Birth in Our Birth Center
Welcome to your home away from home. Where our birth rooms are designed by midwives who know what your body needs in labor. Intimacy, privacy, safety, beauty. Birth your baby in water, squatting, on hands and knees, or in our comfortable beds. It is your choice, and we have all the equipment and amenities to do it your way. Plus, your family and loved ones have full access to our kitchen, outdoor patio, and classroom so that they can feel at home too.
Birth in Your Home
Acorn sprouted out of the home birth tradition of midwifery of its founders, who also birthed their own babies at home! So for those who want the ultimate in personal choice and privacy, a home birth option is available to all our families. Imagine not having to travel in labor, being tucked into your own bed, and still having all the medical knowledge and equipment available that you would have in any birthing room. This is where midwifery became the art and science it is today, and we are happy to carry on the traditions of our foremothers.
There are many evidenced-based studies that show that physiological birth in the water reduces pain, eases stress, increases mobility to assist in the descent of baby, is extremely safe for both mom and baby, and can often shorten labor times. Called "the midwives' epidural", water birth contributes to a gentler transition into this world for your baby, making your baby's first impressions of this world as peaceful and kind as possible.
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
We are one of the only birth centers in Southern California to offer VBAC. The risk of VBAC is determined on an individual basis, but evidence-based studies have shown that a trial of labor after a previous Cesarean is a safer option than a repeat Cesarean. With proper management and education, you can achieve your dream of a vaginal birth! Our midwives are happy to schedule a free consultation with you to determine if you are appropriate for VBAC in an out of hospital setting.
Newborn Hearing Screens
NEW!!! We are able to provide Newborn Hearing Screens for babies under 1 year old for those that were born outside the hospital or did not receive a screening after birth. The State of California recommends that infants be screened for developmental hearing issues shortly after birth in order to implement early interventions before the age of two, when critical speech and language development is occuring. Screening is held either in our office or in the comfort of your own home - please call the office to schedule an appointment!
Ultrasounds are provided for the community every other Thursday in our birth center. We can provide diagnostic ultrasounds for all purposes during pregnancy - dating, anatomy screens, biophysical profiles, nuchal translucency, and more. An official report can be provided to your midwife or medical provider, or we can simply give you peace of mind when you need it.
Prepared using the Traditional Chinese Medicine method of steaming, we offer placenta medicine preparation to support you in the postpartum period.
Pregnancy Massage and Craniosacral Therapy
From alleviating the aches and pains of a changing body, to optimally aligning your baby in your pelvis in order to facilitate an easier birth, massage during pregnancy not only contributes to emotional and physical well being but aids in natural childbirth. Likewise, babies greatly benefit from massage and craniosacral techniques after birth to achieve better alignment for successful breastfeeding, relieve physical and emotional stress from the birthing experience, and help them feel safe and secure as they adjust to life outside the womb.
Holistic Reproductive Health and Preconception Care
Planning on becoming pregnant? Needing a Pap smear and wellness exam? Do you need some guidance on how to be your healthiest during your reproductive years? Licensed Midwives are trained in how to prepare your body for growing a baby, as well as how to keep your body healthy during puberty, fertility, and menopause. We use a variety of holistic therapies such as vaginal steams, massage services, nutritional counseling, and homeopathic and herbal remedies to keep your body balanced and in tune with your natural cycles.
Childbirth, Breastfeeding, and Parenting Classes
Please visit our Classes and Events page to learn how you can empower yourself, dispel fear, and get the support you need to grow strong, healthy children and families!