Midwives affirm the power and strength of women and the importance of their health by honoring normalcy in pregnancy and birth, empowering women to make their own decisions for themselves and their families and offering alternative settings to labor and deliver. Midwives offer a range of services, including prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care.


Paula Schnebelt, LM, is a Licensed Midwife with 15 years experience serving women in childbirth.  She is a mother of five, three of whom were born at home and two who were born in the hospital.  She is a passionate supporter of a couple's right to choose how and where they birth, and is happy to provide waterbirth in the homebirth environment.

Santa Rosa Birth Center is a full scope midwifery practice & freestanding birth center in Santa Rosa, CA.  Owned & staffed by certified nurse midwives, we offer prenatal care, birth center & hospital birth, & comprehensive women’s health services.  The midwives at SRBC believe that, for most women, pregnancy is a state of health—a normal process that should be recognized & celebrated.  We believe that women should have care that is individualized to your unique physical, social, spiritual, & psychological needs. At SRBC, you are more than a face or a number; you are an active participant in your care, deciding where & what type of birth is best for your family.  We are here to guide you, with trust, respect & support, through a safe and satisfying birth.

Santa Rosa Birth Center


583 Summerfield Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95405



Lara Sodergren is a Licensed Midwife and has been providing homebirth services for women and families for over 17 years.  Lara is passionate about birth, babies and growing families and strongly supports the right to choose how and where a family decides to birth.  She attends home birth in the Sonoma, Napa and Marin areas and also provides prenatal and postpartum care, breastfeeding support, waterbirth as well as well woman care.  Lara also processes and encapsulates placentas.  

Lara Sodergren, LM
Dar a Luz Midwifery



707 823-4801

I am a Licensed Midwife practicing for over 37 years. I am one of the original Sonoma County midwives. I pioneered water births in the U.S. and worked with the world pioneer of water births, Igor Charkowsky, in the Black Sea which led to writing my book, WATER BIRTH: A MIDWIFE'S PERSPECTIVE.  

My goal is to help women reach optimal health and help empower women to intuitively give birth.  I come to your home for all prenatal and post partum visits, and of course, when the mother is giving birth!!!

Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Marin counties are the areas that I serve.

I look forward to hearing from you.

For the past decade Comadres Midwifery Services has been committed to establishing midwifery care as the standard of care for pregnancy and birth as well as for all of women's life cycles. Thus we serve families of all kinds, women of all ages and provide comprehensive prenatal care, homebirth services, well-woman care and personalized postpartum care. We believe in client centered healthcare as a basic human right and strive to partner with our clients in making informed healthcare choices.

Our birth center is a warm, inviting space where you can come to receive wholistic midwifery care whether you’re planning to birth in your home or in the center. Our birth suites are beautiful and spacious, yet cozy and private, affording you the luxury of a fine hotel, with all the comforts of home. All necessary medical equipment and supplies are tucked away, yet accessible when needed. We have large deep tubs, as well as queen-sized beds for your comfort during your stay. 


At Thrive we are Licensed Midwives; licensed by the California Medical Board, the same regulatory body that regulates medical doctors. Licensed Midwives train through apprenticeship that includes academic studies and skills training extending over many years. We are also Certified Professional Midwives certified through The North American Registry of Midwives.


We are Neonatal Resuscitation certified through the American Academy of Pediatrics/American Heart Association Neonatal Resuscitation Program, as well as CPR certified through the American Red Cross.


We also have additional training in the use of herbs, homeopathy, nutrition, aroma therapy, breastfeeding, perinatal psychology, non-violent communication, and relationship coaching. 


Additionally we have acupuncturists, massage therapists, certified nutritionists, family therapists, childbirth educators, and lactation consultants on staff at Thrive.

Thrive Center for Birth & Family Wellness



4859 Old Redwood Highway



I graduated from Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery in 2013 and did my student internship with a very busy, multi-midwife (and ObGyn) practice in Los Angeles. I am an East Bay native with a BS in Psychology. I am certified in NRP, BLS, ALSO, and am an active member of CAM and MANA. I had a thriving home birth practice in Los Angeles, and am excited to now be living and working in Sonoma County.

“Giving birth should be your greatest achievement not your greatest fear.” ~ Jane Weideman, Birth Doula

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