Unique Homebirth Experiences

Experience the natural, calm, joy of a birth at home.
Susanna, with decades of experience in homebirth, is rooted in traditional midwifery practices which are strengthened by modern medical science.
Integrated experience & techniques for an optimal homebirth experience.
Massage & Hypnotherapy
Newborn Care
Nutrition & Herbal Counseling
Traditional Birth Wisdom
Natural Therapies & Homeopathy
Northbay Midwifery

Susanna Napierala

My practice is centered around holistic, balanced, focused care. The experience of giving birth at home is joyous!

State of California Licensed Midwife

Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Health

Primary Midwife for over 1000 homebirths

Susanna is Certified in Professional CPR, Certified Neonatal Resuscitation, Lactation Consulting

As a early pioneer of waterbirth, I helped bring waterbirth to the US.  My ground-breaking book, WATER BIRTH: A MIDWIFE’S PERSPECTIVE, is the definitive book for information on laboring and giving birth in the water.

I am a long standing and active member of CALM (California Associate of Licensed Midwives) and MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America)


 Some insurance plans will reimburse for midwifery care with a licensed midwife, and some do not. You will need to check with your insurance company to be certain. 

You can ask for a Verification of Benefits (VOB). This will give you an idea of how much your insurance plan will cover based on routine care.

Although I cannot accept Medi-cal, I will work out a  sliding scale and payment plan with you. 

Susanna’s full fee is due prior to the birth, and you can then submit it to your insurance company for reimbursement one the fees you have paid.

During our first consultation, we can discuss a payment plan and what works best for both of our needs.





My ground-breaking book, WATER BIRTH: A MIDWIFE’S PERSPECTIVE, is the definitive book for information on laboring and giving birth in the water. I helped to pioneer waterbirths in the U.S.A. in the early 1980s when there was little to no information on the subject.

Water Birth: A Midwife's Perspective

Water Birth: A Midwife’s Perspective

Susanna is a pioneer of Water Birth and was instrumental in bringing the practice to the United States. Her book, Waterbirth: A Midwife’s Perspective, is the first definitive books on giving birth in water.

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“Susanna talked to me just in the way I needed to get me through that inner struggle.  She used a firm but kind tone with me.  She shared her birth story with me, which helped me to stop judging myself for my feelings and soothed my emotional struggle dealing with the pain.   She walked me through guided imagery.  Both of these  helped me calm down and placed me in a mindset that gave me energy to complete my birth.”


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