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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.

Megan Bunch
(650) 722-0614
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.
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.
Earth Dream Midwifery
Angela Hartley
Santa Cruz , CA
(831) 566-0877
http://www.earthdreammidwifery.com


I am a Licensed Midwife serving Santa Cruz county, available for Home birth or birth at Full Moon Birth Center. Holistic, heart centered prenatal and postpartum care included in Birth Services. My main goal is that you feel empowered and well taken care of during this precious time.
I also offer private and small group Childbirth Education classes, as well as placenta encapsulation. If you're planning a hospital birth, but would like the benefit of some supplemental midwifery care, I provide prenatal consultations.
Holistic Sister
Gretchen Retka
Santa Cruz , CA 95065
(218) 851-7556
http://www.holistic-sister.com


Certified Professional Birth Doula Activist
Certified Massage Therapist
Placenta encapsulation
Music
Reiki
Jenny Putt Physical Therapy
Jenny Putt PT, OCS, FAFS, CMP, CF-L2, CBE, CEDSE
1001 Delaware Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 227-4331
https://jennyputtpt.com


Jenny specializes in perinatal pelvic floor physical therapy. She serves those who are trying to conceive, pregnant and postpartum. She offers a wide range of services both virtual and in-person including individual and group pelvic floor physical therapy, workshops, online programs and fitness programming. She will be offering childbirth education soon. Jenny believes every individual should have access to pelvic floor health especially those having children. She treats diagnoses such as incontinence, prolapse, diastasis recti, pelvic pain, sexual dysfunction and all orthopedic pains such as low back, neck, hip, sacral, shoulder and wrist. Her treatments are individualized and use a combination of hands on manual therapy and exercise with an emphasis on functional weight lifting since everyone who has a kid lifts a progressively heavier weight all day!
The Westside Healing Arts Center
Natasha Joyet
406 Mission St
Suite E
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 359-1781


I have worked with over a thousand pregnant families in Santa Cruz since 2000. I encourage families to trust their innate instincts around birthing and raising their children. 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, birth and the postpartum period. I also offer private childbirth education and birth preparation classes. Reach out and schedule an informational interview, let's see if we are a good fit.
Little Moon
Alicia Kornacker
Bonny Doon , California
(612) 7187004
http://Littlemoonbirthandbaby.com


Hello! My name is Alicia and my pronouns are she/hers. I identify as queer and recently moved here from Minneapolis. I have been a Birthworker for almost 8 years and have supported close to 300 families as a doula. I am a birth doula, postpartum doula/newborn care specialist, Spinning Babies parent educator, childbirth educator and prenatal yoga instructor. Please reach out, I'd love to meet you!
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.

Cycle By The Moon
Kate Oakley
225 Sunset Terrace
Scotts Valley , CA 95066
(347) 6107373
http://Cyclebythemoon.com


I offer personalized care to nurture physical, emotional, and spiritual health. I walk with women through all cycles of womb wellness: fertility awareness, wild pregnancy, physiologic-birth education, and postpartum. I'm a certified Innate Tradition's Postpartum Care Provider, a traditional home-birth attendant and graduate of the Radical Birth Keeper School.
Birthing Ourselves
Tierra Owen
2410 Trout Gulch Road
Aptos , CA 95003
(831) 201-3656
http://www.birthingourselves.com


Mindful and Heartfelt Childbirth Prep with 5 Elements and Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective. Breastfeeding support and transformation coaching options. 20 years hospital experience, yet rooted in homebirth. 3 ways to participate, seasonal in-person classes, Live ZOOM sessions, and convenient self-paced recorded courses. Please contact for complimentary 30 minute session to support your individualized needs.
Santa Cruz Midwives Inc
Sharon Potteiger LM, CPM
303 Potrero St #47-201
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 332-3075
http://www.santacruzmidwives.com


Enjoy the exceptional support of a team of skilled midwives, Sharon, Serena and 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.
Raíces y Cariño | RC Fam
1205 Freedom Blvd
3B
Watsonville , CA 95076
(831) 288-3105
http://www.rcfam.com


Raíces y Cariño/RC FAM is a Multicultural, Multilingual, Inclusive Community Center.

We offer support for parenting, pregnancy, birth, play center, teens, loss, LGBTQ+, Special Needs, Family Events, Grandparents - Connecting our WHOLE community.

Sliding scale. Todos son bienvenidos aquí.
Restore Midwifery
Marea Goodman
720 Capitola Ave
Suite D
Capitola , CA 95010
(831) 241-8089
http://www.restoremidwifery.com


Marea Goodman, LM, CPM provides homebirth and fertility services to all people living in Santa Cruz, CA, with a special focus on LGBTQ+ people. She also offers at-home intrauterine insemination (IUI) for people trying to get pregnant with fresh or frozen sperm.
Salud Para La Gente
Jessica Jolley
45 Nielson St
Watsonville , CA 95076
(831) 728-0222
http://splg.org


Salud Para La Gente offers high quality bilingual breastfeeding support prenatally through weaning. Consults are provided by IBCLC's that work closely with your care providers. Medi-cal, Central Coast Alliance for Health, and many other plans accepted.
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.
The Circle Family Center
245 Sea Ridge Rd.
Aptos , Ca 95003
(831) 687-9499
http://www.thecirclefamilycenter.org


A nonprofit family center supporting families through pregnancy & parenting. Offering childbirth education, pre/postnatal yoga, support groups, workshops and more! Serving families in English & Spanish. Scholarships & sliding scale available.







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