Motherland Midwifery is a homebirth midwifery practice based in Philadelphia, PA. We work closely with a small number of families in the Greater Philadelphia Region and South Jersey who share our trust in birth as a natural process. Each expectant mother receives personalized care from a midwifery team that includes Motherland Midwifery owner Christy Santoro, another midwife or trained birth assistant and an apprentice*. We give information, resources, love and support for women and families to make informed decisions about their pregnancy, birth and parenting journey. We provide a full spectrum of family-centered prenatal, birth and postpartum care.

Midwife means “with woman” not “doing something to woman.” Pregnancy is not a disease, and birth is not a medical event. In our ideal role as midwives during labor and birth, we do very little because in fact, birth is designed to work in case no one but the mother is there. The work of the midwife is to know when to “not do” and to simply be present to bear witness to the strength and capabilities of the woman giving birth as well as to hold the space and provide support and reassurance to allow the natural, wonderfully designed process to unfold, interceding only when truly necessary.

(* For more information on the birth assistants who are working with Motherland see this post.)



We are here to listen,

not to work miracles.

We are here to help women discover what they feel,

not to make the feelings go away.

We are here to help a women identify her options,

not to decide for her what she wants to do. 

We are here to discuss steps with a woman, 

not to take steps for her.

We are here to help a woman discover her own strength, 

not to rescue her & leave her still vulnerable. 

We are here to help a woman learn to choose, 

not to make it unnecessary for her to make difficult choices. 

We are here to provide support for CHANGE! 

–Northwest Indian Women’s Circle