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As a midwife, I seek to nurture a woman’s sense of personal strength and self-confidence so that she may experience birth as an empowering process that can be drawn upon throughout her life. I do not “deliver” babies, rather assist and support women and their families to give birth. I believe that birth is a normal life process created by God that works best when allowed to unfold as naturally as possible, only intervening when a need arises. When I attended my first birth in 1984, I wept and was forever transformed by the power and overwhelming beauty of ushering in the miracle of new life. I have found deep joy in actively serving birthing families since. Ten years were spent specifically supporting pregnant minors, both those who chose to parent and those who chose to place their children for adoption. In the 1990’s, I was blessed to birth three beautiful children, two daughters and a son, at home with midwives. As birth changed the way I see myself as a woman and mother, and provided the catalyst to heal past wounds, I desire this for all women. I am licensed as a massage therapist and certified as a placenta encapsulation specialist with           I attended the              (Midwifery Education Accreditation Council) accredited midwifery school, National Midwifery Institute. I feel honored to have received incredible training through wise and seasoned midwives, and continue my training with the greatest teachers of all: the birthing mamas, their partners and their babies. I have also studied under Dr. Aviva Romm and am a graduate of her Professional Training Program for Integrative and Functional Medicine for Women. I seek optimal health in pregnancy, well-woman care, and future health by uncovering and holistically addressing root causes of symptoms that arise. Each one’s journey is unique, forever broadening my vision and understanding of the birth process. When not attending births, I enjoy family, friends, travel, long beach walks, massage, a good cup of tea, and dark chocolate!

Ronda Perea

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I understand that parents desire the best care for their children from the beginning. As a professionally trained midwife, I oversee safety, allowing the entire family to relax and welcome baby into a peaceful environment.

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home birth

Comprehensive and compassionate prenatal, labor, birth, and postpartum care 

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hospital birth support

Emotional support for those wanting or needing to birth in a hospital

well-woman care

Holistic Gynecology and Preconception Care

Placenta
Encapsulation

massage

The placenta is processed and encapsulated in the client's home according to food safety and OSHA standards

Licensed Massage Therapist trained in various modalities

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home birth

As your midwives, we are on-call and available for you at all times. It is our intention for you to feel held and supported at every step of your care. We provide labor support as early as needed or wanted.

Prenatal appointments occur every 3 weeks and become more frequent as the birth nears. Appointments last an hour or more providing ample opportunity for the assessment of mother and baby’s well being, addressing client questions, education, and relationship building. Two Pre- and Perinatal Psychology sessions are included in the home birth package. These optional sessions help families prepare for their upcoming birth by providing deeper connection for parents, their older children, and their baby in the womb.

Postpartum home visits support breastfeeding and address any concerns about mom or baby. We initiate referral or transfer of care in the prenatal, birth or postpartum period as the need arises. Studies have shown that home births with CPMs are as safe as hospital birth for low risk women, have fewer medical interventions, are less expensive, and women report greater birth satisfaction.

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well woman care

Well-woman appointments consist of a thorough medical history intake and dietary review, physical exam including blood pressure evaluation, pap smear, vaginal exam, breast exam, STD screening, family planning and labs for women of all ages. Visits are generally two hours in length providing plenty of time to address any lifestyle concerns one may have with sensitivity.

Preconception appointments include all of the above tailored to the needs of those preparing to start or expand their family. Additional emphasis is placed on the emotional and spiritual preparation for birth.

In addition to being a midwife, Ronda is a graduate of Dr. Aviva Romm's Professional Training Program for Functional and Integrative Medicine for Women. She is not a licensed medical doctor, and does not take the place of your primary care physician unless you are pregnant and she is providing your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum care. Her role is to supplement your care by assisting you with information about how to holistically improve general health through diet, lifestyle modification, and use of botanicals. She does not prescribe pharmaceuticals. 

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Well-Woman-Visit

Birth is much more than bringing the baby to the outside. It was created to be a powerful spiritual journey that shapes individuals, empowers women, creates and strengthens families, and defines society. Intuition should therefore be respected with awe and gently held with utmost love.

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When I first met Ronda, I was seeking information about a natural childbirth friendly OBGYN in Santa Barbara, and had no intention of having a home birth. After our meeting at Innate Midwifery, I changed my mind and was very excited and comfortable with choosing them for my prenatal, birth, and postnatal care. It was the best decision I could have made. Everything about the care I received exceeded my expectations. I felt so safe and supported throughout the whole process, and was able to have an incredible birthing experience, which was so healing after my previous experience of birth trauma in the hospital setting. Innate Midwifery has my highest recommendation!

Delivering my baby at home made the experience ours - sweetly, intimately, completely ours, and ours alone. Ronda told me at our first meeting that her philosophy on birth is that mothers really don’t need much help - we know, our bodies know deep down. This trust in the natural way put me immediately at ease (although I am exceedingly grateful that I did have her help!) and her calm, reassuring manner reminded me again and again throughout my four days of labor to trust myself and my baby. And I’m so glad I did! Our beautiful baby girl was born in our living room, caught by her dad, and twenty minutes later we were all three in our own bed. What magic! I am so grateful for the support I got before, during, and after my birth (post-natal care in the comfort of one’s own home cannot be over estimated!) and the trust I mustered for myself, my body, and my baby has carried us through many hard moments since. 

heather and jeff

joya and jesse

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"Ronda and Moriah saw me and my husband through the longest, hardest, first birth. It was a marathon and I could never have done it without their help. One was putting pressure on my lower back while the other was massaging. They took turns while the other rested. Their commitment, inner calm, and steady experience kept me persevering through 36 hours of the hardest journey of my life. I am so grateful for how they prepared us with great information before and saw us through postpartum with self-care, nursing, and placenta encapsulation. Our beautiful baby girl is 6 years old today, and not a baby anymore at all. They were such an important part of our transformation from a couple to a family and will always hold the most special place in our hearts."

"Very simply put.....Amazing. :) Kind, calm, knowledgeable and experienced. Our first son was born in the hospital, and when we were pregnant with our second son we knew homebirth was the way to go for us. Although we had great support with Ronda as our doula for our first hospital birth, I can't tell you how different this experience was! After our son was born, the midwives cleaned up and made my husband and I lunch....Seriously! When telling my other friends (who have had homebirths) this last fact, they always say....Really? Lucky! :) Thank you!

sarah and brian

lindsey and  troy

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 “When I decided to have a home birth I was quite nervous about finding the right midwives to help me through my first pregnancy and birth. I was so thankful and relieved when I met Ronda and Moriah and got to know their tender, strong and intuitive hearts. I felt so heard, taken care of, understood and respected. They shared a beautiful, strong, calming presence that i knew i could trust with this special experience. As my pregnancy progressed it felt as though we became dear friends. When important medical questions came up, before during and after the birth, their knowledge was accurate and well founded making our decisions simple and seamless. I have complete trust in them. They are an amazing team and I cannot wait to have them at my next birth.” 

carly

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My birth was truly an amazing experience. After 4 hospital births, having a birth at home with such amazing midwives was a dream come true. They approached everything so calmly and naturally, everything just felt so much more relaxed and how it is supposed to be. Birth is such a beautiful experience when allowed to happen the way God designed it to. Not only was my birth so much more peaceful without the continual interruptions of the medical world, I was able to engage in a new way with the birthing process as well as enjoy my baby so much more right after. Their peaceful and calm demeanor, coupled with their experience and knowledge, made me feel so safe and secure, as well as supported and directed when I needed it. It was truly one of the most incredible experiences of my life!

holly and jason

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mary and andy

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I cannot express the appreciation and respect I have for Ronda. She is the woman you want by your side during birth! Ronda was so full of joy, respect, patience, understanding, care, and helpful information during all our conversations prior to my son’s birth, and she is the reason I was able to give birth naturally during my challenging labor (due to my son’s posterior orientation). She empowered my husband to be such an amazing supportive partner during the birth process, and Ronda’s calm nature, quiet strength, and belief in natural childbirth helped me so much. Ronda is a champion of babies, mothers, and families.  I am so grateful for her and that she gets to use her tremendous gifts to bless so many.

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"Ronda is one of my favorite people in all the world and I am honored to call her friend. God placed her in my life as a college roommate that began a life-long bond. My daughter, Sofie, was born June 30,1984. Ronda patiently sat by my side from the beginning of labor to the moment Sofie entered the world. I feel honored that this was the first birth Ronda attended and through this momentous occasion she found her calling. She is a wealth of knowledge in so many areas of health and birth but also has over 30 years of experience to back it up. I trust Ronda with my life. You are in for a treat and have chosen well for your birth journey! It's guaranteed to be a memorable, life-changing event through which you will be blessed beyond measure!"

dana

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leanne and dan

"My experience with Ronda has made me want to have a fourth baby! Are you crazy? Yes, a little bit! Ronda empowered Dan and me to have three natural births. She was our doula for the first two at the hospital and one of our midwives for the third at home. She is gentle, loving, kind, intuitive, brilliant and helpful. Ronda helped me feel like a client, like a woman, and not like a patient. She gave us the tools to be wise, safe, communicative and informed. I adore Ronda and cannot recommend her more highly. I hope that she is around when my sons have their babies!"

Ronda has been with us for two out of our three births starting in 2010 and is currently one of our midwives for our fourth baby, due in 2016. We didn’t realize the importance of having a doula or midwife with our first baby and I have always wished we could go back and redo that birth. With our second and third babies we had Ronda as our doula and delivered in the hospital. Now, with our fourth baby we have Ronda as our midwife and I feel like the luckiest woman ever! For example, at my last appointment with Ronda she made me tea to enjoy while we chatted at her house. We laughed, talked about how all of my family is doing, getting ready for baby #4, and then we listened to baby’s heartbeat and enjoyed moments checking in on baby and me, making sure we were progressing well. Every time I have an appointment with Ronda I am so grateful for at how “at home” I feel. I feel listened to, I never feel rushed, and I feel supported, believed in and empowered – this is such a difference from my previous experience as a patient in the hospital. I feel giddy and grateful that now we get to have her not just as our doula, but as our midwife – she is in it for the long haul with us and we are thoroughly enjoying every minute alongside her. She is a gift to our family and I can not imagine approaching birth without her by our side!

serena and dan

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andrea and neil

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"When we were pregnant with our first child, a friend strongly recommended we have Ronda as our doula. As a newly pregnant young woman, I was nervous about the whole thing, especially natural birth! But Ronda’s reputation spoke for itself, so we decided to meet with her. Since that meeting, Ronda has become one of my best friends, and has been present at all three of my natural hospital births, in 2006, 2008, and in 2011. Each birth was unique and presented its own set of unforeseen challenges. The first was remarkably long – 40 hours! The second, frighteningly fast moving, and the third – though not especially long, the most challenging of the three. In each situation, in every moment, Ronda was calm, loving, wise and discerning. She knew how to encourage my sweet husband, how to encourage me to try something new; she knew when to be quiet and when to speak up, when to challenge my endurance and when to comfort me. I cannot imagine these precious and vulnerable days without her; I surely would have crumpled under fear and fatigue and weakness. These birth days of my children are precious, largely because Ronda was there, empowering me to be the best birthing mother I could be, and thereby preparing me for the parenting ahead."

luz and jose

Having a child can be nerve-racking. I am the the type of mother that naturally worries about birthing a healthy child. When Ronda became my doula I was fighting thyroid cancer. She guided me nutritionally which introduced me to a new lifestyle. I began to feel so alive and healthy that if it weren’t for my cancer diagnosis, I dare say it’s the healthiest I’ve ever been. Ronda is a gifted woman who loves to share her knowledge and encourage. The birth process was great. I often hear and have myself experienced births controlled by hospital staff, that have neglected the mother’s wishes, and have guided the mother and her newborn away from the natural process of birth. Ronda encouraged me to use my voice and reminded me that my birth was my experience and I should be able to have my needs met during delivery. Ronda was an incredible support and was with me and my husband at the hospital from my early stages of labor. She had amazing hands that she would use to rub my lower back as if she new exactly where my pain was, wait she probably did, which is why she was able to sooth the pain so I could successfully have Destinee naturally. I took my placenta home and Ronda encapsulated it for me. These amazing placenta pills gave me energy and helped me through the sleepless nights that we mothers are gifted with due to feeding our little ones. I highly recommend Ronda and the natural experience of birth. It is worth every effort, commitment and sacrifice that I had to make to have a healthy beautiful daughter.

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kyle and dennis

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"Our fourth baby, Lucas was born in 2016, in our home in Costa Rica. All our babies had been "home births" but none had been born in OUR home. We live in a rural area over two hours away from where most midwives practice. Living so far and having pretty quick births, we had to move to the city two weeks before my due date to insure my arrival for birth. We had always dreamed of being able to stay in our own home. Fortunately, Ronda agreed to come all the way to Costa Rica to be with us as we waited.  Our three previous home births had all been different, perfect, and beautiful, but I still felt I had been disconnected from the process and dreamed of catching my own baby. My husband and I talked about this option with Ronda, who was excited about the idea.  At ten days postdates I decided to use herbs to see if we could get things going. I love that everyone on my birth team waited patiently and never pressured me in anyway to make this decision. When labor was active, we called Ronda who was staying nearby. I barely noticed when Ronda arrived, she was so non-invasive. She assisted my husband and I to receive baby Lucas into this world 40 minutes later. It was the birth I had dreamed and prayed for! I had great postpartum recovery because of the care I received during his birth and in the days after. Ronda prepared our placenta and I found it very stabilizing. Ronda is very professional but also very nurturing making her a perfectly balanced midwife. She brings a sense of confident calm to the process of pregnancy, birth and postpartum and we feel so blessed she could be part of Lucas' birth story."

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