Sunshine Chrispeels is a California Licensed Midwife, a mother to three boys and a grandmother of three. She has been attending births for over eight years now and has been privileged to see women give birth beautifully in all settings: home, hospital and birth center. Of course, her heart belongs to homebirth. She believes strongly that birth is a normal physiological process, and for low risk pregnancies and labors, that birth at home with skilled attendants is the sanest and safest option.
Sunshine received her medical training alongside many experienced midwives in the homebirth setting beginning in 2006 and then moved to El Paso to work for a whole year in a busy birth center on the Texas and Mexican border. Upon receiving her license in 2008, she worked at Best Start Birth Center for three years and concurrently opened her private practice in 2009.
One of the major influences on her path into midwifery has been her Hawaiian Heritage. She grew up on the North Shore of Hawaii in an environment that promotes a connection to nature and holistic living. Her great-great-grandmother was full blooded Hawaiian, her grandmother was a fierce advocate for the way of life of the Hawaiians. It was her that taught her respect for the self, the inner voice and the process of nature.
Sunshine was also a Certified Birthing From Within Mentor and has helped hundreds of families find their own path through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She also speaks fluent Spanish!