Midwife Jennifer Oquendo
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.
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.
Assistant Kyla Worthen Hall
Kyla was born in Salt Lake City, UT. In her junior high school years, she began babysitting in her neighborhood. Unknowingly then, this was the introduction to her life’s path, working with children and families.
Kyla moved to Valdez, Alaska, a week after graduating high school, pursued an inner call to adventure into the great outdoors. She worked in the commercial fishing and extreme skiing industries, depending on the season, but always kept a full schedule with childcare jobs or community volunteer positions, for those with special needs. While in Alaska she studied early childhood development and pursued a degree in Elementary Education. After a decade of short summers and particularly long winters, Kyla found a new home in Hawaii. On the Big Island in 2004, while chasing warm-weather sports and adventures, she began contracting her services as a professional nanny. In 2014, Kyla and her long-time life mate (soon to be husband), decided to move closer to family, and landed in central California. A short couple of years later, she gave birth to their daughter.
Being able to birth autonomously, in the care of her dream team (two incredible midwives, doula, and husband), was a life-changing event. Kyla’s passion to work with children and families shifted from childcare to childbirth, after her profound and serendipitous journey through pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She feels inspired to support birthing people through this sacred rite of passage. She also finds deep purpose and joy in serving parents and families, in the way in which they desire to experience their own journey through childbirth.
Since late 2018, Kyla has been attending home care appointments and births, as a midwife’s assistant. She is currently working towards certification to become a
childbirth educator and doula in the Birthing From Within philosophy while also taking advantage of workshops and training, such as Spinning Babies, to further her growth, knowledge and development in birth support.