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Providers for Yoga/Fitness

Staying in shape during pregnancy is beneficial in many ways, as is getting back in shape postpartum. An exercise program focusing on pregnancy or postpartum will be modified to accommodate any special needs, while maximizing your workout. Many yoga, walking groups, and other fitness programs geared to pregnancy also encourage bringing baby along for postpartum exercise. Staying or getting fit may help avoid issues with gestational diabetes, insomnia, and general aches and pains, as well as building stamina for labor and late nights up with baby! Check with your care provider before starting any new exercise program.

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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.

Amelia Foster Physical Therapy
Amelia Foster
4125 Portola Dr.
Santa Cruz , CA 95066
(831) 204-8429
http://ameliafosterphysicaltherapy.com


Pelvic floor physical therapy and integrative wellness coaching focusing on yoga, Pilates, gentle bodywork, and holistic management of women's health
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.
Casa Natal Birth Center
Melissa Dean LM CPM
246 Union Ave
Los Gatos , Ca 95032
(408) 337-2830
http://www.casa-natal.com


Free-standing Birth Center located in Los Gatos and Morgan Hill run by Licensed and Certified Professional Midwives providing comprehensive prenatal, birth, postpartum care as well as newborn care, well-women care and Functional Medicine. We support birth center birth as well as home birth in the Bay Area from Redwood City to Watsonville.
Madrone Midwifery
Madrone Mireille Cervelli
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
(831) 566-1167
http://www.madronemidwifery.com


Madrone Mireille has been providing birth support locally for over 19 years. As a midwife they provide primary prenatal care in the comfort of your home including water birth, postpartum care, and lactation support. As a monitrice they provide labor support and concierge medical monitoring at home for people planning hospital births. Specialties include: LGBTQ+, gender inclusive, trauma informed care, VBAC, unique family units
Maria Fernandez Manual Therapy
Maria Fernandez
108 Locust St, Suite 3
Santa Cruz , ca 95060
(831) 818-3237
http://bodyworkbymariaf.com


Supporting pregnant women to feel comfortable in their bodies as they change and grow so that they can be relaxed and strong as their bodies transform. In addition, providing support postpartum to reconnect and reintegrate into the body.

I work with a sliding scale
FIT4MOM Santa Cruz
Carolyn Eckman, Owner
Santa Cruz County , CA
(831) 287-6344
http://santacruz.fit4mom.com


FIT4MOM Santa Cruz provides exercise classes, playgroups, and events for parents and caregivers in all stages of their parenting journey. Many of our classes and programs are offered at low or no cost with the goal of making strength and community accessible to all families.
Yoga Doula Care
Kate Giampapa Friel
40 Sears Circle
Soquel , CA 95073
(973) 615-6319
http://YogaDoulaCare.com


My offerings as a Doula are to provide you with education during pregnancy, help you prepare for labor and delivery through yoga and breath work, prenatal massage, as well as be a calm and confident advocate for you and your family during your BIRTH day! I will set you up for success and prep you for the "fourth trimester". I support all families regardless of your background. Please call me and let's see if we are a good fit! Congratulations on your pregnancy!
GroovaRoo Dance Santa Cruz
Carolyn Eckman
(831) 287-6344
https://www.instagram.com/groovaroosantacruz/


You're invited to a babywearing dance party! GroovaRoo Dance is a community-centered babywearing soul line dance class designed to help nurture the bond between babies and their caregivers with fun dances to popular songs and lots of opportunity for families to have fun together. No dance experience required.
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
With hundreds of births supported in the last 12 years as a Certified Doula, it is with a warm heart & open mind I offer support. Pre & postnatal massages, a focus on optimal fetal positioning through spinning babies exercises & other body balancing techniques for comfort pre & during labor. Combining my background in performing arts (movement/body studies) yoga, meditation/mindfulness & a lifetime caring for children. Called to this work through my dreams & lineage (Grandmother was a L &D nurse)
Music
Reiki
Holistic Women's Wellness
Shannon Innis CYI, CMP, AIMI
5905 Soquel Drive
Suite 200
Soquel , California 95073
(831) 4197552
http://www.holisticwomenswellness.com


Providing massage and yoga services for women and infants during the child-bearing year and beyond. Shannon lovingly supports women as they are born into mothers with prenatal/postpartum massage, private infant massage instruction, mobile prenatal, couples and postpartum yoga instruction. "My life's work is supporting women physically and emotionally."
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!
Crystal Lyons
(831) 818-4562


Offering loving, nurturing care for new mothers and families. As a mother of three, Crystal brings experience, knowledge and compassion to her work and holds the postpartum season in high regard as a very sacred time in life to be honored and protected. She is a trained herbalist, birth and postpartum doula, certified aromatherapy bodywork practitioner and fitness coach. It is her joy to serve clients with a calm, humble Spirit of gratitude and reverence.
Monarch Pilates
Sandy Novembre
4125 Portola Dr.
SANTA CRUZ , CA 95062
(831) 4758994
http://monarchpilates.com


Monarch Pilates is a full service studio offering one on one Physical Therapy, private/semi private Pilates sessions and Reformer classes. We focus on pelvic floor health, alignment, posture and diastasis recti strengthening to help you have a more comfortable pregnancy, delivery and postpartum experience. We are passionate about helping women to enjoy this precious time in their life and empower you to enjoy parenthood with confidence in your strength.

Empowered Transitions
Patricia Poritzky
Santa Cruz , California 95060
(831) 419 2747
http://Empoweredtransitions@me.com


As a Birth and Postpartum Doula, I am dedicated to advocating for and empowering my clients during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum experience. With certifications and experience in massage and yoga, I help create a serene and supportive environment for birthing individuals, regardless of their preferences and circumstances. I have comprehensive knowledge and training in prenatal and postpartum massage, trauma-informed care, home birth, VBAC, nutrition, babywearing, and breastfeeding.
I am also a seasoned life transition doula, in addition to my work as a birth doula. I have supported people and families through significant life changes during divorce, natural disasters, relocations, death, and health problems. My combination of skills and knowledge as both a birth doula, life transition doula and end of life doula, allow me to be a compassionate and knowledgeable source of support for individuals and families throughout all phases of life.
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.
Earth Essence Acupuncture
Jeannine Ruskin LAc CMT
770 26th Avenue, Suite A
Santa Cruz , California 95062
(831) 200-4325
http://www.EarthEssenceAcupuncture.com


**I am so excited to announce that my practice now has a pre/post-natal Master Massage Table, allowing for safe, comfortable face down treatments at all stages of pregnancy!

I have been called the Acupuncture Fairy by some in the birth community, swooping in to lighten and smooth out tensions and imbalances common during pregnancy, labor and post-partum recovery. I am a Licensed Acupuncturist as well as a Certified Massage Therapist, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, am certified in Five Elements as well as traditional Chinese Medicine, with a focus on balancing body-mind-spirit. I am trained in Western and Eastern herbology, and craft my own Flower Essences and herbal teas and tinctures. My treatments are both nurturing and effective at clearing discomfort in the body, preparing the system on all levels for a healthy organic birth, and providing postpartum balancing. As a Massage Therapist and energy healer for over 20 years, I know how to ease discomfort from the body. There is an option to integrate into treatments Pre-Natal massage, Cranial Sacral, yummy Swedish/Eselan, Deep Tissue, Tui Na, Myofascial Release, and of course cupping or guasha. I also offer monthly Pediatric Lunar Treatments for newborns through age 7, offer outcalls for labor and postpartum support, and accept some insurance providers.
Dancing Birth Perinatal Services
Journey Talkovic, IBCLC/CNM
2621 Placer St.
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
(831) 3593098
http://www.dancingbirth.com


Journey provides empowering & inclusive in-person & virtual classes in Breast/chest-feeding, Mindful Childbirth Ed., Infant Care and Prenatal/postnatal yoga. Her supportive Lactation Consultant services are available in person or virtually at your home or in her office. She has 20 years of experience supporting new and expectant families.
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.
Santa Cruz Pelvic Health
Taflyn Wilschinsky Jen Rawlins
701 Mission Street
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 461-8075
https://www.santacruzpelvichealth.com/


We are two doctors of physical therapy, (Taflyn and Jen), specializing in pelvic health for the past several years. We love working with folks during pregnancy to prepare for childbirth and resolve pain or other pelvic pelvic health related symptoms that may arise with pregnancy, such as incontinence, prolapse and diastasis, as well as supporting parents with postpartum recovery and return to exercise or other activities. At Santa Cruz Pelvic Health, we use a combination of hands on treatment, movement and exercise training pre and postpartum to address any and all pelvic health concerns and offer virtual sessions if preferred.







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