"A midwife should have a lady's hands, a hawks eyes, and a lion's heart.”
Christian Toscano, LM CPM
Christian is a California Medical Board Licensed Midwife (LM), Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and Clinical Herbalist. She graduated from Birthwise Midwifery School, a MEAC accredited 3-year program. Christian's passion for women's health began in 2010 when she completed a Doula training course. Since then she has attended hundreds of births in busy home birth, birth center and hospital practices; many of which were "VBAC's" and water births. She worked at a wellness clinic providing abortion counseling, pregnancy support and reproductive counseling. She trained with Spinning Babies in optimal fetal positioning and body balancing techniques. In 2011 she apprenticed at the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine for two years. During this time she assisted the Director and Clinical Herbalist at a free community health clinic. Currently, she has a private home birth and herbal medicine practice where she wildcrafts, grows and extracts most of the medicines offered. She is also currently becoming certified as a CranioSacral therapist.
Listening through my hands and heart teaches me how to support the body's ability to restore itself as a whole. All people deserve access to individualized care, education and support as pregnancy and birth are profound unique experiences. Every individual inherently knows how to intuitively trust and listen to their own body. My goal is to offer support only when needed, in collaboration, so the individual can flourish in their own self-empowerment. I am an excellent experienced clinician, utilizing medical intervention only when necessary, while respecting this life event as an extension of a natural physiological process. I am inspired to watch birthing bodies transition into parenthood while recognizing their individual power.
Because We respect the wisdom of nature, honor the essential mystery of birth, and value the abiding traditions of midwifery
We vow to preserve the intrinsic wellness of pregnancy and childbirth and will strive to ensure the safety of client and child.
We pledge to recognize, honor and care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of the childbearing experience.
We pledge to honor the profession of midwifery by practicing with honesty, respect, humility, justice, and sound ethical action.
We promise to serve without prejudice against their age, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, physical abilities, or socioeconomic background.
We promise to champion each person's right to shape their unique birthing experience.
We vow to remain devoted to our growth as midwives through constant expansion and enrichment of our knowledge and experience of pregnancy and birth through humble reflection with our peers.
We promise to always recognize the limits of our knowledge and experience and ask for help when exceeded.
We vow to be a teacher to future generations of midwives and parents.
We promise to love and protect the art of midwifery as we would a growing baby.
We make this oath before the universe, our community, and in our heart.