Nova Midwifery

We are California-Licensed Midwives providing comprehensive prenatal, birth and postpartum care for expectant parents in the Bay Area.  We specialize in home birth, water birth, breastfeeding support, and well-woman care.

Mason Cornelius LM, CPM, IBCLC

Mason has been a Licensed Midwife since 2001 and has helped more than 800 babies into the world.  Her formal midwifery training was completed in a freestanding birth center over the course of two and a half years with an Obstetrician and a Certified Nurse Midwife culminating in her passing the California Challenge Exam through Seattle Midwifery School.

She then attended home births with various other community midwives and spent 18 months in the volunteer doula program at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez before establishing Nova Midwifery Services in 2001. She holds a B.S. in Health Science from CSU Hayward with an emphasis on Women's Health.  In 2004, Mason served an internship with Shoshana Bennett, past president of PostPartum Support International, in order to better help women coping with postpartum depression and anxiety.

When she isn't helping mamas and families, she is raising her wonderful children, a teenage son and preteen daughter.

Melissa Rauch LM, CPM, IBCLC

Melissa believes in the dynamic process of birth.  By supporting wellness, upholding informed decision making and minimizing unnecessary interventions we can promote the safest and most satisfying outcomes for a new family.  She finds it essential to not just focus on a healthy baby, but a healthy mother and healthy family. 

It wasn’t until into college that Melissa came to learn about midwifery and the important role it plays in women’s health and reproductive rights.  While finishing her undergraduate degree in Women and Gender Studies in 2006 she became a doula to low-income, single and teen parents in the Metro Detroit area and from this her dream of becoming a midwife was born.  In 2015 she graduated from Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland OR and has since worked in both home birth and birth center practice. With the help of her clients, she has welcomed over 150 sweet kiddos into the world.  When she is not romping around the Bay Area doing visits and births, she spends her time either outdoors hiking and camping or hunkered down with a good sewing project.

Melissa Rauch is a Certified Professional Midwife and Licensed in the state of California, IBCLC board certified lactation consultant, NARM approved preceptor and educator.  She holds current Neonatal Resuscitation and CPR certifications. 


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(510) 333-8911