Our Midwives

Shari Stone-Ulrich, MSN, CNM, Clinical Director

Erina Angelucci, MSN, CNM

Joanna Bronkema, MS, NP, CNM

Nancy Baird, LM CPM

Rosanne Gephart, CNM, NP, IBCLC

Birth Assistants

Kaydee Welchons


“One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

Kaydee’s job at BSBC is to embrace each mother as she enters a time of profound change and wonder unique to every women in every delivery and season. Pulling from 7 years of attending births, in a wide range of roles, Kaydee is able to provide knowledgeable support, assistance and care to the mother, family and midwife. Kaydee is a home birth baby catcher herself as a Licensed Midwife since 2014 and has attended over 250 births.

Sophia Shen

LM, CPM, Arvigo® Therapist

I’m native Chinese from Hong Kong.  My passion to serve women originates from overcoming many of my own challenges.  My mother was new to Hong Kong when she gave birth to me. Even though she is Chinese and was married, she didn’t speak the local dialect and was still very alone in many ways.  As one thing led to another, my parents didn’t get to hold me until I was a week old, and I was never breastfed.  As an adult, I faced physical and emotional issues.  Fortunately, I never gave up hope.  I learned about the existence of traditional midwifery in 2008, and the rest was history.  I deeply believe that “peace on Earth begins with birth”.  My wish is to guide women through their journeys and protect the normalcy of pregnancy and birth. I’m grateful to Best Start for allowing me be part of the team, and I look forward to meeting you at your birth!

Sarah Burns


After witnessing a homebirth in 2007, I knew that I wanted to support women and their families during pregnancy and birth. I completed my DONA training and began my doula career shortly after. I’ve been a doula since March 2008, and my love for serving women and familes has continued to grow. I graduated from Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery with high honors in 2016, and I am now a Certified Professional Midwife licensed to practice midwifery in California. It is such a privilege to care for families during this transformative time. I truly enjoy helping woman have safe and satisfying birth experiences.

Paige Luneau


I have worked in reproductive and sexual health all of my adult life and am so excited to be at Best Start. It is truly a special place to provide and receive care. Prior to attending midwifery school at UCSF, I worked in San Diego as a Medical Assistant, Surgical Tech, Doula, and a Registered Nurse at Planned Parenthood, Sharp Mary Birch and Best Start! Each person’s experience prenatally, during labor and delivery and in the postpartum period is unique. My philosophy is although care providers are experts in our fields individuals are the experts in their lives and working as a team is essential. I also believe gentle and loving birth can be the beginning of a gentle and loving existence and I keep this in mind during every labor and birth I attend. I look forward to meeting and working with you during this very special time!

Brittany Threadgill


Since childhood, I’ve had the desire to learn about and care for pregnant women. My journey to realize that dream began with my enrollment at Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery in 2011. The following year, I began supporting families as a birth doula and offering placenta encapsulation services. I graduated from Nizhoni in 2014 and in early 2017 gained my Certificatified Professional Midwife designation.
I am honored to share my knowledge with the families I serve but, most of all, I believe that a non-judgmental listening ear can be the key to helping a person find the power in themselves. I couldn’t be happier to be a resource to the families of San Diego County and would love the chance to meet your family.

Marie Hobden

IBCLC, Midwife Assistant

I have been working in the birth world for 12 years. I started my Midwifery degree when I was just 18 years old, I was one of the youngest students the University had ever given a place to. Being a Midwife and Lactation Consultant is all I have ever done and all I ever want to do!

In 2009 I gained my BSc (hons) in Midwifery from The University of Hull (UK). In 2012 I moved to Australia after an exciting job offer for a hospital in Brisbane. Whilst in Australia my passion for breastfeeding became apparent and so I studied alongside my Midwifery work to gain certification as a lactation consultant (IBCLC).

Throughout my career I have served a wide variety of women in the hospital, birth centers, the home and most rewardingly in Tropical North Queensland within an indigenous community. The Aboriginal families I lived and worked with led me to appreciate the lost art of community and this has since influenced my work with families every day.

Now calling San Diego home I am excited to be a part of the exciting and important work at Best Start.