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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.

4th Trimester Doula Services Intl.
Maria Varvoutis
26 Via Buena Vista
Monterey , California 93940
(831) 264-7240
http://www.4thtrimesterdoula.com


4th Trimester Doula Services Intl. was created to empower, support, and nourish the mom and birthing partner from birth to throughout the postpartum period, commonly referred to as the 4th Trimester. Our services range from working together to achieve your feeding goals, light house cleaning, pelvic floor connection from birth to postpartum, newborn care, and advocating for the mother's physical and mental recovery. What can we NOT do 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.
Wave Cycle Doula Care
Justine Cullinane
Santa Cruz , California 95062
(510) 374-0336
http://www.wavecycledoula.com


As a Full Spectrum Doula, I meet people exactly where they are at, providing support through varying reproductive transitions. My services include individual prenatal education and birth preparation, continual doula support throughout labor and birth, newborn, new parent, and new family care throughout the postpartum period, and support through pregnancy loss or abortion. My goal is for you to feel safe, heard, and held throughout any momentous reproductive transition. I am currently accepting birth and postpartum clients for 2021. Feel free to reach out!
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 Birth and Family Wellness 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, 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
Jenny Putt Physical Therapy
Jenny Putt
1001 Delaware Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 227-4331
http://www.jennyputtpt.com


Pregnancy and postpartum pelvic floor physical therapist. Virtual and in-person services. Individual and group pelvic floor physical therapy, workshops, perinatal fitness remote programming and online programs. Childbirth education coming March 2022. Jenny specializes in prenatal and postpartum care, pelvic floor dysfunction, orthopedic conditions and chronic pain. Common diagnoses include incontinence, prolapse, diastasis recti, low back, hip, sacral, pubic and pelvic pain.
mamacare
Natasha Joyet
406 Mission St
Suite E
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 471-6262
http://www.mama-care.com


I have been working with pregnant families in Santa Cruz since 2001. I encourage women to trust themselves. I believe every woman knows how to birth and take care of her baby. My role is to support families in discovering their own innate knowledge. As a birth doula, I see my role as a team-member working closely with the entire family and their care providers to encourage the best possible birth for all. It is an honor and privilege to support families during the amazing and transformative time of pregnancy and birth.
Lavender Moon
Olivia Levine-Gorelick
4875 Old San Jose Road
Soquel , California 95073
(510) 7868138
https://www.lavendermoonsupport.com/


I am a birth and postpartum doula serving Santa Cruz County. I support people through pregnancy, birth, postpartum and beyond. I also offer special services, such as placenta preparation and encapsulation and energy work. I am currently accepting birth and postpartum clients.
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 is currently offering childbirth education classes (group and private)
Mum's the Word
Michele Nizza
1077 Cass Street
Suite A
Monterey , CA 93940
(831) 238-0655
http://www.mumstheword.biz


Equitable, accessible, and respectful midwifery care. Offering homebirth, waterbirth, monitrice services (midwifery care, but delivering in the hospital), well-person care, doula support, lactation support and Lamaze-certified childbirth education classes. A sliding scale and extended payment plans are also available.
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
Primavera Birth Services
Jaimee De Pompeo
47 West St
Salinas , CA 93901
(631) 5133661
http://www.primaverabirthservices.com


Primavera Birth Services offers Birth Doula Services, Childbirth Education and Lactation Education, Lactation Support, and Placenta Encapsulation to Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. Servicios en Espanol.
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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