About Monika the Mendocino Midwife

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASince a young age, I had a hunch I’d work with women and children. Early on in my teen years, I studied parent-child bonding and female reproductive health. In college at UC Santa Cruz I double-majored in Psychology and Women’s Studies and began attending births in 2002 while working with teen moms in the Bay Area. As soon as I attended my first birth, I realized my true calling to be a midwife and wanted to serve women of all walks of life. Since I speak Spanish and Polish fluently and have traveled extensively throughout Europe, where I was born, as well as Mexico and Central America, I completed my midwifery training in a multicultural birth center and accredited midwifery education program on the Texas-Mexican border, Maternidad La Luz, in 2005-2006. This bustling birth center prompted me to begin my own homebirth midwifery practice in Northern CA. I moved to Humboldt County after completing my national (CPM) and state certifications and licensure (LM) in 2007 and 2008, having worked in the Bay Area as a Perinatal Services Coordinator in the interim.

My practice is called Tree Of Life Midwifery Services and has grown along with the many families I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know and love through this sacred work. I’ve attended over 185 births and have served close to a 1,000 families in various capacities, including teens, single moms, moms over age 40, Spanish-speakers, and alternative families in home, hospital, clinic, and birth center settings. I’ve also had the opportunity to work with numerous midwives and feel truly grateful to be part of such a rich tradition. Cultivating positive relationships with hospital-based providers, I feel comfortable navigating the medical system should the need or desire arise. I’m always learning and expanding my ability to care for others through conferences, trainings, networking, continued education, articles and publications, peer review, as well as observation and personal development. As a co-Rep with the CA Association of Midwives from 2007-2010, I organized well-attended events to raise awareness about homebirth and midwifery care. As a natural teacher, I have helped a few women on their paths into midwifery, both formally and informally.

When I was 30 weeks pregnant with my first child, I moved to Ukiah, CA in the summer of 2011, planning a homebirth with sister midwives.   Pregnancy is a special time and change is a big part of the process.  During my pregnancy, I continued to serve birthing families in both Humboldt and Mendocino Counties.  I also began offering a postpartum service, making placenta capsules for moms who birth at home or in the hospital.  As a long-time yoga practitioner, I teach pre/postnatal yoga as well as other types of yoga, completing various trainings.  Deepening my expertise in fertility, I offer preconception and fertility awareness method consultations and classes.

I enjoy mothering, building community, mentoring and teaching, growing and eating organic food, writing and publishing, and learning about plants and herbs.  Please be in touch if you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation.