I know many of you have already delivered your children as this was posted last year, but wanted to throw in my two cents for future mommies-to-be.
My parents have a cabin in Running Springs. I was in Orange County and pregnant. I didn't like the midwife I interviewed in Irvine. My husband and I decided to move into my parents basement for the birth to help with costs, have a house atmosphere, and support.
I had a huge list of questions for future midwives to interview and found Karen Baker (in Yucaipa). She really impressed us, was actually #8 (I think) in the midwives being registered here in California. She was one of the women who helped push midwifery to be legal and certified in California. Her advocacy for midwifery made me like her even more.
Karen answered all our questions with so much information and she just felt like the right choice for us. She does travel up here to Running Springs, but she is very busy and is training many young women into being midwives. If you wanted to hire her you'd want to do it early in your pregnancy as she does book up quickly. She also is open to payment plans and sometimes will trade services if you need help with finances. At the time of my daughter's birth it was $4,000 + supplies + tests (if you want them).
My daughter was born in December 2010 the day before a huge snow storm. I was very happy that she was able to get up the mountain (with 2 road closures) with her assistant, a doula. They both really took care of me, but let me and my body do what we wanted to do. They didn't interfere unless asked or push anything. It was a very relaxed atmosphere. Then after the birth they cleaned up the room and helped me take a bath. It was more than I ever expected from a midwife.
I recommend Karen Baker to anyone in the area.
Here is her information:
35605 Ave D, Yucaipa, CA 92399