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Click the link below for a great pdf document on all the things new parents can do after they have the baby.  And check out our info sheet on How to Pay for Your Homebirth.


"Midwives and Families Picnic" at Harvey West Park
Saturday, October 12,  2013, NOON to 3 pm.

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Picnic in the Park- Celebrating Mothers & Midwives - May 1, 2011 - Santa Cruz, CA
The 2nd annual Picnic in the Park was held at San Lorenzo Park in Santa Cruz, CA. It was a beautiful afternoon of face painting, snow cones, families and Midwives. Hosted by: Birth Santa Cruz, Birth...

Great Links to
Research & More Information
Planned Home Births Are Safe
The largest study of home births attended by Certified Professional Midwives, as published in the British Medical Journal in 2005, has found that planned homebirth is safe for-low risk women and their babies, and planned homebirth involves far fewer interventions than similar births in hospitals. See statistics here.
Research findings include:
  • Lower rates of medical intervention, less need for inductions.
  • Reduced rate of cesarean sections: 3.7% compared to 28-30% or more.
  • Higher rates of mothers satisfied with their births.
Birth Network is Santa Cruz County's one-stop resource for "mother friendly" birth practitioners of all stripes. Find a massage therapist, prenatal yoga class, midwife, doula, compostable diapers, or childbirth education class here.
The information on this entire site is wonderful, so check it out. In particular, look at the "Research/Studies" near the bottom of the Resources page.
Christiane Northrup, OB/GYN, author of Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom, wrote an article in October 2009 on the sad state of birth in the United States for the Huffington Post. Read it HERE.
Interpretation: Planned home birth attended by a registered midwife was associated with very low and comparable rates of perinatal death and reduced rates of obstetric interventions and other adverse perinatal outcomes compared with planned hospital birth attended by a midwife or physician.
This website provides research-based information, resources, continuing education and support for VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).
Advocate & Support
Find a Licensed California Midwife, stay informed on legislation and upcoming conferences.  Become a member.
This is an exceptional organization for and by midwifery supporters. PLEASE consider becoming a member.
The Midwives and Mothers in Action (MAMA) Campaign: The MAMACampaign is a collaborative effort by the National Association of Certified Professional Midwives (NACPM), Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA), Citizens for Midwifery (CfM), International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), North American Registry of Midwives (NARM), and the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC).
This partnership is now at work to gain federal recognition of Certified Professional Midwives so that women and families will have increased access to quality, affordable maternity care in the settings of their choice.
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Birth Santa Cruz
Birth Santa Cruz is an unincorporated not-for-profit association. Would you like to be a supporter of Birth Santa Cruz?  Contact us at TheGals@BirthSantaCruz.com

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Picnic in the Park - Celebrating Mothers & Midwives - May 1, 2010 - Santa Cruz, Ca
A picnic in the park celebrating mothers, midwives & families. A beautiful afternoon of face painting, hula hooping and singing with Joya. Hosted by: Birth Santa Cruz, Birth Network of Santa Cruz C...

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Birth Santa Cruz is an unincorporated not-for-profit association.
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