Tree of Life birthing center aims to engage entire family


Delicious food, engaging music and a constant stream of people were at the scene of the Tree of Life for Healthy Birthing and Parenting Opening Celebration in Encinitas.

With this center, the families of North County now have new options when it comes to birthing choices. The staff at Tree of Life strongly believes that the whole woman and her entire family need to be nourished and nurtured throughout the childbearing process.

Certified nurse-midwives provide prenatal care in a culture of informed consent and minimal intervention with an emphasis on safe, evidence-based practice. They also work cooperatively with local obstetricians as well as holistic health care providers.

The birthing center provides a safe, family-centered environment with all the comforts of home and the luxurious feeling of a spa. Birthing suites include oversized whirlpool tubs, private bathrooms with large showers, rocking chairs, and comfortable beds, all found within a calming, tasteful décor. One of the birthing suites is light and airy and aptly named the Sun Room. The other birthing suite has a cozy, womblike atmosphere and is called the Moon Room.

Across the hall, a kitchen is available to families of laboring mothers for food storage and preparation. A beautiful waiting room with comfortable seating and toys to engage young siblings is found when entering the center.

A spacious, light-filled classroom will serve the center and its community with childbirth education and preparation classes, as well as other support services. These include prenatal yoga, breastfeeding support groups, infant massage, American Sign Language for babies, Birthing From Within and Ayurvedic Attunement. This space will also be a gathering spot for events including baby-naming ceremonies, “Blessingway” celebrations and much more.

Holistic care providers will use a treatment room next to the classroom. Holistic services offered include acupuncture, chiropractic, Feldenkrais movement, massage therapy, and nutritional counseling.

The Tree of Life cooperative of certified nurse-midwives works closely with the obstetrical program at Scripps Memorial Hospital in Encinitas to provide families with seamless continuity of care. Call 760-230-6077 or email