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.

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

toddler in prenatal visit homebirth midwife Santa Cruz
I feel so blessed by the turn of events in our life and the network of amazing people we are becoming connected to. 
27 weeks – stumbled upon homebirth, MUST DO
29 weeks – found our midwife, Kelly ❤
37 weeks – Aetna reluctantly approves the home birth as in network
40 weeks – joined the secret women’s club, gave birth to my daughter without drugs, in my home surrounded by women I admire and a hubby who earned his stripes.
41.5 weeks – referred to a family Dr. we all feel completely comfortable with who supports home birth and selective vaccinations!
Seriously, this has been everything and more than I dreamed about. My heart is overflowing with joy and happiness. Thank you for being a part of my network!

Blessed