Farrah Ka’Healani Rivera
MSM, CPM, LM
- Practicing since: 2011
- Early Care
Farrah’s interest in midwifery began as the eldest child and cousin of her ever growing ohana in Hawai’i. Surrounded by pregnant family members, community, and little babies, Farrah gravitated towards the parental and child connection, grounding her understanding that community involvement is vital to support, raise, and love children. Her time in Los Angeles, CA, as a domestic violence activist, community doula, and wombyn circle facilitator added to this gravitation, setting a guiding light in her passion to advocate for pregnant people.
Farrah attended and completed her Masters in Midwifery at Bastyr University and has experienced the different birthing environments in Southern California, Hawai’i, and Washington. It was during this time, her family shared with her that her great grandmother Salome, great grandfather Francis, and great aunt Magdalena Mendoza also delivered babies in their province of Abra, on the island of Luzon. This generational connection fuels her interest in culturally responsive perinatal care for BIPOC communities. Farrah is the founder of the Pacific Islander Healthboard in Washington and supports efforts to encourage indigenous skills sharing and storytelling with the Center for Indigenous Midwifery.
Families who have worked with Farrah have expressed she is warm and listens well to understand their needs.
Master of Science in Midwifery
Additional Clinical Interests
Lactation, Sonography, Fertility Support, Cultural and community-based pregnancy and birth, Plant medicines, Birth and parenting traditions and rituals, Expanding access to out-of-hospital midwifery care in Hawai'i