Meet our midwives
You are welcome to utilize the services of any Licensed Midwife who is registered who is registered with A Family Affair Birth Center. This allows you to deliver your baby here, with your own midwife, and not just one who is “on-call.” Ask her to reach out to us to establish privileges right away. We will make her feel right at home, too.
However, if you are needing a midwife, for a birth center birth or home birth, we do have a fantastic team of San Diego County Midwives that would love to meet you!
Gerri Ryan, LM & Heather LeMaster, LM.
Mother Daughter Team
Gerri Ryan, LM, is a licensed midwife, licensed by the Medical Board of California. She began practicing midwifery in 2003.
Gerri has extensive business expertise and is recognized for her contributions to the Midwifery and Doula communities in San Diego. She is a co-founder of Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery and was the Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer/Chief Academic Officer through August 2017. She remains a member of the faculty. Gerri is a Lactation Educator, Lamaze certified childbirth educator and is the founder of San Diego Birth Network as well as a nationally recognized DONA approved Doula trainer.
Gerri is an advanced practitioner, is Birth Emergency Skills Training for Out-of-Hospital Providers (B.E.S.T.) certified, NRP certified, and assists in developing continuing education opportunities for Midwives, Doulas, and health professionals.
In 2012, Gerri and her midwife daughter, Heather LeMaster, LM, combined their midwifery practices under the name San Diego County Midwives.
Heather LeMaster, LM, is a Licensed Midwife, licensed by the Medical Board of California.
Heather began supporting pregnant women and their families as a DONA certified doula in 2003, and in 2006 began her journey into midwifery. After graduating from Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery in 2010, Heather designed the clinical Skills & Drills © program for students at Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery in 2011. While serving as Clinical Education Leader, she created and set up opportunities for student midwives to obtain their clinical experience, which is a crucial component of midwifery education. This program enabled student midwives to develop and perfect the skills necessary to work with midwives in their communities. She spent approximately 3000 hours with nearly 50 students, and continues to serve as adjunct faculty and an approved Preceptor with NARM and MEAC. Heather is an advanced practitioner, with additional certifications such as NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation) and B.E.S.T. certification (Birth Emergency Skills Training) for Out-of-Hospital Providers.
Andrea Bergeleen, LM
Andrea Bergeleen, LM, Licensed Midwife,licensed by the Medical Board of California. She graduated from Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery in 2018. After being a midwifery student at San Diego Midwives for two years, she joined the practice as a licensed midwife in July 2019.
“After the births of my children I started looking at more natural approaches to things in life. Through researching I discovered that there are different ways that women can experience birth, that they do have the option for birthing outside of the walls of a hospital. I always knew that pregnancy and birth were a natural part of life and enjoyed being a part of my friends’ journeys into parenthood. From an early age I had been fascinated by the health field and found that I can help women and babies by becoming a midwife. I want to support and care for women of all ages and also help them discover their inner strength in pregnancy and birth.”
She drew on her own knowledge and personal experience as well as that of others in order to provide emotional support, physical comfort and, as needed, communication with the staff, so as to ensure that each family could make informed decisions during labor. She provided reassurance and perspective to the mom and partner, offered suggestions for labor progress, and helped with relaxation, massage, positioning, and other techniques for comfort.