Our Midwives

Shari Stone-Ulrich, MSN, CNM, Clinical Director

Erina Angelucci, MSN, CNM

Brooke Ray, M.S., CNM

Sarah Khorram, M.S., CNM

Joanna Bronkema, MS, NP, CNM

Rosanne Gephart, CNM, NP, IBCLC

Nancy Baird, LM CPM

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.

Natalya Lukin


I was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States at a young age. I first became interested in women’s health while earning my bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies at UC Santa Cruz. Then in 1991 I attended a dear friend’s birth and was so moved by the experience that I was inspired to change paths and become a midwife. I studied and apprenticed with homebirth midwives in my hometown of San Francisco, at a free-standing birth center in Texas, and with traditional midwives in Mexico, earning my CPM credential in 1999 and my midwife license from the state of California in 2008. In between I became a mother, giving birth to my son in a birth tub in my grandmother’s kitchen with the help of a midwife. I have attended over 200 births and am also an experienced postpartum doula, fertility awareness (FAM) instructor, and provider of in-home IUI’s. My belief is that birth is a normal, healthy function of the human body and that all birthing persons have the right to give birth in power, dignity, and safety. I am honored to serve families as part of the Best Start team.

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.