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Ilana Pearlman, RN, CNM, WHNP : Director of Doulas & Childbirth Education

posted Nov 3, 2015, 12:00 PM by Lisa Baracker   [ updated Apr 27, 2016, 9:28 PM ]
Ilana grew up on the coast in Half Moon Bay, California and has worked with children and families for over fifteen years.  In 2011 Ilana completed Heart & Hands Midwifery Intensive and Advanced training to gain homebirth midwifery skills, with the hope of incorporating the holistic model of homebirth-midwifery care into hospitals. Ilana is a Registered Nurse and received her Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Midwife credentials from the University of California San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital in 2015. She currently lives in Berkeley with her husband and son. 

Ilana's long-term goals include opening a low-intervention wellness center capable of accommodating modern technology (i.e. anesthesia), providing international midwifery education (with an emphasis in Belize), and working on public policy and legislation surrounding midwives, insurance, and licensure. Ilana also has a passion for working in hospice and palliative care nursing, with a deep appreciation for the the entire life cycle.

Ilana is also the mother of a curious and sweet boy, Ezra. "I labored at home with the support of my family and doula for 20 hours before heading to the hospital where my wonderful provider told me to 'reach down and grab my baby... so I did! Even though my son had to have a small monitor attached to him to check his heart rate while I was pushing, I was still able to deliver him myself, right to my chest... this is a perfect example of a combination of minimal interventions and a woman's wishes being respected. My birth experience was definitely empowering and inspired me to help women have similar experiences with me as a Certified Nurse Midwife, whether they are delivering in the hospital, birth center, or at home."

We are very proud to announce that Ilana has begun working as a midwife at nearby Alta Bates in Berkeley, CA!!!  We look forward to seeing her at future Whatadoula client deliveries catching babies for our families.