LM, CPM, RYT
Rebekah Torres is a Licensed Midwife through the Medical Board of California and Certified Professional Midwife through the National Alliance of Registered Midwives. She served on the Board of the California Association of Midwives from 2012-2015. Rebekah is certified in Neonatal Resuscitation, CPR for Health Care Providers, Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga and Birthing From Within. Rebekah attended the BFA Dance School at California Institute of the Arts and National Midwifery Institute. She is also a clinical preceptor for National Midwifery Institute and National College of Midwifery.
Since 2005, Rebekah helped 1500 women navigate the spiritual, emotional and physical journey towards motherhood as through popular prenatal yoga classes and childbirth classes. She started attending homebirths in 2010.
Rebekah practices evidence based midwifery care and has an extensive knowledge of the therapeutic uses of natural remedies and herbal medicine during pregnancy. She is grateful to care for women in this amazing time in history when we can benefit from all that science and nature have to offer. Her practice style is influenced by the latest research in both western and alternative medicine. Rebekah believes in the wisdom of the body, the strength of the human spirit and the physiological process of childbirth. Being a mom of boys and dogs, she is no stranger to mud and can tell you how to get a stain out of just about anything. When she's not at a birth or a kid's sporting event you can finding her in the yoga studio. The things that give her the most joy in life are the faces of her children, black coffee and a day at the ocean.
I am blessed to be the mother of six children (five daughters and one son), whom were all homeschooled and ten grandchildren (six girls and four boys). All my births were natural homebirths or birth center deliveries. I assisted in delivering six of my grandchildren. I have more than 30 years of breastfeeding and childbirth education experience. I have assisted in more than 300 births under the supervision of the best midwives in practice.
I was born in Fairbanks, Alaska and raised in Mount Clements, Michigan and then later moved to Detroit, Michigan where I graduated from Martin Luther King High School. I worked for the United States Government for 30 years and served my country in the United States Army Reserves for 15 years as an Accountant Tech and Personnel Management Instructor.
I completed my Associates Degree in Social Work at Cuyamaca College in San Diego, CA. I completed my Doctorate in Regenerative Healing at “The School of The Prophets Institute in Jerusalem”. I am licensed as a Certified Nurse Assistant in the State of California. I earned an Associate of Science in Midwifery from National College of Midwifery (NCM). I earned a Bachelor of Science in Women’s Studies and currently am working on a Master’s degree in Behavioral Science with a focus on Gender Equity at California State University Sacramento (CSUS). As a a McNair Scholar at CSUS, my research is on Maternal and Infant Health Disparities, with a focus on Black women.
Midwifery was a calling for me. I was born into a family of nurses and healers. I was destined to be a Wholistic healer and Midwife. I studied Wholistic Healing at “The Everlasting Life Wholistic Center”, in Israel, where I learned Massage Therapy, Reiki, Herbology, Reflexology, Colon Irrigation, and Iridology. In 2005, I completed Midwifery Certification at “The School of The Prophets Institute in Jerusalem”. In 2009, I received my Doula training through DONA International in Jerusalem, Israel. I volunteered at “Brit Olam”, an International Israeli/Jewish Volunteer Center under the “Hagar and Miriam Project”. This program provided Refugee Women and their families with childbirth education and social support in the community. Brit Olam’s mission was to provide social justice to individual living in the community. As a part of my midwifery training, in 2011, I started my midwifery apprenticeship at “BirthRoots Maternity Healthcare Birthcenter” in San Diego, CA.
I am currently enrolled in The National College of Midwifery and I am grateful and blessed with the opportunity to conclude my midwifery training with Capital Midwifery.
I am committed to providing quality perinatal health care to all women, through culturally sensitive, comprehensive, and cost-efficient care. The Midwifery Model of Care honors and respects the wisdom and dignity of all women and the sacredness of pregnancy and birth. I take great joy in encouraging women to trust their bodies, maintain a healthy lifestyle, and to make informed decisions about their health care. I believe our bodies were made to birth babies. Pregnancy and birth are the most powerful rights of passage for women. It is the women’s right to freedom, independence, and autonomy to birth the way she desires. It is important to ensure that birth is a peaceful and gentle transition by honoring and respecting the baby’s journey into this world. This process sets the tone and creates the context for the person’s entire life experience. I have been blessed to be able to help women through their challenges, as well as, sharing their joy and victories. During birth, I am a silent observer and encourager; assisting upon request, when required, or as needed. It has been proven that a wholistic woman centered care reduces the incidence of perinatal morbidity, mortality and cesarean sections.
My passion, motivation and dedication is to serve women and their families; with my unique combination of skills, knowledge, and wisdom with an open heart. These hands are Holy and ordained by the Creator to receive babies, this is my calling! Love, Peace, and Honoring the Sacred energy is the process of bringing forth life. I give honor and praise to all women who have paved the way and received me with open arms, to mode and shape me into whom I am today. It is my honor and duty to pass this knowledge to the next generation to preserve the Art of Traditional Wholistic Midwifery.