Midwifery. Community. Care.

get back to the root.


The ROOT is a space for midwifery and the shared wisdom that's inspired by women gathering. It’s home to four San Francisco midwives who choose to weave their individual and dynamic practices into collaborative space. Our mission is to create opportunity for women to connect, normalize, re-wild and initiate the blueprint of birth, and to feel the collective power and grace of an ever expanding community. Get to the ROOT of it all: beauty, birth, and love.



Meet the rooted midwives...



Mothercraft Midwifery

Kara’s path into midwifery started with a tattered copy of Spiritual Midwifery that she inherited in her first pregnancy. As a new mother of two young children she continued to collect volumes of birth stories and stacks of text books which led her down the road to midwifery. Blending practicality and passion, midwifery allows for her care to be curated to the individual needs of each woman. Kara now has two teens and a lovely homebirth practice full of new and repeat families. Through years of holding birth, Kara has amounted a wealth of trust and love for women and babies, and their ability to birth.


nile nash, rn, np, cnm 

Mama Lion Midwifery

At Nile's practice, Mama Lion Midwifery, we believe that women and babies are wise beyond our understanding. Basing care on the intuitions of women blended with the science of midwifery Mama Lion strives to empower women and their families to make the safest and smartest choices for themselves as individuals. With her training in both hospital and homebirth models of care, Nile holds the space of evidence-based information and experiential care. Having been born at home herself, Nile understands on a deep level the importance of compassion, patience, intelligence, power, and mystery in birth.


Kelly Murphy, CPM LM 

Birth Yourself Midwifery

Kelly’s practice was created to honor women: their bodies, spirits, choices, and capacity for profound transformation. She believes Birth is one of life’s greatest teachers, and that undisturbed birth does its most penetrating work. Kelly trusts women know best how to grow and birth their babies, and that midwifery care helps access that knowledge and protect the sanctity and safety of birth. She reveres midwifery as invitation to deep community connections and to the celebration of life’s most exquisite moments. It’s among her greatest pleasures to be witness to the birth of babies, mothers, and families. 


Jamie shapiro, CPM LM

Peaceful Passage Midwifery

Years of self-healing through many holistic traditions led Jaime to her path as a Midwife. She works with women throughout their lives, helping support healthy cycles, optimal fertility, strong pregnancies, births, and postpartums. Jaime never ceases to be amazed by the immense power and wisdom of the body and is honored over and over again to safeguard and bear witness to women's process. She believes that the care of a midwife honors and nurtures the whole woman - body, mind, and soul. Additionally, Jaime is a practitioner of the arvigo techniques of maya abdominal therapy™ and incorporates reiki healing. 




Where we take root...


Events and such...


Frist Friday of the month

Parent Group 


Parenting is beautiful and made easier within community. Our parents group meets the FIRST Friday of every month from 2-4 pm, hosted by Kara Engelbrecht. Please come in, make yourself a cup of tea, and get comfy. We circle, share stories, and talk about where the little ones are at. Come join our rooted community. Please check our Instagram for updates.



second friday of the month

Community Walks


Want to walk and talk with other mamas and babies?  A community walk, hosted by Nile Nash, will gather at the ROOT every SECOND Friday of the month at 1pm and depart for a neighborhood walk at 1:30pm. No agenda! Let's meet up and decide if we want to kick up a sweat by tackling the hills or slowly sob hand in hand down the length of one block.



third friday of the month

Our Stories, Our Selves 


Birth stories for all stages and ages, and birth of all kinds. Come and speak. Come and listen. Open forum facilitated by Kelly Murphy from 3-5 pm on the THIRD Friday of every month. Come join our rooted community.  Please check our Instagram for updates. 




Homebirth Specific Childbirth Series


This homebirth specific class focuses on information and experiential learning. Nile brings her background in the science of pregnancy, birth and postpartum together with training in the Birthing From Within method and ICEA teachings. The class will cover the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, labor and birth as a jumping off point to talk about the many layers of the birth process- physical, mental, emotional, spiritual...you name it!  Besides giving you as much information as you might need to enjoy the wild process of your birth journey the class provides a community foundation for your new family. Contact Nile at nile@mamalionmidwifery.com. 



Tuesdays & Wednesdays

Women's Health Acupuncture

Kate Maxey of Lightfeather Acupuncture offers her acupuncture services at the ROOT.  These treatments focus on reproductive health, fertility, and all stages of pregnancy.  Kate integrates restorative yoga, massage, and Chinese Medicine into sessions that leave you feeling cared for and on a path of healing and vitality.  Please contact Kate directly to schedule your appointment by email at kate@lfacu.com

Kate is currently on maternity leave and plans to return in April of 2018. 




Prenatal + Postpartum Massage

Grace Bender of Graceful Belly offers bodywork at the ROOT for prenatal and postpartum clients. Her massage practice is intuitive, guided by foundations in sports and yoga, and incorporates Swedish and Deep Tissue massage techniques along with Acupressure and assisted stretching. Please contact Grace directly to schedule your appointment by email at  gracefulbellybirth@gmail.com.


We'd love to hear from you.

Get in touch with us individually to learn about our practices. 


kara@mothercraftmidwifery.com      birthyourself@gmail.com     nile@mamalionmidwifery.com     jaime@peacefulpassagemidwifery.com