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(AAP)American Academy of Pediatrics

Childbirth Connection, formerly Maternity Center Association, is a not-for-profit organization that has worked to improve maternity care for mothers, babies and families since 1918. They promote safe, effective, and satisfying evidence-based maternity care.

(ICAN)- The International Cesarean Awareness Network, Inc. (ICAN) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve maternal-child health by preventing unnecessary cesareans through education, providing support for cesarean recovery, and promoting Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC).

(LLLI)- La Leche League Since 1956, LLI has provided education, information, support and encouragement to women who choose to breastfeed.

Sidelines National Support Network is a non-profit organization providing international support for women and their familes experiencing complicated pregnancies and premature births.




Birth Centers

Babies in Bloom

760 940 2229

1948 Via Centre dr, Vista, CA 92081



South Coast Midwifery

(949) 654-2727

6817 Quail Hill Parkway
Irvine, CA 92603


Best Start Birth Center

Phone: 619-299-0840  1-800-479-BABY
Fax:  619-299-0892

3343 4th Avenue  San Diego, CA 92103


UCSD Birth Center

UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest


200 W. Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103


Birth Roots Women's Health and Maternity Center

(619) 409 4900

236 F Street, Chula Vista 91910


Children’s hospitals


Rady Children's Hospital

3020 Children's Way

San Diego

(858) 576-1700


Well Baby Clinics:

Children's Primary Care Medical Group La Costa

3257 Camino De Los Coches #301
Carlsbad, CA 92009
(760) 633-3640

Rady Children's Physician Management

285 N El Camino Real
Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 436-4511


Abused women shelters and support groups

Center for Community Solution

24-Hour Toll Free Crisis Line:

4508 Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109


Women's Resource Center

1963 Apple Street - Oceanside, CA 92054
Phone: 760-757-3500

24-Hour Hotline: (760)757-3500


YWCA of San Diego County

emergency hotline: (619) 234-3164

1012 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Counseling Services
619-239-0355, ext. 252


Cortez Hill Family Center


San Diego Family Justice Center

1122 Broadway #200, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 533-6000


Child Abuse Protection agencies:

Chadwick Center for Children and Families

Chadwick Administration

(858) 966-5814
Fax: (858) 966-8535

Forensic and Medical Services

(858) 966-5980
Fax: (858) 278-2365

Trauma Counseling Services

(858) 966-4011
Fax: (858) 966-5992

San Diego Conference

(858) 966-4972 or (858) 966-8572
Fax: (858) 966-8018 or (858) 966-7434




Family doctors/Pediatricians:

Melinda L. Au, D.O.

285 N El Camino Real #C-202

Encinitas, 92024

(760) 436-5000

Steven Balch, M.D.

North Coast Pediatrics

285 North EL Camino Real

Encinitas, 92024

(760) 436-4511

Carol Barish, M.D.

2850 6th Street

San Diego

(619) 295-3911

Robert Barr, M.D.

15706 Pomerado Rd. S #104


(858) 673-9270

Ronald Becker, M.D.

41011 CA, Oaks, Suite 101

Murrieta, 92592

(909) 302-1435

Paul Brennan, M.D.

Family Practice

1330 Camino Del Mar

Del Mar, 92014

(858) 792-8721

Rochelle A. Broome, M.D.

3650 Clairemont Dr. Suite 8

San Diego (Sharp)

(858) 490-3000

Janna Cataldo, M.D. Clairemont Pediatrics

10737 Camino Ruiz, Ste. 200

San Diego, 92126

(858) 578-4330

Leo Craychee, M.D.

Scripps-Rancho Bernardo (858) 487-1800

Tom Cumming, M.D.

Pacific Beach (619) 483-6830

Dalforno M.D.

3230 Waring Ct.


(760) 433-8862

El Camino Pediatrics

Dockweiler, M.D. Judith Rubin, M.D. Frumin, M. D. Suzanne Mills, M.D.

477 N. EL Camino Real


(760) 753-7143

Peter Hein, M.D. Assoc. in Family Medicine

4320 Genessee Ave., #202

San Diego, 92117

(858) 565-6394

P. Hitchcock, M.D.

4150 Regents Park Rd, Suite 215

La Jolla, CA 92037

(858) 457-0030

Duke Kim, M.D.

Mission Pediatric 27800 Medical Rd., Ste 116

Mission Viejo, 92691

(714) 364-6040

Wesley Kim, M.D.

Saddleback Pediatrics 27800 Medical Center Rd., #159

Mission Viejo, 92691

(714) 364-1380

Sandra McColl, M.D.

2950 Sixth Street

San Diego, 92103

(619) 296-3366

MaryAnne Morelli, M.D.

(619) 583-7611

Tami Nakahara, M.D.

550 Washington St. Ste. 300

San Diego, CA 92103

Neglia, M.D.

7690 El Camino Real

Carlsbad, CA

(760) 436-4511 Rancho Santa Fe (760) 755-9776

James Ochi, M.D.

Escondido (760) 737-0197

Allyson Pizzo, M.D.

La Jolla Pediatrics

(858) 457-0030

Tamara Pratt, M.D.

San Marcos (760-761-1125)

Gina Rosenfield, M.D.

1582 W. San Marcos Blvd. #203

San Marcos, 92069

(760) 744-6710 (760) 745-7313

Holly Salzman, M.D.

Family Health Pavilion

499 North El Camino Real

Encinitas, 92024

(760) 436-5000

Michelle Sanford, M.D.

Scripps Clinic 12395 El Camino Real

San Diego, 92024

(760) 794-0160

Williams Sears & Robert, M.D.

655 Camino De Las Mares,

#117 San Clemente, 92627

(949) 493-KIDS (5437)

Marty Stein, M.D.

6515 La Jolla Blvd. La Jolla

(858) 454-6162

Christine Strohmeyer, M.D.

Mission Park Clinic Oceanside, CA

(760) 967-4900

Daniele Vecchio, M.D.

1349 Camino Del Mar Del Mar

(858) 481-1151

Christine Wood, M.D. Encinitas

(760) 753-7143


Michelle Freund, L.M



Darynee Blount, CPM, L.M

Sarah Davis, CPM, L.M


Chula Vista

Center for Natural Birth


Marla Hicks, CPM, L.M

Gerri Ryan, CPM, L.M

Brooke Ray, CNM, MS


San Diego

San Diego Midwife


Jamin Sylvada, CPM, L.M

LaShel Montgomery, CNM


Sunshine Crispeels, L.M.


San Diego

Nicole Morales, CPM, L.M.


San Diego

Facilities with Midwifery Practices:

Balboa Naval Hospital


Best Start Birth Center


Birth Roots Woman's and Maternity Center


Kaiser Zion


Palomar Midwifery Services


UCSD Birth Center



Dr. Capetanakis, D.O.

535 Encinitas Blvd., Suite 120

Encinitas, CA 92024


760-634-6785 fax

Dr. Damon Cobb, DO

11939 Rancho Bernardo Rd
Ste 110
San Diego, CA 92129

(858) 618-1156



Birth Doula Referral list

Alisa Okamoto



Experienced in VBAC


Becky Gonzalez



Experienced in HypnoBirthing

And all childbirth styles


Cris Harper


North County Natural Birth

(760) 224-7517


Valerie Peterson




Rosie Peterson



Experienced in HypnoBirthing

And all childbirth styles


Connie Merritt


San Diego

Experienced in all childbirth styles


Rochelle McLean



Lamaze Practitioner and experienced in all other childbirth methods.

Amazing Lacatation Consultant


New Doula: Looking to attend births for certification.

Kathryne Bukowski




Childbirth educators


Carol Yeh-Garner


Care Messer



The Bradley Method

Liza Janda (760) 716-6386 (Vista)

Connie Rivera (858) 538-8995 (Rancho Penasquitos)
Jan Whitcomb (619) 287-4479 (San Diego)
Kimberly Bianco (619) 838-7267 (Rancho Bernardo/Poway/Carmel Mtn. Ranch/North County Inland)

Jenifer Straily (619) 303-5166 (Spring Valley/El Cajon/Jamul)

Dora Ramirez (619) 588-5277 (El Cajon)
Karen & Jeff Wallace (760) 787-0302 (Ramona/Poway)
Nicki & Russell Ryan (949) 363-5932 (San Clemente)

Kathleen Wirtz (360) 957-3417 (San Diego)
Roekmini Pullom (Lemon Grove)

Stephanie Cook AAHCC 760-207-8477 (Oceanside)

Barbara Ann Powell (951) 303-9022 (Temecula Valley/Fallbrook)


Rachel Vence, HCHI, CCE, CLE, HCHD



Birthing from Within

Nicole Morales


Shelley Rahim


16769 Bernardo Center Dr.
Suite K15 (2nd Floor)
San Diego, CA 92128


Breastfeeding support groups, clinics, classes

Babies in Bloom

1948 Via Center dr, Vista, CA 92081

Tuesdays 1pm and Fridays 11am (Free)

760 940 2229


San Diego Breastfeeding Center, LLC


Beautiful Beginnings

call 619-583-1129


The Birth Education Center of San Diego

9845 Erma Road Suite 202

San Diego CA 92131




Childcare options


Crunch Care


Child Care Companions



Seeking Sitters


7040 Avenida Encinas

#104-249 Carlsbad, Ca 92011


Whole Life Home Care



Acupunture, Chiropractors, Massage Therapist:


Patricia Wingo, L.A.c

Office 760.729.0115

cell 760.533.3523

1207 Carlsbad Village Dr, Ste Y

Carlsbad CA 92008


Nick Olow, MS, L.Ac.
Acu Massage Therapy
Located in Hillcrest
(619) 405-5282

Zen Fertility Center

Maring Allen L.A.c


Jaime Boyd


3010  5th ave

San Diego, CA 92103


Dr. Gina Caserma
World Of Wellness Chiropractic


Massage therapist

Becky Gonzalez


509 S.Cedros Ave

Suite D, Solana Beach

Ca, 92075


Equilibrio Massage

Nicole Trombley, CMT, NCTMB

Allison Murphy, HHP, CMT

Blue Lotus Center for Health in Hillcrest
3320 Third Avenue, Suite B
San Diego, CA 92103

AND at the Birth Education Center
9845 Erma Rd #202 in the Scripps Ranch area

(619) 955-6670


Homeopathic services:

Willow MacPherson, DIHom


2013 1219 Camino Del Mar

Del Mar

CA 92014




Prenatal and postpartum Yoga:


Liza Janda

San Marcos, Poway, Carlsbad



Java Mama Cafe



The Birth Education Center of San Diego



Natures Whisper Yoga


Shelley Rahim


16769 Bernardo Center Dr.
Suite K15 (2nd Floor)
San Diego, CA 92128



Multiple birth groups/associations:

San Diego Parents of Twins Club
P.O. Box 927292
San Diego, CA 92192-7292
Voicemail: (858) 224-2468

Parenting classes:

Scripps Parenting Network


Carrie Grange Isaacson, LCSW

Bringing Home Baby


Susie Walton

Redirecting Children’s Behavior


Postpartum exercise classes/mother and baby exercise

classes/yoga classes:

Erin Noland

1st and 3rd Wed at 4S Ranch Library
Class is FREE, sign up required
10433 Reserve Dr
San Diego, CA 92127

Jean McLaughlin Women's Center
Mondays 10:30 - 11:30 am, $60/6 weeks
Pomerado Hospital
15611 Pomerado Rd
Poway, CA 92064



Libraries/infant programs:

Childtime learning centers



VBAC/CA support groups:

(Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
ICAN San Diego - International Cesarean Awareness Network
San Diego Chapter Leaders:
Alisa Okamoto & Sharon Trom


Postpartum Doulas:

Ann De La Torre
Absolute Doula Care


Moni Waiblinger
Beautiful Beginnings

Teresa Weinstein

Diana Kay

Viki Bettis
Beautiful Beginnings

Nova Bella DeLovely
Womb Service

Infant massage classes and services:

Rachel Rainbolt
Ohana Wellness

Lactation Consultants:

Rochelle McLean
Robin Kaplan
(619) 606-2211


Mamas & Milk

(858) 218-MILK(6455)


Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Health Alliance



Parent's anonymous support groups:

NAMI San Diego Support Group

ami San Diego

3rd Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
NAMI San Diego Office
4480 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92116
Call (619) 543-1434 or (800) 523-5933

National Parent Helpline

1-855- 4A PARENT • 1-855-427-2736


Support groups for parents of children with special needs:

ARC of San Diego
Largest, most comprehensive provider of services to children and adults with disabilities in San Diego County including parent/infant programs, independent living and vocational skills training, camps and recreational activities. Also a leader in government advocacy for persons with disabilities.
3030 Market St. #B,
SD, 92102

COMPASS Family Center
Supports the well-being of families caring for children with special needs. Services include family counseling, special education advocacy and representation, family guidance and support services, and information and referrals to community resources.
619-543-9850 ext. 12432

The Parent Connection
Support and playgroups for San Diego families.


Teen parent support groups/educational services:

San Diego Youth Services
Administrative Office
3255 Wing Street
San Diego, CA  92110
(619) 221-8600

Single parenting groups: 

Raising Children on a Single of Fixed Income” (

Wise Widowed Parents

North County Single Moms Meetup Group

Parental Alienation Awareness Organization USA San Diego

Leave Strong: Women's Divorce Support Group

On-line resources:

Health Food stores:

Sprouts Farmers Market

Jimbos Natural Foods Grocer

Cream of the Crop

Legal Resources for Special Needs
Keeping Disabled Persons Safe While Remodeling
Creating a Home Where Your Disabled Child can Thrive
Teacher Resources for Special Needs
Disaster Preparedness for Special Needs
Disability and Credit Scores
Disability Resources from the Department of Labor
Tips for Disabled Persons to Declutter and Organize their Home
Financial Planning for Special Needs

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