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Important Announcement


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 SUMMER of 2018. This is not a retirement, but a pause to focus on family, to pursue additional continuing education AND A GRADUATE DEGREE 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 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!


Our Services

We provide traditional holistic care for families during the childbearing year.


Holistic Prenatal Care

Adjunct 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 parents 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.



Christy Santoro, CPM

The first birth I attended was in 1985 – it was the birth of my youngest sister, Michelle. I was 11 years old and it was one of the formative experiences of my youth, and the beginning of my journey to becoming a midwife. In 1995, I earned a degree in Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a focus on women’s health and culturally appropriate health care. In the spirit of believing that life and death are next to each other on the circle of life and not at opposite ends of a spectrum, I found that taking care of my Great Uncle through his last year of life and his death was the catalyst to my answering the call to be a midwife. As a first step on that path, I trained as a doula through Doulas of North America (DONA) in 1998. I was a DONA certified doula for 6 years, and practiced as a doula in all birth settings.

Read Christy's Full Bio



First Photos & Birth Stories

The Motherland Community


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. We offer seasonal familiy potlucks, informational gatherings, film screenings and playdates. We also have an online forum to communicate with hundreds of other Motherland families to share information, resources, advice or just a compassionate, listening ear to the joys and challenges of pregnancy or parenting, as well as share pertinent information about local, state or national issues and events regarding maternity child health policy and access to midwifery care. Many in our community have created specialties in various healing modalities, childbirth education or doula or lactation support services, birth and family photographers, parenting coaching and more. The non-judgmental, safe space that we co-create is a truly special and long-lasting gift of joining this community!

Is ours not a strange culture that focuses so much attention on childbirth—virtually all of it based on anxiety and fear—and so little on the crucial time after birth, when patterns are established that will affect the individual and the family for decades?
— Suzanne Arms, Childbirth Activist and Author