Golden Oak Midwives
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Ellie + Gwen

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The Midwives


Golden Oak Midwives was founded in 2016 after Ellie and Gwen worked collaboratively in solo practice for several years. The decision to partner was made with the purpose of serving our community more comprehensively. Our practice works because having two midwives is better than one. In this model, we are able to attend all of our own births, promote exceptional standards of care for our clients, and expand midwifery services in the East Bay.  




Certified Nurse Midwife, 2011

Masters Degree in Nursing, 2011

Bachelors Degree in Nursing, 2007

Bachelors Degree in Art History, 2002


Ellie Griffinger, CNM

It was during my post-baccalaureate premedical program when I started to look for ways to blend the medical work with fostering meaningful connections with my patients. Instead of solely making the best medical decisions on behalf of my clients, I could empower them to make their own decisions by providing complete access to information. It became clear that through midwifery I could support women in achieving empowered, informed birth experiences, while fostering relationships built on mutual trust. It was during my work with low income teen moms where I saw firsthand what I had always believed to be true - if you nurture the mother there are only positive implications for the health of the child, as well as the future health of the mother.

In 2009, our first son was born at a birth center. The experience was wonderful. The model of care and level of attention and education as new parents was invaluable. I left that experience not only as a new mother, but with a changed vision for my own midwifery career. I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with a BSN/MSN in Women’s Health and Midwifery. We were expecting our second son. This time I wanted to know who would be at my birth. I felt that it didn’t matter so much the location of my birth, but who was in attendance. Lindy Johnson, CNM caught our second son. With his birth, so was the birth of my midwifery practice at Alta Bates. After working for over four years as a private practice midwife at Alta Bates, I see a benefit to myself and my clients of a collaboration of care between midwives, partners, doulas and community providers.

Growing up in the Bay Area and being born at Alta Bates myself, I can’t imagine anywhere better to care for women and attend births. I’ve always known that I would be an advocate for women’s health and through midwifery, this passion has led me to my calling.




Certified Nurse Midwife , 2006

Masters Degree in Nursing, 2001

 Registered Nurse, 2000

Bachelors Degree in Psychology, 1996


Gwen Haynes, CNM

I began working with women and their families in 2001 as a Registered Nurse at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. I worked as a labor and delivery nurse for 5 years before pursuing my dream to become a midwife. In 2006 I graduated from the Frontier Nursing University as a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM). I immediately began working as a midwife for a local medical practice in Oakland and continued in this role for 8 years.  

In 2008 I started my own family and gave birth to my daughter Avery and two years later, my son Lucian. Both of my children were born into the hands of midwives at Alta Bates. Through the birth of my own children and the quest to provide more choices for women and families for their own births, I decided to start a private practice midwifery service in 2014. As an Oakland native, I was eager to serve my community in this capacity.  The crux to my solo practice and now seeded in Golden Oak, is to continue bringing peaceful births into the hospital setting.

My private practice has helped me shape the philosophy for Golden Oak. We offer full scope midwifery care to women seeking an integrative and holistic approach to birth. We guarantee continuity of care, we build trusting relationships, and emphasis a model of care that is evidenced based and promotes wellness.  The support created by a woman’s midwife and nurtured in partners, family, and the community, has lead to births that are fulfilling and beautiful. And now, after 10 years of midwifery service in the East Bay, I can celebrate catching over 1000 babies.