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Providers for Childbirth Education

When financially possible, Birth Network recommends an independent childbirth class (not associated with a hospital) as these classes often have fewer couples, allow more time to practice non-medical pain coping techniques, and are not restricted by hospital policy. The type of childbirth class chosen can have a great impact on the childbirth experience.

Below is a brief description of some of the types of classes offered here in Santa Cruz County:

Hospital classes cover basic anatomy and physiology, relaxation techniques, pain-coping options, medical interventions, postpartum recovery, and labor and delivery room tours.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Childbirth and Parenting Education(R) increases education and openness for all possibilities of labor, birth, and postpartum, and develops skills for managing stress in pregnancy, birth, parenting, and beyond.

Birthing From Within(R) classes offer a holistic approach to birth preparation. In addition to practical information, parents will deepen their intuitive knowing through thought-provoking dialogues, interesting birth videos, and pain-coping exercises.
v The Bradley Method(R) is a system of natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part. The Bradley Method(R) encourages mothers to trust their bodies using natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education.
Hypnobirthing®is a unique method of relaxed, natural childbirth education, enhanced by hypnosis techniques, that allows women to use their natural instincts for more comfortable birthing.

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

Childbirth and Parenting Education
Donna Brown
Mid-County , CA
(831) 722-9970
http://www.mindfulchildbirthsantacruz.com


Childbirth and Parenting Education in Mnidfullness Based Stress Reduction.
7 weeks series with Donna Brown. Open to all expectant parents. In this program we will develop tools for managing stress in pregnancy, birth, parenting and daily life. See website for more information.
Megan Bunch
(831) 423-8483
http://www.balancedbirth.com


Expectant parents have many options available to them in terms of prenatal and postpartum care. My goal is to help navigate the maze of options. I offer birth and postpartum doula services as well as group and private childbirth education classes and prenatal yoga class. I also offer CAPPA-approve Labor Doula Trainings for new and aspiring doulas.
Doulaaimee
Aimee Barrett
(831) 512-8583
http://Doulaaimee.com


Rosewood
Emiliy Flynn
7145 Hihn Rd
Ben Lomond , CA 95005
(610) 7627354
http://7145 Hihn Rd


I provide postpartum daytime services, some birth and overnight doula services, postpartum and pregnancy consulting services, infant sleep basics classes, and sleep adjustment consultation services. I am also an advanced doula trainer at Luma Yoga.
Full Moon Family Wellness and Birth Center
Sunshine Tomlin, LM
701 Mission St
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 454-8031
http://www.fullmoonbirthing.com


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.
Holistic Sister
Gretchen Retka
Santa Cruz , CA 95063
(218) 851-7556
http://www.xochitlinnerg.com


Certified Professional Birth Activist & Postpartum doula services
Massage Therapist
Placenta encapsulation
Music
Reiki
Luma Yoga
1010 Center Street
Santa Cruz , California 95060
(831) 325-2620
http://lumayoga.com
Luma is an award-winning yoga & wellness center. Our space also includes an eco-friendly family boutique and lounge where you can relax, drink tea, hop online, meet friends, or feed a baby. Specializing in classes & events from birth, to baby & beyond, Luma is here for you!
Mother's Journey
Kymm Ann Wallin
(831) 334-3917
http://www.mothersjourney.com


Kymm Ann has had the honor of working with hundreds of families as they journey into parenthood. She has been attending births for over 20 years, and has served women in a variety of settings. She offers Birth & Postpartum Doula services and childbirth classes (group and private).
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 www.nursingmothers.org.

Birthing Ourselves
Tierra Owen
2410 Trout Gulch Road
Aptos , CA 95003
(831) 201-3656
http://www.birthingourselves.com


Mindful and Heartfelt Childbirth Prep with influence of the 5 Elements and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Both LIVE ZOOM sessions and convenient self-paced recorded sessions. 5 Total sessions. LIVE on Wednesday's 5-7PM PST.
Santa Cruz Midwives Inc
Sharon Potteiger LM, CPM
303 Potrero St #47-201
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 316-4953
http://www.santacruzmidwives.com


Enjoy the exceptional support of a team of skilled midwives, Sharon, Emily, Kara and student Stephanie. We create a circle of support for you and your family throughout the childbearing year. Complimentary therapies are integrated throughout our practice including acupressure, aromatherapy, homeopathy, herbal remedies, and waterbirth. We want you to be involved in your care and make empowered decisions. Schedule your free interview via our website, www.santacruzmidwives.com
Santa Cruz Community Health Centers
250 Locust Street
21507 East Cliff Dr.
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
Our Healthy Pregnancy Program combines high-quality prenatal medical care, health education, and
other social services to best support your through your pregnancy, keeping you and your baby
healthy. This program works with Medi-Cal. We operated two clinics: Santa Cruz Women's Health Center and East Cliff Family Health Center.
Anchor At Home Health Care Services
Karen Whippy, RN
Santa Cruz , Ca 95062
(831) 600-5600


Private childbirth classes in the comfort of your own home, and made to fit your schedule. Classes are taught by a Labor and Delivery Nurse who is experienced in hospital and home births. These classes are perfect for first time parents, VBACs, or someone who needs healing from a traumatic first birth. Postpartum and breastfeeding visit included.
Prenatal and postpartum massage services are available as well as extended postpartum home visits.







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