Is Homebirth Right for You?

2021:  Kelly is currently retired and not available for births. You will still find great info and resources on this site, so read on…

 If you are pregnant or thinking about becoming pregnant, choosing a care provider is one of the most important items on your To Do list. In Santa Cruz County, we are blessed to have a variety of options for prenatal and birth care.  One important option to explore is homebirth with a midwife.

As a licensed midwife, I provide prenatal, birth, and postpartum care for healthy women who are planning to have their babies in the comfort and privacy of their own home. Water birth is a welcome option with me. If you’re interested in reading some birth stories, grab a cup of tea and enjoy! If you’re curious what life for a midwife retired from active practice is like, you can follow me on Instagram. Older posts will be much more midwife and birth related.

For healthy women, homebirth with a licensed midwife has been clearly demonstrated to be as safe as hospital birth. In many ways, it can be a safer option, particularly regarding avoidance of unnecessary medications, episiotomy, and cesarean section. If you’re interested in the safety of homebirth, click here. If you like research about homebirth, I’ve got you covered. Looking for resources for homebirth in Santa Cruz? Try this page!

Homebirth with a midwife is not the right choice for every woman. But if you’re curious if it could be right for you, get in touch for a complimentary interview. Also be sure to check out what clients have to say about my care. Even more reviews can be found on my Yelp page.

All photos used with permission.
homebirth mother with newborn midwife in Santa Cruz

I can’t even imagine the births of my three children without Kelly’s presence- as my doula, then as my midwife (under supervision), and finally as my primary midwife. Her arrival at my births marked a turning point in my labor where all anxieties melted away and I got down to the business of birthing without fear. She seemed to always know exactly what I needed to hear in each moment and exactly what to do to make me feel relaxed, confident and reassured. I also feel that her presence was as helpful for my husband as it was for me. He is extremely supportive, but wasn’t sure exactly what kind of support I needed while in labor. When Kelly arrived, he easily followed her lead and became super-husband. Kelly is warm, professional, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and a lot of fun. I never want to give birth without her there!” ~Jenna

Three Babies with Kelly

If you are planning a home birth in Santa Cruz, you are lucky because we have the best community of midwives!  One of which is Kelly Olmstead.  Kelly is more than a midwife, through our months together, she became a friend, a counselor, an extremely informed caregiver, and a rockstar in my eyes!  I felt connected and comfortable with Kelly the minute I met her.  She is concise and efficient during visits but also provides an environment for sharing and learning.  The birth of my son was the peak of my life.  Kelly showed up ready to rock and roll and made me feel at ease, happy, and completely supported.  Her postpartum care of me and my son was so valuable, I never wanted it to end!  I’d put my pregnancy and my baby in her hands again and again. ~~ES, via Yelp (in reviews not currently recommended by them)

Peak of My Life