Welcome to California Birth Center
California Birth Center offers individualized, comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care for you and your baby through 6 weeks of age. We believe that a family should feel empowered and in control of their birth plan. At California Birth Center, you can customize your birth experience by choosing from a wide range of services and options, including water birth. In addition, we offer annual well-woman care and a community of care providers and resources.
Our welcoming birthing center provides families with the ideal combination of comforts for the natural birth experience paired with the confidence inspired by licensed and certified healthcare professionals, all supported by up-to-date technology to handle common birth concerns. But for those situations that need more care than our midwives can provide, we are just over one mile from the hospital.
We provide all the resources you need for your custom birth plan, including:
Natural birth services
Postpartum follow-up care
Family resources and support
Education and wellness sessions
The California Birth Center is an all-inclusive facility offering our clients holistic and maternity services including prenatal care, labor support, postpartum follow-up care through 6 weeks and well-woman gynecological care. We offer a full range of services for expecting and new parents including:
› Preconception Services
› Prenatal Care
› Labor & Birth
› Postpartum Care
› Well Woman Care
Preconception visits are available for women planning on or trying to conceive. At this visit we will discuss nutrition, vitamin supplementation, lifestyle, exercise, health history and optimizing your chances for a healthy pregnancy. We can collect preconception lab work such as baseline health labs, Vitamin D, and Pap screening (if desired). We can also give you tools for coping with early pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness.
The cost of this visit is $200 plus lab fees, and if you conceive within one year of the appointment and begin care with us, we’ll apply $100 of this to your midwifery fee. It’s all part of our commitment to healthy mamas and healthy babies!
We believe in supporting women physically, emotionally and spiritually throughout their pregnancy. Prenatal care is a time for you to learn how to take care of your changing body, to develop trust in your inner wisdom and to prepare for birth and beyond. We know that this kind of true growth takes time, so we allow for more time for questions, concerns and celebrations during your visits as well as all the clinical care needed to ensure you and your baby stay healthy and well throughout pregnancy.
- Our visits are typically 45 to 60 minutes
- Monthly visits until 32 weeks
- Twice-monthly appointments until 36 weeks
- Weekly appointments after 36 weeks
- Birth plan and visualization in Birth Suite at 37 weeks
- More visits if needed
- Nutritional, Herbal, and Supplement Counseling
- Lab work and ultrasounds – in-house and referrals
- In-person classes include Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum and Breastfeeding education
- Midwives available 24/7
Labor & Birth
We believe that wherever you give birth becomes sacred space. We will enter your birthing environment calmly and quietly, joining you as you labor with your family. Using our experience and skills supporting families desiring natural birth we will offer tools, recommend position changes and relaxation techniques during your labor. We will support you with respectful and individualized care that reflects your beliefs and birth choices.
- Family involvement throughout the labor and birth process is welcome and encouraged
- Monitoring of baby’s heart rate and mother’s well being throughout the labor and birthing process
- Anti-hemorrhage medications are available, if needed
- Suturing of perineal tears with anesthetics, if needed
- Immediate and continuous skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby to promote bonding and encourage the initiation of breastfeeding
- Delayed cord clamping to assist with transition of baby as they begin to breathe on their own, as well as allowing the completion of blood volume to the newborn
- Complete newborn examination with standard as well as holistic newborn care options
- VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
- All birth attendants are current with CPR and Neonatal Resuscitation certifications and have immediate access to resuscitation equipment including oxygen
Most families stay about 3-4 hours after the birth, then the next step of the journey of parenthood begins. For most families, navigating the first weeks is an unprecedented mix of wonder, exhaustion, tears and triumph. But like all rites of passage, it is essential that new families have the love and support from caregivers who understand the process and the needs of new families. We are here to support, encourage, and guide you through this sacred time, not just as your midwives, but as mothers who have also navigated this journey. By the time your baby is six weeks old, we are connected more deeply for having experienced birth together and a kinship is created. Welcome to the Family!
- Postpartum visit within the first 24-36 hours in your home and a virtual visit at 3-4 days postpartum
- Postpartum Office Visits at 1, 2, 4 and 6 weeks postpartum for mother and baby
- Additional postpartum visits as needed
- Breastfeeding counseling and support and referrals to specialists when needed
- Newborn physical exams and weight checks
- California Newborn Screen and CCHD screening done at home postpartum visit
- Continued assessments of the physiological and emotional well-being of the new mother
- Pap smears available at final postpartum visit, if needed
- Family dynamics/Sibling advice
- Family planning counseling
- Documentation for birth certificate filed with the county
- Placenta Encapsulation available for an extra fee
- Monthly Newborn Hearing Screening clinic with audiologist from CCHAT
- Midwives available 24/7 via phone and text
Well Woman Care
Well Woman gynecological care visits are available throughout women’s life cycle. Our approach is similar to our care during pregnancy, it is holistic and individualized. We are able to bill PPO or Healthshare insurances and Well Woman visits may be covered depending on your individual plan. Our out-of-pocket rate is $200 for your visit plus lab costs.
- PAP test and HPV screen
- Vaginal cultures & STI screening
- Pelvic and breast exams
- Family planning/preconception counseling
- Lab tests including thyroid and vitamin D
- Nutritional counseling
- IUD removal
- Breast infection treatment
- UTI treatment
- Pregnancy testing
Take a Video Tour of the Birth Center
Your Support Team
Click on the photos below to learn more about our staff.
Anne Marie Adams, MD
Rachel Fox-Tierney, LM, CPM
Maya Carlos, LM
Elise Planty, LM, CPM
Cristy Solomon, LM, CPM
Tuesday Benevidez-Knight, MSN, CNM
Student Midwives & Assistants
Midwife Assistant & Educator
Student Midwife & Midwife Assistant
Dr. Trisha Wimbs, BS, DC
Dr. Allan Ross, BS, DC
Why should I choose the California Birth Center?
At The California Birth Center, we know that you’ll always remember the birth of your baby — it is an intrinsic and integral part of your life, your partner’s life, and your baby’s life. You will cherish the first time you felt their tiny hand grasp your finger and the first time you nuzzled your baby’s velvety head and looked into their eyes. The birth of your child is an experience unlike any other and shouldn’t be rushed or unnecessarily clinical.
We know that midwifery care helps women have healthy pregnancies and natural births best, We also know that in situations where transfer of care is needed women have the extra care that they need afterward to process and heal from unexpected birth experience. We care for women and their newborns for the first six weeks after birth. Welcome to the Family!
What makes The California Birth Center different from a hospital birth?
Unlike at a hospital birth, you will have a close and familiar relationship with your midwives, who will accompany you through your birth experience. All our routine midwifery care, including privacy, quiet, low-lighting, delayed cord clamping and minimal interventions for mother and baby, are geared to promote the natural process of birth and bonding. Your birth plan is our birth plan.
One of the biggest differences between a hospital birth and a birth at The California Birth Center, is that the mother-baby bonding is not only welcomed but also encouraged by us. We encourage continuous uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby…and partner too! Your baby will never leave your side as you spend time getting to know one another and initiating breastfeeding. When it is time, we perform the complete newborn examination alongside you and family.
I’ve been seeing another care provider, can I still transfer my care to the California Birth Center?
Absolutely. We will help you make a seamless transition. All you need to do to transfer your care is make an appointment with us and then get a copy of your medical records from your previous provider by completing a Medical Records Release form available in our office. It’s that simple.
I heard that The California Birth Center books up quickly. Will there be room for me?
We are blessed to have many repeat clients that call us as soon as their pregnancy test is positive! Our schedule books up quickly and often several months in advance. However, it is important to us to leave room in our schedule for new clients but starting your care with us sooner rather than later is always best.
Is giving birth in a birth center safe?
Out-of-hospital birth is as safe as, or safer than, a hospital birth for the majority of women. The Midwife Alliance of North America has several studies, articles, and printouts that you can share with your family and friends.
We only take care of low risk, normal families. According to California State Midwifery Law, we may only attend singleton births (no twins), baby must be head down at the time of birth (no planned breech births), births must occur between 37 – 42 weeks, and if there is a condition likely to negatively affect childbirth (like preeclampsia or placenta previa), we will refer or transfer to a physician.
We start with ensuring that clients are healthy when they begin care with us. Then throughout pregnancy we provide comprehensive prenatal visits, prenatal screening, plus you take good care of yourself to ensure that when you start labor at The California Birth Center you and your baby are healthy and well.
Finally, our midwives provide continuous support and care during labor and birth and make sure everyone stays healthy and well throughout labor at The California Birth Center. Our midwives are well trained and skilled in identifying and attending to certain birth complications such as postpartum hemorrhage and neonatal resuscitation, but our midwives will transfer families to the hospital during labor or in the immediate postpartum if the circumstances become outside of our policies or scope of practice. Recognizing what is normal, knowing how to keep it normal and identifying when the hospital is a better place to be is what makes midwifery care at the California Birth Center safe.
Am I a good candidate for giving birth at The California Birth Center?
The majority of women are good candidates for birth center birth. We offer a complimentary tour and meeting with our Clinical Director to ensure that this would be a good option for you and your baby.
When do I take the baby to the pediatrician?
Our care includes well-baby care for the first six weeks after birth. We perform a complete newborn exam before you leave the birth center which includes weighing, measuring, listening to baby’s heart and lungs as well as sweet keepsake footprints! We offer erythromycin and Vitamin K (oral botanical and pharmaceutical grade injectable). We perform the Critical Congenital Cardiac Defect screening and the California Newborn Screen at the home visit. We have an audiologist from the Children’s Choice for Hearing and Talking do Newborn Hearing Screening clinics at the California Birth Center. With the exception of the Hepatitis B vaccine (which we cannot offer), we can provide all routine care for babies until they see their pediatrician for their two-month well baby visit.
Do you offer VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)?
We welcome women seeking VBAC’s! We offer midwifery care and birth services for healthy women who have had no more than one previous cesarean birth, and with an ultrasound documenting the placenta is not low-lying anterior. We require a copy of the operative report from the hospital where your cesarean birth occurred. There must also be at least 18 months spacing from cesarean birth to the next baby’s due date. For VBAC support and education go to ICAN-online.org and VBACfacts.com.
Do you offer water births?
Absolutely! Many of our clients use water for labor and birth. We have private showers and deep soaking tubs in each of the birth suites. The buoyancy and warmth of the water help with relaxation, pain relief and ease of changing positions during labor. Many women laboring in the tub go on to give birth there. Mothers and babies love it. It’s rare that we can’t get the tub filled in time, but if you have had babies before and you are “coming in hot” we can start filling the tub when you are on your way in!
Do you take clients near their estimated due date?
Yes, We get calls quite frequently from families that feel they cannot continue with their current plans and are seeking last-minute changes. This is often a result of childbirth education, moving to our area or because they are at the end of their pregnancy and being told they will need unnecessary interventions.
We evaluate prospective clients on a case-by-case basis. As long as you’ve been receiving prenatal care and are healthy and low-risk (meaning no high blood pressure, gestational diabetes or other pregnancy complications or health risks) and we can get all of your medical records, we are able to accept you into our care late in pregnancy.
What about lab work and ultrasounds?
We can order any lab work or ultrasound that you may need! Blood can be drawn by one of the California Birth Center midwives during your visit or ordered to be collected at a Quest lab near you. For women wanting ultrasound, we can order them at a variety of local ultrasound facilities.
If I’m planning a birth at the California Birth Center, do I need to see a physician also?
We provide complete prenatal care as long as you and your baby remain healthy and low risk. If a situation outside our scope of practice arises, we will refer you to a physician covered by your insurance plan. Very few of our clients have required complete transfer of care due to risk factors.
Some of our clients who have HMO or EPO insurance plans will get concurrent care with in-network physicians to cover the cost of ultrasounds and lab work since those are not included in our fee. If you would prefer to have us order your labs and ultrasounds, we have affordable negotiated rates for lab work and some local ultrasound facilities have cash pay rates.
Can my older children attend prenatal visits and be at the birth?
We absolutely LOVE having older siblings take part in your prenatal visits. Our “little helpers” can assist throughout the appointment by measuring mama’s belly, and listening to baby’s heartbeat. Family-centered births are welcomed based on the mother’s and children’s comfort level. We respectfully request that all family members who accompany you to the California Birth Center be healthy and well!
Will I need a doula?
A doula (professional labor support) can be a wonderful extra support, especially during a longer labor, if its your first baby, to ensure that you will have extra labor support if you need to transfer to hospital, or for labor support at your home before you come to the birth center.
Do you offer breastfeeding support?
Most of our midwives are skilled in breastfeeding support from years of personal and professional experience. We believe that supporting a healthy breastfeeding relationship is a vital component of our midwifery care. We understand that preparing for breastfeeding before the birth of your child is of great importance when considering that your breastfeeding relationship will last several months to several years. We include a breastfeeding class for families to take together prenatally, educational materials to take home and a resource list of breastfeeding specialists in the area.
Will insurance cover midwifery care at The California Birth Center?
Kaiser Permanente is now reimbursing care at California Birth Center! If you’re pregnant and have Kaiser coverage, or you birthed with us in the past year and had Kaiser coverage, we can bill Kaiser for you. So give us a call!
We can also bill PPO insurance. Typically, we are covered at Out-of-Network rate but often our insurance biller is able to obtain In-Network rates for families. We have even had a few families get reimbursed by their HMOs for the care at The California Birth Center!
Health share plans such as Christian Healthcare Ministries, Medi-share and Samaritan Ministries will cover your care here! Families can also use their FSA or HSAs to cover our fee.
Labs can be billed directly to your insurance, but you may owe a copay to Quest for your labs. For those who have HMO or health share plans we have negotiated cash pay rates for labs that are affordable.
Ultrasounds can be billed directly to your insurance, but you may owe a copay to your insurance company for your ultrasound. For those who have HMO or health share plans, some of the ultrasound facilities have cash pay rates that are affordable.
Of course, you can also pay cash for California Birth Center services.
What happens if birth doesn’t go as planned?
Although out-of-hospital birth is statistically safer, it does not guarantee a complication-free birth. We are highly skilled and trained to detect and manage many birth complications. We have all the necessary equipment and supplies including medications to control postpartum hemorrhage and equipment to resuscitate newborns, which preserves our capability to safely attend birth center births. We’ve discreetly tucked away necessary equipment such as oxygen, IV therapy, and medications. Deviations from normal that should not be managed out of the hospital often have early warning signs which permit ample time to transport to the hospital. In this uncommon instance that a transport does become necessary, we are a less than 10-minute drive to local hospitals. We call ahead and send records to ensure a smooth and safe transition into the hospital when needed.
Tell me about the California Birth Center Family…
We are committed to creating a community for women to feel confident and connected to families that share your birth and parenting philosophy. To support our CBC families, we have a social media network to give our clients a friendly environment to discuss pregnancy, birth, and parenting related questions. Please like our fan page on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and for past and current clients only, you may join our private Facebook interactive group. Once you are a part of the California Birth Center Family, you are welcome to join our Postpartum Support Group, park dates, and natural living events. We hope to offer more ways to connect in the coming year!
Check out California Birth Center’s upcoming events
Postpartum Support Group
12 pm – 2 pm
Join other new mothers and their babies for a supportive get-together. Bring your questions about newborn care and breastfeeding! Call or text (916) 223-7731 to reserve your spot.
California Birth Center
6940 Destiny Drive
Rocklin, CA 95677
Tour California Birth Center
Two tours: 5 pm & 6 pm
Thinking about having a natural birth? Come see our comfortable birth center in person! Call or text (916) 223-7731 to reserve your spot.
California Birth Center
6940 Destiny Drive
Rocklin, CA 95677
Feb 24 & 25
Pelvic Floor Pop-Up Clinic with Kate Coletti, LM
9 am – 4 pm
Kate Coletti, LM leads pelvic floor workshops at California Birth Center to help women with their pelvic floor health through all phases of life. Call or text (916) 223-7731 to reserve your spot.
California Birth Center
6940 Destiny Drive
Rocklin, CA 95677