Local Resources for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Parenting


Octagon Community Clinic – Especially Joe and Ananda, sliding scale
Berkeley Community Acupuncture – Sliding Scale for community treatments
Portia Lee, L.Ac in El Cerrito
Maureen Raytis, L.Ac in Oakland
Amy Mitchell, L.Ac in Berkeley
Melissa Berg, L.Ac in San Francisco

Birth tub rentals

Marialena Quale – 510-760-7549
Christine Cox Jude – 510-545-6349
Awakenings Birth Services
Kirsten Soares
Hannah Weiss
Natural Resources

Breastfeeding support

East Bay Lactation Associates
Paula Santa, IBCLC
Claire van Rooyen, IBCLC
Jeannie Choe, CLEC
Ami Burnham, IBCLC – SF
Breastmilk Cooperative
La Leche League – East Bay chapter meets 3rd Wed of the month from 11-3 at Birthways

Breastfeeding Visuals


Latch Animation

Crawl to the Breast Video

Car seat safety

Where To Go for local car seat inspection
Car Seat
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Childbirth preparation classes

Homebirth Preparation East Bay – Lucia Brosgart
Homebirth Preparation SF –
Mindfulness Training
– Nance Bardacke
Birthways, in Berkeley
Natural Resources, in SF

Chiropractors / craniosacral

Awaken Chiropractic
Acorn Wellness – Elon Bartlett, D.C. (Chiro/CranioSacral)
The Joint – $25 Community Style Chiropractic Clinic
Sirena Masket – (CranioSacral)
Bernal Family Chiropractic – Colin Phipps, D.C.
More Mojo SF- Kristine Hicks, D.C.


Gina Hassan, PhD – Pregnancy groups, Mindful Mother’s groups
Sean Holcombe, MFT – In-Home Family Therapy, Fathers Forum
Chris Weipert, MFT – SF
Ceres Rutan, PsyD – SF 415-820-1585, specializes in PPD, leads support groups
Depression site for Dads
Holistic Counseling Center – Sliding Scale counseling provided by JFK interns
Earth Circles Counseling Center – Sliding Scale counseling provided by interns and MFTs
Women’s Therapy Center – Sliding Scale counseling provided by interns

Diaper Services

Tiny Tots Cloth Service
Earth Baby Compostable Service
Elimination Communication (EC) / Diaper Free Babies

Homeopaths / Osteopaths / Naturopaths

Hahnemann Medical Clinic – Christine Ciavarella, PA 510-524-3117 (Homeopathy)
Carmen Hering, D.O – (510) 526-5256 ‎ (Osteopath)
East Bay Naturopathic Clinic – Karen Peters, ND
Tara Natural Medicine – Tara Levy, ND

Massage therapists

Glow East Bay
Candace Palmerlee
Bridget Scadeng
Michelle Aldridge-Craven – in your home massage
Angel Feet Reflexology – low cost foot and body massage

Midwifery organizations

CA Families for Access to Midwifery (CFAM)
Bay Area Homebirth Collective
– check out the monthly birth story potlucks, walks, new parents groups and the very active yahoo group.
California Association of Midwives
Midwives Alliance of North America
The Big Push for Midwives – National group working on state-by-state recognition of CPMs
Citizens for Midwifery
Mama Campaign – National group working for CPM inclusion in the National Health Care Discussion

Parenting Support

Parental Stress Hotline – 510-893-5444
Join the Bay Area Home Birth Collective Families online group by sending an e-mail to Please include a brief comment about why you want to join, and where you live.
Berkeley Parents Network
Hand in Hand Parenting
Janet Lansbury


Bayside Pediatrics East Bay – Paula Brinkley, Katya Gerwein, Janet Pearlman
Kiwi Pediatrics East Bay
Getzwell Pediatrics SF
Whole Family MD SF – Dr. Daphne Miller and Dr. Avril Swan
Kaiser Oakland – Dr. Ping Chaou, Dr. Roberta Cunningham, Dr. David Bacchus
Kaiser Richmond – Dr. Karen Kruger, Dr. Melvin Burman
Kaiser San Francisco – Dr. Katherine Kennedy, Dr. Ami Goodman

PLacenta encapsulation

Evaly Long – 415-728-8893
Anna Hurty
Placenta Apothecary, Jaime Shapiro does placenta tincture as well as encapsulation
Website explaining the benefits of Placenta Encapsulation

Ultrasounds / oBstetrical care

East Bay Perinatal
St. Lukes Hospital

UCSF Hospital
Kaiser Oakland – Dr. Renee Perry, Lenore Arnoux, NP
Kaiser San Francisco – Dr. Ngoc Phan, Jenna Lewis, NP, Dr. Cheri Barzotinni
ScanBabies – Lance Dursi, low-cost ultrasounds

Vital Records for Birth Certificate

Berkeley 510-981-5320
Post-baby arrival process – Alameda County except Berkeley 510-267-8075 (all of Alameda County except Berkeley) has helpful information for all counties.
Contra Costa 925-335-7900
San Francisco 415-554-2700

Yoga Classes

Yogalayam – Prenatal and Postnatal (with baby massage)
Jessica Premsangha
– Prem also does beautiful belly casts and body work
Yoga Tree Valencia – Jane Austin
Berkeley Yoga Center – Melanie Green, Cybele Tomlinson