Colette Mercier, CPM, LM
I am a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and California State-Licensed Midwife (LM), specializing in home birth and hospital labor support. I attended my best friend’s birth in 2003 and was so moved that I enrolled in a doula training that weekend. That training led me to apprentice at the Northern New Mexico Midwifery Center and study midwifery. In October 2006, I graduated from the National College of Midwifery in New Mexico and became licensed by the state of California. I reside in Sebastopol, CA where I have a home birth practice serving Sonoma, Napa and other Bay Area counties. I am also a graduate student studying psychology in the Integral Counseling Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.
I have attended births with a diverse population of women over the past 13+ years, including volunteering as a midwife in the Philippines. I have experienced many aspect of birth, including how culture, expectations and the mind/body connection can shape a woman’s experience of her birth. I am committed to supporting parents with prenatal education and a trusting relationship with me as their midwife. Sometimes the journey of birth and pregnancy lead myself and the parents to discover what is best for their baby and family, departing from their ideas and expectations. I hold the container for such discovery to happen in an empowered and loving way.
I love pregnancy and birth because for parents it is a time of complexity and growth. The mixture of love, wonder, excitement, vulnerability, challenge and for some stress lends itself to profound changes for the expecting mother and her partner. This transformation looks different for every family and I see my role as your support team for this process.
Prior to becoming a midwife, I worked as a Rape Crisis Counselor at Bay Area Women Against Rape and a Program Associate for The Ruckus Society both in Oakland, CA. I also graduated with a BA from the University of Chicago in Environmental Studies in 1997.