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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.

Blessingway Herbals
Santa Rosa , CALIFORNIA 95407
http://blessingwayherbals.com


Becka is an herbalist and retired homebirth midwife who has been sharing her knowledge of birth & plants for the last 40 years. She is the founder of Blessingway Herbals (formerly known as Blessingway School of Midwifery & Herbs), which started in Humboldt county and is now based in Sonoma county. Her classes & services provide practical, how-to information focused on herbs for midwives, doulas, moms-to-be (and their partners and/or birth team), and others who work with pregnancy, birth and babies. Topics include women's health, pregnancy & birth, newborn care, child & family well being, and native foods & medicines. Her classes are held in Santa Rosa and she offers Blessingways and Relaxation & Visualization Sessions for moms-to-be. She also offers FREE natural childbirth consultations for those with question or concerns about home/natural birthing. www.blessingwayherbals.com
Wise Woman Consults
Kate Bowland, CNM
Santa Cruz County , CA
(831) 423-9750


Birth can range from agony to ecstasy and many women can benefit from the perspective of a "wise-woman consult." Give yourself the gift of a compassionate listening session to process your feeling around your birth. based on 40+ years of midwifery practice. Birth can bring up many feelings, often years later, that deserve to be processed. Services offered to birthing women, partners, grandmothers, or other participants.
Also offering Mommy/Baby postpartum home visits to assess wellness in the first six weeks.

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.
BlossomBelly Birth Services
Susan Collum
(831) 704-6001
http://blossombelly.com


The BlossomBelly Birth Course with Susan Collum.
This 6-week live, online course gives you all the tools you need to give birth feeling confident, peaceful, and joyful, with a birth-partner that knows exactly how to support you. Live, with me, your guide. New groups start every month. Also offering Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis private and Home Study Advantage classes and 1:1 Birth Revolution Coaching!
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.
The Joy of My Heart, The Work of Our Hands
Rebecca Hughes LM, CPM, RN
Soquel , CA 95073
(831) 462.6444
http://rebeccamidwife.com


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.
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 Birthing From Within childbirth classes
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.

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 and Kara. 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
Daryl Dichek
250 Locust
SANTA CRUZ , California 95060
(831) 427-3500
http://www.schealthcenters.org/


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.







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