Mothers Guild serves families in Ventura, Ojai, Santa Barbara, Oxnard, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, and surrounding areas.

Breastfeeding Education and Support

Lactation consultant services provided by Mother Guild include:

  • pre-natal breastfeeding classes
  • in home consultation
  • assistance in properly positioning and latching your baby for comfortable nursing
  • help assessing whether your baby is breastfeeding adequately
  • help getting a reluctant baby to latch to the breast
  • treating and elimination of sore nipples and nipple damage due to poor latch or positioning
  • treating and elimination of sore breasts due to non-optimal breastfeeding management
  • assistance pumping for return to work or school
  • assistance introducing complementary foods ("solids")
  • continued availability and support by phone or e-mail
  • referral to and communication with other clinicians for issues including but not limited to
    • lip tie
    • tongue tie
    • abnormal oral anatomy
    • yeast infection of the breasts (thrush)
    • infection of the breasts (mastitis)
    • failure to thrive or low weight gain
    • other serious breastfeeding related issues

It is our belief that every new mother can benefit from lactation support, even in the absence of obvious complications. This not only benefits the new family with reassurance and documentation of normal infant feeding, but also offers an early safety net for babies who may be, unknowingly to the parents, feeding in a less-than-optimal capacity. Additionally, it offers an early contact point with live, compassionate support that is available 24-hours a day. A planned in-home postpartum visit with a lactation specialist can increase breastfeeding rates, and significantly reduce the stress and anxiety that may accompany the initiation of breastfeeding.

Contact Mothers Guild to inquire about lactation services.
Breastfeeding Classes

Childbirth Preparation Classes

Preparing for childbirth isn't just about knowing the stages of labor and practicing breathing techniques. Birth is powerful and unpredictable.

What will you need to know to give birth?

Mothers Guild teaches birth classes cover:

  • Pain-coping practices including physical practices, self-hypnosis, and visualizations
  • Giving birth mindfully with or without medication or during a Cesarean
  • Eating healthfully for pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Creating and protecting your birth space
  • Asking questions and making informed decisions in labor
  • The physiology, hormones, and course of birth
  • Unexpected challenges you might face in labor
  • Pushing your baby out
  • How to welcome your baby
  • The basics of breastfeeding and newborn care
Additionally, you will prepare by exploring pregnancy, birth, and parenthood through art, discussion, and storytelling.

Cost is $120 for Mother and Partner for the 6 Week Series.

Contact Mothers Guild to inquire about our next class series.

Doula Services

A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who provides advice, information, emotional support, and physical comfort to a mother before, during, and just after childbirth. Darcy is a DONA-certified doula.

The Mothers Guild doula package includes the following:

  • 2 pre-natal consultations (excluding our initial consultation which is provided free of charge)
  • availability to answer questions by phone or e-mail from the time of initial consultation through the newborn period
  • on call 24/7 for labor and birth starting at 36 weeks **
  • help writing a birth plan
  • continuous labor support from the time active labor starts until you are ready to rest with your new baby
  • help initiating and establishing breastfeeding
  • 2 post-partum visits

Contact Mothers Guild to set up a free consultation to discuss your family's needs.

** Arrangements for suitable emergency replacement will be made with you upon your first pre-natal visit.