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Providers for Counseling (Prenatal/Postpartum)

Prenatal/Postpartum counseling can help women cope with stresses, fears, and sadness relating to pregnancy and childbirth. Women preparing for birth who have had a traumatic first birth (cesarean section, unexpected emergency, or other disturbing situation) or who have experienced past physical or sexual abuse may especially benefit from prenatal counseling. These counselors may include hypnotherapy, marriage and family counseling, or other types of visits or practitioner. Postpartum depression (PPD) can often be resolved with counselors trained in working with postpartum women.


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

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 compassionate listening 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.

Karen Ehrlich, CPM, LM
Santa Cruz , CA
(831) 425-3326

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.
Genine Leighton, LMFT
Genine Leighton
550 Water St. Ste E-2
Santa Cruz , California 95060
(831) 566-6830

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist who provides counseling and support for expectant families, postpartum moms experiencing anxiety/depression and their partners, as well as couples support. In addition, I also work with women who have experienced a loss, endured a traumatic birth or seeking support in their adjustment to parenthood as well as infertility struggles. I have specialized training in working with perinatal and postpartum challenges and I facilitate the Postpartum Wellness Group at Sutter Hospital. Please contact me or see my website for more information.
HAND of Santa Cruz
Kristie Shulman, Facilitator
(831) 438-4513

HAND of Santa Cruz (Helping After Neonatal Death) provides peer support and information to parents who have experienced the loss of a baby before, during or after birth. We offer phone support, grief support meetings, subsequent pregnancy support meetings, resource library, quarterly newsletter, volunteer trainings, and inservice seminars for healthcare providers. All services are free.
Satisha Hollandsworth
Hello, my name is Satisha and I am a prenatal specialist. What this means is that I help moms with all stages of pregnancy.
I use a mixture of bodywork and emotional coaching to help moms stay on their birth plan and prepare their body to have an easier birth and faster recovery.

How we can work together and how my work can support you:

⢠Shorter pushing times
⢠More Increased energy
⢠Creating space for baby to do its magic and shimmy into the birth canal and into the right position in the birth canal.
⢠Reduce back pain and back labor
⢠Improved sleep and getting a full nights sleep.
⢠Feeling lighter
⢠More making you feel more comfortable in your body
⢠Walking without cramps
⢠Elevate pain associated with putting on your pants over and rolling over in bed
⢠Pubic synthesis discomfort
⢠Daily headaches
I am here to support you on your journey and I am happy to answer any questions you may have.

To schedule your session please send me an email at
Family Tree Wellness Center
Jessica Sorci, LMFT
114 Royce Street, Suite D
Los Gatos , CA 95030
(408) 345-5572

We are a center dedicated to maternal mental health. We offer counseling, education and community to women and their families as they move through pregnancy, new parenthood and beyond. Areas of specialization include: perinatal depression and anxiety, parenting struggles, attachment concerns, challenges in couples, developing as a mother.
Journey to Conceive
Marga Vaquer-Rhodes
555 Soquel Ave, Ste 260
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
(831) 227-3431

Individual, couples and group therapy for women and couples struggling with family-building. The services are open to partnered or single individuals of any age and sexual orientation, who have been trying to conceive unsuccessfully for a short or long time, naturally or through assisted reproductive technologies (ART).
Mindful Ways
Jennifer Jeffcoat
1741 Saratoga Ave.
San Jose , CA 95033
(408) 891-3751

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.
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.