Yelena’s Assistants

Rowen Holland, LM, CPM

Rowen knew she wanted to be a midwife since she was first introduced to homebirth in 1980.  After the homebirth of her daughter, Rowen’s path has progressed from certifications in massage therapy, yoga/prenatal yoga, into doula work, which flowed into an apprenticeship with Yelena and in a high volume birth center in Bali, Indonesia.  She is a graduate of National Midwifery Institute, and sits on the Board of Directors of BABI.  She is also a member CAM, MANA, CfM, and Birth Network of Santa Cruz County.

Rowen is the mother of an amazing daughter (born at home with Yelena in 1996) that is the light of her life.

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Hope Willems, LM, CPM

Hope began her journey to midwifery after the birth of her first son in 1996.  She became a childbirth educator and started to attend births as a doula.  After the birth of her fourth child, she became an assistant midwife in 2004 and began her formal study of midwifery. Hope has apprenticed with several midwives in the community, including her main apprenticeship with Yelena, and in a high volume birth center in the Philippines.  She is a graduate of National Midwifery Institute and a member of BABI and CAM.

Hope is happily married and the mother of four children, ages 12-18 that she is very proud of!

To learn more about Hope, visit her website: