Meet the team

Katrina was born and raised in Southern New Jersey and was always drawn to wellness and medicine while she was growing up. She held jobs in various medical offices and attended different science and medical education programs.

Upon entering Rutgers University, Katrina decided to combine her enthusiasm for mathematics and medicine by majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She spent the majority of her education studying the way our bodies move and became very interested in prosthetic limbs. Still, Katrina could not stay away from her love for mothers and babies, and worked on a research project studying infant memory, while minoring in Psychology. Although she always knew in the back of her head that she was truly passionate about pregnancy and birth, she thoroughly enjoyed studying engineering. It was also at Rutgers where Katrina met her now husband, Dave.

After graduation Katrina worked in Washington D.C. for the Medical Division at the Federal Aviation Administration. She continued to work for the FAA when she moved to Oklahoma City for Dave’s job and then to Carlsbad, CA. Katrina then married Dave, who is a Marine Corps Officer and is stationed at Camp Pendleton. “I’ve really grown to love and appreciate what military life has to offer, but also understand the hardships that come with such a demanding lifestyle. Military wives have a special strength and independence that I really admire.”

It was in Southern California where Katrina took a big risk and quit her job with the FAA. Birth was calling and she needed to follow. After weighing her options, Katrina decided to become a Licensed Midwife through a direct entry program. In 2014 she applied and was accepted to Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery and shortly after, began working at San Diego Midwife. Following graduation, Katrina passed her licensing exam and became certified by the North American Registry of Midwives and licensed by the Medical Board of California.  She also works as a doula and placenta encapsulator and has attended around 250 births. She hopes to one day develop a continuous well-woman program for clients, ideally caring for women from puberty, through their pregnancies and menopause.

Katrina now lives in Carlsbad with her husband.  She recently began a new program, Herbal Medicine for Women, and hopes to complete it and become certified as a Women’s Herbal Educator.  Her goal is to incorporate these resources into her midwifery practice, but mainly, to educate and empower women to take back their health.

“I feel so fortunate that I felt birth and pregnancy in my bones and had the courage to leave my job to follow my passion. Practicing as a midwife feeds my soul and there is nothing more rewarding than supporting a woman in such an intimate and empowering way.”

Katrina’s studies include:

  • 5 year program, earning a Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Engineering, Rutgers University
  • 3 year program, Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery
  • Licensed Midwife by the Medical Board of California
  • Certified by the North American Registry of Midwives
  • Maintains certifications in neonatal resuscitation and cardiopulmonary resuscitation for medical providers

Please contact Katrina with any questions you may have or to schedule your free consultation:

Katrina Lertola, Licensed Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife

Tel: (760) 936-4165


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With Jamin and Katrina’s unique and extensive medical backgrounds and comprehensive experience, they will evaluate available methodologies in order to provide and enable you with the safest and most rewarding prenatal, birthing and postpartum experiences.

Please contact San Diego Midwife at (760) 936-4165 or email with any questions and to schedule your free consultation. Please include your phone number if you would like a call back. The office is located at Indigo Dragon 451 La Veta Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.