WHY CHOOSE A HOME BIRTH?

Your home is your sanctuary. It’s comfortable, safe and exactly where you want to be when your baby arrives.

As midwives, we provide all the tools and resources necessary to have a successful home birth. All you have to do is push.*

*ok, there’s a bit more to it than that

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WITH A HOME BIRTH, YOU CAN …

  • Choose who will deliver your baby
  • Eat, drink and move around during labor
  • Let your natural instincts decide what position is best for delivery
  • Utilize complimetary therapies, such as herbs and accupressure
  • Have a water birth
  • Hold your baby the moment she emerges … there is no separation between mother and child
  • Include siblings in the birth process (as desired) and promote a strong bond from day one
  • Enjoy labor and giving birth in the comfort and privacy of your own home
  • Give birth without exposure to hospital germs and unwanted protocols

What does a home birth look like?

Once labor begins, your primary midwife will come to your home and prepare it for birth. This can involve setting up a birthing tub, covering your furniture and rugs, preparing meals and helping ensure everything is ready for your new baby’s arrival.

By the time your baby is ready to join the world, both Sharon and Kara will be at your side. “Our goal is to support and facilitate your labor, delivery and postpartum care … no matter how long it takes.”

From start to finish, your birth process and postpartum care are managed as slowly as your body allows. This helps the placenta to come out easily, and for the umbilical cord to stop pulsating before we cut it. Most importantly, you will have plenty of time and space to bond with your baby as you settle into becoming a family.

Medical Care in Your Home

As licensed midwives, we bring all necessary medical equipment to your birth. In addition to a wide range of herbs and homeopathy, we also provide (if necessary) oxygen, IV fluids, pharmacological medications to stop excessive bleeding, lidocaine injections (to numb the perineum if you tear) and suturing materials.

Shortly after birth — and once your family is happily relaxing in bed — we will perform a comprehensive newborn exam.

Finally, once we’re sure that both mom and baby are doing well (usually 2-4 hours after your birth), we’ll say goodbye … until the next day when we return to check up on you.

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HELPING SANTA CRUZ MOMS SINCE 1986

303 Potrero St, #47-201
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(p) 831-316-4953
(f) 831-603-3644

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