Our midwives love their jobs. 

Midtown Nurse Midwives is a home-grown, woman-owned, small business. Our purpose is to fill the gap in care in our community. We created the region’s only breastfeeding medicine specialty clinic and provide women’s healthcare in an alternative setting. We are opening a freestanding birth center to provide an alternative to hospital and home birth.


Bethany C. Sasaki, WHNP-BC, CNM, IBCLC

Founder & Director

Bethany has been a Registered Nurse since 2000 with experience in pediatrics, emergency/trauma, women’s health and labor and delivery. In 2010 she opened a small lactation business to help fill the gap in care for mothers and babies in our community. This small business soon grew into a group practice to meet demand. Bethany returned to graduate school and became a Nurse Practitioner when she identified the need to add primary healthcare elements to her practice like prescribing medications, diagnosing and treating post-partum depression and treating infant tongue tie. In 2015 she opened the MiLC Clinic to offer women’s health care in an alternative, woman-centered model. In 2019 she expanded her company further to open a freestanding birth center in order to provide fully comprehensive care.

Bethany’s style is low-intervention, straight forward and thorough. She provides guidance but always encourages women to make their own decisions. She is especially interesteded in treatment of breast pain and breast infections. She has published research on breast infections and continues to gather data for future studies.

Jenny Markovic, certified nurse midwife

Jenny Markovic, CNM

A Registered Nurse since 2010, Jenny is originally from Minnesota. After living around the US and abroad, she is excited to call Sacramento home. As a nurse, Jenny is experienced in labor and delivery, postpartum and newborn care, as well as medical and post-surgical care. Since graduating as a Nurse-Midwife, she has worked at a free-standing birth center as well as a hospital based midwifery practice in Sacramento. Her professional interests include empowering women, natural birth, and working with adolescent populations. Jenny’s personal interests include traveling, cooking, reading and spending time with her husband and family.

Jenny’s style is low intervention and woman-centered. She likes to work with families to give them the experience they are looking for.

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Djina Ariel, CNM, NP

Djina was born and raised in Palo Alto. She has been an RN since 1990, received a master’s degree in midwifery at UCSF, and became a CNM in 1996. She has been working as a nurse-midwife in Yolo and Sacramento County since 1999, attending the births of over 2,700 babies. She is the mother of two incredible sons, both born at home. The focus of her work is helping women and families have positive and empowering childbirth experiences, with additional interests in nutrition, exercise, integrative therapies, and issues surrounding menopause / perimenopause.

Her personal passions include yoga, gardening, beekeeping, cooking, eating, travel, and playing the ukulele. And sleeping.