Francine Madrid, Midwife (She/Her)
My path to this work began as a child in the kitchens and living rooms of my Grandmothers.
I would sit quietly and listen attentively as Elders spoke of old family stories, remedios, birth, death, God, seemingly magical occurrences ---topics so mysterious and exciting to my young mind!
Even as a child, I felt an incredibly strong connection to my ancestors, these stories and traditional ways.
As I grew into an adult, I searched for work that would honor my traditions while still being of service in the modern world.
I went on to formally study biology, dance, body work, herbalism, various forms of yoga, birth and death. All of this as well as my ceremonial life inform my life's work as a Traditional Midwife, Teacher and Ordained Minister.
In my life and work I strive to practice balance, radical love and embodiment, acceptance and compassion for myself and others.
With gratitude, I thank my Teachers, Elders, Community and my beautiful Partner and Children for their support.
Briana Wilborn, Apprentice Midwife
Briana Wilborn (she/they) is a Black queer full spectrum birth worker based in Oakland, California. She has practiced as a birth doula since 2012, working in a variety of settings from hospitals to home birth. During this time, they also worked as a Reproductive Health Specialist at Planned Parenthood, and the Director of Jail Support Services with Roots of Labor Birth Collective, among other community based health care experiences.
In 2018, she began her training as a community midwife, working in birth center and home birth settings. Now, they are in the midst of receiving their degree in nurse midwifery at UCSF. She is passionate about advocating for reproductive agency among her clients, and is committed to working with queer families, Black families, and families of color.
Maya Combs, Apprentice Midwife
Maya Combs (she/her) is a Black Bellycaster and aspiring Midwife based on the Peninsula,California.
She is a trained Doula with a passion for placenta encapsulation. She received Doula training through DONA and learned to Bellycast in 2016, while working as a patient advocate at the Family Health and Birth Center in Washington,D.C. Upon returning from D.C, she has served as a volunteer breastfeeding educator at ZSFGH and various positions in a multitude of healthcare settings including a contraceptive startup company, private practice and at Stanford Children’s Hospital.
Maya has expanded her calling for birth work and reproductive justice in Black and Brown communities as she pursues a career in Midwifery. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s in Nursing at UCSF to become a Women’s Health NP and Certified Nurse Midwife and continue to serve and support Black and Brown families and birthing people.