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Lorri Walker, C.N.P., C.N.M.
South Coast Midwifery and Women's Health Care is South Orange County's only free-standing birth center, offering full scope midwifery and well-woman gynecological care. Birthing options include water birth at home or in the birth center, or hospital birth. We offer outstanding prenatal education and support with referrals to prepared childbirth educators, doulas, massage therapists, chiropractors, and many other complementary professionals. Now offering doula apprenticeships at the birth center.
Downtown Los Angeles
California Hospital Medical Center
Accepts Medi-Cal. Low C-section rate. Prenatal care and delivery by team of Certified Nurse-Midwives. You can also get prenatal care from a community clinic and give birth there, but you must pre-register at admissions office first.
Los Angeles County
Kaiser Permanente Hospitals
Only available for those with Kaiser HMO insurance. Low-C-section rate. Kaiser Woodland Hills employs Nurse-Midwives who are on-call 24-hours a day. Other Kaiser hospitals (Sunset, Cadillac, Baldwin Hills) only have midwives on-call limited hours. Call those locations for further information.
Westwood and Westside Los Angeles
UCLA-Nurse-Midwifery Associates, A Midwifery Obstetric Partnership
Susan Huser, CNM, MSN, FACNM A. Ann Trudell, CNM ,MSN
The midwives in this group provide care based on the midwifery model; employing minimal intervention, the judicious use of technology and shared decision-making. Our physician partners are proud of their association with us and support our philosophy of care, and are committed to being immediately available for guidance and assistance should the need arise, including support for VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean section) labors. The superior resources of UCLA Medical Center are available to all our women and families, from sophisticated fetal testing to the most compassionate and skilled nursing staff. We offer free consultation visits as well as preconception care. We accept most forms of insurance and Medi-Cal.
Prenatal care for those with Medi-Cal is given by nurse-midwives at community Medi-Cal clinics, including Westside Family Health Center, located at 1705 Ocean Park Blvd. in Santa Monica, 310-450-2191, ext. 228, and Pacifica Women's Health Center, 11101 Venice Blvd. in Culver City, 310-840-5757.
Greater Los Angeles
California Obstetrics and Gynecology Services
Our practice provides personalized midwifery care in a hospital setting for women desiring VBAC, waterbirth, or simply, "birth with dignity". Because we are a hospital-based practice with MDs supportive of miwifery care, we offer sensitive care to women with risk factors such as diabetes, twins, etc. Our philosophy and experience shows that the vast majority of women, including those with "risk factors" can have a normal pregnancy and birth.
Our spacious, "homey" office allows for comfortable prenatal visits and comprehensive women's health services. All of the newest birth control methods are avialable including IUDs and the patch. Care for women in all stages of life provided by female providers! Most insurances accepted. Medi-Cal and cash pricing also available.
Hermosa Beach and Greater Los Angeles
Mary Lou O'Brien, C.N.M.
Mary Lou has been practicing midwifery for over 20 years in a variety of settings. Services include homebirth,waterbirth and hospital birth. Offering personalized prenatal care with home visits, well-woman annual exams, and supportive obstetrician back-up when needed. She has three children, the oldest born at a freestanding birth center, and the other two (a daughter and a son) who were born at home.
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