All our nurse midwives cover the Marin General Hospital Labor & Delivery Department and may be available for your delivery. The nurse midwives with whom you can make an appointment for your prenatal care in our offices are: Mary Newberry and Melanie Wice.
Amelia Baurmann, CNM
A third generation Bay Area native, Amelia grew up in Oakland, California. She attended San Francisco State University, and graduated in 1996 with a BA in Liberal Studies with a Sociology minor. After this, she spent several years traveling and seeking her vocation in life. She visited India, Cuba and Mexico, and took several road trips through the US. She began working at the Berkeley Free Clinic as a volunteer health care worker in 1998, where she stayed for three years before moving to El Paso, Texas. It was there that she discovered Midwifery and knew without a doubt that she had found her life’s work. In a free-standing birth center that also served as a direct-entry Midwifery training program, she learned to attend birth with little technology or medication. With this knowledge and trust in the birth process in hand, she decided to pursue her Master’s degree in Nurse Midwifery.
After returning to California, she worked for several years at Planned Parenthood while completing the courses she needed to prepare for Nursing school. Here, she became well-versed in contraception and well-woman care, as well as options counseling for unplanned pregnancies. Her passion for the rights of education and choice in women’s reproductive health was fueled during these years, and remain central to her philosophy of practice. She received her Master’s degree in Midwifery and Women’s Health from the UCSF School of Nursing in 2009.
Upon graduation she began to practice in a small community hospital in Davis, where she stayed for over five years. It was also in this hospital that she gave birth to her son Miles in 2012. She and her family have since returned to the Bay Area and have settled in Marin County. She is grateful and thrilled to be here and to be able to serve the women and families of the community as a Midwife. She loves working with women from diverse backgrounds and is fluent in Spanish. In her free time she loves to be with her family and friends and to hike in the hills around her home.
Brooke La Saulle, CNM, MSN
Brooke received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. In college she became a doula and spent a summer volunteering at a birth center in Mexico. While working there, alongside midwives and women in labor, Brooke realized that her dream career was to be a midwife.
In 2007 Brooke graduated from the University of California, San Francisco, with a Master of Science Degree in Nursing. Since then, as a certified nurse midwife and women’s health nurse practitioner, Brooke has served women and families in the Bay Area at One Medical Group, St Luke’s Women’s Center, Alameda Health System and Planned Parenthood, in addition to Prima Medical Group.
Brooke is passionate about empowering women to make informed decisions about their bodies and their health care overall. She strives to build trusting relationships with her patients, and collaborates with them to develop health plans tailored to their individual needs and goals. She enjoys working with a diverse group of women and is fluent in Spanish.
Brooke has lived in San Francisco for ten years and enjoys the city almost as much as she enjoys getting out into nature. She spends most of her free time outside, hiking and camping with her husband and friends. Yosemite and Big Sur are her two favorite backpacking destinations.
Erinn Burke Lance, CNM
Erin has been a nurse-midwife practicing in the Bay Area since 1998. Originally from New York City, Erinn began her career as an assistant midwife at The Childbearing Center, one of the nation’s first out of hospital birth centers. She moved to California and received her Masters degree in Nurse-Midwifery at UCSF School of Nursing. She has worked in Bay Area clinics such as Planned Parenthood and the Women’s Community Clinic as well as attended births at home and at Marin General and San Francisco General Hospitals. She started working for Marin Maternity Services in 2004 and help found their CenteringPregnancy program in 2005. CenteringPregnancy is a group prenatal program. She continued to be the administrator for the CenteringPregnancy program for the county until January 2010 when she accepted a position with San Francisco General Hospital. At SFGH, she began work as a preceptor of student nurse-midwives in addition to her regular clinical work. She returned to Marin in April 2010 to join the Prima Medical Group and she is the lead clinician for the nurse-midwives working at Marin Community Clinic. In this position, Erinn will be starting and administrating a CenteringPregnancy program for Marin Community Clinic. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.
Erinn philosophy of care is family-centered and she has a deep interest in alternative modalities, including herbs, homeopathy and Chinese medicine. She lives in Fairfax with her husband, daughter and son, their dog, their rabbit and two pet geckos. She’s hoping to add backyard chickens to the menagerie. She enjoys the beach, reading, knitting, skiing and eating.
Heather Renz, CNM, NP, MS
Heather first began working as a midwives’ assistant in 1996 in Santa Cruz, CA. The philosophies of midwifery care resonated with her beliefs in the importance of education and support of women during pregnancy, labor, and the postpartum periods. After completion of her B.A. in Biology from UC Santa Cruz, Heather traveled and studied Spanish in several Latin American schools including the University of Havana, Cuba.
Upon return to the US, Heather started a doula practice and worked as a labor support for women and for pregnant teens at Florence Crittendon Services, a group home in San Francisco. She earned her Masters of Science degree in the nurse-midwifery program at UC San Francisco and graduated with Sigma Theta Tau honors for academic excellence. Heather has worked as a nurse-midwife in Marin County since 2005.
In addition to her enthusiasm for nurse-midwifery, she enjoys hiking, cooking, knitting, yoga, and spending time with her husband and 3 children.
Jane Gehring, CNM, MPH
Jane Gehring has been a midwife for over 20 years and has taken care of moms and babies in Marin for the past 17. She received her nursing degree at the University of Pennsylvania and studied midwifery at USC-LA County Hospital where she became a staff member and clinical instructor. She returned to her roots in the bay area to study at UC Berkeley and obtained her MPH in 1994. Jane was born and raised in San Francisco before moving with her family to Central America at age 12. That experience awakened a lifelong interest in travel and exploring new cultures. She is fluent in Spanish and when not traveling, she enjoys spending her free time in the garden.
Linda Rouda, CNM
Linda’s experience in maternal child healthcare spans over thirty five years. Prior to attending midwifery school, she worked as a maternity nurse at Kona Hospital in Kealakekua, Hawaii. It was in this small community that she had the privilege of witnessing the profound and lasting significance that the birth experience has on couples and families. Providing a positive and supportive environment in which a new being can enter the world is why she has chosen this profession. In 1981, after graduating from UCSF, Linda worked in a private practice where her patients had the choice of delivering at home or at the Alternative Birth Center at Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco. For nineteen years prior to joining Prima Medical Group, Linda worked as a midwife for Women’s Health Services County of Marin. While at Women’s Health Services, she was actively involved in the Centering Pregnancy model of group pre-natal care and she enjoyed mentoring many midwifery and medical students from UCSF while acting as a clinical preceptor. She draws upon her experiences as a yoga and meditation teacher to create a peaceful environment for her patients, helping to decrease their anxiety and empower them in the moment. She is also trained in hypno-birthing. Linda and her husband had the pleasure of raising their two daughters in Mill Valley, where they currently reside with their dogs, cats, and parrots.
Lisa de la Fuente, CNM
Lisa received her Masters degree from University of California, San Francisco in 1997 and has been providing full scope midwifery care since then. Her first job out of midwifery school was in a community health center and hospital in Chicago attending both home and hospital births to a diverse population.
With the birth of her first child she moved back to the Bay Area and has since worked in Bay Area hospitals, committed to providing care to women of all cultural and economic backgrounds. Lisa is fluent in Spanish and is very committed to providing culturally sensitive midwifery care to our Latina population in Marin and the surrounding area.
Lisa truly believes that women, with support, guidance and the opportunity to make choices in their care, can find and appreciate their own internal strength during their birth process. It is with great satisfaction that she has the opportunity to be present for the building of family and community.
When not at work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her three boys, traveling, hiking and spending time at the beach.
Mara Fox, CNM
Mara grew up in Washington D.C. and received her undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Upon graduation and Wilderness EMT training, she moved to Indonesia where she worked at Bumi Sehat, a birth center in Bali and Aceh, Sumatra. Under the guidance of local and international midwives, Mara learned techniques for waterbirth as well as homebirth and birth center births.
In San Francisco, Mara became a certified doula and began volunteering at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH). Concurrently, she worked in the Emergency Room of SFGH and as a health educator at the Women’s Community Clinic. After three years in these settings, Mara realized that the Certified Nurse Midwife role combined all of her interests. She then traveled to Guatemala to work with a local midwife while undergoing an intensive medical Spanish program. In 2014, Mara graduated from the University of California-San Francisco with a Masters of Science in Nursing from the Nurse-Midwifery and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner program.
Mara is thrilled to be working with the Prima Medical Group at Marin General Hospital (MGH), a practice she believes to be true to midwifery. She loves the diversity of patients at MGH, as well as the team of doctors and nurses she collaborates with on a daily basis. Mara also works as a labor and delivery nurse at SFGH.
Whenever Mara is not working, you can usually find her shaking it off in a variety of dance classes in San Francisco. She also enjoys getting to the Sierras for skiing or backpacking and exploring all the nature that California has to offer.
Mary Newberry, CNM
Mary Newberry received her Masters degree from University of California, San Francisco in 2001 and has been working full time as a midwife in the Bay Area since. Mary has assisted nearly one thousand babies, and never forgets that each that each birth is a unique and life transforming experience for a woman and her family. Mary also provides well-woman gynecological care to women across their lifespan, and aims to empower all her clients with knowledge so they can make educated decisions regarding their health. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of nutrition and self-care practices to help women both return to health as well as remain healthy, and has most recently completed training in the Functional Medicine approach to strengthen this goal.
In addition to her work in both the hospital Labor and Delivery department and her office-based practice, Mary enjoys teaching. She is a Clinical Instructor for UCSF nursing students and guest lectures at Bay Area colleges on midwifery and the politics of women’s healthcare. In addition, she is regularly published in The Clinical Advisor, where she is the Women’s Health Consultant.
Mary is an avid traveler, yoga practitioner, backpacker, cook and want-to-be surfer. She lives in West Marin with her partner, his two children, and Yuba, their black furry friend who accompanies her on hikes.
Melanie Wice, CNM, MPH
Melanie is one of the CNMs who sees patients in the Greenbrae and Novato OB/GYN Prima offices. Melanie has been a Bay Area resident for over 16 years. She credits her experience having eye surgery as a ten year old for her inspiration to go into health care. Originally from New York, she attended Adelphi University where she obtained a BS in Nursing in 1983 and was recognized with the Mildred Montag Senior Award for outstanding clinical performance and academic excellence.
Working for many years helping women through their childbirth experience as a labor and delivery nurse, she moved to Southern California and attended the LAC-USC School of Medicine’s midwifery program. Drawn to the natural beauty of Northern California, she completed her education by obtaining a master’s degree in public health at UC Berkeley in 1995.
As a Certified Nurse Midwife for nearly 20 years, Melanie has had the honor of supporting thousands of women from a wide variety of social and cultural backgrounds throughout their pregnancies and childbirth experiences. Fluent in English and Spanish, she continually marvels at the courage of women during childbirth and strives to continually support each and every person she works with to discover their own inner strength. Working in women’s health has been a lifelong passion and she feels privileged to work with practitioners who share her commitment to compassionate, high quality patient care.
When she is not busy at the hospital or office, Melanie enjoys the amazing beauty of Marin County, long distance cycling, running, hiking on Mt. Tam, photography, and spending time with her husband, son, family and friends.
Sheri Matteo, CNM, MSN
Sheri grew up on the East Coast where she underwent pre-medical training as an undergraduate at Brown University. After taking a detour to study acting in London, England during her junior year, Sheri received a B.A. in Theatre Arts and lived in New York City working as an actress and playwright. In 1993, she met a midwife and was inspired by the stories of women supporting and empowering other women through the transformational experience of childbirth. She enrolled at Columbia University School of Nursing and graduated with Sigma Theta Tau honors and a Masters of Science in Nursing in 1998.
In 2005, Sheri relocated to beautiful Marin. At the end of 2012, she left her long-standing job at Kaiser Redwood City to work locally. She is honored to work with Prima’s Midwives of Marin as the Prima Director of Midwifery Services.
Sheri believes healthcare is a partnership between patients and providers and that physical health is intertwined with emotional needs and personal experiences. Pregnancy is an extraordinary journey and Sheri never forgets that every birth is personal and profound.
Outside of MGH, Sheri has been an Adjunct Faculty member at Touro University’s Physician Assistant/MPH program, a guest lecturer for Samuel Merritt University’s Physician Assistant Program and has mentored UCSF midwifery students. She has also taught childbirth education, postpartum adjustment and is a Certified Lactation Educator. Sheri speaks limited Spanish.
When she is not working, she enjoys hiking, camping, skiing, singing, eating gourmet meals with family and friends, watching her kids play soccer and practicing yoga and meditation.