Meet Justine & Alia

 

Justine Waldram, Licensed Midwife

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Justine has a deep desire to help women have the birth experience they want and need. Her efforts as a midwife focus on offering personal care to each woman she serves. Each pregnancy and birth is unique and she strives to treat it as such.

Justine's passion for birth was sparked in a Maternal and Child Nutrition class she took while earning a degree in Nutrition from Cal Poly. Two years after receiving her degree she graduated from National Midwifery Institute. She is recognized by the Medical Board of California as a Licensed Midwife and by the North American Registry of Midwives as a Certified Professional Midwife.

Screening women throughout pregnancy to ensure optimum health and low risk level for out of hospital birth is a key component in the care Justine provides. Proper nutrition--including whole foods and avoiding western American/processed foods--is crucial to sustaining a healthy pregnancy and preparing for a successful birth. Exercise, childbirth education, chiropractic and acupuncture are also important components in maintaining a healthy pregnancy.

Justine has many close friends and family members that have endured unwanted interventions and surgical births. Because of this, and other reasons, she is passionate and committed to help women have a safe and comfortable birth. Birth can be a memorable and amazing part of a woman's life. As a licensed midwife in this community, Justine is honored to be a part of such a personal experience in so many women's lives. 

Justine is first and foremost a wife and mother. She and her husband, Jeff, have welcomed three babies into their family. They had wonderful home births in the Five Cities with assistance of Justine's midwife, mentor and friend, Tiffany Dietrich. Justine enjoys horseback riding, playing sports and savoring time with friends and family in this beautiful beach town.


Alia Clark, Licensed Midwife

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I’m Alia, a midwife, a partner, and mother of 3 babies all born at home with midwives. I enjoy photography, whole food, beach days with my family, and riding on the back of my partner’s motorcycle on a sunny day. Did I mention all things birth related?

I take tremendous pride in being called a midwife and feel very humbled to serve women and families. Part of my life’s work is to support and empower women to make informed, evidence based decisions about their bodies. I feel that every women needs something a little different during pregnancy, the birth process, and the postpartum period, and I happily cater to that. I not only hold space for women, but also for babies. I believe in the power and sacredness of allowing a baby to be born safely and gently into an inviting atmosphere. I pride myself in risk assessment during pregnancy, reassuring that both mama and baby are safely with in the perimeters of a low risk pregnancy.

My career in healthcare began as a certified nurse assistant in 2009 working in many acute care settings such as hospitals, psychiatric wards, long term rehabilitation facilities, and a maximum security prison. Along my journey I met a home birth midwife who invited me to her homegroup for birth workers and that is where my interest for midwifery was sparked. After working in western / allopathic medicine I decided to make my dream of becoming a midwife reality. I enrolled in The National College of Midwifery in 2013. I apprenticed for 3 years in my hometown of Redding, CA before relocating to Arroyo Grande, CA and finishing out the rest of my 5 year apprenticeship here. I was honored to have learned from 9 midwives in the course of my training. From there I obtained my Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) via the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and also my Licensed Midwife (LM) from the California State Medical Board. After obtaining licensure, Kinship Midwifery was born.