About the Midwives
Dr. Molly Jarchow ND, LM
Co-Founder, Naturopathic Doctor & Licensed Midwife
Dr. Molly Jarchow graduated from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA where she completed a 5 year intensive medical program in Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery, including 3 years of supervised clinical practice. She chose to become a Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Midwife because of her passion for providing full family natural healthcare, including complete prenatal, birth, and postpartum care out of the hospital. Cultivating relationships with the individuals and families she serves is the best part of her work.
Dr. Molly provides holistic pediatric care, natural gynecological care including annual exams, individualized fertility support for both men and women, and relief from allergies, digestive complaints, and low energy. She loves good food and herbal medicine and uses them regularly in her prescriptions. Away from the office, you can find her biking to the farmer’s market, hiking in the hills, and swimming in the ocean.
Monica Wood LM, CPM
Co-Founder & Licensed Midwife
After graduating college from UC Santa Barbara, Monica Wood, LM, CPM moved to Seattle in search of what she might do next. It did not take long before she found herself on the path of midwifery, a direction that would merge many of her interests and passions while also satisfying her desire to make a difference in people’s lives and the world around her. Monica’s calling to midwifery was greatly influenced by her affinity for herbalism and holistic health and a desire to work with and among women. Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, Oregon offered a comprehensive curriculum as well as excellent clinical training making it her school of choice. Upon completion of a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery at Birthingway, that included a three year internship in a home birth practice and a one year internship in a high volume water birth center, Monica successfully passed the national certification exam for midwifery. As a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and a Licensed Midwife (LM), she partnered in a private practice in Portland, Oregon from 2009-2012. In 2012 after living in the Pacific Northwest for nearly 15 years she made the decision to return home to her family, beach and sun here in Los Angeles. Monica had the honor of joining a busy group practice in LA where she served from 2012-2015. Working with a diverse group of midwives and an obstetrician was an invaluable experience that gave her the opportunity to collaborate closely with talented professionals including Molly Jarchow, ND, LM.
Monica is passionate about creating a practice that respects and empowers women in their choices. With a fundamental trust in a woman’s innate knowing of what is right for her and her family, Monica believes every woman deserves to move through pregnancy and birth her babies in a supported, respectful and loving environment. She holds much gratitude for being part of her client’s transformative journey through pregnancy and birth and gains profound inspiration from each experience. Every birth offers a reminder of one of life’s powerful truths, that to move through all aspects of life one must surrender to what is ahead and trust the outcome. For Monica, it is the essence of this powerful and humbling message that nourishes her unbounded appreciation of being in service as a midwife.
Haika is a midwifery student at Bastyr University, due to graduate in 2018. Prior to midwifery school, Haika was certified as a Birth and Postpartum Doula. She has experience supporting first-time parents and those expanding their family, as well as overnight and day-time support as well as breastfeeding guidance. As a labor support doula, Haika focuses on meeting the emotional needs of families. Her calm, kind, and professional demeanor makes her a natural at providing loving, nurturing care. Haika’s philosophy is to respect the right of her clients to make informed choices that are optimal for their family’s health.