|Pregnancy & Birth|
Birth Information & Preparation
Birth Network of Santa Cruz County
Birth Network offers information, education and advocacy for safe, empowering, joyful birth. Find more information, and our listing of local mother-friendly care providers online or request our free Resource Guide. Become informed healthcare consumers. Attend Bellies, Birth & Babies Expo to meet yoga teachers, doulas, childbirth instructors, midwives, and more on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 6:30p-9pm, Peachwoods, 555 Highway 17 (Pasatiempo Exit.). Meet the Doulas: Sunday, November 18, 2012, 4-6 pm, Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center. These events repeat throughout the year, check Birthnet.org for 2013 event dates
Salud Para La Gente
204 East Beach St, Watsonville
Salud’s clinics offer both pregnancy care management and women’s gynecological services. In addition, Salud participates in California’s Comprehensive Perinatal Services Program (CPSP) to provide education, psychosocial and nutritional assessments and referrals to the WIC program. (Women, Infants and Children) for pregnant women receiving Medi-Cal assistance. Through CPSP Salud also provides baby and child equipment for new mothers.
Siena House Maternity Home
108 High Street, Santa Cruz
Residence and services for women and their babies who have crises such as domestic violence issues, homelessness or general difficulty associated with an unplanned pregnancy.
Family Planning and Pre-Natal Care
Birth Santa Cruz
Get the 4-1-1 on Birth in the 8-3-1
Birth Santa Cruz provides the often obscure, local birth trends and statistics for women to consider while preparing for the most amazing and magnificent work of their lives....giving birth.
Harbor Medical Group, Inc.
Specializing in Obstetrics and Gynecology
1661 A Soquel Dr., Santa Cruz
Stuart A. Mumm, M.D.
Martina Nicholson, M.D.
Larisa Taylor, M.D.
Laetitia Oderman, M.D.
Part of growing up is learning to take care of your body. This means making good choices for your health, avoiding things that can hurt you, and seeing a doctor. Many young women have these same health concerns: Cramps and problems with periods, Acne, Weight issues, Concerns about sexuality, Questions about birth control, Concerns about sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), Emotional ups and downs or depression. Talking with your doctor about these issues is a key step in staying healthy. Our doctors are there to listen and help.
Laura Maxson, LM, CPM
Licensed Midwife, Homebirth Midwifery Care
Follow your heart to the care you’ve been looking for! Schedule a complementary interview to explore the possibility of homebirth, including the option of a waterbirth. I offer comprehensive midwifery care during your prenatal visits, labor and birth, and postpartum home care. Call now to enjoy the unique pace of homebirth midwifery. Heated birthtubs available. Insurance billing. Lactation support home visits (specializing in latch-on in the first weeks) available by appointment. See website for more information.
Massage & Yoga
Head Heart Hands Healing
Westside Healing Arts Center
406 Mission St. Suite E, Santa Cruz
Aurore Sibley offers craniosacral therapy for children and adults of all ages. CST can help support a healthy pregnancy and benefit overall tension in the body, as well as address many structural and nervous system issues that newborns might experience. Call to enquire about the Mama/baby special.
Holistic Women’s Wellness™
Women’s Health Support Through Touch
Holistic Women's Wellness supports women with the struggles of womanhood on both a physical and emotional level. Integrated multiple modalities of massage customize the most effective experience for you. Prenatal Support, Induction/Labor Massage, Postpartum Integration and beyond for the everyday stresses and strains of life! Certified Infant Massage Instruction. CAMTC Certified.
Luma – Yoga and Family Center
1010 Center Street, Santa Cruz
Luma is a family-focused yoga center that nurtures and supports parents and children. We are a yoga studio, family retreat, wellness center, and gathering place. Luma offers an array of yoga and movement classes including prenatal, postnatal, and baby + me. Our wellness center provides services that support expectant parents and growing families. On-site practitioners include massage therapists, acupuncturists, and nutritionists. We also offer lactation support and childbirth education classes. At Luma, you’ll find experienced instructors, simultaneous programming for parents and kids (including childcare – free to members!), and a family-friendly lounge where we invite you to relax and take a break. Opening in downtown Santa Cruz this month!
Prenatal Yoga & Belly Dance with Megan Hawk
Offers Vini style Prenatal yoga classes that weave in the circular movements of the ancient art of Belly Dance! Known for generations, Belly Dance originated as a powerful means of helping women prepare their abdominal muscles for labor. Megan encourages Mamas to explore and utilize these pelvic motions for birthing!
Fertility & Adoption Information
Provides training and private consultation to singles and couples who are considering adoption, independent of the special interests of any adoption agency.
American Fertility Association
Dedicated to assisting women and men facing decisions related to family building and reproductive health-from prevention and treatment to social and psychological concerns.
Pediatric & Post Partum Care
4145 Clares St., Capitola
Capitola Pediatrics is an organization committed to providing high quality, comprehensive health care to infants, children and adolescents in the Santa Cruz area. We strive to create a medical home that is friendly, respectful and easily accessible. Our primary commitment is to the health of our patients. We support causes and organizations that work towards improving the well-being of infants, children, and adolescents.
Free and Low-Cost Immunization Services
Lisa Piediscalzi, L.Ac., IBCLC
I am an acupuncturist, craniosacral therapist and lactation consultant with a passion for helping new families navigate the challenges of the postpartum year. I offer a range of services, including: craniosacral therapy for newborns; breastfeeding support; acupuncture, moxibustion and massage for mamas; shonishin acupressure for infants and children; ongoing breastfeeding classes and support groups. Appointments available at my office, or in the comfort of your own home at no additional cost. Call or email to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation so we can discuss your concerns.
Breastfeeding & Lactation Support
La Leche League
Do you need help with a breastfeeding question? La Leche League has many sources of breastfeeding information.
Mothers' Milk Bank
Valley Medical Center, San Jose
The Mothers’ Milk Bank of California screens, collects, processes and dispenses human milk as a community service, providing human milk to babies whose own mothers cannot supply the milk to meet their baby’s needs. Most recipients are infants in neo-natal intensive care units. The bank also collects milk from donors who are critical to the success of the Mothers' Milk Bank. Without donors to provide a safe and continuous supply of milk, infants and children who need processed human milk would be deprived of access to this valuable resource.
Digital newsletter about breastfeeding.
Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM)
The AIM Program is low-cost health care coverage for pregnant women. Their newborns may be covered by the Healthy Families Program. AIM is for middle-income families who don’t have health insurance and whose income is too high for no-cost Medi-Cal. AIM may also be available to women who have private health insurance plans with a maternity-only deductible or co-payment greater than $500.
Childcare centers, food programs and many other services for families. Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Santa Cruz-831.426.3911. Watsonville-831.722.7121. A supplemental food and nutrition program for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women and children under five who have a nutritional risk.
The Healthy Families Program is low-cost health, dental, and vision coverage for children and teens up to age 19. It provides comprehensive coverage for children who do not have employer-sponsored insurance and do not qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal. If you are enrolled in AIM, your baby is eligible for enrollment in Healthy Families Program unless your baby is enrolled in employer-sponsored insurance or no-cost Medi-Cal.
New Parent Support Groups and Services
Child Care Information and Referral Switchboard
Watsonville: 831.724.2997 x210
Santa Cruz: 831.466.5820
Information on and referrals to licensed childcare providers including infant care.
First 5 of Santa Cruz County
Kit for New Parents contains parenting videos, kid’s books and general information at no cost. Positive parenting classes offered in English and Spanish.
Life Balance for Parents
Anne Cleveland CPCC, MA
Parenting is one of the important jobs on the planet, and with so much information available it can be a confusing occupation. You may feel like you should know how, but parenting is a combination of instinct and education. As a sustainable life consultant for parents, I offer tips, classes & private coaching to help you envision, create and implement your dream plan for raising your child from birth onward. I am a certified Simplicity Parenting Coach, Life Coach, and I’ve worked with families for 15 years as a Waldorf teacher, tutor and educational consultant.
New Perinatal Mental Health Task Force in Santa Cruz
Santa Cruz has recently convened a new Perinatal Mental Health Task Force. Our goal is to raise community awareness of prenatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders and expand resources and support systems for new mothers and families in our community. The task force is open to professionals working with new families and to community members with interest in perinatal wellness. We meet bimonthly at Sutter Hospital. For more information please contact: Nancy Diehl PHN.
Parents Center of Santa Cruz and Watsonville
Santa Cruz-831.426.7322 (24-hr)
Professional counseling for parents and families. Parent support groups, parenting skill classes, education and counseling for prevention of child abuse and strengthening of families.
The Santa Cruz Village Birth & Family Enrichment Center, LLC
149 Josephine St, Ste. A, Santa Cruz
The Santa Cruz Village is an independent, community based center that offers families a safe and nurturing environment from pregnancy through the early years of parenting. Through classes, groups, and workshops, expectant and new families have the opportunity to create community and receive unbiased, evidence based information about pregnancy, birth and parenting…all under one roof! From childbirth prep to breastfeeding & postpartum support to yoga, dance & nutrition, The SC Village has something for the whole family. Visit our website for a full schedule.
Women's Crisis Support / Defensa de Mujeres
24 hour Crisis Line
Offers immediate crisis response to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through a 24-hour crisis line, including emergency response to law enforcement or medical facilities, and accompaniment to forensic rape examinations. Support services include emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence or sexual assault and their children, peer counseling, advocacy, information, referrals, drop-in support groups, and assistance with restraining order applications.
Preemie and Special Needs Resources
After the NICU
A Dominican Hospital sponsored support group that meets every month. Please call for details. NICU graduates from any hospital are welcome.
Families whose infants or toddlers have a developmental delay or disability or an established risk condition with a high probability of resulting in a delay may be eligible to receive an "Early Start" in California. Teams of service coordinators, healthcare providers, early intervention specialists, therapists, and parent resource specialists evaluate and assess infants or toddlers and provide appropriate early intervention and family support services for young children from birth to three years of age.
Special Connections Resource Center
984-2 Bostwick Lane
Serves Santa Cruz County families with special needs infants and toddlers. Provides information and support; resource library, parent-to-parent support groups; educational workshops, parent training and more.
Special Parents Information Network (SPIN)
Families confront enormous challenges in raising a child with special needs. Confidence and mastery of the unique skills required to effectively parent a child with special needs are necessary goals that are often not fully met. SPIN helps parents and the professionals who serve them by providing information, trainings and support.
Adolescent Family Life Program
Public Health Nurses provide home visits to pregnant and parenting teenage women under age 20, teenage fathers up to age 21, and their children. Services include assessments, education, and case management for teens to promote a healthy pregnancy and baby, to stay in school or re-enroll in school, to postpone future pregnancies, and to become emotionally, socially, and financially independent.
Teenage Parent Program (TAP)
Provides an opportunity for teenagers who are pregnant and/or have children to finish their high school education at Santa Cruz & Watsonville high schools. While in the program, participants receive parenting and counseling as required by the State and are encouraged to enroll in childbirth classes. Free child-care is provided. Program open to teen dads and moms and includes childcare center.
Dentists for Babies
Marc L. Grossman, D.D.S.
James B. Smith, D.D.S.
230 Green Valley Rd, Freedom
Baby teeth are important! Our job is to help keep those teeth healthy by creating a good prevention program for our patients that includes education in brushing, flossing, diet and the importance of fluorides. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends infants see a pediatric dentist by the child’s first birthday.
Alison Jackson, D.D.S.
7545 Soquel Dr, Aptos
We provide comprehensive dentistry in a caring environment for children of all ages. We are preventive-dentistry oriented and very thorough in our evaluations and consultations. We have a pediatric anesthesiologist on our premises and are able to treat special, challenging children safely and comfortably under a general anesthesia. We have a 24-hour emergency service available for all of our patients.
Santa Cruz Children's Dental Group
Joe Rawlins, DDS
Ryan Wittwer, DDS
Jared Danielson, DDS
Cypress Medical Center
1667 Dominican Way, #232, Santa Cruz
As specialists in pediatric dentistry, we offer the latest techniques in providing treatment. It is our desire to provide you with care in the most comfortable manner available. For children, we recommend a first dental evaluation between ages 6-18 months as advised by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. We have genuine concern for the welfare of children and we concern ourselves with the psychological, as well as physical, aspects of care.
Jim Booth Swim School
Harvey West pool in Santa Cruz and Watsonville
Be a water wonder! From our Little Otters swim class for parents and their babies to Aquaphobics, our adult beginner class, the whole family splashes together at Jim Booth swim school. Little Otters is a gentle introduction to our 94-degree pools that will make you confident that you are guiding your infant to a happy water experience. Our group lessons emphasize quality swimming in an exciting class taught by our caring, well-qualified teachers. The whole family can swim at Jim Booth Swim School!
Liz de Puydt Boutique Photography Studio
409 Capitola Ave, Capitola
Liz de Puydt is a local Santa Cruz photographer who specializes in newborn, children's, family and maternity photography. She offers a beautiful blend of lifestyle and classic portraiture and prefers to shoot on location using natural light. Liz has a natural ability to connect with her clients and bring out their true personality through her imagery.
Lolly Tree Toys
1101 D Pacific Ave
Downtown Santa Cruz
Lolly Tree Toys is the place to go for quality toys for Santa Cruz kids. We provide products for ages 0-10 and carefully select all of our toys for their quality and learning potential. Our infant section includes an excellent assortment of natural teethers, interactive toys, baby bibs, and much more. The store is set up to be kid friendly making it easy and fun to shop with kids! We also provide a comfortable seating area so that you can take a moment to rest or comfortably nurse the new little one.
Pascale Wowak Photography
Pascale is a local Professional Photographer who has been specializing in portraiture and commercial photography since 2005. As a mother of two young children, she is adept at interacting with children of all ages and highlighting the inherent special characteristics of each age and stage. Voted "Best Photographer" in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by SC Weekly. Pascale has the ability to blend strong artistic sensibilities with solid technical expertise. She effortlessly brings out the best in people, resulting in vibrant and authentic images. The shoot itself with be a fun experience and result in high quality images you will cherish and proudly display!
Seahorse Swim School, Inc.
Our Parent-Tot classes start infants as young as 6 months. We teach parents how to teach their kids how to swim, how to hold their children in the water and precautionary measures to know before you begin. Parent-Tot classes are available Mon/Wed & Saturdays in Watsonville & Saturdays in Aptos.
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