ABOUT

Ask me for strength and I will lend not only my hand, but also my heart.

I am licensed by the Medical Board of California and certified by the North American Registry of Midwives. I graduated from the National Midwifery Institute and received my clinical training during a seven year apprenticeship with my midwife and mentor.  My apprenticeship and clinical training took place in Monterey County serving local families and military families from near and far.  I am currently serving as Secretary for California Association of Midwives and participate in regular peer and chart review.

I believe that birth is a normal, physiologic process that is safe and rewarding.  And that birth can also provide a wonderful opportunity to heal, transform and empower.

Caroline Cusenza
Caroline Cusenza
My practice provides the Midwives Model of Care addressing many facets of pregnancy and birth, not just the physical and practical needs.The Midwives Model of Care includes:

• Monitoring the physical, psychological and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle;

• Providing the mother with individualized education, counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support;

• Minimizing technological interventions; and

• Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention

The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma and cesarean section.

I work in partnership with Jacqueline Ann Little in the effort to provide you with the best care possible.

 

Jacqueline Ann Little
Jacqueline Ann Little
Jacqueline graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors Degree in Women’s Studies, and as an Undergraduate was awarded a scholarship to conduct original research in women’s health. Within a few years, Jacqueline assisted in managing a busy birth center in Los Angeles, while teaching Childbirth Education classes to out-of-hospital birth families. Soon thereafter, she began her Midwifery studies, and had the opportunity to work with many different practitioners: Licensed Midwives, Certified Nurse Midwives, Naturopathic Doctors, Nurse Practitioners and Obstetricians within a holistic woman-centered model of care. Jacqueline received her CA Midwifery License and national, Certified Professional Midwifery license in 2012.


 

A few things about Caroline

  • I became a midwife not only because I was compelled to, but because I wanted to be able help women have a safe and fulfilling birth.
  • I love to sleep but never mind getting out of bed in the middle of the night to welcome a new life into the world (this is a complete surprise to my family).
  • I have had many jobs doing many different kinds of things, but I have never loved a job before midwifery.
  • I am in awe of the human body and its capacity to heal and flourish when given what it needs.  And I believe we can transform our bodies with nutrition, rest, exercise and self care.
  • I’m a foodie, love to cook and I think fermentation is magical.
  • I met a woman at a party before I was a mom. I asked her about her pregnancy and birth.  She share her home birth story with me and changed the course of my life in one conversation.  We have never met again, but through mutual friends, she knows that I had a home birth and became a midwife.
  • If another midwife calls me for help and I’m not with a client, I would gladly drop everything and go to the birth of someone I had never met before.