Your baby, your way.

Contact us today for a complimentary consultation with a licensed midwife.

What You Can Expect From The Midwives:

  • Licensed and experienced caregivers
  • Custom care at every stage of pregnancy
  • Complete control of your birth plan
  • Comfortable, private surroundings
  • Free benefits (yoga, massage, etc)
  • Insurance reimbursement support

Welcome to
The Midwives Childbirth Services
Natural Birth in Northern California
Serving Napa, Solano, Sonoma, Contra Costa and Marin Counties

If you are considering a natural birth in Northern California, you have come to the right place.

At The Midwives, we know that when women in childbirth are given a calm, peaceful space and encouragement to trust their bodies, they emerge from the process more self-assured and empowered. 

Giving birth at home or in a birth center, under the care of a licensed midwife is a safe alternative and a wonderful way to reduce unnecessary intervention in this sacred process. 

At The Midwives we believe in personal choice.  It is one of the most important parts of our commitment to you.  We offer a wide range of care options, drawing from multiple methods and traditions.

We offer any and all testing that would be offered to you if you were seeing an obstetrician, in addition to a full spectrum of prenatal, childbirth and postpartum care.

Birth Centers
Santa Rosa, California   |   Napa, California

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For a beautiful "home-birth experience away from home," consider one of our stand-alone birth centers.

Conveniently located in Napa and Santa Rosa, our birth centers offer the comfort of home and the confidence of a medically equipped facility with highly trained staff.  Visit us at  Birth Center in Santa Rosa or Birth Center in Napa.


Cutting the Cord

Homebirth was a thing long before the first hospital or specialized OB / GYN. In fact, until relatively recently, it was the ONLY thing.

Should you choose a home-birth, our role will be to provide a safe, supportive environment and help you connect with what your body already knows exactly how to do. 

Contact us here to learn more about our support for the sacred process of homebirth.

Water Birth

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The vast majority of our clients prefer the soothing nature of a water birth, whether in the specially-designed installed tubs at one of our birth center, or at home using one of our portable tubs.   

Contact us here to learn more about our support for the popular practice of water-birth.

Doula Support

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Regardless of the care setting you choose (home-birth, birth center or hospital), you may wish to have specialized physical, spiritual and emotional support. Our experienced doulas will provide you with knowledgeable, compassionate support before, during and after your birth, no matter what care setting you ultimately choose.

Contact us here for more information about doula support.

Our Services

When it comes to supporting natural birth in Northern California, our #1 priority is healthy mamas and babies.  Our #2 priority is to make your pregnancy and birth experience the absolute best it can be, in whatever care setting you choose.   We allow an hour for every appointment so you don't feel rushed.  We honor your birth plan and desires to the greatest extent possible, while keeping you and your baby healthy and safe.  

Prenatal Services

  • Lots of talking. Communication is very important!! 
  • This is our time to get to know one another and develop a bond that will hopefully last a lifetime.
  • Measure maternal / fetal vital signs
  • Measuring your baby's growth and position
  • Any necessary lab work and ultrasounds

Childbirth Services

  • Attendance During Labor and Birth
  • Waterbirth Tub Rentals 
  • Birth Plan Design
  • Placenta Delivery / Cord Clamping
  • Repair of Lacerations
  • Newborn Medication
  • Newborn Exam
  • Breastfeeding Assistance
  • Newborn and Postpartum Education

Postpartum Services

  • Multiple postpartum visits to ensure you are both thriving
  • In these visits we check on you and your baby and educate you about breastfeeding, newborn safety and care. 
  • We handle the application for baby's birth certificate and social security card

Be Sure to Ask Us About ...

  • Breastfeeding Support
  • Fertility Counseling
  • FREE Pregnancy Yoga
  • Well Woman Care
  • Placenta Encapsulation
  • FREE Birth Course
  • Nutrition Counseling
  • Intrauterine Insemination
  • FREE Prenatal Massage

Meet Your Senior Caregivers

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Paula Grady LM, CPM
Senior Midwife | Clinical Director


Ashley Gerhard BS, CD(DONA)
Senior Doula

What People are Saying

"An amazing group of loving, knowledgeable, skilled women who supported me in having the most peaceful, empowering and magical home birth..."

A. Koford

"I cannot express enough how thankful I was to have such amazing support and knowledge from Paula and the team at both my son’s and daughter’s home birth… We love her so!"

- S. Thoits

"Best midwives and Team ever!!! I would recommend this Team to any expecting mommy!"

- Angela L.

This team is the absolute best you could ask for!  I decided on a home birth for my third baby.  I had scheduled several interviews for midwives, but I cancelled all of them after I met the Midwives..." - Lauren A.

"I thank God for finding Paula and her team who did a fantastic job on my childbirth. That was one of the most incredible experiences we ever had..."

- Peter, Luciana, Oliver and Amy

"5 stars isn't enough. Paula and her wonderful, beautiful team brought to me the most wonderful birthing experience I could have prayed or hoped for..."

- Hope D


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Our locations

Napa Valley Birth Center

Main Office
525 Lincoln Ave
Napa, CA 94558

Sonoma Valley Birth Center

Formerly Thrive Birth Center
4859 Old Redwood Hwy
Santa Rosa, CA 95403