Services at LA Midwife Collective

LA Midwife Collective is Monica Wood LM, CPM and Jennifer Brandon Ruiz LM, CPM. We care for our clients together and attend your birth as a team of two.


  • Free Interview
  • Preconception care
  • Comprehensive and holistic prenatal care
  • Nutritional counseling for pregnancy
  • Prenatal testing including blood draws performed in office
  • Referrals for Ultrasounds
  • Home birth
  • Water birth
  • Water birth tub rental
  • VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean)
  • On-call availability during pregnancy and postpartum
  • Care for mom and baby through six weeks postpartum
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Well woman care including Pap smears
  • Naturopathic medicine including herbal medicine and homeopathy
  • Referrals to specialists as needed
  • Referrals for doulas, childbirth education, breastfeeding classes and pediatricians
  • Insurance billing service

Monica_prenatal_checkWe focus on integrating the best of both worlds in our prenatal care- overseeing you and your baby’s physical wellbeing while providing support and reassurance for all your questions and concerns.

  • Prenatal appointments in our Santa Monica office
  • Visits follow the standard obstetrical schedule of once a month until 28 weeks, twice monthly from 28-36 weeks and weekly thereafter until birth
  • Hour and a half first prenatal visit followed by hour long prenatal and postpartum visits
  • Prenatal visit at home between 36-37 weeks
  • An assumption that pregnancy is a normal healthy state
  • Regular risk assessment, including monitoring blood pressure, hands-on belly checks and baby’s heartbeat checks at every visit
  • Routine lab work offered in office by midwives
  • Referrals for ultrasounds and genetic screening
  • Relationships with local OBs for consultation and referral if neededangelica
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Preventative and wellness care to optimize your health for pregnancy and birth
  • Adequate time to have your questions answered and to develop a relationship with your midwifery team
  • Counseling and emotional support throughout pregnancy
  • Education and reassurance for what to expect in pregnancy, birth and caring for your newborn
  • Participation in your care and decision making
  • Midwife availability 24/7 for urgent needs
  • Referrals for doulas, childbirth education, pediatricians, chiropractors and acupuncturists


In our experience, labor unfolds best when interventions are kept to a minimum. Our role as midwives is to follow your lead and to facilitate this process with guidance, assurance and support while responding to each mom’s individual needs. We believe that mothers deliver their babies and our role is to assist you in this powerful process.

During Labor and Birth we provide:waterbirth_family_sm

  • On-call and available for your home birth from 37 to 42 weeks of pregnancy
  • Birth Team consisting of 2 Licensed Midwives and a student
  • Phone support through early labor
  • Midwife support in your home from active labor through several hours after the birth
  • Regular monitoring of mom and baby’s wellbeing throughout labor to ensure safety
  • Support for involvement of fathers, partners, family, friends or doulas
  • Encouragement to eat and drink throughout labor
  • Freedom of movement throughout laborbaby_eyes
  • Birth tubs available for labor and water birth
  • Creating a calm environment for moms to feel comfortable and safe during labor
  • Facilitation of the normal birth process and recognition when issues arise outside of normal
  • Relationships with local hospitals and OB/GYNs
  • In the event of transport to the hospital, continued midwife support

Ensuring Safety through:

  • Careful prenatal screening and health education
  • Holistic and preventative care during pregnancy
  • Regular monitoring of mom’s vital signs and baby’s heart beatmolly_baby_mother
  • Emergency equipment brought o each birth including medications including IV fluids, anti-hemorrhagic medications, oxygen and resuscitation equipment
  • Excellent relationship with local hospital and access to emergency transport when needed
  • Continuous care and support in the event of a hospital transport

Mother and Baby Care After the Birth

  • Immediate skin to skin contact and uninterrupted bonding after birth
  • Delayed cord clamping
  • Support with early breastfeeding
  • Family bonding before routine care for mom and baby
  • Complete newborn physical exam done by your side
  • Stitches for mom if necessary (with local anesthesia)
  • Postpartum education and informational handouts for the new family

Although your pregnancy is over, our comprehensive care continues after your birth to support your transition into parenthood.

Postpartum CareMonica_Baby1

  • Well woman and well baby care through 6- 8 weeks.
  • Home visit 2-4 days after your birth
  • Office visits at 2 weeks and 6 weeks
  • 24/7 availability by phone for questions and concerns
  • Newborn metabolic screening (PKU) offered in your home
  • Breastfeeding guidance and support
  • Jaundice and weight checks for your newborn
  • Referrals for 3 day pediatrician visit
  • Physical and emotional support for healing after birth
  • Family planning and contraception counseling
  • Well woman exam with Pap smear offered at 6 week visit
  • Prevention and screening for postpartum anxiety and depressiondad_baby
  • Referrals for postpartum doulas, meal delivery service, lactation consultants, and new mom groups