Homebirth Midwives in Southern California
Homebirth midwives provide complete maternity care services including prenatal care, labor and birth support in the clients home, breastfeeding support, postpartum care, and family planning services. Midwives are skilled in the management of normal childbirth and are trained to recognize abnormalities of pregnancy and childbirth. Homebirth midwives arrange for hospital and medical doctor consultation if transfer of care is necessary due to a complication. There are two types of midwives offering homebirth services: Licensed Midwives (LMs), are not nurses and train through supervised clinical training with senior midwives and specialized schooling. Some LMs may also be Certified Professional Midwives, a national certification offered by North American Registry of Midwives. Licensed Midwives are regulated by The California Medical Board Division of Midwifery Licensing. The other type of midwives offering homebirth are Certified Nurse-Midwives, who are Registered Nurses with advanced degrees in midwifery and women’s health care. They are regulated by the California Board of Registered Nursing and are accredited by The American College of Nurse Midwives.
Los Angeles/ San Gabriel Valley/ San Fernando Valley/ Santa Monica/Topanga
Shelly Girard, LM, CPM, MPH
Certified Professional Midwife
Master’s in Public Health
Seannie Gibson, LM, CPM, LLC
Certified Professional Midwife
Childbirth At Home, A Labor of Love
496 Rainbow Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90065
Work: 323-221-2299 Fax: 323-221-8889
Shelly Girard, LM, CPM, MPH is one of the most experienced midwives in Los Angeles. She has attended over 4500 births since 1972. She provides wholistic prenatal care, well-woman gynecology and childbirth at home. Insurance billing available. She is licensed by the California Medical Board and is a Certified Professional Midwife accredited by the North American Registry of Midwives. Shelly has a Masters in Public Health from UCLA. With a focus on wholistic health care, her areas of expertise include nutrition, herbology and exercise physiology. She is a massage therapist certified by the Institute of Psycho-Structural Balancing. Shelly has practiced yoga for over 45 years and has a black belt in Kenpo Karate from the International Kenpo Karate Association (IKKA). She has two grown sons, Chesed and Shawn, who were born at home.
Seannie Gibson, LM, CPM, LLC trained as an apprentice with Shelly, and is Licensed by the California Medical Board and is a Certified Professional Midwife accredited by the North American Registry of Midwives. She is a mother of three home-born children. She worked as a Monitrice for many years before becoming a midwife. She also offers Enhanced Labor /Monitrice Support for hospital birth.
Los Angeles, Brentwood, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Los Feliz, Silverlake, Pasadena, San Fernando Valley
Davi Kaur Khalsa, CNM
Certified Nurse Midwife
Tender Loving Childbirth, Midwifery Services
1122 South Robertson Blvd., Suite 17
Los Angeles, California 90035
Tender Loving Childbirth, is a conscious, caring opportunity for women seeking a safe, positive and empowering home birth experience.TLC offers the best in midwifery and gynecological care, including home birth, water birth, prenatal and postpartum care, breastfeeding support, nutritional counseling, well woman care, and childbirth education classes. TLC now offers a class called, “Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Homebirth” for women thinking about homebirth and wanting more information. Download the flyer for the dates of the next seminar.
Lorri Walker, CNP, CNM
South Coast Midwifery and Women’s Health Care
4650 Barranca Parkway
Irvine, CA 92604
South Coast Midwifery & Women’s Health Care (SCM) is Orange County’s premier birth center. They are proud to be the very first and longest standing nationally accredited Birth Center in the area. When accredited through the Commission for Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC), the childbearing family can be confident that the center has demonstrated adherence to standards of quality above that of basic licensure and that the center’s care is consistent with the philosophy of the American Association of Birth Centers. Accreditation is seen as a symbol of excellence by many. SCM have been servicing Orange and surrounding counties for over 16 years. Lorri Walker, the founder and director, is one of Southern California best known midwives. Lorri has created a warm, nurturing place for women and their families to come for personalized health care, support, empowerment, and social interaction with people of like mind. Birthing options include home, birth center and water birth. We accept most insurances, as well as offer a wide variety of payment plans and discount options. Call today for your complimentary consultation! South Coast Midwifery is also home to South Coast Milk Bank, Orange County’s first mother’s milk bank. Donations will be made available to acutely premature newborns in need of healthy human breast milk. Call 949.231.9813 or visit www.southcoastmilkbank.com today for more information on how you can help by becoming a donor.
Serving Southern California
Simona Istrate, CNM, RNFA, BSN
We provide: Home & Water Birth • Birth Center Birth • VBAC
Natural Birth Center and Women’s Wellness is Southern California’s most sought Birth Center. We are the only ACCREDITED Birth Center in Los Angeles County by Commission for the Accreditation of Birth Centers (CABC). Accreditation is the Mark of Quality and Excellence and is based on the standards of the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC), Natural Birth Center and Women’s Wellness is able to provide prenatal care and well women’s exams as well as serve as a safe and home-like environment for natural child birth. Our Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) is most experienced in Southern California and has a perfect record of many thousands of natural births. She is able to participate in your birth experience in our free-standing birth center, your home, or the hospital. Our center is the only free-standing birth center in Southern California with a CNM who can manage your care at the hospital in the unlikely event of transfer. Our CNM also has Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) certification that enables her to assist in your care in the unexpected event of a c-section. This center is committed to achieve woman’s best birth experience in a family-centered atmosphere and is dedicated to empowering women and accommodating your cultural, religious, or personal requests within the circle of safety. Here at Natural Birth Center & Women’s Wellness every act is designed to allow birth to occur as intended; naturally and joyously.
”Every birth tells a unique story… what will yours be?”
Orange County/Riverside County/San Bernardino/ Parts of Los Angeles County
Geeta Swamidass, MB, BS, LM
California Licensed Midwife
Licensed Physician, India
Birthing Care Center
2010 N. Tustin Ave. #D
Orange, CA 92865
Geeta cares for the women and babies she serves as evidenced by the free clinics she has run for 18 years in Southern California. Available to patients are free consultations and pregnancy testing, low cost ultrasound and lab work and well-woman checks. Water births are no extra cost. Ob-Gyn hospital backup available. Having a medical background, Geeta is very well-qualified in taking care of emergencies. Her assistant is a licensed EMT and together they make a great team. Referrals for childbirth classes and nutritional consultation. References available upon request.
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