Allison holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nurse-Midwifery from Columbia University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in International Development from UC Berkeley. It was Allison’s involvement in women’s rights activism at Berkeley combined with her experiences at a public health clinic in Indonesia that shaped her vision of becoming a midwife. While pursuing her midwifery education at Columbia University, Allison sought out both doula and lactation counselor training in order to better serve the women she cares for. When Allison isn’t thinking about, reading about, or practicing midwifery (these moments are few and far between), she can be found spending time with her family, reading, running, hiking, skiing, or daydreaming about her next international adventure. An Orange County native, Allison is excited to be back in southern California and working with Beach Cities Midwifery.
MSN, CNM, FACNM
Connie is a graduate of the UCSF/UCSD master’s program in 1989 where she received her certification as a Nurse Practitioner and Nurse-Midwife. Connie was recently inducted as a fellow to the American College of Nurse Midwives. She comes to us from Kaiser where she was a clinical midwife/NP and coordinated the midwifery service. She has provided woman focused care for 25 years and has been a strong advocate for normal labor and birth. In addition, she has a strong background in gynecologic care for women and places a strong emphasis on wellness care. She will be providing care in the office and will allow Beach Cities to expand access and reduce the number of times that we have to reschedule patients due to a birth.
Elizabeth has been a Midwife since 1998 and was previously a labor and delivery nurse with LA County since 1992. She holds a degree in midwifery from Charles Drew Medical School and a master’s degree in nursing from California State University – Long Beach. Elizabeth strongly believes in educating women to make informed choices; she loves answering patient’s questions and explaining things. Having worked many years in hospital settings, she is a strong supporter of birth centers and home birth. Since becoming a Midwife, she has primarily been catching babies in homes and birth centers. Elizabeth has 3 children that were born at home in the water. She has practiced attachment parenting, extended breastfeeding, babywearing, and uses natural remedies and homeopathic with her family. When she isn’t homeschooling her children, she enjoys doing pottery, cooking, and growing food in their large garden.