MEET THE SANTA CRUZ MIDWIVES TEAM

We are dedicated to providing holistic family centered midwifery care to the Santa Cruz region

As midwives and natural health practitioners, we love the process of empowering our families throughout pregnancy, birth and postpartum.

Sharon Pottiger - Santa Cruz Midwife

SHARON POTTEIGER, LM, CPM

As a small child, both my grandmothers were labor and delivery nurses … and I have amazing memories of them drinking tea and discussing birth while I played with my dolls at their feet. Little did I realize the impact they were having on me.

I found my life’s calling after attending my first home birth in Santa Cruz when I was 18 years old. In the years that followed, I attended births in whatever capacity was needed. First, I provided childcare and served as a doula. Soon after, I found myself “catching babies.” (Including one in a Grateful Dead show parking lot!)

I have been licensed by the California medical board since 2009, and have a thriving midwifery practice. I draw on my many years of practice and study of midwifery, herbs, homeopathy, aromatherapy acupressure, massage and — last but not least — motherhood.

NANCY GREENWOOD, LM, CPM

I came to midwifery from my own birth experiences and began attending births in 1991 as a home birth apprentice in Ontario and Québec, prior to legalization. In 1997 I graduated with distinction from Canada’s Ryerson University 4 year Bachelor of Health Sciences, Midwifery Program, after midwifery became legal.

I practiced as a Registered Midwife in Ontario and Québec offering home, hospital and birth center births (woman’s choice) from 1997 until 2014, with the same wonderful ‘old babe’ midwives I apprenticed and trained with. I became accredited by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and the California Medical Board in 2018 after completing California-based requirements.

As a midwife for almost 30 years, I have been incredibly blessed to have attended hundreds of women and their families on their childbirth journey, gathering experience, witnessing and guiding women through pregnancy, labor, birth and postpartum. The grace, dignity and strength women find to give birth still amazes me!

Women and their birth experiences have been my teachers as much as I have guided and taught them. I am passionate about honoring and supporting women, their choices and their birth journey.

EMILY HITES, LM, CPM

I first became interested in Midwifery when I was 12 years old when I crossed paths with a CPM who was working in Mexico. I knew from then on that I wanted to be a midwife and over a decade later, after earning my Associate Degree in 2012, I enrolled at Birthwise Midwifery School. I enjoyed the rigorous academics, Maine winters, and parsing out what had drawn me to this profession. I moved to Santa Cruz in August of 2017 and completed my training with the Santa Cruz Midwives, becoming a NARM accredited Certified Professional Midwife and California Licensed Midwife in 2019.

I truly believe that being empowered during this time fundamentally changes how parents interact with their children, each other, their families and, ultimately, with humanity. I am at the very beginning of this journey and am so excited for the years of providing heart-centered healthcare to come.

I am trained in the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy® for pregnancy and postpartum as well as for non-childbearing women. Providing this care allows me to work with women in all stages of life from menarche to menopause to address reproductive, digestive, structural and emotional health.

I was also trained at Birthwise and IPPA in making placenta medicine and am happy to offer this to clients.

STEPHANIE KERWIN, STUDENT MIDWIFE

Following the birth of my son 17 years ago I was inspired to begin training as a doula and attending births. My doula work led me to midwifery care and a home birth for my second child’s birth. It was an incredible experience and I knew that I wanted to one day be a midwife myself.

I want all birthing persons to know and understand their choices in childbirth and to feel supported and empowered in the choices they make, just as I was during my pregnancy, labor and postpartum period. In the fall of 2018, I enrolled at Midwives College of Utah and began my journey to become a midwife and have been attending home births as a student midwife ever since.

In addition to my midwifery work, I serve on the board of directors of Birth Network Santa Cruz. This volunteer position gives me the opportunity to help develop and plan birth-related events in our community, as well as interact with parents and other care providers. Along with Nancy Greenwood, I help to facilitate the New Parent’s Support Group at Luma Yoga. I hold doula certification through CAPPA.’

KEM WHITE, CLINICAL HERBALIST & LYMPHATIC CARE

In 1996 Kem White had her first of three home births which started her on a journey of health and wellness. She was fortunate to have both Sharon Pottieger, LM, CPM and Raven Lang, LAc and OMD as teachers. They introduced Kem to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Eastern-Western Herbalism.

She went on to intern at The American School of Herbalism. She studies Ayurveda in Sebastopol with DeAnna Batdorff and has completed The Clinical Ayurvedic Program. She combines Lymphatic Massage, Eastern-Western Herbalism, Tibetan Palate and Cranial Release, and Ayurveda.

Learn About Kem's Ayurvedic Lymphatic Care

SAMAYA CULLERTON, MTCM, LaC

Samaya is a California licensed acupuncturist specializing in family medicine. She earned her Master’s Degree in traditional Chinese medicine from Five Branches University, her Diploma of Naturopathic Medicine from Wellpark College of Natural Therapies and an Associate Degree in community health. She completed the DONA certified labor and postpartum doula education at the Seattle Midwifery School and has attended births for the last 15 years.

Samaya’s approach to natural medicine is interdisciplinary, holistic and individualized care tailored to each patients needs. She is passionate about holistic public healthcare, compassionate care, equity and equality within healthcare.

She utilizes acupuncture, herbs, diet and nutrition, lifestyle guidance, cupping, gua sha, traditional Asian body work, massage and shoni shin. Her experience includes working with families to achieve conception, during pregnancy, labor and delivery, continued care with families in the fourth trimester and beyond.

“I love working with families in the child bearing years. I chose to specialize in family health because every member of our family’s wellness is essential. I am a mother of two sons, and I am very compassionate to all young families. It’s a challenging and precious time, when people need extra support.”

Samaya offers specific acupuncture treatments in the office for Santa Cruz Midwives’ clients as part of their care package.’

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