About Maya Carlos, LM, CPM

My journey to becoming a Midwife began with my own birth in 1981. I was the first of three children born at home. From that peaceful beginning came an interest in working with mothers and families throughout their entire pregnancy, birth and postpartum: educating them to be empowered to make choices that are right for them. I began attending births in 2004. For several years I supported women as a Doula. I later traveled to Latin America where I had the privilege of studying with Indigenous Granny Midwives and Traditional Birth Attendants. During this time I was able to deepen my understanding of natural childbirth and the inherent wisdom women hold to give birth.

In 2007 I began a MEAC Accredited Midwifery Education Program at Maternidad la Luz in El Paso, Texas. In 2008 I became a Licensed Midwife in the state of Texas, as well as a Certified Professional Midwife. At that time I began working as a staff Midwife at the Maternidad la Luz Birth Center. Upon finishing the three-year program in the fall of 2009 I returned to California and began practicing in conjunction with other Midwives.  I am licensed by The Medical Board of California, as well as certified by the North American Registry of Midwives. Over the last 10 years I have continued to attend births in a variety of settings including home, hospital, and birth center. I strongly believe that how families choose to birth their children is a delicate process and it should be respected every step of the way.

I currently divide my time between Nevada County, California and San Ignacio, Belize. I speak English and Spanish.