About Midwifery

TCBCheartbeatThe Midwives Model of Care includes:
  • Monitoring the physical, psychological, and social well-being of the mother throughout the childbearing cycle
  • Providing the mother with individualized education, (true informed consent) counseling, and prenatal care, continuous hands-on assistance during labor and delivery, and postpartum support
  • Minimizing technological interventions
  • Identifying and referring women who require obstetrical attention
  • The application of this woman-centered model of care has been proven to reduce the incidence of birth injury, trauma, and cesarean section.

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What is a midwife?

A midwife is a trained professional with special expertise in supporting women to maintain a healthy pregnancy birth, offering expert individualized care, education, counseling and support to a woman and her newborn throughout the childbearing cycle. A midwife works with each woman and her family to identify their unique physical, social and emotional needs. When the care required is outside the midwife’s scope of practice or expertise, the woman is referred to other health care providers for additional consultation or care. Our midwives are California Medical Board Certified and Certified Professionals through the National Registry of Midwives.


What is a student midwife?

A student midwife at The Community Birth Center is a woman who is currently enrolled in an accredited midwifery school and is supervised by a California Licensed Midwife. She has basic CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation certification, and is skilled in assisting a midwife & family through the childbearing process.

What is a doula?

Christina-Rayisha-Doula-PicA doula comes from the ancient Greek meaning “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. All of our doula’s are certified and have attended a minimum of 10 births, and has supported a minimum of 10 mama’s post birth in breastfeeding and support.