Aliya, CNM with Koby, the very first baby she supported earthside.

Aliya, CNM with Koby, the very first baby she supported earthside.

My name is Aliya (uh-leah) Caler, MS. I am a California certified nurse-midwife (CNM) and certified women's health nurse practitioner (WHNP-BC) as well as a registered public health nurse (RN).

I was trained in the hospital setting attaining a Masters in Science at the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and I have attended births and provided prenatal, postpartum and sexual health care in the home setting, San Francisco General, Kaiser, UCSF, Lyon-Martin and Planned Parenthood. 

I hold a master in public health (MPH) from Columbia University where I examined sexual and reproductive health at the population level and graduated phi beta kappa with degrees in politics and sociology from Brandeis University.

I come to midwifery by way of a background in community organizing and disease prevention and health promotion research. I have traveled all over the world and have worked with community based organizations and the United Nations Development Program in Cape Town, South Africa, Nshamba, Tanzania and Blantyre, Malawi focusing on HIV, women’s empowerment and sustainable development.  After attending my first home birth in East Harlem in the Spring of 2011 I began taking prerequisites to become a nurse-midwife.   

Before opening Birthing Adventures Midwifery, I worked as a birth and abortion doula in NYC, training with DONA (2010) and The Doula Project (2011). Additionally, I worked with By My Side Birth Support Program, a program of the New York City Department of Health, aiming to provide support to pregnant people living in the poorest zip codes in Brooklyn, a precursor to medicaid covering doula support in New York state.

In 2012 I became a certified lactation counselor (CLC), training with the Center for Breastfeeding and I specialize in working with parents’ who choose hypnobirthing as a modality to cope with the transition of carrying a life and ushering new ones earth side.

I have been attending births since 2010 and am honored to have supported hundreds of families during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum.


A native to Seattle (coffee is a true love!), despite having spent 12 years on the Eastern seaboard, I have been told I have magical hands, possess a real ability to listen, and can hold and create space that allows nature to meet you on your expedition.  I enjoy making new friends and breaking bread wherever I venture.