Meet our Board
Kathleen Belzer, CNM
Kathleen Belzer has been a midwife for over twenty years in the greater Bay Area. She has worked in a variety of settings, including an out of hospital midwifery-owned birth center, private collaborative practices with obstetricians and midwives, and community health clinics. She has also worked in an academic setting at UCSF, teaching medical students and residents. Currently, she works at Kaiser, Napa Solano with an integrated practice of family practice MDs, Obstetricians, and nurse-midwives. She is committed to teaching residents and nurse midwifery students in her clinical practice, and is dedicated to continually expanding her knowledge in the area of maternal health. She is the Lead of a Physiologic Birth & Reducing Cesareans workgroup in her current position. She is passionate about providing the best woman-centered care to her patients. She is acutely aware of how important it is to listen to each woman and provide sensitive, individualized care. Currently, she is the President of the California Nurse Midwives Association Board of Directors, Prior to being the President, she served as the Secretary.
On a personal level, she is married with three children. Two have successfully been launched and one is currently in high school. Some of the extra curricular activities she enjoys are hiking, dancing, biking, paddle boarding, reading, and escaping to the mountains
Ana Delgado, CNM
Ana Delgado, MS, RN, CNM studied midwifery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing. She is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) Division.
Ana splits her time between clinical practice and administration at ZSFG. She acts as the Assistant Director of Inpatient Obstetrics, primarily responsible for quality improvement and systems change, and as Director of Inpatient Services for the Nurse-Midwives of ZSFG, a 45 year-old, autonomous midwifery service. She also manages a contract to provide prenatal care services at Mission Neighborhood Health Center, a federally qualified health center in the community. The Nurse-Midwives of ZSFG are the primary clinical teaching site for the UCSF Nurse-Midwifery Education program, graduating approximately 15 nurse-midwives per year.
Recently Ana was named Co-Director for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the UCSF ZSFG OBGYN division, recognizing her commitment to health equity. She is passionate about diversifying the midwifery profession and centering the voices of women of color in her work. Additionally, Ana sits on several San Francisco county-wide initiatives aiming at improving perinatal care for low-income women in San Francisco, partnering with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and non-profit, community-based organizations to transform how low-income women are supported and cared for throughout the reproductive life cycle.
Ana sits on the California Nurse-Midwives Association Health Policy Committee, working on legislative efforts to remove physician supervision of midwifery practice and advancing access to health care options for women. Ana has worked in a variety of settings, autonomous private practice midwifery service, private practice collaborative practice, and academic collaborative practice.
Kavita Noble, CNM
Kavita has been supporting families during pregnancy and childbirth since 1997. She graduated from UCSF as an RN and a Women's Health Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife. She came to midwifery with a passion for supporting clients and families during the dynamic transition of pregnancy, birth and parenting. She emphasizes education and informed choice in all areas of health care. She has extensive experience assisting families in home, hospital and birth center settings and believes that birth unfolds best where the birthing person feels safest. She currently works at Pacifica Family Maternity Center, a free standing birth center in the East Bay.
Kavita is actively involved in health policy work to improve access to midwifery care. She is the treasurer of the Board of the CNMF.
She is happily married and the mother of two adult daughters and a beautiful grandson all welcomed with the support of midwives.
Holly Smith, CNM
Holly Smith is a Certified Nurse-Midwife with experience in both domestic and international women’s health policy and program development. Since starting her midwifery training 20 years ago at Georgetown University, her midwifery adventures have included many diverse practice environments – from back east, to various locations in southern and northern California, to Central America, over to Germany, and finally back home to California. Most recently she practiced at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center. She has enjoyed a mix of different roles in these locations including as a midwifery fellow, lead midwife, and as the co-founder of a multi-year program to improve maternal and infant outcomes in rural Guatemala. Holly continues to participate in and lead health and public policy projects that collectively aim to advance the status of women and girls. Holly was the Task Force Co-Chair and Lead Editor of the CMQCC Toolkit to Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Primary Cesareans.
Currently she is a consultant and clinical lead for the southern California region of the CMQCC Collaborative to Support Vaginal Birth and Reduce Primary Cesareans. Additionally, she serves as a hospital coach and steering committee member for ACNM’s Reducing Primary Cesareans Project. She is the California representative for the ACNM's AIM State Leaders Group and a newly appointed member of the CMQCC Executive Committee. Since 2017 she has been serving as the Health Policy Chair for the California Nurse-Midwives Association. Holly holds a BSN from the University of San Francisco, an MSN from Georgetown, and an MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is also a mother of two and a military spouse (looking very much forward to her husband's retirement in 2 months!), and also an extremely mediocre but enthusiastic triathlete.