The midwives at SF Birth Center are UCSF trained Certified Nurse-Midwives who are drawn to give intimate, comprehensive, and holistic midwifery care. We have chosen to work at SFBC because this setting offers a unique opportunity to care for women and families in a way that encourages personal hands-on interaction and collaborative decision-making. As midwives, our greatest joy is watching strong women become empowered by birth and helping build healthy families.
Julie graduated from the UCSF Midwifery Program and cares for women at San Mateo Medical Center as a Certified Nurse Midwife. Prior to midwifery, Julie worked as a registered nurse for 18 years with birthing families most recently, at Lucille Packard Children's Hospital where she was a member of the Lactation Committee and the high risk OB transport team. Julie teaches herbal medicine making and loves to use natural remedies and herbs to treat common ailments. She has lived in the Mission for over 10 years and is excited to bring the option of a birth center to San Francisco and to care for women in her own community.
Sara Van Acker
MS, CNM, WHNP
Sara is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women's Health Nurse Practitioner who completed her training at UCSF. Her path to midwifery began as a doula at San Francisco General Hospital and has included various international and domestic projects including a midwifery fellowship at Holy Family Birth Services in Weslaco, TX and most recently a nurse-midwife role at Santa Rosa Birth Center. Sara's practice is rooted in the strong belief that families deserve holistic, client-centered choices for their birth and reproductive health care services and is overjoyed to help bring a much needed alternative option to women and childbearing families in San Francisco.
Nancy is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and has been practicing home birth with Rites of Passage Midwifery since 2003. She began attending births as a doula in 1993, received her RN in 2000 and completed her training in midwifery in 2003 through the UCSF Nurse Midwifery Education Program.
With the goal of helping women be strong in childbirth, she hopes that the San Francisco Birth Center will be a place where women realize how powerful they truly are. Nancy has attended hundreds of births in homes, hospitals and birth centers, her favorite being the birth of her daughter, Miranda, on a beautiful spring day in 1997.