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Providers for Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding help is only a phone call away. There are county breastfeeding programs, volunteer lactation organization, and hospital and independent lactation consultants, as well as assistance from knowledgeable birth and postpartum doulas. Breastfeeding help lines are often staffed by women who were once new breastfeeding mothers themselves. Many doctors (including pediatricians) use breastfeeding information provided by formula manufacturers and don't have extensive knowledge of breastfeeding, such as analyzing a baby's sucking problems or managing a successful breastfeeding relationship beyond a few months. Don't count on your doctor to be a breastfeeding expert.


Resources listed are provided for your information only; please interview and choose carefully to find the care that is right for you.

Central Coast Doula Services
Nora Yerena
Watsonville , CA
(559) 287-8934

Empowering the Mother through Evidence-Based Care - We offer birth & postpartum doulas, lactation (breastfeeding) educators, and evidence-based parenting education. Our specialties include: natural & medicated birth; Cesarean & VBAC delivery; LGBT, adoption, & surrogate families; premature birth; and multiples.
Live Oak Acupuncture & Healing Arts
Marcia Connelly
6892B Soquel Avenue
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
(831) 818-7051

I am a California Board Certified licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, also a member of Birth Point of Santa Cruz. My specialties include: Women's Health, Pediatric Wellness, Fertility Support for men and women, Pain Management, and Addiction treatment support. Se Habla Espanol.
Full Moon Family Wellness and Birth Center
Sunshine Tomlin, LM
701 Mission St
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 454-8031

Full Moon Family Wellness and Birth Center offers services beginning with fertility and throughout the childbearing year and beyond. We have services for every family regardless of intended place of birth. Nourishing individuals, families, and our community.
Nancy Greenwood
Soquel , California
(831) 334-7835

After 20 wonderful years as a homebirth and hospital birth midwife in Canada, supporting women and their families, I am still deeply struck by the dignity, power and joy with which women give birth. I have provided the full spectrum of care prenatally to several weeks postpartum, at home, in hospital and birth centers to hundreds of women and their families. As a doula I draw on my extensive knowledge and experience of pregnancy, labor, postpartum and breastfeeding to offer information, reassurance and comfort, tailored for you, so you can make well informed, grounded decisions, giving you the tools to be empowered, safe and satisfied with your birth journey. Currently also working toward my California Licensed Midwife requirements. Private childbirth education classes and prenatal yoga also available.
The Joy of My Heart, The Work of Our Hands
Rebecca Hughes LM, CPM, RN
Soquel , CA 95073
(831) 462.6444

Blessed to provide complete Homebirth Midwifery care including classes, prenatals and breastfeeding support through weaning. Working with birthing families since 1982 as a Midwife's Assistant, Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Counselor and Lay Midwife. Licensed RN in '99, Licensed Midwife and Certified Professional Midwife in 2010. Experienced Monitrice services also available for hospital births. Please call for a Free Consultation or visit our website.
La Leche League of Santa Cruz County
(831) 425-3088

Support for breastfeeding families, special emphasis on the breastfeeding relationship
Warm Line for breastfeeding questions: 831.425.3088
Free Breastfeeding Information and Support; All Ages and Stages; Free Lending Library; Babies and Children, Fathers and Partners welcome! Call or email for meeting times and locations and to request a call back
Laura Maxson LM, CPM
Laura Maxson
The Sash Mill
303 Potrero St. #43-105
Santa Cruz , CA
(831) 336-0961

Licensed midwife offering complete homebirth services including prenatal and postpartum care. Free interview. Also available: Home visits for breastfeeding support, specializing in latch-on in the first weeks. Home visits for Newborn Screening Test. Birth Tubs available. See website for more information
Birth Point Acupuncture Group, Life's Essence Clinic of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Einav Avital
1200 41st Ave, Suite G
Capitola , CA 95010
(831) 227-6442

I am a certified acupuncturist, herbalist and a member of the Birth Point Acupuncture Group.
I specialize in infertility ,prenatal care, labor, postpartum care and pediatrics.
I have been working in this community with the collaboration of midwives, doctors and Dualas since 2004.
I am a Bradley Childbirth Educator as well, and birthed my four children naturally with the knowledge of this great method.

Lisa Piediscalzi, L.Ac., IBCLC
Lisa Piediscalzi
(831) 334-7250

Craniosacral therapy and breastfeeding support for newborns-toddlers. Acupuncture and craniosacral therapy for Moms during the childbearing years. Housecalls available in Santa Cruz County.
Nursing Mother's Counsel
Nursing Mothers Counsel
FREE breastfeeding support provided by trained volunteers via phone, email and home visits.

Free Prenatal Breastfeeding Classes held on the 2nd Saturday of every month, 2-5pm at The Pacific Cultural Center, 1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz. For a complete listing of class dates and to register, go to

Salud Para La Gente
Sarah Fulop-Furlano
45 Nielsen St
Watsonville , CA 95076
(831) 728-0222
Salud Para La Gente offers high quality bilingual breastfeeding support prenatally through weaning. Consults are provided by IBCLC's that work closely with your care providers. Medi-cal, Central Coast Alliance for Health, and many other plans accepted.
Santa Cruz Community Health Centers
Daryl Dichek
250 Locust
SANTA CRUZ , California 95060
(831) 427-3500

High quality, personalized health care services to women and children. Medi-Cal, Medicare, cash and several insurance plans accepted. Cash fees are sliding scale. Our staff is bilingual. Prenatal care program offers access to midwives, obstetricians, family practice providers, counseling, education, childbirth classes, acupuncture, and chiropractics. We have a clinic at 21507 East Cliff Drive also.
Palo Alto Medical Foundation
Timmi Pereira, CNM, MSN
2907 Chanticleer Ave,
Santa Cruz, , Ca 95065
(831) 477-2375

Nurse midwife, serving women and families in Santa Cruz for more than 25 years as educator, nurse, and midwife. Offering full-scope, personalized midwifery care, including well-woman gynecology, contraception, pregnancy and birth, and post-partum care. Honoring families choices in childbirth and as new parents. Delivery care at Sutter and Dominican
TLC Doulas
Sabine Omvik
(831) 332-3207

Sabine is an experienced birth doula since 2000 offering loving support & guidance for you and your family during the transformative time of childbirth. Her unbiased support encourages women to trust their own innate birthing knowledge. I also offer placenta encapsulation, professional photography and lactation support. Please contact me for a free, no obligation interview.
Healing Hands Doula
Christine Vermeersch
San Jose , CA 95118
(408) 9126299

I am a birthdoula, a certified Aromatherapist and a Reiki practitioner. I am a CLC offering in home lactation services, same day when possible! Teaching in home Infant Massage.
Community Bridges WIC (Women, Infants & Children)
18 West Lake Ave Ste. A
Watsonville , CA 95076
Bi-lingual, bi-cultural breastfeeding support and counseling and breast pump loans for WIC participants.