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.
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.
Jamie L Hatcher, CNM
Jamie first became interested in birth when she found Birth Without Violence by Frederick LeBoyer for 5¢ at a yard sale as a teenager, and then proceeded on a long, winding pathway to becoming a midwife nearly 15 years later! After earning a bachelor’s degree in Health & Human Development at Montana State University, Jamie joined the Peace Corps where she served as a Health Education volunteer in a small village in Madagascar for 2 years. It was the one-on-one interactions with women in her village that led Jamie to pursue a nursing degree, so she moved to Baltimore, Maryland to attend nursing school at Johns Hopkins University. While in nursing school, Jamie participated in a volunteer doula program providing support to a broad array of women in the greater Baltimore area, and helped developed culturally appropriate childbirth classes for refugees. Jamie’s shining moment of enlightenment, when she realized that she needed to become a midwife, came while watching The Business of Being Born during her doula training. Following nursing school, she attended a collaborative program between Johns Hopkins University and Shenandoah University to obtain her degree in nurse midwifery. She spent 3 years working as a midwife in Maryland, catching babies in both a freestanding birth center and in a hospital. It was at the birth center that she developed an innate trust in the birth process and discovered her deep passion for midwifery. Feeling, however, that she belonged on the west coast, she began seeking opportunities and was lucky enough to land at Del Mar Birth Center! Jamie knows without a doubt that midwifery is her true calling, and she continually feels blessed that she has the honor of helping guide new life into the world! When not catching babies, she enjoys Bikram yoga, knitting, pretending that she can build/refinish furniture, hiking, natural hot springs, rockhounding, and snuggling with her little black cat, Mimy.
Taylor Morrison, RN, MSN, CNM
Taylor’s journey to midwifery started when she was conducting a study on childbirth experiences. When she learned of the superior outcomes and satisfaction with midwifery care, she knew that she had found her calling. Immediately after received a BA in Psychology, Taylor enrolled in Johns Hopkins University for her nursing program. After graduating, she spent almost seven years working as a labor nurse in large medical centers, rural community hospitals, and in freestanding birth centers. She achieved her MSN at the University of New Mexico in 2017, becoming a Certified Nurse-Midwife. She has supported women and families in a variety of circumstances, both in and out of hospitals, throughout the country and internationally. Taylor is passionate about providing comprehensive and compassionate care that empowers women to take an active role in their health and the health of their families. She is looking forward to supporting women in all aspects of wellness at Del Mar Birth Center!
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 11-year old son and 14-year old daughter and grandmother to her 13 year old granddaughter, each of whom knows more about childbirth and breastfeeding than just about any other kid on the block.