Meet the Midwives!

The midwives at Casa Natal follow the Midwifery Model of Care, providing whole woman, evidence based care.  We believe in the power of a woman's body to grow, nourish and give birth to their baby.  We also believe that this should be a special time of support and care for each woman and her family.  Each midwife is licensed by the California Medical board.


Each midwife that practices at Casa Natal has her own midwifery practice, caring for both home birth clients and birth center clients. We are all a part of the South Bay Homebirth Collective as well.  To better serve you, we have office locations in Morgan Hill, and downtown San Jose.  Please see each midwife's listing for her office locations.   

Melissa Dean, LM, CPM

Center Director


Melissa see clients at the birth center in Morgan Hill as well as the San Jose office.

As the Owner and operator of Casa Natal, I'm thrilled to welcome you to my space and support you through this magical time of your life.  I have been supporting birthing families in our area for over 15 years.  I began as a birth doula, and then realized that in order to create the best possible birth experience for my clients, I needed to be a midwife.  


I am a graduate of National Midwifery Institute and have worked in both a low volume and high volume birth center setting.


I am happily married to the best husband ever, and have four amazing , (almost grown), children, a wonderful step-son and daughter in law and a sweet grandson!


To learn more about Melissa, click here.

Hope Willems, LM, CPM


Hope sees clients in the San Jose office.

Hope began her journey to midwifery after the birth of her first son in 1996.  She became a childbirth educator, a doula, and then a midwifery assistant in 2004 and moved into apprenticeship with several midwives in the community and in a high volume birth center in the Philippines.  She is a graduate of National Midwifery Institute and a member of BABI, MANA and CAM.


Hope is happily married and the mother of four fabulous children, ages 16-22.  

To learn more about Hope and her services, visit her website: