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 

Women Born

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 believes 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 community connection and celebration of life’s exquisite moments. It’s among her greatest pleasures to witness 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...


Saturday April 27th, 1pm

Advice Nurse

When little ones get sick, it can be extremely stressful and scary for parents. Advice Nurse is a 2 hour workshop for educating and empowering parents to offset this stress. We will discuss which signs/symptoms are truly concerning, how to manage the basics at home, and what's indication for bringing your child in to be seen by a clinician. Learn how to treat and assess fevers, cough and congestion, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes and more!

Sydney Gressel is an Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Public Health Nurse and Pediatric Emergency Nurse with a background in Pediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care. Sydney is passionate about health education, and particularly enjoys working with parents and young children. When she's home from work, she's busy chasing after her two girls, ages 1 year and 3 years old.

The cost is $35. Please pay in advance here.




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 covers 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 also provides a community foundation for your new family. Contact Nile at nile@mamalionmidwifery.com




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


Orth-Bionomy Body Therapy

Ortho-Bionomy is a gentle, non-invasive, system of healing that reminds the body of its natural ability to restore balance. Its principles are based on a simple and profound philosophy: allow the body to correct itself. The hallmark of Ortho-Bionomy is pain relief.

Leopi Nicola Sanderson-Edmunds is a licensed homebirth midwife since 1984 and an Ortho-Bionomy body therapist since 2009. She practices Ortho- Bionomy at the ROOT on Thursdays and can also be found at her home studio in the East Bay. Please schedule with Leopi directly at on her website.

Frist Friday of the month

Parents’ Group 


Parenting is beautiful and made easier within community. Our Parents’ Group meets the FIRST Friday of every month from 2-3:30 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 as well as ourselves in the parenting role. Come join our rooted community. Please check our Instagram for updates.


We'd love to hear from you.

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


kara@mothercraftmidwifery.com     kellymurphy@womenborn.com     nile@mamalionmidwifery.com     jaime@peacefulpassagemidwifery.com