For over 36 years we have had the privilege of working with women during one of the most transformational times in their life- the birth of their children. We see pregnancy and birth as a sacred event, and a time when women can gain strength and confidence. We believe having a baby is a healthy normal event, and the process itself can contribute greatly to the personal growth of each woman as well as her family and the entire community. It is our commitment to support and guide each woman along this path.
Over the years, we have learned so much more than midwifery skills. This journey has guided us to a better understanding of ourselves, with all our strengths and weaknesses. Being midwives has helped us to soften and open our hearts, learning more about true compassion, love and understanding. It has also been a mirror for our own judgments and biases. We can reflect back on the years and know that we have been truly blessed to be midwives–to be a part of so many lives–to help guide these new beings into this world– to be present to the joys and sorrows that come to all of us in this life.
The Santa Barbara Birth Center midwives are licensed and certified women’s health care practitioners, trained to care for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies. They work in consultation and collaboration with obstetricians, neonatologists and pediatricians. We have a wonderful group of doulas and birth assistants to complete our team.
The midwifery model of care focuses on client education, informed consent, evidence-based practices, and time-intensive, individualized prenatal care. Midwives have very low rates of medical intervention and cesarean sections.