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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MOTHERLAND MIDWIFERY:
Christy will only be accepting homebirth clients through August of 2018.
After over 16 years of midwifery practice and 20 years of attending births as a doula, student or midwife, Christy, will be taking a break from offering homebirth services starting in the fall of 2018, except for a limited number of repeat clients. This is not a retirement, but a pause to focus on family, to pursue additional continuing education that hasn’t been possible while running a busy practice, to increase her support to efforts for reproductive and racial justice in Philadelphia, and to rest, renew and replenish herself!
During this time, we are excited to announce that Motherland Midwifery is expanding our services to include several packages of holistic family-centered prenatal and/or postpartum care for pregnant families planning to give birth in area hospitals and birth centers as an adjunct to the care they receive from their primary provider. See the services page for more information!
*NOTE: Motherland Midwifery has a new office! After 13 years of a home office, Christy is now seeing clients out of a beautiful, cozy space at 1214 Moore Street, right off East Passyunk Avenue!
Holistic Prenatal Care & Fourth Trimester Postpartum Care
We provide traditional holistic care for families during the childbearing year.
Holistic Prenatal Care
Adjunct holistic support for pregnant families.
Although starting in the fall of 2018, Christy will no longer be attending births as a midwife, she will be providing adjunct prenatal care for pregnant women who already have an OB/GYN or midwife as their primary provider but desire holistic guidance on optimizing their health during pregnancy.
The Fourth Trimester Program - NEW!
Helping moms and babies thrive during the first year.
Each visit includes an assessment of your diet, sleep, energy, emotional status, and any concerns about you or your baby’s health. Babies will be weighed at every visit so we can watch them grow over the first year.Learn more...
Who We Are
Your Birth Team
In pregnancy, most people experience great physical, emotional, social and spiritual changes, and it is our intention to support pregnant individuals and families in this time of transformation. As midwives, we offer our skills, experience and loving attention as well as our deep trust in and respect for birth.
Christy Santoro CPM
Owner, Primary Midwife
Christy is the owner and primary midwife at Motherland Midwifery. With over twenty years of experience serving women, she brings wisdom that has informed her perspective that, “midwifery is the center of the wheel that connects most of what I want my life and learning to be about: it is an art and a science, focused on relationships, very personal and intimate with a tangible impact on people’s lives as well as very community oriented, holistic, political, spiritual, sacred, counter-cultural, ancient, women-centered, and physical.”
Read Christy’s Full Bio.
Marqui Taylor, Student Midwife, Doula
Marqui is a West Philadelphia mother and Student Midwife at Birthwise Midwifery School. As a writer, artist and birth worker she is deeply invested in the beauty, the variety, and the needs of birthing people from all spaces of life. Native to Philadelphia, Marqui has had the opportunity to support birthing persons in Baltimore, DC, and Philadelphia since 2012.
Read Marqui’s Full Bio.
The Motherland Community
Current, past and potential future client families, grandparents, doulas, birth assistants and more!
The birth is just the beginning! The knowledge, skills and confidence you gain by being an engaged, active participant in your pregnancy care and birth will serve you well as you embark on your parenting journey. Having the continued support of your midwives and a diverse community of families who made similar choices for their pregnancy and birth, can make a huge difference as you move forward beyond the “fourth trimester” and your official end of care with our practice.
Read more about the Motherland Community.
First Photos & Birth Stories
a glimpse of birth with Motherland Midwifery
from Motherland Families
I wish all medical practitioners offered such personal, attentive and informative care as Motherland Midwifery. Christy was a calm presence throughout my pregnancy. Prenatal visits were on time and as thorough as I could hope for. I felt comfortable asking about anything and confident that I received unbiased answers so I could make informed choices.
I truly consider having my babies at home with Christy as one of the greatest blessings of my life. The care she gave to me, my babies and my husband during pregnancy, labor and in the weeks afterwards was everything I could ask for; knowledgeable, comprehensive, accessible and open-hearted.
When a woman who believes in herself and then surrounds herself with people, like Christy, who believe in birth and believe in her— the beauty that comes from it is magical
Christy is a breath of fresh air for anyone wanting a home birth. She and her team were kind, loving, supportive and empowering. I enjoyed my prenatal care knowing I would be encouraged to make my own choices and be supported while doing so.
After two hospital births I knew that I wanted to have my third child in our home. Despite my desire to have a homebirth I was blown away by the stark difference in care I received while pregnant, during labor and delivery, and postpartum.
I came to Christy as a scared, confused, soon-to-be single mother and she not only helped me through my pregnancy and home-birthing process, but her knowledge and dedication also transformed me into a confident and successful mother.