Laurels
Best Midwives
in San Diego
2017

Why These Midwives?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored midwives on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best midwives in San Diego, CA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

A Celebration of Birth & Life

Based in El Cajon and serving the surrounding San Diego area, A Celebration of Birth & Life is owned and operated by Celesta Rannisi, who has been serving newborns and women with home births and other midwifery services since 1987. Celesta focuses on a holistic, organic, and down to earth approach full of support, nourishment, and a naturally “homey” environment while working with new mothers, pre-menopausal, and menopausal women. Children are welcome during each session and are allowed to play on her mini-farm. Her services include menopausal help, childbearing, home birth, women’s health, hydro-colon therapy, lactation specialization and consultations, and more. Celesta holds experience working in California and around the world in locations that include Uganda, Singapore, Mexico, and Africa. She is a Certified California Licensed Midwife

El Cajon, CA(619) 443-0165

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Aerie Midwifery

Owned and operated by Karen Ruby Brown, Aerie Midwifery serves San Diego and the surrounding areas since 2014. She offers services that include labor and birth care, newborn assessment, postpartum care, breastfeeding support, prenatal care, home visits, well woman care, in-home of in-center birth, hospital transfer accompaniment if required, and more. Karen is a member of the American College of Nurse-Midwives, is licensed by the Board of Registered Nursing, is a member of the California Association of Midwives, is certified by the American Midwifery Certification Board, and is a member of the California Nurse-Midwife Association.

San Diego, CA(858) 707-5765

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La Rosa Midwifery

Dedicated to educating and taking care of women during postpartum, birth, labor, and prenatal stages of life, La Rosa Midwifery offers a holistic and alternative health and wellness in-home service based in Riverside. Owned and operated by Alicia Hubbell, she focuses on bringing education and knowledge during each birth process while supporting each new family. Alicia provides services that include breastfeeding support and education, water birth, free pregnancy tests, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), postpartum care for mothers and babies, prenatal care, monitrice services, and more. Alicia is a Certified Professional Midwife by the North American Registry of Midwives and is Licensed Midwife by the Medical Board of California.

Chula Vista, CA(619) 395-2958

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Lavender Moon, Inc.

Owned and operated by Michele Kazmier since 2014, Lavender Moon, Inc. currently offers midwifery services for Cap Medical Group, Inc., which is based in Encitas. Their previous services included home and birth center settings, but now are exclusive to serving families and women in the hospital setting in collaboration with avid supporter of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), physiologic birth, yoga, and midwifery model care, Dr. Nikolas Capetanakis. Michele found her passion for midwifery while observing a home birth practice during nursing school while taking a women’s health course. Her professional career started as a nurse and includes adult ICU, neonatal, maternal newborn, labor and delivery, and med-surgery.

Encinitas, CA(760) 634-2814

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Mother to Mother Midwifery

An experienced home birth practice, Mother to Mother Midwifery serves the San Diego and surrounding areas with three Licensed Midwives. The midwives focus on promoting a calm and safe environment for a birth to unfold with as little intervention as possible and working with each mother-to-be to offer an empowered experience with excellent care. They hold a team of one part-time midwife and three primary midwives, with two midwives present at each homebirth. They also provide dynamic and personalized care with backing from each midwife’s different strengths and backgrounds. They offer services that include well woman care, childbirth classes, water births, breastfeeding support, prenatal care, postpartum care, and home births.

San Diego, CA(619) 220-8189

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Ocean Midwives

Owned and operated by Andrea Meyer, Ocean Midwives serves the San Diego, Orange County, and Riverside areas with over 20 years of experience. Andrea is a licensed and certified professional midwife and holds offices in both Encinitas and Solana Beach. Consultations are complimentary and during care, the focus is on each mother-to-be’s physical and mental health, emotional health, lifestyle support, and nutritional support. Services they provide include well-woman care, infant massage, doula and monitrice, breastfeeding support, newborn care, postpartum care, water birth, home birth, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Clients speak highly of comforting and reliable presence, understanding and supportive manner, kind and intelligent care, knowledgeable skills, and Andrea and the other midwives’ hands-off approach when asked.

Solana Beach, CA(760) 436-9166

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San Diego County Midwives

A voice for normalcy in birth and pregnancy, San Diego County Midwives focuses on bringing trust, love, gentleness, and respect to each birth experience as families welcome a new life into their arms. Serving the North County, San Diego, and surrounding areas, the company is owned and operated by Gerri Ryan and Heather LeMaster, whom both place an emphasis on treating both mother and baby as a unit by providing medical and emotional care. They offer services that include birthing classes, nutrition counseling, monitrice services, pre-pregnancy counseling, water birth, doula services, comprehensive packages, and more. Gerri is a licensed midwife by the Medical Board of California, completed the Seattle Midwifery School Challenge Process, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, and is Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives. Gerri is also a nationally recognized DONA approved doula trainer and the founder of the San Diego Birth Network. Heather is a Certified Professional Midwife with the North American Registry of Midwives, holds Birth Emergency Skills Training for out-of-hospital providers, and is a licensed Midwife by the Medical Board of California.

San Diego, CA(858) 278-2930

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San Diego Midwifery

Operated by a group of women who are passionate about offering excellent services for each mother-to-be, San Diego Midwifery serves the Greater Southern California areas with over 30 years of experience. They focus on giving knowledge and support from conception to parenthood while bringing trust, love, gentleness, and passion to the birth process. They provide services that include water birth, home birth, vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), lactation consulting and education, placenta encapsulation, doula and monitrice services, and more.

San Diego, CA(858) 740-7222

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San Diego Midwife®

A comprehensive midwifery practice, San Diego Midwife® offers a wide range of midwifery services for both hospital and home births throughout San Diego County. Founded in 2005 by Jamin Sylvada and La Shel Montgomery, the team is experienced in delivering over 2,000 babies in private homes, birth centers, and hospitals. They specialize in water births, home births, and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). Other services they provide include newborn care, in-home postpartum care, doula and monitrice services, herbal and homeopathic counseling, lactation support and coaching, childbirth classes, and more. Clients speak highly of their experience with both La Shel and Jamin, inviting and compassionate natures, experience, relaxed atmosphere, postpartum recovery, and comforting presence during the birth.

Encinitas, CA(760) 809-9396

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Tree of Life

A not-for-profit birthing center, Tree of Life focuses on providing an educational and philosophical center for family-making and birthing that honors the natural and unique process of birth and pregnancy. They also focus on encouraging women to trust in themselves and assist people in learning respect for interdependence on each other and the planet to facilitate connections and live satisfying, happy, healthy, and whole lives. Founded in 2009, the center is staffed and operated by midwives from MotherCraft Midwifery who and staff members from Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas. Services they offer include postpartum care, holistic pregnancy and birth care, childbirth preparation, nutrition education, community building, and breastfeeding support. They are Accredited by the Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers and licensed by the state of California.

Encinitas, CA(760) 230-6077

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