Our midwives have the rare experience that comes from having worked extensively in both hospital and out-of-hospital settings. They each share a commitment to physiologic birth and best evidence based practices.
While the word “team” is frequently used by many practices, in the case of Del Mar Birth Center, it truly describes our philosophy and approach to client care. We work well together, we like each other, and it shows!
Women receiving prenatal care meet with each of the midwives throughout their care, building a relationship of trust and familiarity. When the time comes for the client’s birth, she will be familiar with the attending midwife, and that midwife in turn will be familiar with the client and her individual needs and desires.
When you become a client of Del Mar Birth Center, you become a part of our family. All of our staff, from the receptionist and client services representative to the administrator, nurses and midwives, take a personal interest in our clients and their care. We invite you to meet our team.
CLINICAL DIRECTOR AND MIDWIFE
Margo was led to midwifery by her love for children and the belief that pregnancy and birth present a special opportunity for women and families to discover their own strengths. After graduating from nursing school in 1975, Margo worked in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Margo noticed that moms reporting a more positive birth experience seemed to have closer relationships with their children, and in 1980 she began working as a Labor and Delivery nurse, helping mothers during labor and birth.
Margo’s desire to provide better birth experiences for women and their babies lead her to become a Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse-Midwife with a Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern California (USC). In addition to working as clinical director at Del Mar Birth Center, Margo has held a clinical faculty position at the USC Keck School of Medicine where she introduced medical students to the study of women’s healthcare. Her commitment to teaching extends to her birth center practice where she leads the clinical training of student nurse midwives as well.
She considers it a joy and an honor to be present with families as they journey through pregnancy and the birth process. Margo worked as a midwife at three different LA hospitals and one of the first LA Birth Centers before opening her own homebirth practice, Birthing Women’s Health, in 2001. Since becoming a midwife, Margo has delivered over 2,000 babies and brings her calm presence, confidence and experience to the families giving birth at Del Mar Birth Center. She is the proud mother of three wonderful sons and has also been blessed with three amazing grandsons.
Callie was born at home in California. Every year on her birthday her mother would tell her the magical story of her birth. Growing up she was so enamored with the story of her birth, complete with photos and video, she always knew she would work with birthing women. After graduating from UCLA with a BA, she attended Yale University where she obtained her Nursing degree as well as a Masters of Science in Nursing, specializing in Midwifery. During her midwifery training she had the enriching experience of attending births in Oaxaca, Mexico and Tugela Ferry, South Africa. This international experience gives Callie a unique perspective on what is truly necessary to preserve the safety of birth, in contrast to the medical technology which is often used inappropriately in more affluent nations. After attending over 1,000 births in homes and in hospitals, and now with three children of her own, Callie hopes to share her experience with other women in the hopes they too can experience the joys of a healthy pregnancy and birth.
Sarah Maust, RN, MSN, CNM
Sarah’s journey into midwifery began in college as an intern at a women’s clinic for low-income and homeless women. Her experience at the clinic introduced her to the respectful, personal, and transforming care midwives provide and inspired her to become a midwife. After earning a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from Westmont College she earned a Bachelor of Nursing from Biola University and then worked for seven years as a labor and delivery nurse. After several years of learning how empowering birth could be for both women and their families and how valuable the support of another woman could be for a laboring mother, Sarah enrolled in Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing. Sarah became a nurse-midwife in 2009 and has been attending home births in the LA area since. Sarah is a mother of three wonderful children and was transformed by their births with the assistance of amazing midwives. As a midwife, Sarah’s desire is to support and empower women and their families by helping them embrace the normalcy and sacredness of pregnancy and birth. Sarah also enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, and cooking for friends and family.
Hayley Oakes, LM, CPM
Hayley became fascinated with childbirth in 2006 when she saw the documentary What Babies Want, a film that explores the consciousness of infants and the significant role the experience of childbirth has on a child’s psychosocial development. After she earned a BA in Psychology from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City, Hayley moved back home to California to begin working in the field of maternal and infant health and wellness. She was soon encouraged to pursue midwifery by a long-time licensed midwife and mentor whom Hayley had been assisting at the time. In 2011, Hayley began her fouryear midwifery training at the National Midwifery Institute. Shortly thereafter, she had the wonderful opportunity to train with Ina May Gaskin and the midwives at The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee. Hayley Oakes has been attending births since 2010 as a doula, midwife assistant, apprentice and licensed midwife, witnessing and supporting birth in all settings: home, birth center and hospital. She also teaches the Two Doulas Birth ‘Out-of-Hospital’ childbirth preparation series. Now, it is an honor for Hayley to be a part of the Del Mar Birth Center team of midwives. As a midwife and educator, she is committed to support women in having a safe and satisfying pregnancy, birth and postpartum experience to help grow healthy, happy babies.
Jennifer Buchanan, CNM, WHNP-BC, IBCLC
Jen started her career caring for mothers and babies almost 10 years ago in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. As her experience and passion grew for this extraordinary population, she completed her master’s degree in nursing, and transitioned to the Institute of Maternal-Fetal Health at CHLA. There she managed pregnancy for women whose babies would need special care after delivery, working with and coordinating care between OB/GYNs, perinatologists and pediatric specialists. She was able to attend most of her patient’s deliveries to provide emotional and educational support. In addition, in an effort to help mother’s keep as much of a natural element as possible, she trained for, and received her license as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
After seeing how important the role of the health care provider was in the prenatal, birth and post-partum process, she enrolled in Georgetown University School of Nursing to become a Certified Nurse Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Jen was born and raised here in Los Angeles and is committed to serving the women and babies of this community for many years to come.
Delia co-founded Del Mar Birth Center with her midwife, Margo Kennedy. Delia has long been an advocate for breastfeeding, childbirth education and informed choices for women’s health care and early childhood development. She was one of the first trained doulas in Southern California in the early 1990’s and her experience in assisting mothers in childbirth convinced her of the need to provide more direct assistance to pregnant women. Delia went back to school and obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Southern California (USC) in 2002 and worked as a labor and delivery nurse at a local Los Angeles hospital. Her hospital experience convinced her even more of the need for evidenced-based support and options for women desiring a healthy birth.
Beginning in 2009, she and her husband, James, a business lawyer in Los Angeles, teamed with Margo to start the planning for a free-standing birth center. Their dream was realized with the opening of Del Mar Birth Center in October of 2013. Delia not only “talks the talk” but “walks the walk”, having given birth to five children naturally without anesthesia. She remains active as a mother to her 10-year old son and 13-year old daughter and grandmother to her 12 year old granddaughter, each of whom knows more about childbirth and breastfeeding than just about any other kid on the block.