A birth center is a home-like facility, existing within a healthcare system with a program of care designed in the wellness model of pregnancy and birth. Birth centers are guided by principles of prevention, sensitivity, safety, appropriate medical intervention, and cost effectiveness. Birth centers provide family-centered care for healthy women before, during and after normal pregnancy, labor and birth. – National Association of Childbearing Centers

At a Birth Center you can lower your need for interventions, cesarean, induction, or the occurrence of many serious complications. You have the benefit of access to personalized care, water birth, a supportive environment, and access to some emergency interventions only should they become necessary.

Birth Centers can exist attached to a hospital, but in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties our only Birth Centers are detached from, but in close proximity to hospitals. Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, Dominican Hospital, Natividad Medical Center, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, and Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center are not Birth Centers and any use of the term “Birth Center” is for marketing purposes and does not reflect services offered.

Full Moon Birth & Family Wellness Center
Sunshine Tomlin, LM

701 Mission St
Santa Cruz , CA


It takes a village to support a family, and in our world the village is often lost. We strive to create a compassionate circle of support that can help new mothers thrive. By providing holistic midwifery care, waterbirth, doulas, chiropractic, massage therapy, childbirth education, birth photography, acupuncture, counseling, support groups and more; Full Moon is the one place your family can rely on for continuous, comprehensive and individualized care during the most potent time of your life.

Our providers are passionate about providing the most current evidence-based care and elevating their expertise through quality continuing education. We are proud to be able to serve families in our community and create connection through providing individualized and heart-centered service.


Monterey Birth & Family Wellness Center
Monterey, CA


Our Center will bring Midwifery, Birth, Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy and Childbirth/Parenting Education together in one place. At The Monterey Birth & Wellness Center, we provide respectful, compassionate care and are excited to offer Midwifery and Integrative Health to Monterey County!