I am serving Vallejo, Napa, Berkeley, Oakland, Walnut Creek areas.
I am a California licensed Midwife
I have been licensed as a Midwife since 1984 and supervised well over 1300 births
I have been an internationally board certified lactation consultant IBCLC
I am a registered Ortho-Bionomy practioner
Bachelor of Arts in studio arts with a concentration in Art Therapy
500 hours of training in Homeopathy
I have been a practicing Midwife since 1985. I have attended and supervised over 1300 births as primary midwife. I am a mother of two sons who were also born at home. My first born son, Gabriel was born in Pecos, New Mexico and my youngest son, Blas, was born in Amsterdam, Holland. Both of their births were attended by traditional Midwives.
Best of the East Bay 2011 (Category of Health) Winner as Chosen by Parents’ Press Readers
Winner: Leopi N. Sanderson-Edmunds, L.M., El Cerrito
Moms-to-be rely on Leopi Sanderson-Edmunds to guide them through one of their most important life experiences — giving birth. A practicing midwife since 1985, she has attended and supervised more than 900 births. Incorporating Ortho-Bionomy, a gentle type of bodywork in her practice that helps with pain/stress, Sanderson-Edmunds ensures that new moms who choose to give birth either at home or in a hospital have the best possible experience. El Cerrito, (510) 717-5060, www.sanctuaryleopi.com/orthosite”
1984 Received training in 1-year intensive program at the Maternity Center, a midwifery-based Birth Center in El Paso, Texas, which consisted of 3 Midwifery birth centers along the border of El Paso and Juarez.
1991 – 1993 Received 500 hours of Homeopathy training with Robin Murphy.
I specialize in homeopathy and acute remedies for pregnancy and children.
1992 – 1997 BA in Art Therapy at the College of Santa Fe, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
2007 – 2010 New Mexico Academy of Healing Arts, I completed an 18 month program (500 hours) in Ortho-Bionomy, the Homeopathy of Body work and form of body-work rooted from Osteopathy. This work includes Cranial sacral and Somatic body healing. 80 hours of beginning modules in Somatic Trauma Healing with Peter Levine and the Foundation for Human Enrichment and Basic Somatic Trauma First Aid.
2009 Became a Lactation educator and am certified as an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC)
2009 Infant Cranial Sacral techniques with Carol Gray. 32 hours.
2012 Completed 130+ hours of advanced Ortho-Bionomy practioner training and moving towards my advanced certification. Working with women and men in all stages of life in my beautiful private home office and sanctuary in Vallejo.
MEET THE DOULAS
I am a mother of two (birthed at home), doula, childbirth educator, Sacred Pregnancy facilitator, Mother Roaster, and sister to many. My own birth journeys inspired a profound respect and appreciation for the power and beauty of women, as well as a commitment to walk beside them in love and support as they journey from pregnancy to tenderhearted motherhood. Women deserve to be nurtured, supported, honored and held as they become mamas (each time!), and I use my calm and grounding presence to hold space for the growth and sacred transformation that pregnancy, birth and new mamahood bring about. I am passionate about honoring these times with Mother Blessings, Sacred Pregnancy and Birth Journey circles, compassionate birth support, and warming Mother Roasting practices. I am also a native Spanish speaker and am delighted to serve those whom would benefit from this. I offer homebirth services with Leopi on a sliding scale of $500 to $1,200 and hospital birth services on a sliding scale of $800 to $1,200. Please find more info on my website at www.aurorabirth.com.
My life has centered on tracking the body. This practice has had many faces: dancer, body worker, backpacker, doula, energy worker, Hakomi recipient, and mother. All of these strands have woven together to form an intuitive and informed ground from which I work. I received my massage certification from the Institue of Conscious Bodywork in 2001 and have done massage as my primary work since then. I added a prenatal massage training in 2003, which makes up about one third of my clientele, and then followed that thread of curiosity through to a doula training through Natural Resources in 2005. After a year of volunteering at births, I began my doula practice in earnest in 2006. I am constantly moved by the ways of the body’s unfolding; now subtle, now powerful, now wild, now gentle and am committed to trusting that process and supporting it in my clients. I am deeply lucky to be held in my work by my husband, Keith, and my son, Emrys, who was born at home in 2009. Contact me at email@example.com or (510) 393-0929.
My body work hours are Wednesdays, 3-9pm at 2414 Ashby at Telegraph, Berkeley (parking provided) AND Saturdays, 9-3pm at 403 Burk near Lake Merritt, Oakland (street parking).