photo credit Terri Loewenthal

photo credit Terri Loewenthal

Hannah Weiss, LM, CPM

Hannah Weiss is a Licensed Midwife under the Medical Board of California and a Certified Professional Midwife under the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM).  Her formal education consisted of a three year accredited midwifery school and two clinical home birth apprenticeships in California and Utah. Hannah regularly attends Peer Review and is an active member of the California Association of Midwives (CAM). She  held the lead doula position at  Glow Massage and Birth Support for 2 years before starting her midwifery practice.  Hannah is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation (NRP), CPR and First Aid.   

When Hannah is off-call she travels home to Kaua'i where she grew up surrounded by an abundance of nature and the rhythms of the ocean.  She currently lives in Montclair, Oakland with her husband Martin, head chef for Maiden Voyage Meals, it's a family affair!   

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Supporting Midwife Cynthia Banks RN, WHNP, CNM

Cynthia began catching babies in 1994 when she first developed a passion for home birth. In 1996, she earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Yale University,  launching a career that has included attending home births in Chicago, working as a full-time volunteer Senior Midwife at a birth center in Texas, and attending both home and hospital births in the Bay Area. A Registered Nurse and a Certified Nurse-Midwife, Cynthia offers a calm, reassuring presence that is a blessing to birthing families, while her expertise provides a safe container for the natural unfolding of the sacred rite of birth.

Student Midwife Amanda Kessner BA, CD

Amanda is a DONA certified birth doula, and a DONA trained postpartum doula. Her graduate work in feminist studies, and nonprofit experience in women’s health and wellness inspired her to pursue birth work. Amanda began attending births as a volunteer doula at San Francisco General Hospital and with Homeless Prenatal Program in San Francisco where she had the privilege of serving women from all walks of life.  Amanda is a steering committee member of Imeinu Doulas, a Jewish birth worker collective, as well as a contributing writer at International Doula magazine, and co-producer of a podcast about all things birth called The Belly Cast. In 2015 Amanda commenced her formal midwifery training by completing a midwifery assistant training at The Farm in Tennessee. Currently she studies midwifery through the distance education program at the Midwives College of Utah.