Welcome to SanDiego Midwife

Who we are

San Diego Midwife is a comprehensive midwifery practice providing a wide range of midwifery services for home, birth center (BC) and hospital birth mothers across San Diego County. We specialize in VBACs (vaginal birth after cesarean), home births and water births. San Diego Midwife also provides a wide range of other services including child birth classes, lactation coaching and support services, herbal/homeopathic counseling, in-home postpartum and newborn care, doula and monitrice services and much, much more.

We view child birth as a natural event and not a medical emergency. Having a child is a transformative experience, a journey that calls for particular attention to mind-body-spirit harmony.


What we offer

Prenatal Care


Jamin, Katrina and La Shel provide complete prenatal care throughout your pregnancy. Studies have shown that the more you know and trust your midwife or caregiver, the better prepared you’ll be for labor.

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Lactation Consulting


Katrina and Jamin provide home visits and phone consultations to new mothers who may be experiencing challenges with latch on, engorgement, sore nipples, plugged ducts, mastitis or low milk supply and offer the support needed to foster success for the breastfeeding family.

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Labor & Delivery


Your midwife arrives once active labor begins (or sooner if you’d like her by your side beforehand). At your home or the birth center she will monitor your vital signs, the progress of labor, the baby’s heartbeat and general well being.

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Childbirth Classes


Childbirth education is incredibly important for all families expecting. We will discuss proper nutrition for a healthy pregnancy, trust in birth, risk and benefits of pain medication, birth plans, understanding and coping with labor, the postpartum period and much more.

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Newborn Care


After the birth and once the family has had time to quietly and privately bond with the baby, your midwife will give the newborn a thorough head-to-toe examination and the weight, measurements and reflexes will be checked.

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Waterbirth


More and more women are discovering how wonderful a bath of warm water can be during labor and birth. Relaxing in warm water to relieve discomfort has been used for everything from backaches and other sore muscles to stress and menstrual pain.

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Postpartum Care


Postpartum care includes home visits on the first and third days after the birth and office visits and phone consultations as needed until a final check up at six weeks postpartum. Your midwife is on-call for you during this period.

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Placenta Encapsulation


Placenta encapsulation has become increasingly popular over the last several years. Although there is limited evidence-based information about the advantages or negative effects of consuming your placenta, there are many claimed benefits.

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Meet the team

Jamin Sylvada


Licensed And Certified Professional Midwife
Jamin Sylvada has been a licensed midwife since 1997, recognized both by the State Medical Board of California and the North American Registry of Midwives. Jamin is also licensed through the Council of Licensed Midwifery in the State of Florida and has received a State Diploma in Midwifery from the University of Paris V, France.

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Katrina Lertola


Licensed And Certified Professional Midwife
Katrina Lertola attended Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery and shortly after, began working with Jamin at San Diego Midwife. She also works as a doula and placenta encapsulator. She hopes to one day develop a continuous well-woman program for clients, ideally caring for women from puberty, through their pregnancies and menopause.

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La Shel Montgomery


Registered Nurse and Certified Nurse Midwife
La Shel has been a Certified Nurse Midwife since 2003 and a registered nurse since 1998. After earning an RN degree, she spent six years as a labor and delivery, postpartum, NICU and ER nurse at many local San Diego hospitals. As a certified nurse-midwife, she attended and/or delivered over 1000 babies in hospitals, birth centers and homes.

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Get in touch

Contact Us


With Jamin and Katrina’s unique and extensive medical backgrounds and comprehensive experience, they will evaluate available methodologies in order to provide and enable you with the safest and most rewarding prenatal, birthing and postpartum experiences.

Please contact San Diego Midwife at (760) 809-9396 or email info@sandiegomidwife.com with any questions and to schedule your free consultation. Please include your phone number if you would like a call back. The office is located at Indigo Dragon 451 La Veta Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.