspired by these strong and fearless women! The environment and timing were perfect in supporting the beginning of my journey as a midwife. I wanted to be a part of this growing movement for change in the lives of birthing women. I was fortunate to obtain an apprenticeship with a midwife that I worked with for two years before starting my own practice as what we called then a “lay” or direct entry midwife. After 10 years I completed Nursing School and attended UCSF to become a Certified Nurse Midwife . I returned to SB and have partnered with Alice since 1990. I feel both fortunate and honored to be a midwife in this community,to be working with families at such a sacred and important time in their lives, and to have the support of the wonderful midwives I work with.
Alice Levine, CNM
I began my midwifery education in 1980 as a midwife’s apprentice at Isla Vista Medical Clinic Childbirth Services. Then received my RN at Santa Barbara City College in 1983 and midwifery licensure (CNM) from UCSF in 1989; I worked at both Goleta Valley Community Hospital and Cottage Hospital as an RN and as a CNM, and have, since 1989, been practicing as a homebirth midwife and as a practitioner for the low income women of the community with the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department. I have been married forever to the same wonderful man I went sailing with and we have two terrific sons, both born at home with my sister midwives. I continue to be awed every day by the miracle of pregnancy, birth, and the circle. I have connected with Anna and Laurel as a team for several years now and am so delighted to be working together.
Laurel Phillips, LM CPM
I have three beautiful daughters, born at home with Alice, Anna and Mary Jackson. After many years of apprenticeship during which I was able to assist at hundreds of births, I attended the National Institute of Midwifery and became a licensed midwife in August 2009. I have been working with SB Midwifery since 1996 and became a partner in 2010. I am also the founder and president of the Santa Barbara Birth Center. I worked for twelve years as a professional doula, attending planned hospital births in Santa Barbara and LA. I have traveled throughout Europe and had the chance to meet with many midwives there. I was honored to serve as President of the Central Coast Doula Association from 2008-2009. When I can find the time I hike, have fabulous potlucks, take an occasional yoga class, sleep, cook, and read as much as possible. I am thrilled to get to participate in the lives of so many families in my community through the births of their children. It is a profound honor, and I think I have the best job in the world.
Jenna Humphreys, LM CPM
The idea of being a midwife came to me in a light-bulb moment in 2007, when I was searching for my soul purpose. I first became a doula, and began attending births in early 2008. My first home-birth was with Laurel, Alice, and Anna, as a volunteer doula later that year. I became very involved with community outreach via the Central Coast Doulas Association, and attended many births at Cottage Hospital over the next few years. In 2011, I was ready to launch into midwifery. I enrolled in National Midwifery Institute (NMI) and found myself exploring apprenticeship opportunities abroad. My first apprenticeship was a six-week stay at an NGO birth center in Haiti. I returned in 2012 for a longer stay, and then was invited to another NGO birth center in Uganda. In addition to offering complete prenatal and postpartum care to these communities, I attended many births as an assistant and primary student. My work abroad trained me to trust women and babies beyond what seems possible on the surface. Birth is hard work, and it is also do-able. I’m honored each and every time to be in attendance of this great feat. I came back to Santa Barbara in the fall of 2012, and was immediately folded into the SB Birth Center and SB Midwifery homebirth team as an apprentice. I completed my official apprenticeship at the end of 2013, graduated NMI, and became a licensed midwife in early 2014. I am passionate about supporting every woman and family to have the kind of care she wants and deserves. I am deeply grateful to my family, community, and to Anna, Alice, and Laurel, for the opportunity to do what I love in a town that I love. When not on-call, I am a passionate surfer, hiker, biker, and petter of my orange tabby cat, Cheeto.
Beth Lang, CNM
I always had an interest in babies and the birthing process and witnessed my first birth while volunteering during my college years at UCSB at St. Vincent’s. I realized my calling for midwifery and began a graduate Certified Nurse-Midwifery program at Columbia University in 2004. I became passionate about out of hospital birth and as a student attended home births with the Amish in Lancaster, PA. I worked as a CNM at Bellevue Hospital in New York City until early 2015 with a practice that works with underserved woman. I found it deeply rewarding to be one of the few advocates our clients have in the healthcare system and to support them during a powerful, yet vulnerable time in their lives. Through my experiences with out of hospital births, as labor support for two of my sister’s home births, and after giving birth to both of my babies at home, I knew I had to return to the roots of why I became a midwife. And after ten wonderful years living in NYC, my husband and I had a strong desire to return to Santa Barbara where we had both graduated college. Thus, we said goodbye to the city life and returned to the beautiful beaches and supportive community of Santa Barbara. My husband, Darren, and our children, Hudson and Olivia, have embraced our new lifestyle. I joined the Santa Barbara Midwifery practice in January 2015 and feel truly at home.
This team of dynamic women have decades of doula experience amongst them. As a part of your birth team they help the midwives with most aspects of care & offer support to you during your birth.