In the unprecedented global event of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and government-imposed social-distancing, along with healthy people's concerns for being able to stay away from hospitals, women are questioning, in new ways, what should be considered "safe" for giving birth.
Laura Marina Perez is a locally- and apprentice-trained community midwife based in San Francisco. She has been attending births for the last 20 years and has had her own midwifery practice for the last 7 years. Laura strives to continue the ways of traditional midwifery as someone with Native South American ancestry. In the past, Laura has worked as a safer sex/HIV prevention educator, Gynecological Teaching Associate and abortion counselor. She is proud to prioritize women's reproductive health, wellness and justice in her life and work.
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Sue Baelen is a licensed and certified professional midwife in San Francisco California. she has been the principle midwife behind Sacred Body Midwifery since 2015.