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(650) 712-1650

625 Purissima Street Suite C

Half Moon Bay, Ca 94019

  info@coastsidebirthoptions.com

Meet Our Practitioners

Call (650) 712-1650

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Samantha Corsiglia

Samantha Corsiglia is the founder of EarthDancer Wellness and Coastside Birth Options.

She has worked in the alternative health field since 1991. When working with Samantha as your consultant, you receive the benefit of her experience and training in Midwifery, massage therapy, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, holistic lifestyle counseling, Reiki, Polarity, Cranial Sacral, Reflexology, hospice patient care, The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®, Spiritual Healing, Motherhood and home-birth.

Specializing in Integrative Women's Health; utilizing her background as a:

 

• Certified Massage Therapist

• Reiki Master Teacher

• Certified Herbal Consultant & Teacher

• Infant Massage Instructor for Parents and Caregivers

• Certified ATMAT ( The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy ®) Practitioner

• Self Care Instructor

• Certified Hospice Volunteer

• Creator of Mama Earth™ Parenting Classes

• Certified in Pregnancy Massage

• Doula and Midwife Assistant   

• Dance, Yoga Teacher, BirthDance™: Combining Yoga, Movement & Fun!

Founder & Consultant

Erin Acharya

Erin is a certified Hypnotherapist and HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator. She has been working with individuals and families first as an educator then later becoming a hypnotherapist. She specializes in working with women who are finding their path to creating the family they want, be it looking to conceive, pregnant or many years postpartum. She teaches group HypnoBirthing classes between Half Moon Bay and Pacifica and works with clients one-on-one through her hypnotherapy practice, The Nest Hypnotherapy. 

She received her BA from UC Santa Cruz and then trained and was certified as a hypnotherapist at the Hypnotherapy Training Institute in Corte Madera, CA. She was certified as a HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator through HypnoBirthing International. 

HypnoBirthing

Krista Brenner

Hi, I'm Krista and I am a natural light storytelling photographer.  Your story is what interests me. Photographing the moments of your story is what matters most. My goal is to photograph the moments that move you, make you feel alive, make you smile and make the happy tears flow.

The journey of Pregnancy and Mamahood is the most beautiful story of all. The gift of growing life and wearing your heart on the outside is an honor to photograph. I specialize in Pre Natal, Post Natal, and Family Photography.  I would love to photograph your story.

Thank you!​

Photographer

Emily Deckenback

I started out as a scientist. As a child, I took after my grandfather, a chemical engineer, and it was assumed I would go to college and excel in chemistry, biology, and physics. What was unexpected was the deeply nurturing and spiritual side of me that developed as surely as my love of scientific rigor. While I initially planned to become an OB/GYN, I soon discovered that the medical model of delivering babies felt more like an assembly line than a miracle. I turned to midwifery and never looked back.

 

In the spring of 2010, I applied to midwifery school at the Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery. I graduated with Honors in November 2013. I trained as a birth and postpartum doula and began attending births in 2011, traveling all over the country and even volunteering for three weeks in Haiti in order to gain a depth of clinical experience that would allow me to practice with the highest possible standards. I live in San Bruno, CA with my husband Jeffry, son Will, daughter Lillian, and our dog Minerva. I love spending time with my family and friends, especially if I can be out in the sunshine, but I always return to the comfort of my armchair and a juicy novel at the end of the day. I am involved with several parenting groups and playgroups in the area, along with connections to local doulas, midwives, and childbirth educators.

 

I believe that mothers are the experts in their bodies, and as a midwife, I am the lifeguard. I help birthing people find their own best health and provide the information and monitoring that will allow them to make the best choices for themselves, their families, and their baby, whether that takes them the route of a homebirth, a hospital birth, or even scheduling a belly birth. I am also passionate about bringing midwifery care into the 21st century, from paperless charting software to a focus on evidence-informed practices that keep my clients as safe as possible during their pregnancies and beyond. I carry midwifery care out into the community by offering sex-positive and size-positive well-woman care and classes.

Midwife

Leah Hartog

Leah was born and raised in the city of San Francisco. She attended public schools and freely traversed the city of San Francisco while growing up. She was raised by a registered nurse and a community psychiatrist in an old victorian house, on the top of a hill. It was a family where helping others seek wellness was modeled. 

 

Leah has a BFA from Parson’s School of Art and Design in New York City and lived in Brooklyn for 25 years while raising two children. She returned from Brooklyn to San Francisco and in essence is now following her family’s path with her work as a postpartum doula. 

 

As a postpartum doula, Leah brings her creative thinking and wealth of education to her practice. Her intuitive abilities, her training as a Postpartum Doula, and her certification as a Lactation Educator are only a snapshot of what she brings to support parents during the delicate postpartum period.

 

When not working, Leah is a mixed-media visual artist and aunt to an overactive dog, Ollie. Leah also enjoys sunny days on the beach, and evenings listening to funky live music.

Postpartum Doula, Lactation Educator, Newborn Care, CPR Certified, Insured

Maria Holleman

Maria Holleman brings a wealth of experience to her role as a Pediatric and Adult /First Aid CPR/AED and child care instructor.  Helping others and guiding them in learning a life-saving skill and prepare them in case of an emergency or disasters that could happen in their lives is something she is passionate about.

Raised in South African, Maria has known the importance of knowing what to do in an emergency especially when there is no 911.  

Maria has been head of sales, marketing, and strategy for a First Aid training company in South Africa. She has also been an instructor and assessor for her family-owned company.  She has also been an owner of a graphic design firm, a real estate brokerage firm, and worked for several years as a VIP guide and production manager in the film industry.  

She is a pet sitter and childcare provider.

She enjoys her role at the Wilkinson school where she works part-time.

Maria holds a secretarial diploma, a diploma in Cordon Bleu cooking, a diploma in marketing from IMM Graduate School of Marketing, and is a licensed training provider for First Aid Training Centers (owner), Red Cross and ACHI.

She loves the Coast side, which reminds her of her coastal home of Cape Town, and occupies her spare time with reading, walking, and spending time with her family.

First Aid CPR/AED

Karen Keefe

I’ll never forget the first birth I attended, 16 years ago, it was a homebirth setting of one of my closest friends, in Mendocino County in Northern California.  It was before I ever really knew what a midwife or doula was, as I always thought that in pregnancy, women only see doctors and birth only in hospitals on opioid drugs or with the assistance of doctors or surgery.  That experience of meeting her midwife, of being an unofficial labor companion, shifted everything for me, in the moments shortly after seeing my friend and her husband and the new baby all tucked up in bed at home within an hour of her waterbirth.  The ‘love hormone’ oxytocin was flowing all around!  Then after doula training, I started attending births at hospitals in San Francisco and Hawai’i, witnessing the medical interventions and lack of informed consent, and felt even more pulled to support women and families so that they may make truly informed decisions in every labor & birth setting.  That’s where my journey of doula work blossomed and continued into midwifery.  I am passionate about women-centered care, promoting and protecting physiological birth, and supporting women with breastfeeding and transition to parenthood in the postnatal period.  I advocate for and offer support to women to birth in any setting where they feel safe and private, to foster undisturbed labor and physiological birth.  Here as a visiting practitioner in the SF Bay Area, I offer holistic doula services to the community.  I have been a birth worker for 16 years, attending labor & births as a doula locally and in Hawai’i, and since 2008 practiced as a Homebirth midwife in New Zealand and providing primary midwifery care in birth centers and hospital settings in NZ and Australia, to families of diverse backgrounds from Maori/Pacific, Australian Aboriginal, Refugees, and NZ/Australian European.  Currently, I am pursuing a Master of Primary Maternity Care degree through Griffith University in Australia via distance education.

 

Additional offerings in work:

- Thought Field Therapy (“Tapping for Birth” certification, Bali 2018)

- Small-group holistic childbirth education classes in Australia since 2014. 

- Mindfulness, Yoga, Acupressure, and various stress, tension & trauma release practices such as TRE

- ongoing interest/studies in Heart of Yoga YTT, Medical Qigong, Integrative Nutrition, Life Coaching

- Bachelor of Arts Psychology degree 2000, Humboldt State University

- Bachelor of Midwifery degree 2008, Massey University, New Zealand

- Certificate in Acupuncture (Midwifery/Obstetrics) 2009, New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

Doula

Jen Kinder

Jen is a Women’s Health Physical Therapist providing care for pelvic/abdominal rehab, pregnancy, postpartum, and orthopedics. She's practiced physical therapy since 2007 and founded Rehab Fitness & Wellness in Pacifica, CA. Her physical therapy philosophy is based on the premise that patients deserve to be heard and re-connected to their bodies; our birth experiences, stories, and journeys make us who we are - they serve as the emotional and physical roots of our body.

 

When it comes to leaking and pelvic pain, we are often provided a narrative that these conditions are 'normal' and 'will go away with time', this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Many pelvic floor and deep core dysfunctions are treatable conditions that can be healed through a tailored physical therapy treatment plan, simultaneously improving one's quality of life.

 

Some of Jen's credentials include: ACSM certified exercise physiologist, associate professor of Kinesiology, member of the Women's Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association, Masters of Science and Doctorate of Physical Therapy Science from UCSF/SFSU physical therapy program.  

Physical Therapis

Maggie Kler

Maggie Kler, IBCLC, has been with Healthy Horizons for 4 years. She has a BS from the University of Cincinnati and studied at the University of California San Diego and San Francisco State for her credentials as an IBCLC. She has first-hand experience as a working and breastfeeding mom and breastfed her first child until he was over three. Maggie lives in Pacifica and enjoys gardening and surf fishing. 

Breastfeeding Consultant

Jasmine Marotta-Jaenecke

As a midwife dedicated to supporting people in having meaningful birth experiences, Jasmine focuses her practice on education and individualized care so that all of her clients can create the best plan of care that meets their unique desires and needs for their own birth experience. Specializing in natural homebirth and waterbirth, Jasmine attended her first home birth in 2006. By the time she received her Bachelor's of Science in Midwifery from Birthingway College of Midwifery in 2013, she had attended over 100 births through her doula work and busy apprenticeship at a waterbirth center in Portland, Oregon.

 

Before moving back to her home-town of San Mateo, CA in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jasmine was previously licensed and had midwifery practices in Portland, OR and Grays Harbor County on the Washington Coast. In addition, she has been lucky enough to have attended births in Senegal, where she volunteered with the African Birth Collective, and in Alaska, where she spent two cold winters working at a busy small-town birth center.
 
Jasmine has always had an interest in human and women's rights. She first discovered her passion for working with new families in 1997 when, while living in a rural town of Southern Ecuador, she helped organize and facilitate a mother's group. After this experience, she gained an interest in women's reproductive health.  She strongly believes that all people should have the freedom to choose what to do with their bodies including being able to freely give birth in the location that suits them best. As Jasmine began talking to other women about their different life experiences, she realized that in many ways, people are often stripped of their own voice and power within our healthcare system.  As she discovered the midwifery model of care, she became enthralled with its ability to facilitate self-empowerment.   

Midwife

Christy McKee Contreras

Christy McKee Contreras, M.S., L.Ac., is a California licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. She graduated with a Master's in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University in San Jose, CA. While studying, she had the opportunity to treat senior citizens at Akiyama Wellness Center and veterans through the school's Veteran Outreach program. With well over 3,000 clinical and academic hours under her belt and over 4,000 treatments given, she finds that her best work is with fertility, women's health, and pain. 

 

During her father's battle with cancer, she was amazed by the nurses' ability to change the dynamic of their patient's treatments. They were able to change the atmosphere in the room just with their presence. Inspired, she decided that she wanted to help people through their suffering. Her training as a Certified Nursing Assistant opened her eyes to the limitations of Western Medicine to deal effectively with such common afflictions like pain and insomnia. Her search for alternatives led to Traditional Chinese Medicine. She switched her college major from Nursing to Chinese Medicine and hasn't looked back since.

 

Christy believes that healthcare should be a partnership between the patient and the practitioner.

Acupuncturist

Sharon Potteiger


As a small child both of my grandmothers were Ob nurses, I have memories of them drinking tea and discussing birth while I played with my dolls at their feet. Little did I realize at the time the impact they were having on me. I attended my first home birth in Santa Cruz when I was 18 years old, and I found my calling. I attended births in whatever capacity was needed in those early years, providing childcare, as a doula, then soon I found myself catching babies. (Including one in a dead show parking lot!)
I have been licensed by the California medical board since 2009, and have a thriving midwifery practice.
I draw on my many years of practice and study of midwifery, herbs, homeopathy, aromatherapy acupressure, massage, and last but not least, motherhood.

Midwife

Lindsay Voyles

Lindsay Voyles, LMFT, RYT-200, is an integrative and holistically-minded mother and psychotherapist. She has worked with individuals and families of numerous ages and backgrounds and finds particular interest in working with women's issues.  Initially born in Sacramento, CA, she spent over a decade in Southern CA and received her training there which included working with foster youth struggling with severe child abuse-neglect, physical, and sexual abuse, and then eventually working with female adult survivors of childhood sexual and emotional abuse.  In addition to treating female clients struggling with PTSD or complex trauma, she has also spent much of her training working with clients struggling with mood disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder), life transitions, grief, individuation, low self-esteem, and artistic expression.  

 

At her core, she believes that anyone, no matter what they have gone through or endured, has the innate ability to heal.  As no two people are alike, her methods and interventions are varied from person to person and may include a variety of modalities such as: cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, solution-focused therapy, EMDR, sand tray, expressive arts, and somatic based modalities.   

Psychotherapist

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