Get concierge care with our midwifery services in San Diego
Midwives are trained medical professionals who specialize in normal healthy pregnancies and natural, physiological birth, providing holistic care according to the Midwives Model of Care. Midwives also provide annual exams and labs, and often begin working with families in the preconception period, as well. Regardless of where you are in your life cycle, we know what matters to one person may not matter to another. Therefore we provide personalized care, meeting each client right where they are. At A Family Affair Midwifery and A Family Affair Birth Center, WE FOCUS ON YOU.
Give yourself the gift of being listened to, valued, respected and supported.
When it comes to bringing new life into the world, there is no greater gift than the support of a Midwife. Midwives are specially trained to provide not only excellent maternity care, but to focus on what matters most to you. This type of compassionate care promotes bonding between partners, and with your baby, even before they are born. During your prenatal care, the relationship that you build with your midwife can make all the difference in the experience of welcoming your baby into the world. You are not just a patient. You are a unique person, preparing to birth your baby, and we are here to support you in your journey.
A Family Affair Midwifery & Birth Center
A Family Affair Birth Center is an open staff model, meaning you can utilize the service of any midwife that is credentialed to utilize our facility. If you have already selected a midwife, it is possible she can seek credentialing with our birthing center so you can benefit from all we have to offer.
Our In-House Midwifery Services
If you select to receive your care with A Family Affair Midwifery, led by Tamara Hobbs, LM, CPM, and owner of our birth center, you will also receive a full year of postpartum support. We know the first year will be full of its own unique challenges, and with our concierge care, we will keep that bridge of communication open, provide resources and be available to help with questions or concerns that will arise. Having the baby...well, that's just the beginning of the amazing experience of parenthood! And we're here for you!
A Family Affair Midwifery offers:
Licensed midwives - licensed by the Medical Board of California.
A whole-person approach to pregnancy, childbirth & healthcare.
Holistic Healthcare & Wellness Center
Other Midwives that utilize our facility:
Paula's Midwifery - Paula Tipton-Healy, LM
with Arianna Escobar, LM & Marli Ivers, LM
San Diego County Midwives - Heather LeMaster, LM & Gerri Ryan, LM
Midwives can make all the difference.
Midwives are licensed medical professionals that provide personalized care, with a keen appreciation for what matters to you.
We know that every woman's experience is different, and so are your hopes and expectations. We will work with you to understand what matters most to you. You know what you want for your own health care, and you know what's best for you and your family.
We encourage informed consent, and informed refusal, and provide space for medical freedom and not just telling you how to be a good patient.
We want to support your birth plan and help you prepare for the birth of your baby. Of course there will be plenty of information and discussions on your options, and we spend a lot of time getting to know each other, building a trusting relationship, and working together to promote a healthy pregnancy and birthing experience.
Ease the anxiety that can come with pregnancy and childbirth.
Feel supported, informed and empowered.
Be the leading voice in the choice of your prenatal care.
Frequently asked questions
Midwives are trained healthcare professionals (licensed by the Medical Board of California) who provide care for all stages of a woman's reproductive life. Most often the focus is on pregnancy, labor and delivery, and throughout the postpartum period. Midwives often begin working with a family in the preconception period, as well. Midwives are trained to recognize complications during pregnancy, labor and childbirth, and specializing in normal pregnancy, provide holistic healthcare to help pull things back to norm if they stray. We also collaborate closely with obstetricians and perinatologists, or other specialists if necessary. Often, through healthy lifestyle, education and personal choices, midwives can help prevent and improve conditions that often accompany pregnancy. Midwives also provide annual exams, labs/paps, and ongoing holistic healthcare,
A midwife is a healthcare professional who has been trained to serve women through all the stages of a woman's reproductive cycle, including assisting women through pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. They are also able to provide care for the newborn baby following the delivery, and the first few weeks of life.
A Birth Doula is professional birth worker, who has been trained to provide educational, emotional and physical support to the mother before, during, and after labor. They are not medically trained, but they understand the labor process, and offer professional guidance and support throughout labor.
A Midwife and a Birth Doula have completely different roles. A Midwife is there to provide the medical aspect of care, and while we do help with position changes, comfort measures and encouragement during labor, it is not the same as having a Birth Doula, who is there, dedicated to providing the hands-on physical support, massage, verbal encouragement and helping with distractions through each contraction. Doulas help support both you and your partner, and help prevent "Partner Fatigue." Providing that type of support is a demanding job, and your Midwife, while she will be there supporting you, making suggestions as needed, and overseeing the labor and birthing process, she cannot be so tired from serving as a Doula, that when it's time to make medically-minded decisions, that she is worn out and not as sharp as needed.
Some insurance plans do cover the cost of midwives, while others do not. It is important to check with your insurance company to see if they cover this service. If they do not, you may be able to find a midwife who is willing to work with you on a sliding scale basis or through other payment options.
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Conveniently located across the street from Palomar-Pomerado hospital - Poway campus, just 5 minutes from the 15 freeway.