Building a relationship of trust and connection with you and your partner is essential to midwifery care. Our average prenatal visit lasts a whole hour, which includes a comprehensive wellbeing checkup and plenty of time to talk.
During your prenatal visits, we use our hands to measure, examine and connect with your baby. We also listen to your baby’s heartbeat with a fetoscope or a hand held doppler.
At each step, you and your partner are invited to feel what we’re feeling and hear what we’re hearing. After all, the birthing process is all about you! We’re just here to help.
As midwives, we believe in your innate power and ability to birth naturally at home. Our training and experience also allows us to recognize any physiological changes that may affect you or your baby’s health and well being.
For the small percentage of women who need the help of an obstetrician during pregnancy or birth, we have amazing relationships with Santa Cruz’s hospitals. This means we’ll be by your side the whole time … from the ambulance ride through delivery, recovery and beyond.
Above all else, our goal is to support your birthing process and act as your advocate, whether it’s in your living room or at the hospital.
Compassionate Postpartum Care
The days and weeks following your birth is a time for nurturing your own wellbeing, getting to know your precious new baby and creating a bond within your family.
As this is best done from the comfort of your own bed, we will come to your home 24, 48 and 72 hours after your birth, then again at one week. We also will remain on call, should you need anything between those visits.
Once you begin to adjust to life with baby, follow up visits will take place at our office at 2 weeks and 6 weeks.
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
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.
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!
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
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.
Thanks for everything. I couldn’t have done it without you!
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
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
I want to thank you againfor all the help with bringing Kiahna into the world. You have been a blessing in my life!
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.