Dr. Tiffany Dietrich
From an early age, I dreamed of a life that involved helping children, aspiring to adopt children from all over the world. That desire has stayed with me all of my life, and guided me in my path to becoming a holistic pediatrician and midwife. Being exposed to natural health and midwifery from a very young age, it was a natural progression for me to attend naturopathic school. With the home birth of my first child in 1994, I knew that blending midwifery with naturopathic medicine would be the perfect fit.
While practicing in the Northwest for many years and upon learning of a need for midwives on the Central Coast, my family made the trip from Seattle in 2009 to explore the area. We were overwhelmed by the amazing birth community in this little town, and made the move here five months later. It took another year for us to get the birth center built, and I’m forever thankful to my husband for his hard work in making my dream a reality. It was all too fitting that our 100th birth center baby was born on his birthday. We are now almost eight years into our adventure here, and are grateful that my siblings and their families have settled here as well.
I am happy to share my life with my husband, Bill, and our daughters, Madison 22 and Sophie 16. Our girls are our life’s happiness and we are so proud of them, not only for their accomplishments, but their kindness and compassion. Madison has always loved helping animals and is working her way to a career in animal science while working full time. Sophie is a midwife in training, and at the age of 8 went to career day as a midwife, to the delight of her teacher. She traveled to Haiti with me in 2016 to work in a birth center, and currently makes extra money in high school by encapsulating placentas.
As any midwife will confess, this is a lifestyle and not a job. We are a midwife family, and everyone pitches in to keep this midwife racing out the door to welcome a precious new life. While it may be a challenge to find balance, midwifery has taught me the greatest lesson, to value what is most important, our family, relationships, health, happiness and treating each other with compassion.
Helping women have the birth they want is one of the biggest blessings in my life. Birth is a very human and natural event in a woman’s life and I want to do all I can to allow it to be a positive and memorable experience for her and her family. Each of my clients has personal desires for her pregnancy and birth and I do all I can to help her achieve her goals and have the birth she hopes for. As a licensed midwife in this community I am honored to be a part of such a special experience in so many women’s lives.
The path to becoming a midwife unfolded so naturally I cannot imagine doing anything else. My passion for birth was sparked in a Maternal and Child Nutrition class I took earning my Nutrition degree at Cal Poly. Since then I’ve graduated from National Midwifery Institute and received my midwifery license from the Medical Board of California.
I am first and foremost a wife and mother. My husband, Jeff, and I have welcomed two beautiful babies into our family. I had wonderful home births in Arroyo Grande with the assistance of my mentor and friend, Tiffany Dietrich. I enjoy sailing, playing sports and savoring time with friends and family in this beautiful beach town.