Unique Homebirth Experiences

Susanna, with decades of experience in homebirth, is rooted in traditional midwifery practices which are strengthened by modern medical science. She 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 one the definitive books on giving birth in water.

With years of education, Susanna is a well informed, caring & compassionate homebirth midwife. She has been the primary Midwife for over 1000 births at home, and is an active member of California Association of Licensed Midwives (CALM) and the Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA)


“Giving birth to my son is by far the most beautiful experience I have ever had.
I became a homebirth midwife because I wanted you to experience the
same joy in bringing your children into the world.”
Susanna Napierala LM

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

I have been practicing homebirth midwife for decades. My practice is rooted in history, balanced with modern medicine and love.

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

In her carefully presented book, Susanna Napierala, midwife to more than 800 births over 40+ years, suggests that giving birth in water offers mother and infant the ideal circumstances for beginning their lives together. Recognizing that this birthing approach was not yet widely practiced in the United States, Napierala wrote about commonly-asked questions: How does the baby breathe underwater? What about complications or infections? What specifically makes water birth a viable choice, and for whom? How do a couple and their chosen midwife prepare for water birth? Avoiding ideological didactics, the author cautions that, regardless of a couple’s expectations of the birth experience, every pregnancy’s priority should be a healthy mother and baby. Google Book Reviews

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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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