Just want to put out there a recommendation for our wonderful homebirth midwife Susanna Napierala. Susanna was amazing for us on many levels. She has over 3 decades of experience helping moms deliver babies at home. She has been instrumental in helping to bring water births to the U.S., having studied directly under Igor Tjarkovsky, and writing the book – Waterbirth, A Midwife’s Perspective. She has extensive knowledge of many possible birthing circumstances that can onlycome from participation in so many births over the years. She prepared us very well with knowledge, tools, techniques and emotional support…she was totally there for us as our homebirth morphed into a hospital birth due to our baby coming 4 weeks early. She was a constant calming influence, offered us scenarios to consider at each stage and supported our choices. Her hands-on techniques and intuition were a great comfort to us before, during and after labor and delivery. She took the time to get to know us on a personal level, creating a bond that was critical during the trying times of labor. She is most concerned with positive outcomes (healthy baby, healthy mama) and while giving us the best opportunity to carry out our homebirth plan, she was not afraid to recommend the safest course of action when circumstances did not seem quite right. I recommend her most highly and without reservation to any potential homebirth parents on the North SF Bay Area.