The Midwives

Pacific Community Midwives is two independent licensed midwives:

Kelly Olmstead, LM, CPM     Tari Neill, LM, CPM

Please note: Tari is currently on sabbatical and not taking clients. Kelly has retired her license and is no longer practicing, as of 10/1/2021.

We provide high-quality care to women planning to birth at home. We follow the Midwives Model of Care in our approach to maternity and birth. This means we honor the natural process of pregnancy and birth, while monitoring the health of thPacificMidwives (4)e mother and baby, personalizing care, and providing continuous support in labor. It’s important to note that, though we are homebirth midwives, we offer the same state-of-the-art testing, clinical schedule, and evaluations found in hospital-based care.  We pride ourselves on staying current on best practices in maternity care. We offer informed consent and informed refusal, providing non-biased information about risks and benefits of various choices as you make decisions about your care.

Each prenatal visit lasts an hour, allowing time to answer your questions and to provide you with education on many topics. Perhaps the most important aspect is continuity of care. You select your primary midwife and build a relationship with her. You will also get to know the other one of us during your pregnancy, at prenatals. You benefit from our years of midwifery experience, while maintaining a close relationship with your primary midwife.

This style of care contributes to low cesarean rates, high breastfeeding success rates, and overall satisfaction with the birth experience, while providing excellent overall outcomes. We’ve created a handy chart to show how we are similar to–and different from–hospital-based care.

Having attended many births together, clients benefit from our experience with and trust in one another. Check out what Clients Say for more. Our practice styles are similar. We know when to be hands off, when to recommend a change, and when to act quickly for safety.

Nancy Greenwood, our other co-founder, left to join Santa Cruz Midwives in 2019.

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Cropped Header Photo by Ann Fortina ` Midwives Photo by Little Darling Photo

I had my dream home birth because Kelly and Tari were my midwives! They were both extremely professional and compassionate during the whole process. They remained fully present during the labor which made me feel secure and confident.

I felt so empowered with them by my side throughout the whole experience and I will forever be grateful for these two strong woman that were near my side during the birth of my son.

~ Amber, Dylan, Auburn & Arlo

My Dream Homebirth

Tari and Kelly were my “Dream Team” at the birth of my daughter. Tari had a wonderfully kind and calm sense to her that complimented all of Kelly’s work perfectly. I knew we were in excellent hands with them by our side. ~Sarah

Dream Team