FREE One Time Events

Spring Homebirth Potluck - Berkeley
Come join the midwives and families from the Bay Area Homebirth Collective for a fun time. Meet other families, share food and smiles.
When: Saturday, May 13 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Where: Codornices Park, 1201 Euclid Ave, Berkeley, CA 94708, meet by the playground
Cost: Free
Please bring some food to share plus your own plates/utensils, etc. Also bring maternity and baby items and clothes that you are no longer needing and trade them out for something new.



FREE Repeating Events

Why Not Home Movie Screening - San Francisco
What if the choice of where to give birth wasn'’t limited by cost or insurance coverage, fear or misinformation? What would change if families had access to the care provider of their choice in the setting that best fits their unique needs and values? The families featured in Why Not Home - —obstetricians, nurse-practitioners, family physicians - —know well the landscape of hospital-based birth: the routine interventions, the stress and difficulty of making autonomous decisions within an institutional setting, the time constraints imposed on laboring women. And they have chosen to give birth at home. Come see this beautiful movie, and find out why. Movie followed by a Q&A with community midwives.
When: Second Thursday of each month from 6-8:30pm
Where: Natural Resources, 1367 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110
Cost: Free
Sign up on the Natural Resources website here. 

Homebirth 411 - San Francisco
The second Saturday of every month, you'll find BAHC midwives hosting a free informational session about homebirth and midwifery care. Held at Natural Resources on Valencia Street near 25th Street, the presentation covers what it's like to work with a midwife for prenatal, birth and postpartum care. We discuss many aspects of the care, answer lots of questions, and show a short video of a home water birth in Sausalito. All are welcome to join.
When: 2nd Saturday of every month from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
(2016 Dates: Jan 9, Feb 13, March 12, April 9, May 14, June 11, July 9, Aug 13, Sept 10, Oct 8, Nov 12, Dec 10)
Where: Natural Resources, 1367 Valencia Street, San Francisco, near 24th St BART Station

Are you curious about the possibility of giving birth at home but don't know much about it? Here is your chance to meet with local midwives who can answer your questions. At this event we will explain what it's like to work with a midwife for prenatal, birth and postpartum care, and answer any questions you have about choosing a place of birth and a care provider. While you cannot plan the perfect birth, as birth is full of surprises and mystery, making choices which reflect your values will increase the likelihood that you will have a safe, satisfying and joyous experience. All are welcome to join. Please encourage friends and family members who are curious!
When: 3rd Sunday of every month from 8:15 - 9:15 pm
(2016 Dates: Jan 17, Feb 21, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17) 
Please RSVP on the Birthways Website so we know to expect you.
Where: BirthWays, 1600 Shattuck Ave, Suite 122, Berkeley 94709**
This event is posted widely so RSVPs on the BirthWays website may not reflect actual attendance.
**BirthWays is sometimes difficult to find as the entrance is actually off Cedar Street.  Walk down the path between Barney's Hamburgers and the Butcher Shop, the door is on the right.

Home Birth Walks - Lake Merritt in Oakland
A weekly casual meetup of home birth families with midwife Ellen Levitt. Meet at the Lake Merritt pillars and walk around the lake together! 
When: Every Monday from 10-12pm
Where: Lake Merritt pillars
No RSVP necessary. Just show up! Rain cancels.

Meet The Homebirth Midwives - Marin- CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Join the members of the Marin chapter of the Bay Area Homebirth Collective for an evening of information and a chance to get to know your local midwives! The evening will include an overview of what homebirth looks like, what it means to work with a midwife, and presentations on topics related to pregnancy and birth. There is also plenty of time to ask questions and get to know the midwives. 
When: 4th Thursday of every month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Where: Pomegranate Prenatal Yoga & Parent Center, 25 Tamalpais Ave, San Anselmo, CA
Please register in advance by calling 415-488-1406
There is a $10 suggested donation per couple
April 28th - Optimal nutrition for a healthy pregnancy and postpartum
May 26th - Positions for labor
June 23rd - A peek into the midwife's birth bag
July 28th - After baby: What to expect the first 2 weeks
August 25th - No routine interventions

Labyrinth Walk at Grace Cathedral - San Francisco
Join prenatal yoga teacher Jane Austin and BAHC midwife Sue Baelen in a guided walking meditation. It’s a time for quiet reflection and a chance to connect with your authentic self as well as an ideal way to actively meditate and prepare for birth.
When: 3rd Thursday of every month, gathering at 11:45 am
Where: Grace Cathedral Labyrinth (sometimes indoors, sometimes outside). California and Taylor Streets


Classes & Paid Events

"Tools for Home & Birth Center Birth" - A One-Day Childbirth Education Intensive -  San Francisco & Berkeley
If you are planning to give birth at home or in a birth center outside of a hospital, this course is designed specifically for you! Come meet others who are doing the same, and learn how you can birth your baby with confidence and strength. This course is aimed to give you a variety of tools you and your partner can use to stay calm, relaxed and focused on your journey to becoming a parent!

  • How can I best work with my midwife and other care providers?
  • How will I know when I’m in labor? 
  • What do I actually do in labor?! 
  • What will giving birth be like?
  • How will I cope with pain? 
  • What can I do to best support my partner in labor? 
  • What will happen after the birth? 
  • What if myself or the baby has to go to the hospital?

A combination of instruction, videos, self-reflection, relaxation, breathing and partner exercises will answer these questions and help you become more comfortable with birth. Partners will learn specific techniques to confidently support mothers through the process. A one-day 7 hour session, this course is perfect for busy moms and partners who can’t or don’t want to take a series.
When & Where: One Saturday or Sunday every month alternating between SF and Berkeley/Oakland. See specific dates & locations.  
Instructor: Firen Jones, Licensed Midwife
Cost: The course costs $200 per couple.
For more information and to REGISTERclick here. 

Homebirth-Focused Childbirth Education Series & Newborn Class - Oakland
Let's get ready to Homebirth! This fun and exciting time takes, to say the least, a little bit of preparation --and we all know your partner really needs it! So come on through and we'll get everyone up to speed so you feel prepared and empowered stepping into one of the biggest days of your life.

It's no small feat, so come prepared to learn techniques and tools that will support you and your partner (if present) in labor, birth and those first weeks of parenting. We will use a host of modalities and try not to take ourselves too seriously, after all, don't we want to welcome our little one in the spirit of joy and connection?

This class sets the intension of honoring your journey as a normal, physiological and emotional right-of-passage and fostering the natural hormonal unfolding of labor and birth. 

Come have fun with us! 

Dates of Series: May 6, 7, 20, 21, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Where: Oakland, CA
When: Saturday and Sunday mornings
Fee: $300, sliding scale available
Instructor: Esther Healey, Licensed Midwife

Covered Topics in Homebirth Preparation Class:

  • Positioning, breathing, and coverage of techniques mama may use to cope with labor
  • Tools and techniques for partners to support laboring mother
  • "Stages" of labor and what labor may look like
  • What changes are made in the body during labor, and how to facilitate that process
  • What the baby goes through to be born, and how to help them get out! 
  • Opportunities to set intensions for the birth and begin processing fears to create space for the birth of your dreams
  • What happens if complications arise and transfer of care is necessary
  • Immediate postpartum needs and expectations (Note: for more in depth coverage of postpartum period, please consider signing up for that class)
  • Breastfeeding techniques and expectations
  • Expectations for newborn babies in first days of life: what their needs are, and how can we as parents support them (Note: This is not a newborn preparation class. Please consider signing up for the newborn prep class for more in depth coverage of newborn care.
  • and, of course, more!

Newborn Preparation Class

Oh yeah, there's a baby after all this! Come learn the special needs of a newborn to help you not go as crazy in those first six weeks of life. We'll touch on the most essential topics for newborn care increasing the chances your baby will love you. Just kidding! Your baby will love you no matter what, but this will help you wander through the fog with some tools in your belt. Don't miss this very important class! 

Dates: May 13, 2017
Time: 9am-12pm
Where: Oakland, CA
When: Saturday morning
Fee: $75, sliding scale available
Instructor: Esther Healey, Licensed Midwife

Covered Topics in Newborn Preparation Class:

  • Basic Needs of Newborns: Physical and Emotional
  • Soothing Newborns
  • Diapering and Clothing
  • Holding and Handling
  • Introduction to various carrier methods
  • Basic developmental expectations of newborn for first six weeks
    Note: We will not cover breastfeeding, nursing, or anything feeding. This is covered in the childbirth prep class.

Birth Preparation Classes - San Francisco
This homebirth specific class focuses on information and experiential learning.  Nile brings her background in the science of pregnancy, birth and postpartum together with training in the Birthing From Within method and ICEA teachings. 

The class will cover the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor and birth as a jumping off point to talk about the many layers of the birth process- physical, mental, emotional, name it!  Besides giving you as much information as you might need to enjoy the wild process of your birth journey the class provides a community foundation for your new family. 

We do a lot of hands-on teaching including labor positions, comfort measures and newborn care.  We spend time looking at our perceptions of pain or discomfort and practice relaxation and breath awareness as coping mechanisms to face it. Continually using breath as a tool to soften and open the body we will also practice massage and supported postures. Wear clothes you can move in! 

Each class has visual learning components including watching hand-picked birth videos, looking at important photos, touring a homebirth midwife’s birth kit, putting on gloves to explore a real-life placenta, and more.

We look into variations of normal and potential complications, how they are handled at home and what might be reasons to transport to the hospital.  During this class we also give you skills to navigating a hospital birth if that becomes the safest place for your family to be.  We also thoroughly cover postpartum recovery and what to expect in those first hours, days and weeks of life with your new baby.  We explore breastfeeding basics - positions, techniques and when to get help, and newborn care, including diapering, changing clothes, sleeping and swaddling.

Where: Recess 470 Carolina Street between 18th Street and Mariposa in Potrero Hill, San Francisco
When: A 6 week series from June 6th through July 11th
Time: Monday nights from 7:00-9:30pm
Cost: $500 per couple
Instructor: Nile Nash, Midwife, MSN, RN, WHNP-BC, CNM
If you would like to reserve a space in the class please send a check made out to “Mama Lion Midwifery” in the amount of $500 (per couple). Class fills up far in advance and fairly quickly, so please send your check in as soon as you decide to join us.  Also, please make a note on your check of the class for which you are reserving your spot. We will hold on to checks until after the first class and then deposit them.  Let us know if you would like a receipt. 
Please send your check made out to Mama Lion at the following address…
Mama Lion Midwifery
1300 Sanchez Street
San Francisco, CA 94131

Please email with any questions.