Our Team

Supporting Women and Families through Pregnancy & Postpartum

Chemin Pérez, LM

  • California Medical Board Licensed Midwife
  • Partera Licenciada por la Junta Médica de California

I grew up on the northeast side of  Los Angeles on a beautiful hill called Mount Washington. I was blessed to have a mother who raised me up in a Four Square church in Eagle Rock called Christian Assembly. Throughout my life I have been thankful for God’s presence and the ways He shows me His love and faithfulness daily.

A large part of my life has been spent supporting women in home birth. I first felt God call me to support women in this way back in 1987 when I gave birth to my first child. I was blessed to have a Christian midwife named Carol Gautschi. Carol cared for me throughout my pregnancy and delivery. I believe this is when the seed to becoming a midwife was planted into my life. I went on to birth four children and adopt three more. During those years, I enjoyed assisting local midwives while raising a family.

During my childbearing years, I embraced Christ centered birth. His faithfulness and love is ever-present at the perfect time for every man and woman. When we feel weak He is strong for us. We can rest in His arms. We will run and not grow weary, we will walk and not grow faint! Birth is a wonderful opportunity for God to stretch and grow a woman while He continues to empower and raise up a father. Birth is a miraculous experience and I am honored to serve each family during their season of joy as they deliver their new baby into the world.  

My goal through midwifery is to provide a “Bethsadia” place. To me this means a place of healing waters; a place women and their families feel safe to birth a new season or heal from an old one. My prayer for the person reading this: You are beautifully and wonderfully made, the apple of God's eye. You are His purpose. Nothing is impossible with Him.

Chemin Pérez, LM is a Licensed Midwife who currently holds certification as a  Certified Professional Midwife, licensed by the State of California Medical Board. Her training includes certification in Neonatal Resuscitation and Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics. Chemin founded New Life Midwifery in 2015. Chemin’s office is located in Arcadia, California at the outskirts of Pasadena. She attended The National College Of Midwifery in 2009.  She enjoyed her clinical training both in high volume birth centers and intimate, small home birth practices. She was blessed with the opportunity to serve her local community in the Pasadena Health Department's "Black Infant Health Program". Additionally, "The Elizabeth House'', a pregnant women's shelter blessed her by allowing her to volunteer there.

Chemin is the proud mother of Tina, Keturah, Lance, Skyler, Mary Carmen, Madeleine, George, and Carrie


Je’Nelle Cook RN, Public Health Nurse

Je’Nelle loves Jesus and has a heart for serving anyone He brings into her path. She is a wife, mother of two girls and has been an RN since 2008. In the first grade when asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” her answer was “A baby deliverer.” This desire to be involved in birth work has been deep in her heart for many years, but it wasn’t until after the birth of her first daughter that she was able to become more involved. In 2016 she decided to become a doula and was instantly hooked on birth work. She was able to have a homebirth with her second daughter which solidified her desire to become a midwife. In 2019 she became a student of National College of Midwifery and has been blessed to be studying at New Life Midwifery and completed her education in April of 2021.


Madeleine Rose

Madeleine is our senior student. Currently, she completed her midwifery schooling at the National College of Midwifery and attended Pasadena City College. In 2015 she attended The College of The Nations,YWAM medical ships program. She enjoyed serving women and children in Papua New Guinea. In 2016 Madeleine spent time apprenticing in the Philippines alongside Filipino Midwives at the Shiphrah birthing home. She is midwife Chemin's daughter. Madeleine has been attending to women in out of hospital birth for most of her life.
She provides placenta encapsulation services for women who birth in our practice.



Melissa is an amazing woman. Arcadia Birth Center is blessed to have her; God has given her a servant's heart! She is loved and appreciated by many families who are served in our practice. She is grateful and honored to serve and support women. Melissa is the proud mother of three beautiful children. She delivered out of the hospital, in birth centers and home birth settings. Melissa feels extremely blessed and thankful to have had the love and support of Chemin as one of her dedicated midwives as she birthed one of her babies in the water!