About Kara



Kara Schamell is a Certified Professional Midwife located in San Francisco, CA. Since 2010, she has served women at various points throughout the female lifespan….pre-conception to post-menopausal.

Please visit her new website http://www.moderntraditionalmidwife.com for more!


I took my first step into the birth world in February 2010 and have been serving women ever since –– as a doula, midwife, educator, and clinical care coordinator. In addition to training with two home birth practices, a gynecologic care practice, and a women’s health clinic in Maine, I’ve also completed a 3-year nationally accredited midwifery program that specializes in educating and training midwives to practice in out-of-hospital settings. I obtained the credential of “Certified Professional Midwife” (CPM) through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) in 2016. After serving families in the Boston area for 8 years, I moved across the country to San Francisco at the end of 2018 and helped to build a telehealth practice that focuses on women’s midlife health and wellness.

As a birth attendant, I stand at the intersection between modernity & tradition.

My philosophy and approach are grounded in the tradition of woman-centered & woman-supported childbirth. 

My experience and training have prepared me to navigate the modern maternity care system, and to identify when medical technology & expertise is needed.

I believe in…

The inherent power of women’s bodies
Safeguarding a woman’s birth experience as a natural, physiologic event
Evidence-based care and the judicious use of technology and medical intervention
Deconstructing the perception of pregnancy as a pathological condition, and de-medicalizing the birth experience
Validating home birth as a safe option for low-risk women, and breaking down barriers to out-of-hospital midwifery care
Empowering women and families to make choices in pregnancy, labor, and birth that give their babies the best start possible
Providing support and care that honors the holistic nature of the childbearing year

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