Emunah Elayla (El) Meyer Tarver, LM, CPM
With a healing touch and a warm presence, El is honored to serve your family through the sacred rite of pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum.
El is a queer Jewish femme, and provides care that is queer/trans affirming, and honoring of all cultural identities. Her practice invites you to bring your whole self to the relationship.
El’s calling to midwifery came through years of organizing and activism in reproductive justice, racial justice, and queer/trans liberation movements. She observed the ways that political change is intricately linked with personal and interpersonal growth and transformation, and longed to put her ideals into practice as a healer. El’s favorite part of midwifery care is the depth of connection that develops in her relationships with clients. She is a fierce believer that every person has the right to make decisions about their bodies, genders, sexualities, and reproductive lives. Her midwifery practice is centered around empowerment, education, and informed choice. El wishes to hold space for her clients to experience the full transformative power that birth allows for.
Prior to becoming a midwife, El worked as a midwife’s assistant for three years, first at a busy birth center in Brooklyn, NY and then in a homebirth practice across the five boroughs of New York City. During this time, she also served on the leadership of the Doula Project, an organization that provides free doula support in abortion clinics and to low-income people giving birth in all settings. Additionally, she spent two years working as a counselor at a family planning health center, and four years as a reproductive health educator with Project Prepare. El returned to her home town of Berkeley to pursue a midwifery apprenticeship at Pacifica Family Maternity Center, where she worked under the direct supervision of a group of skilled and experienced midwives, while also completing an academic program through the National Midwifery Institute. She completed her training under the supervision of Ellen Levitt with Wombservice Midwifery. She is humbled and grateful to have learned from some of the most compassionate and skillful midwives in the Bay Area and to have served so many beautiful families in her time as a student!