“We had our three daughters at thrive over the last five years. I completely trust this team of amazing women, they’re incredibly kind, professional, supportive of our diet/lifestyle etc., no judgements, available anytime for text and questions, and they really know their stuff! They make the process comfortable, I felt no fear or stress, I would recommended Thrive to anyone!” -Emily
“I had my first baby at Thrive just this past Dec (2019). I am beyond happy I decided to experience my pregnancy and birth here. just the fact that that Jasmine and the other midwives as so caring and attentive. I was able to have a more intamite experience, being able to text them with random questions like what I could take when I got a cold or had headaches during pregnancy. then the birth of my son….I could not have imagined a better birth. it was just my husband and Jasmine . I wanted the lights out, candles everywhere, the sound of rain and in the tub…and that’s just what I got. we did a delayed cord cutting for 2 hours. she was so great in listening to what we wanted and needed. then the fact that she came to our home almost everyday that week after and was only a text or call away when we had questions or needed help. im so happy I listened to my gut and went here. I’ll be referring my friends here and definitely coming here for my next one, or maybe even a home birth with their midwives. thank you Jasmine for making the birth of our son a positive experience ” - Ashley
“I am deeply grateful to have birthed my son at home in the care of the midwives of Thrive. My whole pregnancy journey was a beautiful and empowering experience, and our birth was a beautiful culmination of 9 months of connection and insightful midwifery care. If you or someone you love is pregnant or trying to conceive, do yourself a favor and at least schedule a visit with the Thrive folks.” – Rebecca
“I am so grateful for Thrive Center for Birth & Family Wellness – Santa Rosa. This journey has been filled with ups and downs and so many variables. Being my first time pregnancy, there are so many unknowns, and having these incredible midwives in this unbelievably safe and beautiful space, has allowed me to gain the confidence and security I need to come at this experience head on! They have helped me prepare for every outcome and the dedication my midwives have shown me, even for the alternative birthing options that may present themselves due to last minute circumstances, has made me feel confident AND SAFE. They have held my hand every step of the way and gone above and beyond what any doctor I have been with has ever been willing to give to me as a client. I absolutely love this birthing center and the beautiful women who make it the special place it is. I’m so grateful to them!” -Michelle
“Thrive birth center is absolutely amazing. Everyone there is there to support you on you journey in is exactly the eunique way you need and want it. No matter how your journey unfolds before and after pregnancy, I would highly recommend looking into to everything they have to offer. Everything that is important to you is important to them to honor for you to give you the birth experience you desire. The love&Support I feel from my thrive community is never-ending.” – Jamuna
“I feel deeply thankful for Thrive and would highly recommend them to anyone considering an out-of-hospital birth. My main contact was with Jasmine, who is a compassionate, knowledgable, skilled, generous provider who walked me through every step of the way. She went above and beyond what I would expect of her. My experience was empowering and healing. We are able to get to know our care providers for birth, which was really important for me. I was able to have a VBAC at the birth center with my 9 lb 2.5oz baby boy, which I know I wouldn’t have been able to do in the hospital. Making this choice is expensive, and you might have to skip your next vacation, but it is well worth the investment. Birth only happens so many time in your life. I’d be happy to talk to anyone considering Thrive who would like a 1:1 conversation with a prior client.” -Hannah
“I was all set to deliver at Kaiser, which my insurance from work fully covered, but as my pregnancy progressed, something important was missing from their care and I found myself pressured by and arguing with them when they didn’t respect my carefully researched decisions. I found myself dreading and afraid of the hospital birth. The Thrive Birth Center practices a totally different model of care, where they support mamas emotionally as well as physically, they respect mama’s choices without judgement and where birth is revered and celebrated, not endured. I paid out of pocket to switch my care to Thrive and was SO glad I did – their guidance and care shifted the experience for me from one I feared to one of the highlights of my life.
Caitlin is an absolutely wonderful midwife and I was so glad I chose her and her fantastic team (I worked with Jasmine, Rebecca, Amber, Shelton, Kelly and Sara) to care for me and help me deliver my little baby. I wanted a midwifery team I could really trust in so I could let my guard down and labor without fear (less pain!), knowing I could rely on them. Besides having an immediate sense of connection and confidence in Caitlin and Jasmine when I first met them, they got to know me and genuinely cared about so many aspects of my well being and birth wishes over the course of our prenatal appointments that I knew they would be there for me no matter what and that they would know and respect exactly what I needed without my having to direct anything when I was otherwise occupied during labor.
Jasmine stayed up all night with me during labor and literally held my hand (and my hip bones!) through each contraction for hours, enabling me to focus and dilate beautifully and quickly. Caitlin’s soothing presence kept me calm while I pushed and through a few anxious moments when my baby locked her arms coming out, but they knew exactly what to do and did it so quickly and calmly that I didn’t know until afterwards that it was a problem. After the birth, they made me my dream meal, cleaned my entire house and set out everything I might need as I adjusted to being a mama. They checked in on me often that first week and I felt so loved and supported and ready to be with my new baby – It was fantastic!
The Thrive team has a number of distinct advantages over independent midwives, while providing the same benefits. They are a larger team of highly skilled specialists that each mama gets to benefit from. Besides having several amazing midwives, Rebecca, an excellent lactation consultant, comes to your home 1-3 days after birth to help you with any nursing issues. Before birth, Sara helps you with yoga and any body aches and Tessa revamps your nutrition. Their classes are the highest quality preparation in the area, making most other birth preparation and newborn care classes out there look a bit silly in comparison. After baby comes, they provide support groups and mama + baby yoga classes so you can continue to be part of the same supportive Thrive community. They also offer birth suites at Thrive, if you don’t have a bathtub or home you want to birth in, which are beautiful with giant tubs, cushy beds, kitchenettes, private bathrooms and everything else you and your family could need while you’re there.
I’m so glad I got to know the wonderful women at Thrive and that I got to share this incredible experience with them. Brava, Thrive!” -Kendra
“I cannot say enough wonderful things about my experience giving birth at Thrive with Caitlin and her team. This was my second child and I was excited to have a non-hospital birth, and I felt comfortable the whole way through in Caitlin’s hands. She has such a gentle confidence and nurturing spirit, and really showed her innate talent as a midwife on our delivery day — a supportive presence to support my own ability, but at the same time came in with some of her midwifery skills when I needed them post-birth. Giving birth in the tub was amazing and I loved being able to have my older child there in the room, which Caitlin was nothing but supportive of. Post-partum, Caitlin and her team (Jasmine, Rebecca) offered such wonderful in-home care., and were genuinely dedicated to making sure our new lil one and new family dynamic was thriving. On our last follow-up appointment with Caitlin, it was like saying goodbye to a friend — bittersweet! This is probably our last child but if we had another we would definitely return to Thrive.” -Leigh
“Hands down the best and only option for me. The Midwives are now part of my new family. They were there for the most important, transformative experience of my life and they’ll be there when baby two comes into this world. Love, love, love them.” – Sharolyn
“I feel in some ways like they helped me hang the moon. I know they say that my experience is the norm as far as they’re concerned, but it’s really not the norm in our society, so I feel very lucky to have had such fantastic birth experiences. I recommend them to anyone looking for a midwife!” -Trish
“The ladies…were all stars throughout the whole pregnancy and birth. They answered all of my silly questions, even the ones I could have looked up in their all inclusive manual myself, at all times of the day (though I did try not to call at unreasonable times). They were warm and encouraging, and flexible (coming to me when it was more convenient for my husband and I who were also trying to fix up and move into a new house the last trimester!) I loved my checkup visits, seems weird to say/write out loud but I looked forward to their warm hands on my tummy, softly and securely feeling around for my baby. It was like a wonderful massage for my baby and me! The birth was amazing, They were there in my living room, encouraging and checking, patiently waiting until the “action” started and once it did, though I was in a haze, emotionally and physically (it being one am and all!), I was still amazed by their professionalism and expedience. It was like, I had just given birth and steped out of the pool and then I looked back and it was all taken down, and then I was on the couch, my familiar couch, with my baby, Ellanor, breast feeding for the first time and the ladies guided my husband in cutting the cord, then I was getting stiches in my bed, and I woke up the next day, next to my husband, Ellanor in my clutches, to a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving day! So glad I chose them and I would do it again, and will for our next pregnancy.” -Jenni