Is Homebirth Right for You?

2021:  Kelly is currently on sabbatical and not available for births. You will still find great info and resources on this site, so read on…

 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! If you’re curious what life for a midwife on sabbatical is like, you can follow me on Instagram. Older posts will be much more midwife and birth related!

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 complimentary 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.

What an amazing experience!!!  To go from an OB/GYN that didn’t offer any guidance on what to expect to having a mentor walking us through the experience was a fabulous transformation.  We interviewed several midwives but knew immediately after meeting her that she was the right choice for us.  Her confidence in her technical ability shined through and put me at ease knowing that we were in good hands.  I can’t imagine better care in the emergence of our baby girl. My wife and I will absolutely recommend her to any and all of our friends and certainly call her when we decide that it is time to do this again.  Thank you Kelly!!! KG, via Yelp (in reviews not recommended by them)

A Dad’s View

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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