Safe, low-intervention, you-centered care.
Nightingale Natural Birth is a fundamentally different approach to pregnancy and childbirth. We provide expert pre-conception, prenatal, birth and postpartum midwifery care for healthy moms and babies in the comfort of your home. We believe safe, professional, knowledgeable maternity care is just the minimum. Truly great care means understanding that each mom and baby are unique, listening with our heart as well as our ears, educating, and empowering moms and dads to make their own informed decisions about how they want to birth their baby.
If you are completely new to the idea of care with a midwife, or just don't know much about it, you are not alone. Learn more about the individualized kind of care that midwives provide and why it matters.
Clients have 24/7 access to a midwife
Serving San Francisco, South San Francisco, Daly City, San Mateo, San Bruno, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Los Altos, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Pinole, Rodeo, Walnut Creek, Concord, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Fremont. Contact us to see if we serve your area.
How We're Different
All of our clients have a primary midwife who oversees their care, and who will be present at their birth. This personal, one-on-one relationship with your midwife is the foundation of your care. Our other providers are available to support your pregnancy as needed.
If you are in need of extra care, we have an amazing community of care providers in the Bay Area that offer a wide variety of services for pregnant families. Below are the ones we most commonly refer to, but we are always open to exploring new resources for our moms.
Services & Pricing
Most insurance plans will reimburse a significant portion of midwifery fees. We work with an excellent biller who is very experienced in getting insurance reimbursements for midwifery clients. Payment plans are also available for midwifery care. We accept cash, check, credit card and Paypal.
We have La Bassine pools available for rent for moms who desire to labor and birth in water!
Tools for Home & Birth Center Birth - 1 day childbirth education intensive
If you are planning to give birth at home or in a birth center outside of a hospital, this course is designed specifically for you! Come meet others who are doing the same, and learn how you can birth your baby with confidence and peace. This course is aimed to give you a variety of tools you and your partner can use to stay calm, relaxed and focused on your journey to becoming a parent!
How can I best work with my midwife and other care providers?
How will I know when I’m in labor?
What do I actually do in labor?!
What will giving birth be like?
How will I cope with pain?
What can I do to best support my partner in labor?
What will happen after the birth?
What if myself or the baby has to go to the hospital?
A combination of instruction, videos, self-reflection, relaxation, breathing and partner exercises will answer these questions and help you become more comfortable with birth. Partners will learn specific techniques to confidently support mothers through the process. A one-day 7 hour session, this course is perfect for busy moms and partners who can’t or don’t want to take a series.
Current Class Schedule
Sunday, October 16, 2016 from 10am-5pm
The best time to take this course is in your third trimester. Exact location varies based on class size and can range from a classroom at a natural birthing or community facility to a private home. A comfortable, private environment with ample space to move and practice techniques is guaranteed. Location is announced 1-2 weeks before the class. A significant discount is available if you would like to volunteer your home or space for the class. If interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes generally range from 1-6 couples. Class is 6.25 hours of instruction and activities, with a 45-minute break for lunch. Snacks, water and tea are provided; bring your own lunch.
Instructor: Firen Jones, Licensed Midwife; Read her bio.
Cost: $200 per couple
Every Third Sunday of the Month from 8-9 pm
(Dates in 2016: Jan 17, Feb 21, March 20, April 17, May 15, June 19, July 17, Aug 21, Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 20, Dec 18)
Birthways, 1600 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
Birthways is sometimes difficult to find as the entrance is actually off Cedar Street. Walk down the path between Barney's Hamburgers and the Butcher Shop, the door is on the right.
Have you ever wondered about the possibility of giving birth at home? Here is a chance to meet with local midwives who can answer your questions. In this meeting you will be able to explore options about where to have your baby and who to choose as your care provider. While you cannot plan the perfect birth, as it is full of surprises and mystery, making choices which reflect your values will increase the likelihood that you will have a safe, satisfying and joyous birth. No RSVP necessary.
If you would like more information or would like to make an appointment for a free initial consultation, please fill out the form below or call 650.731.5191. We look forward to hearing from you!