Grace Bender // CPM LM CMT


I am a birth-worker.  I believe there is nothing more beautiful and satisfying in this world than to give birth to and love a child.  I believe in women + families and the empowerment the birthing experience can bring.  Giving birth changed my life, from the inside out, and it is my calling to assist others in finding the strength that their unique birth offers.  I graduated from National College of Midwifery in 2017 with an Associate of Science degree in Midwifery.  Upon completion of this program, I earned my CPM/LM credential in California where I am currently practicing as a home birth midwife.  I began my path as a birth worker in 2010, after the home birth of my son, attended by midwives in Oakland, California.  I completed my first doula training shortly after through Nia Center for Birth and Family Life.  In 2013, I completed a second doula training program in Oakland through Bay Area Midwifery: A Community Wellness And Birth Center.  Alongside my midwifery practice, I continue to work as a birth, postpartum and hybrid doula throughout the Bay Area.  It is my heartfelt belief that birth is a natural, beautiful, physiological and spiritual event.

I am a bodyworker.  I completed my professional massage certification from Port Townsend School of Massage in 2007.  My bodywork is intuitive and incorporates Swedish and Deep Tissue massage techniques along with Acupressure and assisted stretching.  My massage practice is guided by my deep roots in sports and yoga.  My practice has evolved over time to include prenatal, postpartum and infant massage.  I studied Ayurvedic maternal and newborn wellness care at Sacred Window school in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and am thrilled to be incorporating the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda into my bodywork.

I am a yogini.  I completed my first certification to teach yoga in 2001 and have completed more than five teacher training programs since then.  I hold over 400 hours of yoga certifications.  In 2009 I completed my 200 hour teaching certification with Lotus in the Flame Yoga & Healing Arts under the guidance of Melissa Spamer.  I consider my approach to yoga to be authentic and organic, weaving together a rich tapestry of traditions and styles.   I believe in the intuitive nature of the body and my teaching is inspired by the deep freedom that yoga offers.  I feel that yoga is a gift to the planet and am truly honored to be sharing it.

Extras … I hold a bachelors degree in Women’s Studies and Creative Writing from The Evergreen State College.  I left a little piece of my heart in the Pacific Northwest, having moved to the Bay Area after living there for 6 years.  Aside from midwifery, I also have a passionate interest for cooking and baking.  I moved to the bay area in 2008, but have loved it since my first visit to San Francisco at age 10.  I currently reside with my family in El Cerrito, CA.


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