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.
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Kelly walked us through the awesome journey of birth with confidence, care, kindness, and all the tools we needed to have a successful home birth. We felt so well taken care of throughout the entire process from the prenatal care to all the questions post birth. During the birth she was a perfect blend of quiet observer and present guide. We were grateful for her and the experience she helped us cultivate.

A Water Birth

toddler helping at a prenatal visit

“I think this experience was also a big part of my son getting over his doctor’s office anxiety, which had previously been so bad that we couldn’t complete an exam with him.  Now he’s just fine. [I included this sibling into all of prenatal care, including helping pump the blood pressure cuff, snapping the tape measure back, and giving suggestions to where I should first listen to hear baby.] ~Sarah

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