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.

I recently had my first baby and Kelly was by my side working as our midwife.
I can’t imagine having done it any other way!

When I first met with Kelly, I knew she would be someone I would want with me during this important stage of my life. She was very informative while being warm, supportive and inviting. As a first time mom, she answered all of my questions while bringing up things I didn’t even think to ask. She took us under her wing and helped us find resources outside of the pregnancy as well in order to make our lives easier during that time. Her office is lovely and is easy to find. It has a very relaxing atmosphere. I loved how “at-home” I felt there.

Throughout the pregnancy, she was available to answer any questions. She made herself available through phone calls, email and text… which I liked for non-urgent questions….. you can’t get that from an OBGYN!
We developed a special bond that I feel is only available from a midwife. She became our friend while being my healthcare provider. It was the best I could hope for from someone who would be taking care of me and my baby. She prepared us for labor so that we felt confident about the big event.

When labor time came, her presence was a relief. Things went as I would hope for up until the final moments of pushing when my baby went into distress. Nature threw us a curveball and Kelly knew exactly what to do. If I had been in the hospital, C-Section, forceps or vacuum most likely would have been performed. But with her knowledge and experience, I had my baby naturally at home like I planned. And most importantly, my 9 pound 4 ounces baby boy was healthy and in my arms.

She stayed with us after the birth to help us get settled and came over the following week for our first postpartum visits to maximize my healing time.
She helped me get breastfeeding going after a few hard days. Baby and I are now working beautifully together.

Kelly was the ultimate midwife, providing healthcare, friendship and love to me and my family. I am completely sold on homebirth and recommend Kelly 100%.  ~~PH, via Yelp (reviews not recommended by them)

Kelly is amazing! You and your growing family will undoubtedly be in good hands with her.  She is extraordinarily well-organized and uber prepared for just about every eventuality. During the labor and birth she and her midwife-in-training (Flaura, who is also amazing) set a very calm and peaceful environment for momma and family while maintaining complete situational awareness.

After the birth (and despite having numerous “cluster births” that I can only imagine saturated her schedule and fatigue limits), Kelly was extremely responsive to our family’s questions and needs.  She helped us get resources for postpartum blues and navigate a week-long hospital stint for (non birth-related) newborn complication.

In short, Kelly is fantastic:  knowledgable, competent, experienced, empathetic, accessible, and responsive. ~~KY, via Yelp (in reviews not currently recommended by them)

Amazing