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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.

Brandi Brewer
9700 Manzanita Ave
Ben Lomond , CA 95005
(831) 2782776
http://lullababy.org


I am part of the Luma Doula team. We make sure to provide individualized care to each client by providing a discovery session to set your birth intentions in the privacy of your home, taking the time to address your questions and concerns about labor and birth, and offering the necessary assistance to map out the best birth plan for your family. Our clients also receive unlimited educational support via phone and email during business hours, continuous on-call care no matter your gestation, and immediate support from early active labor, through the birth of your baby and until baby's first feeding. Team Care allows us the unique ability to always have someone ready to serve you! Blessingways, Newborn Photograhy, Placenta Encapsulation
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.
Karen Ehrlich, CPM, LM
Santa Cruz , CA
(831) 425-3326
http://midwifekaren.org


Not seeing your provider until 6 weeks postpartum? TLC mother/baby visits in the peace of your own home. Homebirth midwife of 40 years offers basic wellness checkups for both mom and babe, newborn screening tests, counsel for this tender transition to life with your infant. Terms negotiable.
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.
Nancy Greenwood Birth
Nancy Greenwood
Soquel , California
http://www.nancygreenwoodbirth.com


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 6 weeks postpartum, at home, in hospital and birth centers to hundreds of women and their families. Currently working toward my California Licensed Midwife requirements I expect to be licensed as a homebirth midwife and CPM by early 2018. 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. 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
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.
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
http://lifesessenceacu.com


I am a licences registered nurse, 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.

Luma Doula Team
1010 Center St
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 246-1191
http://lumayoga.com/wellness/birth-postpartum-doula


The Luma Doula Team: Four professionally trained doulas, with hundreds of births and decades of experience, collectively. Working together allows us to encircle you with well-rounded support before, during and after birth. We work in respectful partnership with your medical team, dedicated to healthy family outcomes and positive birth experiences.
Luma Yoga
1010 Center Street
Santa Cruz , California 95060
(620) 8313252620
AT LUMA, YOU WILL FIND A CALMING AND INVITING YOGA STUDIO FOR BOTH ADULTS AND CHILDREN. OUR SPACE ALSO INCLUDES A FULL WELLNESS CENTER, AN ECO-FRIENDLY FAMILY BOUTIQUE, AND A LOUNGE WHERE WE INVITE YOU TO RELAX, DRINK TEA, HOP ONLINE, READ, MEET A FRIEND, OR FEED A BABY.
THE COMBINATION OF OUR ADULT, KID, AND FAMILY-FOCUSED PROGRAMMING GIVES US A UNIQUELY RELAXED YET VIBRANT FEEL, WHICH OUR STUDENTS AND CLIENTS OF ALL AGES APPRECIATE. WE'RE HERE FOR YOU.
Metta Mama Wellness
Hayley Miller
412 Bay Ave Unit A
Capitola , California 95010
(858) 3363780
http://www.mettamamawellness.com


I’m Hayley Miller and I am a birth and postpartum doula, a childbirth educator, a trained yoga instructor (200-RYT, soon to be certified prenatal and postpartum RYT), as well as being a wife and mama to a little boy named Callum. I’ve been interested in the history of birthwork for a long time, but felt especially drawn to it after observing my own incredible midwife and doula during the birth of my son. I felt called to nourish the minds and support the bodies of birthing people in the same way that my team supported me.
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, Birthing From Within childbirth classes, and massage for the childbearing year.
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.

Omni Doulas
Santa Cruz , CA
(831) 295-3972
http://www.omnidoulas.com


In addition to the typical, continuous support during labor, our birth team offers bi-monthly Community Prenatals open to all expecting parents, as well as 4th Trimester follow-up support in order to encourage maternal well-being and healthy families.
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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