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.
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.
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
|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|
|Childbirth and Parenting Education|
Mid-County , CA
|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 |
|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.|
|Bundle of Joy Doula Care|
Scotts Valley , CA 95060
|I would love to help you achieve an easier, joyous, low-stress birth. I've supported over 500 births since 2005. I also offer professional-grade pregnancy, birth and new family photography, and provide in-home private childbirth prep, lactation assistance and post-partum care. |
|Karen Ehrlich, CPM, LM |
Santa Cruz , CA
|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 Birth and Family Wellness Center|
Sunshine Tomlin, LM
701 Mission St
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
|Nancy Greenwood |
Soquel , California
|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
|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|
1200 41st Ave, Suite G
Capitola , CA 95010
|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.
|Luma Doula Team|
1010 Center St
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
|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 Doula Team|
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
|I offer childbirth education through Luma Yoga, Sutter, and Dominican. In addition, I work with a small of team of Doulas, offering parents prenatal, labor, birth and postnatal support. As a student midwife, I am studying under homebirth midwives in order to fully enable myself to provide well rounded care. |
1741 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose , CA 95033
|Empowering the Mindful Birthing Process, Facilitating the transition into Parenting, Guiding the Whole Family to an engaged life. Through Doula Care, Mindful Childbirth & Parent Education, Pre & Perinatel Birth Psychology, Reiki, and hypnotherapy.|
Kymm Ann Wallin
|Kymm Ann has had the honor of working with hundreds of families as they journey into parenthood. She has been attending births for over 17 years, and has served women in a variety of settings. She also offers Birthing From Within Childbirth Classes, Massage for the Childbearing Year and Postpartum Doula services. |
|Wise Heart Mamas ~ Yoga & Ayurveda|
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
|Nurture yourself and your baby with therapeutic, heart-opening PRENATAL and MAMA & BABY (postnatal) yoga classes with award-winning teacher Hannah Muse, alongside other mamas going through this magical, often-challenging, heart-opening journey as we breathe, stretch, surrender and share together. Hannah is a local mama, a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher (RPYT) and E-RYT-500, Doula, and so blessed to work with mamas and babes. Classes work on strengthening and opening the body, calming the mind, and finding a sense of peace + presence amidst our busy lives, focusing on specific issues that arise in pregnancy and postpartum. (Hannah is also blessed to attend births as a Doula in rare moments when her schedule allows. Contact her for availability.) Current Yoga schedule:|
PRENATAL yoga Wednesdays 12pm-1:130pm at Pacific Cultural Center
MAMA-BABY yoga Wednesdays 10-11:30am at Pacific Cultural Center
(Pricing for both classes: new students 5 classes for $30 // or $14 for a drop-in + discount passes available.)
PRENATAL COUPLES (childbirth prep) WORKSHOPS to prepare for labor & birth; for you, your partner and your baby to connect.
PRIVATE therapeutic sessions for your unique needs, in Hannah's beautiful midtown studio.
Self-care is not a selfish act: as we nurture ourselves, we are able to nurture these beings with consciousness and infinite love.
Find out more at www.HannahMuseYoga.com.
|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 Community Health Centers|
SANTA CRUZ , California 95060
|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.|