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 opened a freestanding birth center to provide an alternative to hospital and home birth.


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

Founder & Director

Bethany is the founder of Midtown Nurse Midwives, and works full time as the Administrative Director of the both the birth center and the MiLC Clinic and as a staff CNM and NP. 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 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 and in 2019 she opened a freestanding birth center in order to provide comprehensive care. She serves as the Vice President of the Capital Chapter of the California Nurse Midwives Association, and as a member of the Health Policy Committee and the Public Relations Committee.

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 interested 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

Jenny is the birth center clinical director and full time staff CNM at Midtown Nurse Midwives. 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. She serves as the President of the Capital Chapter of the California Nurse Midwives Association.

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


Lauren Nabiyev, CNM

Lauren is a part-time birth center CNM and a part time hospital CNM. She has been in the birth world for 15 years in many evolving capacities striving to gain as much knowledge as possible with the goal to provide holistic and comprehensive care to each and every person she encounters. Lauren has been a certified massage therapist (LMT), specializing in bodywork for the childbearing year, an Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), a holistic health practitioner (HHP), and a women’s herbalist. She has worked in several birth centers and in homebirth throughout the United States and overseas. Lauren worked as a Registered Nurse in a high-risk L&D unit in Sacramento while completing her Nurse-Midwifery degree at Frontier Nursing University. She is currently working on her doctorate (DNP) on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD).

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys getting outdoors into the mountains or beaches, relaxing with her husband and two young children, knitting, and dreaming about sleeping in.


Meet our team of Registered Nurses

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Djina Ariel, Board Member

Djina is involved with Midtown Nurse Midwives as a co-owner and member of the board of directors.

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.