Meet the Pacifica Team
Cindy Lara Haag, Lm, CPM, Director, Co-Founder
Cindy has been a Licensed Midwife attending out-of-hospital births since 1990. After completing her training at Maternidad La Luz, a freestanding birth center and midwifery school in Texas, Cindy accepted a position as a staff midwife and then as clinical director of the birth center. During her seven years there, she provided full scope midwifery care and supervised students and midwives.
In 1998, Cindy gave birth at home to her daughter, Elia. In 2000, Cindy moved to the Bay Area where she was a founding midwife of a Marin birth center and began her own home birth practice in the East Bay. In 2012, Cindy co-founded and opened Pacifica Family Maternity Center. Throughout her midwifery career, Cindy has attended over 1200 births! Cindy is fluent in Spanish and English, and committed to making midwifery care accessible to all families.
Carlee Ann, lm, CPM, MSM, Adminstrative and Clinical Coordinator
Carlee Ann’s passion for reproduction and the childbearing cycle led her to become a Doula in 2009. Simultaneously, she received her Massage Therapy License and specialized in prenatal and postpartum massage. She studied Biology, Kinesiology, and Holistic Health at San Francisco State University and began growing her midwifery career while attending births.
Carlee Ann graduated from Bastyr University in 2015 with a Master of Science in Midwifery and has been a proud member of the Pacifica Team ever since. She is committed to providing accessible, evidence-based, individualized, and culturally sensitive care to clients and families.
KAVITA NOBILE, CNM
Kavita has been supporting families during pregnancy and childbirth since 1997. She graduated from UCSF as an RN and is a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife. She came to midwifery with a passion for supporting clients and families during a time of dynamic transition. She emphasizes education and informed choice in all areas of health care.
Kavita is actively involved in legislative work to improve access to midwifery care. Kavita is happily married and the mother of two adult daughters born with the support of midwives. Kavita is excited to be part of the Pacifica team and to devote her energy to a long-held dream of midwifery-led care in the birth center setting.
Jaqxun Darlin, LM,cpm
Jaqxun was called to midwifery from their background in community health, education, and health equity activism. They have been a birth and postpartum doula since 2001 and began midwifery training in 2010. Jaqxun graduated from Birthwise Midwifery School in 2014, having apprenticed with both rural and urban home and birth center practices in Minnesota, Maine, and Cambodia. They became a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) in 2014 and attended both home and birth center births in Oregon before moving to California.
Jaqxun is the Director of Professional Development for the Midwives Alliance of North America and on the Advisory Committee for the Queer and Trans Midwives Alliance, two national organizations that seek to increase access to midwifery care and education for all people. Jaqxun is thrilled to be serving diverse Bay Area families as part of the Pacifica team!
a’maya Ettien, lm, cpm
A’Maya was born at home and came to the path of midwifery after giving birth to her two children at home with midwives. She graduated from the National Midwifery Institute and became a Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife in 2008. She provided midwifery care in a high-volume birth center in Texas for 4 years and has been attending births at home since 2011. She has attended nearly 800 out-of-hospital births, and has trained approximately 30 midwifery students throughout her career.
A’Maya believes strongly that birthing families should be respectfully supported in having a safe, healthy and positive birthing experience. She is passionate about training the next generation of midwives to provide culturally sensitive, evidence based care, and is delighted to join the Pacifica Team.
Dr. Lisa Bernard-Pearl, MD
Lisa has been practicing obstetrics for over twenty years in a variety of settings, with the last five years being primarily high risk OB. Lisa is currently an OB Hospitalist for La Clinica de La Raza. She earned her B.S. in Zoology and her B.A. in Women’s Studies with a minor in African-American Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She cared for her first pregnant clients and caught her first baby as a medical student at Stanford. She went on to do her Ob/Gyn residency at UCSF; she credits the midwives and L&D nurses for teaching her the art of caring for families during their birthing experience. She has always had a special interest in natural childbirth. Her daughter was birthed by her partner in a birth center in New York City. She strongly believes in all client’s right to make choices about their own birthing experiences and sees her role as a guide to help clients make informed choices.
Assistant Midwives - Postpartum Care
Jessamyn Meyerhoff, Lm, CPM
Jessamyn is a Bay Area native. She graduated from midwifery school in 2001. Since then she has assisted at births in many different settings: birth centers, homebirths and hospitals. Her experience includes apprenticing with hospital midwives in Santa Cruz, working with a homebirth midwife in New York City, and her own homebirth practice in the Bay Area.
Jessamyn also has extensive experience in Women’s Healthcare. She worked for Planned Parenthood providing gynecological and prenatal care for 11 years. She enjoys working with diverse populations. She speaks both English and Spanish.
Ellen Levitt, Lm
Ellen has a strong passion for women’s health and over 30 years of experience providing midwifery care. She values informed choice when supporting families in making decisions regarding their care. Since 1987, Ellen has attended more than 1,300 births.
Ellen trained as a midwife in a variety of settings, including in the home, birth center, and hospital settings. Prior to midwifery training, she worked as an EMT in San Francisco. Teaching and training students, has been an essential part of her practice, she enjoys passing on the midwifery model of care. She has been part of the Pacifica Team since the birth center opened in 2012!
Dajana was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and came to California when she was 9 years old. She travels home every summer and enjoys bringing her two daughters. She studied art history at Sonoma state and began her carrier working in early childhood education for the Piedmont school district.
Dajana is looking forward to contributing her management experience to the Pacifica Team!
Lacey grew up in Miami, Florida and from a young age had a strong interest in science and biology. She received her BS degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology from a small liberal arts college in central Pennsylvania with lab experience specifically in EEG brain activity.
Five years ago, she moved to the Bay Area to work in sleep research as a sleep technician and research associate at the San Francisco VA and UCSF. At the beginning of 2018, she decided to change career paths to pursue midwifery. Lacey brings a strong scientific background of science and research to her midwifery training and is looking forward to complimenting this with learning the art of midwifery at Pacifica. The Pacifica Team made this transition as smooth as can be and she’s thrilled to be here.
Destiny grew up on a ranch in the rural mountains of Suisun Valley. Her passion in midwifery began at the age of ten, when she helped her dog deliver a litter of puppies, but she veered off her path to midwifery while pursing a career in the maritime industry. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Marine Transportation in 2010 and a Masters of Science in Humanitarian Aid, Disaster, and Crisis Management in 2012.
Destiny's passion for birth work was reignited through her own experience receiving midwifery care. Destiny is the proud mother of six beautiful children. She became a doula in 2016 and volunteered at a local teenage pregnancy resource center in addition to taking private clients. Destiny is a student midwife at the National Midwifery Institute and feels honored to be a part of the Pacifica family!
Jinny grew up in the High Desert of Southern California and moved to Northern California to pursue her undergraduate degree in 1999. She earned two bachelor degrees from UC Davis in International Relations and French. After graduation, she spent three years traveling and working for the French government as an English teacher in Paris, French Guyana, and then Costa Rica. In 2010, she moved to the East Bay and finally felt at home.
Jinny’s first baby was born in 2011 and her interest in reproductive healthcare was ignited thanks to the wonderful midwifery care she experienced. She started working as a birth doula shortly after her daughter was born and has been supporting families in hospitals, birth centers, and home births in the East Bay ever since. She is also a postpartum doula, Newborn Care Specialist, and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. In 2017, Jinny began her studies at the National College of Midwifery and is very excited to be part of the caring and collaborative team at Pacifica!