Primary Care Providers

Best Start Birth Center
Phone: (619) 299-0840
Address: 3343 4th Avenue San Diego, CA 92103

Best Start Birth Center is staffed by Certified Nurse Midwives with great OB back-up support. There are three different birthing suites with tubs and Best Start is currently the only location in the San Diego area where you are welcome to have a water birth (except home of course!) Best Start accepts several types of insurance including Medi-Cal and also has very reasonable cash programs. In addition to complete birth services, Best Start also offers birth preparation classes, nutritional counseling services, psychosocial counseling services, and pregnancy massage services.

Dr. Damon Cobb DO
Poway Women’s Health
Phone: (858) 618-1156
Address: 11939 Rancho Bernardo Rd Ste 110 San Diego, CA 92129
Delivers at Pomerado Hospital

Dr. Nick Capetanakis, DO
Phone: (760)944-1000
Address: 317 N. El Camino Real Suite 101 Encinitas CA 92024

These two physicians are my top picks for Mama-Empowering OBs. Doctors Cobb and Cap are both OBs and Osteopaths. These guys are right on the dot with mom centered and evidence based care. They provide an excellent hospital experience with tenderness and respect and know that your body is more than capable of birthing your baby. They also perform all their own deliveries.

Birthing Education and Classes

Birth Education Center of San Diego
Classes & Support
Phone: (858)863-6232
Address: 9845 Erma Road, Suite 202 San Diego, CA 92131

Birth Education Center of San Diego has so many great resources it’s hard to list them all but some of them include a full spectrum of classes including Hypnobirthing, Birthing from Within and Bradley methods. Also several wonderful support groups for pregnant and new parents are available.


Dr. Pia Martin DC, CCN
Phone: (214)869-6404
Email Address:
By appointment only

Dr. Pia Martin is a Doctor Of Chiropractic and she uses the Activator Method Technique, which is a gentle low force approach to Chiropractic care. She is one of the few “advanced rated” doctors in San Diego using this technique. Dr. Pia is also available to perform the Webster Technique, which is used to help babies turn into the birth canal from a breech position. She is also a Clinical Nutritionist, Health and Wellness Coach, Yogi, and active member of IPCA.

Prenatal Massage

Equilibrio Massage
at the Blue Lotus Center for Health
Address: 3320 Third Avenue, Suite B San Diego, CA 92103
Phone: (619) 955-6670
Massage sessions are by appointment only. You may schedule online or via phone.

Equilibrio is a San Diego-based massage practice specializing in pregnancy massage. They provide massage services for women throughout pregnancy, as well during the postpartum period. The massage is adapted for the pregnant women’s body, and specialized techniques are applied to address the specific discomforts of pregnancy. Prices are very reasonable: $55 for a 30 min session and $95 for a 75 min session. They also have package deals and for $110 you can receive customized Partner Massage Instruction.


Nick Olow, MS, L.Ac.
AcuMassage Therapy Center
Address: 4417 30th St. Ste. #111 San Diego, CA 92116
Phone: (619) 405-5282
In/Out 9:00am to 6:00pm

Nick Olow specializes in pregnancy care, labor promotion for overdue mothers, postpartum care, and pain management. As an added bonus, during your acupuncture session he will train your partner or doula in supportive acupressure techniques to use during labor. Nick offers a complimentary consultation. Office visit is approximately $140, house calls available for an extra fee.

Birth Photography

Catie Stephens
Vuefinder Photography
Phone: (619) 398-5683

Nothing I can say about Catie would be as convincing as checking out her beautiful images for yourself on her website. She is a true artist, capturing timeless photos to treasure. Basically, she works much as a doula, meeting with you prior to the birth and being on call 24/7 for you. With really reasonable prices and maternity and newborn add-on packages available, Catie has all your photography needs covered and she’s a joy to be around too – very calm and centered.

Prenatal Yoga

Nature’s Whisper Yoga
Post Natal & Mama/Baby Yoga Classes
Phone: (760)213-1110
Address: 4205 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92103

Nature’s Whisper Yoga offers many great options for pregnant and new moms including Hot Mama Prenatal Yoga classes (not a hot yoga class), Buddha Baby Yoga (20 minutes of baby yoga and massage for digestion and the remainder of class is focused on mama) Vinyasa Mama (Mama focused flow class with baby in the room) and Mamas Tummy Time Core Class ( a serious core with your baby in the room). They also have a selection of regular classes with childcare available and a nice candle light yoga class. Classes run $15 and there lots of packages and monthly options available. The studio also offers many great birthing and baby related classes and workshops such as Birthing from Within birth preparation classes, a Birthing from Within inspired labor support workshop, Birthdance workshops, cloth diapering workshops, baby wearing workshops and infant massage.

Postpartum Doula

Nova Bella Conte PCD(DONA)
Phone: (619) 398-5683
Email Address:

Nova offers gentle, loving post-partum care which includes education on infant care skills, breastfeeding support/bottle-feeding support, educational support and resources including a lending library, baby care so family can rest, doing baby’s laundry, light housekeeping, running errands and grocery shopping and preparing nutritious meals. She charges $30 per hour with a 4 hour minimum per day/ 8 hour minimum per night. Nova is a DONA certified postpartum doula, is current with adult & infant CPR and first aid certifications through American Red Cross and is Trustline Registered (California’s background check for in-home care).