Betty, Diego, & Jacob
Finding out I was pregnant was a total shock to me. We had not planned to have children but we were thrilled at the thought of being parents. A few months before I had watched a documentary called The Business of Being Born and I from that the moment I knew that if I ever got pregnant I would search for midwifes to deliver my baby. I had a very healthy pregnancy and was very excited to meet my baby Jacob, and that day came on October 2, 2013.
When I began having regular contractions, I called LA Midwife Collective and a couple of minutes later my husband received a call from our midwife. She arrived at my house at about 5AM. The pain was unbearable but Monica was very compassionate and sweet to me. I was never pressured to do anything I did not want to do nor was I told to keep calm or to relax. She just kept giving me words of encouragement which definitely helped me remain calm. And finally at 8:02 am my son was born. That moment was so beautiful! I held my baby as my husband and I lay in bed. My son was never taken out of my sight which was the best part of all. I even got a chance to cut the umbilical cord myself!
After I delivered my son, I thought that the process was too painful to ever get pregnant again. A year later, I realize how beautiful it is to give birth and nurture a child and to do that exactly how you want it done. My husband and I are thinking of starting to plan baby number two in some months from now and I don’t hesitate to say I would love to have Monica as my midwife one more time.
Cricket, Jason, & Ohio
We would like to thank you… with all three of our healthy beating hearts! With your uniquely distinct spirit, knowledge, and character have helped bring about the most incredible gift of life. We felt thoroughly cared for throughout pregnancy (more so than any doctor, physician or caregiver we have ever seen for anything)! We learned so much from you and our birth was beyond wonderful!!! Even when medical attention was needed immediately following birth you all stepped in quickly and were prepared, confident, calm and loving – and took EXTRA care of the situation right here in our home! It was truly remarkable. We never felt anything less than safe and cozy!!! Our journey has been nothing short of perfect thanks to each of you. You all will FOREVER be in our prayers, in our hearts and a dearest part of our family. Our son will know each of your names and voices. And those voices will be the angels that guided him with grace and love into our shared world. His birth story will be defined by our discovery of YOU and our safe, peaceful, loving home birth. Your practice will always be a haven we look to for guidance, knowledge and love.
Leslie, Jeff, & Saffron
Monica was the midwife we saw for our first jittery prenatal appointment and finding and hearing the heartbeat for the first time. This woman was etched in my memory before they even arrived to our home the night of our delivery. I felt confident and secure having her caring for us during labor. I remember specifically when she arrived to our home and how calm I got in labor after connecting with her face to face. She will always hold a special place in my heart.
Megan, Peter, & Keeva
Monica is the best. I was lucky enough to have this awesome midwife at my daughter’s birth in August 2012. Although my home water birth didn’t go as planned, with their knowledge, experience and easy going personalities I always felt safe and reassured that WE were making informed decisions together. They continued to have a great attitude throughout my 36 hour labor and even brought candles and twinkle lights to the hospital room!
Sada, Javier, and Mimi
We have such love and gratitude for Monica! She attended the birth of our beautiful baby girl, as well as provided our prenatal and postpartum care. Throughout this entire life changing and awesome journey, Monica was by our side supporting and empowering us. With her, we received the highest level of whole-person and health-focused care. Monica is an incredible health professional who brings unbeatable skill, knowledge, and professionalism, perfectly balanced with personal connection, to her clients. We feel blessed, everyday, to have had such an amazing and beautiful pregnancy, birth, and transition into parenthood. Monica has been a huge part of that experience!
Sara, Gabe, & Walter
I felt completely supported through every step of my pregnancy, home birth, and postpartum. Monica always answered my questioned effectively and helped me process each experience leaving me to feel empowered. Combining the wisdom of conventional options and traditional ways I was always given options and things to ponder. She also included my husband and helped us transition gracefully into parenthood. I’m excited to have another baby and be able to enjoy another journey with her!!
SuAnn, Vin, & Z
Monica is a fantastic women and midwife! We switched to midwifery care 20 weeks into our pregnancy and it was the best decision we could have made. They were supportive of our birth plan and managed our pregnancy as a beautiful, natural miracle, and it was just that! Our birth day was the most beautiful event and we had wonderful support from our midwife. After the birth, Monica was my angel in disguise. We encountered an emergency when Z was just 5 days old and was rushed to the ER. Monica was immediately available and met us in the NICU and offered her support throughout the 3 days we were there. We didn’t have family in town and Monica served as a friend, a sister, a mother, and midwife. She sat with me as I learned how to pump my milk so I could keep up my supply while Z was in care. I don’t think I would have made it through that weekend if it was not for her! Almost 2 years later, I remember our birth and the ER visit like it happened yesterday. Monica will always be a part of our story, and loved for the amazing care she bestowed upon our family.
Ashley, Demetrius, P'tah & A'ruah
Giving birth = giving over, and it’s helpful to have people in the room who support and promote that freedom. Monica was my midwife for both my little giants. She was so understanding and culturally sensitive. My first at-home pregnancy was filled with doubts, but her demeanor and assurance kept us calm. She reiterated that my body was capable…and it was! I delivered a 9’7 pound boy with no tearing. The environment she helped foster allowed me to be free and I will forever be thankful for her support and love. My second pregnancy was even better – she trusted my instincts. Although my son was not breathing immediately (which is typical in some births but still scary) she was so calm as she worked with him to breath.. After 10 seconds of prayer my little tyke took his breath and hasn’t stopped wiggling since. He was 10 pounds – again, no tearing! Rest assured – you are in the best hands possible!
Meghan, Tim, and Zev
Jennifer is knowledgeable, will tell you her honest opinion on things, while at the same time being extremely loving and respectful of you and the needs of your family. Birth is not easy. It’s intense, vulnerable, and hard work. Knowing 100% that we could trust our midwife (and her assistant) was of utmost importance in having it go the way we had intended.
Francine, Danny, and Adve
At my birth, Jennifer was my champion. She was the presence I needed to transform from woman to new mother. Her ability to say and do exactly what was needed in a calm and collected nature allowed me to fully surrender to the birthing process
Jennifer was my midwife, and she was absolutely fantastic. Her candidness and honesty, was so refreshing and comforting especially during the third trimester – and of course the actual birth. Up until the birth she made her self available and gave me tons of information on how to ease all the different types of discomfort, and in the aftermath too of the birth she was amazing. I just can’t say enough good things about Jennifer.
Jennifer was absolutely amazing! She was so positive, calm and encouraging and made the whole process so pleasant. She had an incredible way of making my husband and I feel like we had our space, yet she was very present and guided me every step of the way. I couldn’t ask for a better birthing experience. Even after I had my baby, Jennifer was there for me anytime I needed her.