7 Amazing San Diego Birthing Centers For Your Birthing Journey

When you’re creating your birth plan, the very first thing you need to choose is your birth center. The right place will empower you to see your plan through by prioritizing your voice and giving you access to all the tools you need. I recently chatted with Dara Desota, also known as Dara the Doula. Dara has been there for over 700 births and currently works as a student midwife. She used her expertise to tell me about the best birth centers in the area, and now, I’m here to tell you all about them. Whether you’re searching for a freestanding birth center or prefer to be in a hospital, I would love to pass along some recommendations for San Diego birthing centers.

A mother to be in a teal maternity gown stands in a window smiling down at her bump in her hands San Diego Birthing Centers

3 Standalone San Diego Birthing Centers

Tourmaline

4545 Fanuel Street, San Diego, California 92109

Tourmaline is a gorgeous and modern center thoughtfully curated for your delivery. From the low/no VOC paint on its walls to its engaging wellness courses, it will ensure you remain as healthy as possible throughout your pregnancy and delivery. The center offers midwife appointments and has birth tubs for your delivery. 

Best Start Birth Center 

(updated 4/2024 because Best Start is closing)

3630 Enterprise St, San Diego, California 92110

Best Start Birth Center offers evidence-based midwifery care for every step of your pregnancy and delivery. They use a family-centered approach and will ensure you have the birth experience that’s best for you. The center offers water births and can provide you with women’s care through every stage of life. 

A Family Affair Birth Center

15644 Pomerado Rd #306, Poway, California 92604

A Family Affair Birth Center offers three suites designed to feel less like a medical center and more like a boutique hotel. They use mood lighting to create the perfect atmosphere for your birth. You will have access to a private terrace and spacious bathtubs. 

4 Hospital-Based San Diego Birthing Centers

Scripps Health

354 Santa Fe Dr, Encinitas, California 92024

Scripps Health offers care by midwives thanks to their reliance on clinic providers. The network offers several delivery centers. According to Dara, their Encinitas location is the ideal place for “a well-educated mom who just wants to go in and have a low intervention birth.” The hospital is very welcoming to moms who prefer a natural and physiological experience.

UC San Diego Health

9300 Campus Point Drive, San Diego, California 92037

UC San Diego Health lets you use midwives for every aspect of your pregnancy and delivery. You will be able to chat with your midwife prior to your delivery so you can create your birth plan. The hospital offers three separate birth center suites exclusively for those who choose midwifery care. 

Kaiser Permanente

9455 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, California 92123

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360 Rush Drive, San Marcos, CA 92078

Kaiser Permanente has a team of certified nurse midwives who work closely alongside the OB-GYN team. With this approach, you will have comprehensive care for all your needs. The midwives will take a collaborative approach to give you control of your delivery. 

Birth Center in Escondido | Palomar Health

15615 Pomerado Road, Poway, California 92064

The Palomar Health network offers the Birth Center in Escondido, which provides midwives for your pregnancy and delivery. In addition to their cozy birth center, they offer childbirth preparation classes so you feel ready to deliver using your preferred method. 

Choose The San Diego Birthing Center That Best Fit Your Birth Journey

Once you check out these San Diego birthing centers, it’s time to start thinking about the birth team that will help the rest of the pieces come together. With Dara the Doula, you will have the emotional support you need so you can be mentally prepared for your delivery. 

If you need someone to help you remember every second, that’s where I come in! I’m a San Diego motherhood photographer and I also offer in-home newborn sessions

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I adore working with parents to give them gorgeous memories of their pregnancy and newborn stages. I would love to have a conversation and tell you all about my process so you can decide if I’m the one for you.

Let’s chat soon!

PS. Just a quick heads-up:

  1. These are my personal views and not medical advice of any kind.
  2. I personally am not a professional (I am a photographer:) and would only recommend alternative options in cases where it is not a high-risk pregnancy, birth, delivery, etc.
  3. The health of the mom and baby should always be the number one priority (at the top of any birth plan). It’s super important that every single mom-to-be knows that birth plans are preferences, all things being equal. Expectant parents should understand that plans should be flexible and changeable.

Take care and best birth wishes!

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