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Best Midwives in San Diego, CA

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



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El Cajon, CA 92021 Rating

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5.0 (12)
4.5 (9)

Why choose this provider?

A Celebration of Birth & Life provides Homebirth and Midwifery services to women in San Diego. Its owner, Celesta Rannisi LM, CPM, LCS, is a Licensed and Certified midwife, lactation consultant, and alternative women’s health practitioner. She has been serving families since 1987. Celesta uses Traditionally classical and holistic health techniques for women going through their childbearing years, and assists women through peri/menopause. She advocates the midwifery model of care for women globally through teaching student midwives internationally as well as here in US. In the ‘90s, she also hosted a “Voice America” radio talk show focusing on ‘Timely Topics in Childbirth’. As a world traveler, she had the privilege of helping open a family health care clinic in Mawangiri village, Uganda.

San Diego, CA 92123 Rating

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5.0 (24)
5.0 (15)
5.0 (6)

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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.

Solana Beach, CA 92075 Rating

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5.0 (16)
5.0 (2)

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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.

3630 Enterprise St, San Diego, CA 92110 Rating

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4.5 (133)

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Best Start Birth Center is a midwifery practice established in 1989. The business is located in San Diego and is led by a team of midwives with a holistic, family-oriented focus. The center specializes in family-centered water birth, natural physiologic birth, midwifery services, preconception planning, prenatal and postpartum care, and family planning services. Well woman and gynecological care, similar to ob-gyn care, is also provided by certified nurse-midwives. The center is state licensed and nationally accredited.

Encinitas, CA 92024 Rating

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5.0 (13)

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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 92024

Why choose this provider?

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.

Chula Vista, CA 91911 Rating

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5.0 (14)
5.0 (9)

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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.

Compare our Top Midwives

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
A Celebration of Birth & Life
San Diego County Midwives
Ocean Midwives
Best Start Birth Center
3630 Enterprise St, San Diego, CA 92110
San Diego Midwife®
Lavender Moon, Inc.
La Rosa Midwifery


  • Introduction

    Pregnancy is a complicated life event that can be exciting, joyous, scary, and overwhelming. Skilled health care services are essential for pregnant women. You need a professional to guide you through the pregnancy, birth, and prenatal period. Many woman consider using a midwife to provide this care.

    If you're considering hiring a midwife, you probably have a lot of questions about what they do, how they can help you, and what type of education they have. Here, you'll find the answers to these and other common questions.

  • What is a midwife?

    A midwife supports a woman throughout her pregnancy, during labor and delivery, and postpartum. Certified nurse midwives may also deliver the baby. They typically help women have a more natural pregnancy and childbirth experience. Midwives may also provide other female-centric healthcare services, such as family planning and routine gynecological care.

  • How long does it take to become a midwife?

    Certified midwives must receive training that’s approved by the North American Registry of Midwives. NARM programs typically take about three years to complete. Candidates seeking higher levels of certification may opt to first earn a bachelor’s degree, which takes three to four years.

  • What kind of education does it take to become a midwife?

    Certified midwives receive training or formal education. The levels of education vary, impacting the type of certification they can attain. There are certified nurse-midwives, certified non-nurse midwives, and certified professional midwives. All certifications require basic training. A bachelor’s degree is required for higher levels, along with midwifery education programs.

  • How much does a midwife cost?

    The flat-rate fees commonly charged for midwife services differ depending upon where you live. However, service packages typically range in cost from $3,000 to $9,000. The fee includes prenatal care, labor and delivery, and post-natal care.

  • What is the difference between a midwife and doula?

    Doulas focus mainly on the mother and her needs to enhance the birthing experience. They provide comfort and emotional support during labor. However, doulas don’t deliver babies. Midwives are healthcare professionals who offer a wider range of services, including gynecological exams. They're also trained to deliver babies.

  • Can a midwife deliver a baby?

    Certified midwives are qualified to deliver babies vaginally. They undergo training and receive education for this purpose, among other related skills training. Healthy moms with low-risk pregnancies are suitable candidates for midwife services. Midwives can't perform cesarean section deliveries.