Ellen Levitt, LM
Ellen Levitt, Licensed Midwife (CA License #7), has a strong passion for women’s health and over 30 years of experience providing loving prenatal, birth and postpartum midwifery care. Since 1987, Ellen has attended more than 1,200 births.
Ellen trained as a midwife through a homebirth apprenticeship in California and clinical training in a hospital in Kingston, Jamaica and birth centers in Austin, Texas and Hollywood, Florida. Prior to that she worked as an EMT in San Francisco. Teaching and training apprentices, midwifery students and her clients has been an integral part of her practice with the wonderful result of passing on the midwifery model of care. Her enthusiasm and dedication have led her to become a leader in the midwifery community.
In addition to offering classes and workshops to aspiring midwives, Ellen has served as the regional representative on the board of the California Association of Midwives and on the California Licensing Committee. She also helped found the Bay Area Homebirth Collective. Ellen’s commitment is reflected in the respect and affection of her client families.
When not caring for her clients, Ellen enjoys partner dancing, juggling, and spending time with her family.
Renée Lepreau, LM, CPM
Renée has been attending births for nine years. The majority of her midwifery training took place in Minneapolis with a busy home birth practice and then at a birth center. She's had the privilege of attending births in rural Iowa and Colorado with midwives who serve Amish and Mennonite families. She is a Certified Lactation Educator.
Renée’s commitment to compassionate maternity care was inspired by her grandfather, a practicing doctor until his late 80s, when he volunteered at a hospice run by nuns. Hearing his stories, following him on rounds, and seeing the close relationships that often grew between him and his patients taught her that good medicine has to include “being there.”
She loves to dance, hike, and swim in every lake, river and ocean she can find. She's taking poetry writing classes at Berkeley City College and has been nurturing her meditation practice for the last five years.
You can also find her at June Moon Home Birth.