Is Homebirth Right for You?

 

 If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, choosing a care provider is one of the most important items on your To Do list. In Santa Cruz County, we are blessed to have a variety of options for prenatal and birth care.  One important option to explore is homebirth with a midwife.

As a Licensed Midwife, I provide prenatal, birth, and postpartum care for healthy women who are planning to have their babies in the comfort and privacy of their own home. Water birth is a welcome option with me. If you’re interested in reading some birth stories, grab a cup of tea and enjoy!

For healthy women, homebirth with a licensed midwife has been clearly demonstrated to be as safe as hospital birth. In many ways, it can be a safer option, particularly regarding avoidance of unnecessary medications, episiotomy, and cesarean section. If you’re interested in the safety of homebirth, click here. If you like research about homebirth, I’ve got you covered. Looking for resources for homebirth in Santa Cruz? Try this page!

Homebirth with a midwife is not the right choice for every woman. But if you’re curious if it could be right for you, get in touch for a free one-hour interview. Also be sure to check out what clients have to say about my care. Even more reviews can be found on my Yelp page.

All photos used with permission.

Kelly Olmstead is an exceptional Midwife! I treasure the time I spent under her care, safely discussing my pregnancy and wishes for my daughters birth, while I sat on her comfy couch. She is extremely knowledgeable,  thoughtful, and caring.  I recommend her wholeheartedly and hope that every mama gets to have as wonderful of care as I had with Kelly.  ~Sarah

Water Birth

homebirth mother with newborn midwife in Santa Cruz

I can’t even imagine the births of my three children without Kelly’s presence- as my doula, then as my midwife (under supervision), and finally as my primary midwife. Her arrival at my births marked a turning point in my labor where all anxieties melted away and I got down to the business of birthing without fear. She seemed to always know exactly what I needed to hear in each moment and exactly what to do to make me feel relaxed, confident and reassured. I also feel that her presence was as helpful for my husband as it was for me. He is extremely supportive, but wasn’t sure exactly what kind of support I needed while in labor. When Kelly arrived, he easily followed her lead and became super-husband. Kelly is warm, professional, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and a lot of fun. I never want to give birth without her there!” ~Jenna

Three Babies with Kelly