Over the years, the Santa Cruz Midwives have helped deliver hundreds of babies. These are some of their words.
AMANDA AND JED
“Nancy, you’re the best thing to happen to the USA in a loooong time! Thank you for absolutely everything- I couldn’t have asked for a single thing to be different and so much of that came from your innate trust in me and the process.
Love love love you,”
Amanda, Jed, Ari, Cypress and Bernie Santa Cruz, CA
CARRIE AND BODHI (written by Daddy)
After moving to Santa Cruz during our eighth month of pregnancy, we were so happy to find Sharon — a compassionate, alternative-thinking and holistic midwife — on such short notice.
Then, just like that, Carrie’s water broke. Sharon was there early on, getting the tub ready, prepping the birthing supplies, monitoring everyone’s health and allowing nature to take its course.
By the time active labor began, Sharon was by our side, offering expert hands and opinions on how everything was progressing. With Carrie (and me) in the birthing tub and our midwives by our side, we rode out the waves of labor and pain. I honestly don’t know how you women do it!
Bodhi Daniel Goodman eventually entered the world on our couch, and we were amazed at how fast the midwives took care of the essential medical stuff and got him into our arms. A few hours later, fate decided that we needed to go to the hospital. Scared and exhausted, we were glad to have our midwives with us for that whole ordeal.
In the days that followed, they stopped by our room with holistic remedies, acupressure, advice, smiles and compassion. Being able to rely on someone other than the hospital staff really helped get us through it all. So thanks Sharon and Kara … we’re so happy to have you in our lives.
JEN AND MATT
“Nancy delivered our daughter on a Sunday night in early October. She is warm and experienced, it was the birth experience I had hoped for. Nancy read my movements and offered helpful suggestions when I needed them.
Her presence was comforting because Nancy exudes a confidence that comes with years of experience. I place so much trust in Nancy as a midwife; she is extremely knowledgeable, professional and kind.”
Jenn, Matt and Ruth
When planning a homebirth, it is so important to have a capable and comforting midwife by your side. Kara is exactly this. During our pre-natal visits, she listened carefully to my questions and concerns and made sure I had all the information I needed to make the right decisions for my and my baby’s care. Her warm personality made our visits so enjoyable and I always looked forward to them.
For my birth, she created a relaxed, safe space and helped me to feel confident in myself. My labor was very slow going and eventually I had to transfer to Dominican hospital, but having Kara by my side helped me to make that transition as smoothly as possible and keep me reassured.
Despite not having the homebirth I had hoped for, I felt like my birth went as well as it possibly could have done, and my baby and I were (and still are) 100% happy and healthy. Kara was integral to my positive birth experience and choosing her as my midwife was the best decision I could have made. I can’t recommend her highly enough!
Victoria, Bobby and Baby Alexander
From the moment I met you I knew my birth experience would be perfect. I instantly had a trust and bond with you. Everything you have done for me and Keith was amazing. I am so lucky to have found you. What a different experience I would have had at the hospital, right? You gave me the most beautiful birth story and I wouldn’t have done it any other way! I can’t wait for the second now.
When where you born? Did you have a midwife to catch you? Thank you for Catching Cian. Thank you for catching me. Why did I go first?
All the best.
a three year old girl
It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you. Since the day we met, we knew it was a perfect match to work with you. We appreciate your care, thoughtfulness, humor, and professionalism. Thank you so much for helping to give our family a beautiful beginning!
Naraya, Elio, & Oa
J, Grayce & I have been so fortunate with our circle of friends and feel super lucky to have found you! You were a big source of inspiration to me and I thank you! I hope we continue to share life and children together in the years to come.
Dana, J, Grayce & Julia
I want to thank you againfor all the help with bringing Kiahna into the world. You have been a blessing in my life!
Thanks for everything. I couldn’t have done it without you!
Thank you so much for helping us bring our baby into the world! Your calm, upbeat presence was exactly what we needed. We appreciate everything you did for us and are eternally grateful for your assistance.
You are the best midwife ever! You guided us towards a fabulous team, you gave us medical advice when we needed it and counseled us when that was needed. You provided us with the full spectrum of health care from homeopathics to western … all with a big dose of love. You are so incredibly skilled at what you do and we are forever thankful of your help bringing our baby into this world. We hope to see you next time around.
Rachel & Beau
We just wanted to say thank you for being such an incredible midwife! We really appreciate the care you gave me and the baby. Not to mention the way you included our 3 year old in the whole process. She loves you so much. We feel you went above and beyond. We all love and will miss seeing you. Thank you for helping us get our perfect birth. What an amazing birth story I have!
Keep in touch! Much Love and Respect.
Michelle & Brian
Thanks you again for helping our family have a wonderful home birth!
My daughter asked me if she can be a midwife when she grows up and if I will be her assistant. We will always remember you and always appreciate you! We love you!
Thank you, thank you! What would I have done without you? It was so incredibly amazing of you to show up for us in such an incredibly supportive way. You are an awesome midwife and we were very fortunate to have you.