Welcome to the Santa Barbara Birth Center

To schedule a tour, inquire about becoming a birth center client or attend childbirth education classes please email us



Our first Birth Center baby! 10.5 pounds of gorgeous girl. The SB Birth Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing complete midwifery care to women with low-risk pregnancies who seek a safe alternative to birth in the hospital.

The Birth Center provides a comfortable, family-friendly environment and offers two private rooms with queen beds and birthing tubs, large  bathrooms with walk-in showers and a fully-equipped kitchen.

Women are attended by the same midwives throughout their pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum, assuring the highest-quality continuity of care.

 The Santa Barbara Birth Center midwives are licensed and certified women’s health care practitioners, trained to care for healthy women with low-risk pregnancies. They work in consultation and collaboration with obstetricians, neonatologists and pediatricians. We have a wonderful group of doulas and birth assistants to complete our team.

 The midwifery model of care focuses on client education, informed consent, evidence-based practices, and time-intensive, individualized prenatal care. Midwives have very low rates of medical intervention and cesarean sections.

Fall Reunion, Saturday 9/27 1-5pm

Please join us for a reunion event at Lower Manning Park. We’ll have food from the Valley Piggery, beer and wine, live music, a bouncy house, and wonderful raffle prizes. All proceeds will go to the subsidy fund for the SBBC. We are looking forward to seeing you and your family!

Board of Directors

Laurel Phillips, LM CPM - Founder/President
Thomas Caleel - Vice President
Janet Spargur - Treasurer
Jason Isaacs, Esq
Alice Levine, CNM

Advisory Board

Adela Barcia, MFT
Alex Briscoe
Anna Bunting, CNM, NP
Sue Carlisle, PhD, MD
Mimi Doohan, PhD, MD
Stuart Fischbein, MD FACOG
Michelle Howard
Ina May Gaskin, CPM
Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD, RN
Howard Rochestie
Jo Saxon
Mary Jo Terrill, MSW, RN
Joy Margolis, Esq. Legal Counsel

Supporting Foundations

The Brittingham Family Foundation
The J.S Bower Foundation
The Fund for Santa Barbara
The SB Foundation
The WWW Foundation

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