Midwife care in San Luis Obispo County, Now Accepting New Patients

Phone: 805-458-2611 | Email: manzanitamidwife@gmail.com

Meet Our Midwives & Team

Honoring your traditions, respecting your beliefs,
holding your birth space as sacred.


Midwife Jennifer Oquendo, LM, CPM

Jennifer blends the traditional with a scientific approach to midwifery. She believes that the client is the one to make decisions about their care and trusts in people’s innate knowing of themselves and their babies. She offers guidance with a thorough process of informed consent based on studies available from recent research as well as from information gained from centuries old approaches.

She graduated from National Midwifery Institute in 2014, earned her LM and CPM credentials in 2015, and graduated from Aviva Romm’s Women’s Functional & Integrative Medicine Professional Training Program in 2020. Read more about her journey to midwifery.

Jennifer Oquendo is a licensed midwife (LM), licensed by the California Medical Board, and a professional midwife (CPM), certified by the North American Registry of Midwives. Both of these titles require continuing education and peer review. She studied at National Midwifery Institute and apprenticed with Edana Hall, LM. She has been a childbirth educator and doula in San Luis Obispo county since 2008. She graduated in 2020 from Aviva Romm’s Women’s Functional and Integrative Medicine Professional Training Program. She enjoys our small central coast community because she often encounters clients and their families, giving her opportunities to see your children and families grow and flourish.

"…Respecting the woman as an important and valuable human being and making certain that the woman’s experience while giving birth is fulfilling and empowering is not just a nice extra, it is absolutely essential as it makes the woman strong and therefore makes society strong."

– Marsden Wagner

Student Midwife Luli Martinez

From a very early age I have been fascinated with birth and a woman’s strength and glowing beauty during pregnancy. I was born in Mexico and brought to the US at the age of four. Blessed with Mexican roots and it’s colorful culture while growing up on the central coast in California paved way for the type of birth work I would choose to do. I grew up listening and witnessing how distinct and dynamic birth experiences seemed depending on where I was and who I was surrounded by. Seeing and feeling this broad gamut of birth experiences helped me come to the realization that if I was to sit beside a mother during labor and her child-bearing years I wanted to do it in the most natural setting. This, to me, meant listening and honoring a mother’s desires and following her guidance. Time after time I feel blessed to witness the humbling process of a laboring mama coming to find her inner power during labor, no matter what route labor takes and what the final outcome may be.

I began my journey in the birthing community while pregnant with my first son in 2012. Early in 2013 I became a birth doula and have been assisting births since then. I began exploring midwifery in 2014 when I dipped my feet in the water by attending an introduction course to midwifery. In 2015 I took a birth educator training through Birthing From Within. Each birth along with each course has expanded my passion and fascination towards pregnancy and birth, while shaping and defining the birth worker and person I am today. In 2017 I began working as a midwife assistant with midwifes in the San Luis Obispo and north Santa Barbara counties. In January, 2020, I embarked on my journey as a student midwife through the National Midwifery Institute. I look forward to where this new path will take me and the families I will be blessed to meet.

Student Midwife Moira Madsen

Second oldest of ten children, I grew up surrounded by pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Time and time again, the miracle of stretching bodies, multiplying love, and tiny toes captured my heart. I witnessed my extended family create villages for one another year after year, with joy for the birth journey and reverence for the postpartum. 

I had my first son in 2019, supported in my pregnancy by warm, outspoken, joy-filled, wise community midwives. I became enamored with this model of care, with the trust I built in my body, and with the knowledge I was consuming about birth every day. I was so hungry to learn more and to share this empowerment with others, and thus began my birth work journey.

Through several years of self study, birth support, my son’s accidental homebirth, official birth doula classes, more self study, postpartum classes, postpartum support, a farewell to my corporate career, and then the intentional homebirth of my daughter, I have only grown deeper in love with the sacred transformations surrounding birth. It is a great honor to walk alongside a birth story, to witness a family grow, and to serve in the healing postpartum space. I believe that the way we treat our fellow humans during birth and postpartum can transform communities.

I have been married to my awesome husband since 2016. We have two incredible sons, one brilliant daughter, and a petting zoo worth of animals at our Atascadero home. I am an avid runner and hiker, passionate but mediocre gardener, and aspiring birth photographer. I began my midwifery studies in Spring of 2023 and consider this calling to be one of the most beautiful blessings in my life. I look forward to continuing to serve Central Coast families for many years to come.

Birth Assistant Jes Godsey

Teaching yoga for the past decade, I’m already familiar with guiding people to calm their breath, listen to their body, and most importantly to soften through the uncomfortable moments.

In 2018, shortly after the birth of our first child, it was actually my partner who noticed just how in love I was with the birth world and suggested I should dive into it.

I became a CAPPA certified birth doula and trained postpartum doula. I am also an 85 hr. certified Prenatal Yoga instructor. I love continuing my education in the birth  space and am familiar with spinning babies, hypnobirthing, belly binding, and more. I am super excited about expanding my role as a midwife assistant.

I firmly believe that giving birth is not only about welcoming a new member to the family, but also about birthing new identities of our own. It is my passion to support families through that transition. 

I believe that my role is to help educate, support, and honor a family’s birth and postpartum choices, without judgment, helping to stay fully in the present moment, and to remind you to breathe (if needed).

Some other fun facts about me is that I grew up in Lake Tahoe. I attended CalPoly and have a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering. I have two amazing children. In my free time I enjoy hikes with my family, laughing with my partner Troy, frolicking on the beach, reading, and exploring this world in a whole new way as I see it through my daughter and son’s eyes.


"Childbirth is an experience in a woman’s life that holds the power to transform her forever. Passing through these powerful gates – in her own way – remembering all the generations of women who walk with her… She is never alone."

– Suzanne Arms