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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.


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

Megan Bunch
(831) 423-8483

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.
Madrone Midwifery
Madrone Mireille Cervelli
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
(831) 566-1167

Home Birth Midwifery care, including water birth, for low-risk clients. Home Birth care includes the same full spectrum of prenatal and postpartum care that you would receive in an OB/GYN office, and includes additional postpartum care provided in the comfort of your home with your baby.

Additional services include placenta encapsulation, pre & post natal yoga, mother blessing ceremonies, reiki energy work, and life coaching. Birth & Postpartuum Doula services are also available.

Madrone Mireille has been providing birth support in the community for over 16 years as has attended over 300 births. As a midwife she provides all of your primary medical care with a personalized touch, and as a doula she provides labor support both in the home and in a hospital or birth center.
Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center
Vanessa Diamond
1200 41st Ave Suite H
Capitola , CA 95010
(831) 4751200

Vanessa Diamond is a physical therapist specializing in Women's Health who can help pregnant and postpartum women prevent, treat and recover from pregnancy and postpartum related pain or dysfunction with manual therapies addressing any soft tissue disorders as well as teach women how to coordinate their abdominal and pelvic floor muscles and breath in order to facilitate vaginal birth and during the postpartum phase to progressively strengthen the body, pelvic floor and core muscles for a safe return to fitness activities. There are also postural, breathing and mindful exercises that can be used to help normalize posture and hormonal balance for optimal health of mother and baby. Vanessa speaks Spanish and some French, Italian and Portuguese.
Sound Bliss Yoga & Births
Aya Dunin
PO Box 1384
Los Gatos , CA 95031
(415) 6199837

Holistic & Mindfulness-centered Birth Worker. Pregnancy & Postpartum Care. Pre/postnatal Yoga. Theta Healing™ & InnerYoga™. Trauma informed offerings, in English, French, and Spanish. Private sessions, group classes, shakti circles, workshop, retreats.
Maria Fernandez Manual Therapy
Maria Fernandez
108 Locust St, Suite 3
Santa Cruz , ca 95060
(831) 818-3237

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 with a focus on building up the pelvic floor muscle system.

I work with a sliding scale
FIT4MOM Santa Cruz
Carolyn Eckman, Owner
Santa Cruz County , CA
(831) 287-6344

FIT4MOM Santa Cruz provides fitness classes for moms in all stages of motherhood. Fit4Baby® for the expecting mama, Stroller Strides® & Stroller Barre® for moms with stroller-aged kiddos, Strides 360® offers cardio, strength and agility training for moms with or without their little ones, and Body Boost® delivers High Intensity Interval Training for moms to enjoy solo. Come for the workout and stay for the community with free playgroups, workshops, moms' nights out, and activities for the whole family.
Golden Mandala Birth
Emma Marie Whelan
5624 Freedom Boulevard
Aptos , CA 95003
(415) 6374764

I am an Innate Postpartum Care Provider and doula, offering families full-spectrum support & education prenatally to prepare for birth and postpartum. I am devoted to centering mother's thriving through their transformative, postpartum passage ~ especially the initial 40 days following the birth of their baby. I share hands-on healing modalities and emphasize pillars of nourishment that create ripples of health through the mothers, and therefore through the nervous system of the baby and family as a whole. I also offer: prenatal & postpartum meditation & gentle yoga, belly painting rituals & blessing way ceremonies, photography (prenatal, birth & postpartum), postpartum abyanga (warm oil) massages, postpartum cooking and more
Hannah Muse
Hannah Muse
Santa Cruz , CA 95062
Join Prenatal+Postnatal classes with Hannah Muse, voted best yoga teacher in Santa Cruz! Supportive sanctuary for mothers + bonding space with infants Wednesdays 10am Postnatal 12pm Prenatal. PCC new student special: 5 classes for $30. Check Hannah�s website to learn more about her Prenatal+Postnatal yoga teacher training at Mount Madonna.
Melissa Harrell, Doula
Melissa Harrell
310 Farmer St
Felton , CA 95018
(408) 205-1986

I am a birth and postpartum doula serving Santa Cruz and Santa Clara counties. My holistic services draw on the doula tradition combined with scientific research, evidence-based practice, yoga, and mindfulness.
Holistic Sister
Gretchen Retka
Santa Cruz , CA 95063
(218) 851-7556

Certified Professional Birth Activist & Postpartum doula services
Massage Therapist
Placenta encapsulation
Holistic Women's Wellness
Shannon Innis CYI, CMP, AIMI
5905 Soquel Drive
Suite 200
Soquel , California 95073
(831) 4197552

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
1001 Delaware Ave
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 227-4331

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.
Ariana Kaback
Santa Cruz , CA 95076
(310) 560-8306

Ariana Kaback is a certified birth and postpartum doula who serves expecting families through the birthing process. Ariana partners with mothers in owning their birthing journey with a deep commitment to offering each family a strong foundation of care and support. Focusing on holistic health, Ariana acts as a guide offering a wide range of evidence-based birth and postpartum support plans that care for the mother, baby, and the family unit. Ariana is an empathic, gentle, and nurturing advocate as she empowers birthing mothers to make the best decisions for themselves and the lives they are bringing into the world.

Offerings: Bilingual (Spanish; English), Birth and Postpartum Doula Services, Placenta Encapsulation, Postpartum Chef, Meal Prep Support, Mother Blessing Ceremonies, Maternal Yoga Teacher, Sibling Support, Backup Doula
Citrus & Succulents
Barbara Lish
311 Younglove Ave.
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(970) 3196536

Birth doula who combines yoga and nutrition background to offer a wholesome approach to the mother's care. Barbara believes in preparing for a birth with evidence-based support, and making space for the tender moments surrounding pregnancy, birth, and postpartum transitions.
Luma Yoga
1010 Center Street
Santa Cruz , California 95060
(831) 325-2620
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!
MLC Doula Services
Margaret Chase
3810 Los Altos Court
San Jose , Ca 95121
(559) 267-3283

Birth Doula-I help pregnant women map out what they want for their home birth, so that they feel confident and have sovereignty over their body and space. I bring my RN experience and my alignment based Hatha Yoga to my service. I serve San Jose and also 1.5 hour radius.
Monarch Pilates
Sandy Novembre
6894A Soquel Ave
(831) 4758994

Monarch Pilates is a full service studio offering one on one Physical Therapy, private & semi private Pilates sessions, live virtual mat classes and on demand classes to strengthen at home. We provide a variety of services to help women through their journey of pregnancy and beyond. Physical Therapy & Pilates for prenatal and postpartum assist with pregnancy comfort, ease of delivery and a resilient postpartum renewal. Understanding body awareness and alignment are an essential part of strengthening and for safely working with a Diastasis Recti or pelvic floor health. We are passionate about helping women to enjoy this precious time in their life and empower them to enjoy parenthood with confidence in their strength.
Pelvic Potential Physical Therapy
Sara Tanza PT, DPT, CFMT
6233 Soquel Drive Suite E
APTOS , CA 95003
(831) 2198370
http://6233 Soquel Drive Suite E

Pelvic Potential is a Physical Therapy practice specializing in the treatment of Pelvic Floor Dysfunction and other common physical dysfunctions during and after pregnancy. These include:
Stress incontinence (urine and fecal), Urge incontinence (urine and fecal), Prolapse (urethral, cystocele, uterine, rectocele and rectal), Dyspareunia (pain with sex), Vaginismus, Vulvadynia, Tailbone pain (Coccydynia), Pubic symphasis dysfunction, Diastasis recti, C-section scar pain/sensitivity/numbness, Digestive disorders, Interstitial Cystitis (painful bladder syndrome), Endometriosis, Pudendal Neuralgia
Sacro-illiac joint dysfunction ("SIJ" dysfuntion), "Piriformis syndrome", "Sciatica", Pain during pregnancy
Post partum rehabilitation and return to sport.
Alliance Physical Therapy
Amelia Foster
7887 Soquel Dr. Suite D and E
Aptos , CA 95003
(831) 662-1042

Amelia provides pelvic floor and perinatal physical therapy to women with conditions such as incontinence, pelvic pain, diastasis recti, pelvic organ prolapse, low back and hip pain. She strives to incorporate a comprehensive approach to therapy, taking into consideration not only a mother's physical state, but her emotional state and unique motivations and goals. She utilizes her background in yoga and Pilates to bring a focus to body awareness and breath during therapeutic movement. In addition to physical therapy, Alliance offers yoga, dance, and meditation classes in their wellness studio.
Earth Essence Acupuncture
Jeannine Ruskin LAc CMT
770 26th Avenue, Suite A
Santa Cruz , California 95062
(831) 200-4325

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 10 years, I know how to ease discomfort from the body. I integrate into my 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.
Santa Cruz Pelvic Health
Taflyn Wilschinsky
701 Mission Street
Santa Cruz , CA 95060
(831) 461-8075

I am a physical therapist specializing in pelvic health for the past several years. I love working with women during and after pregnancy to prepare for childbirth as well as managing any pain or pelvic pelvic health related symptoms that may arise, such as incontinence. I 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.