about us

The Woom team is comprised of skilled and compassionate midwives who believe in the power of birth and individualized care.

Hannah and Cynthia collaborate equally with their home birth clientele.  Alternating appointments and attending most deliveries together, this unique approach gives our clients the best of two home birth midwifery practices in one!   


Hannah Weiss

Primary Midwife

Hannah Weiss is the founder and owner of Woom Midwifery.  She is licensed to practice midwifery under the Medical Board of California and certified under the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) as a Certified Professional Midwife.  Her formal education consisted of three years at the National Midwifery Institute and two clinical home birth apprenticeships in California and Utah.   Prior to becoming a midwife,  Hannah ran a bustling doula practice for over 10 years in the East Bay and collaborated on Glow Massage and Birth Supports’ doula program.  Hannah is certified in Neonatal Resusitation (NRP), CPR and First Aid.  She regularly attends the Bay Area Peer Review and is an active member of the California Association of Midwives (CAM).   She is also the co-collaborator of the quarterly event, Ask the Midwives.  In 2017 Hannah and her partners opened Oakland Birth & Wellness, a midwifery clinic located in the heart of North Oakland.     

Hannah loves being a midwife and feels deeply called to this path.  She believes continuity of midwifery care sets the tone for better birth outcomes and a gentle transition to parenthood.  When Hannah is off call she travels home to Kaua’i where she grew up surrounded by an abundance of nature and the rhythms of the ocean.  


Cynthia Banks

collaborative homebirth Midwife

Cynthia Banks is the owner and founder of Loving Way Midwifery.  She began catching babies in 1994 when she first developed a passion for home birth. In 1996, she earned her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Yale University,  launching a career that has included attending home births in Chicago, working as a full-time volunteer Senior Midwife at a birth center in Texas, and attending both home and hospital births in the Bay Area. A Registered Nurse and a Certified Nurse-Midwife, Cynthia offers a calm, reassuring presence that is a blessing to birthing families, while her expertise provides a safe container for the natural unfolding of the sacred rite of birth.


El Tarver

HomeBirth Midwife Assistant

El Tarver is a California Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife. She brings a warm and grounding presence to every client she serves. El has been attending births in a variety of settings over the past decade, and believes deeply in the transformative power of pregnancy, birth, and parenthood. Her favorite part of midwifery is the connection she develops with the families she cares for, and is thrilled to offer support and guidance to clients in the Bay Area.


Meet the Integrative Midwife team

Hannah was fortunate enough to bring Morgan and Grace onto the Integrative Midwife team.  We alternate appointments, so you can build trust with us all for your prenatal, birth and postpartum journey.  

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Morgan West

supporting Integrative Midwife

Morgan is the owner and founder of Hummingbird Midwifery.  She believes that every family deserves skilled and compassionate support to have a healthy and empowered birth. Before becoming a midwife, she earned her B.S. in Neuroscience from Lafayette College. She has studied maternal and child healthcare in seven countries and received her early training as a midwife at a high-volume birth center in Indonesia, where she gained a reverence for women’s innate strength and resilience in birth. Upon moving to Berkeley, she practiced midwifery at a local birth center and in a group homebirth practice before founding her private practice, Hummingbird Midwifery.

She’s on a mission to create powerful experiences of health and wellbeing for growing families across the Bay Area, integrating her new studies of herbal medicine and birth trauma healing with her work as a midwife.


Grace Bender

supporting Integrative Midwife

Grace is a midwife and a mother and has been working holistically with families since 2001.  She began regularly attending births as a doula in 2010, after the home birth of her son in Oakland, CA.  She first experienced midwifery care while attending the birth of a close friend in 2003.  Attended by nurse midwives in a hospital birth center, she witnessed birth as raw, undisturbed, powerful and beautiful beyond measure.  It revolutionized her perspective on birth choices and the way babies enter this world.   

Grace holds a B.A. in Women’s Studies & Creative Writing from The Evergreen State College and an A.S. in Midwifery from National College of Midwifery.  She is passionate about Ayurveda and baking and weaves these elements into her midwifery care.  She is a Certified Massage Therapist and a Registered Yoga Teacher.  Grace brings a holistic understanding of the body and a hands-on approach to her birth work.  She supports birthing families from her heart, and is honored to be a part of the midwifery community.  A Midwesterner at root, Grace has lived on the West Coast since 2002, though she fell in love with the Bay Area on her first visit to San Francisco at age 10.  She currently resides in the East Bay with her family.    

Portrait Photography by Jen Siska

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