Best Start offers Nutritional Counseling Services, and Psychosocial Counseling Service.

Best Start offers Birth Preparation Classes to encourage and prepare women and their partners with exercise, relaxation, information and emotional preparation for birth, specifically oriented to Best Start Birth Center. It is a comprehensive class covering labor and birth, breastfeeding, and the newborn. The focus is to help you find the techniques most useful for you for a normal, natural birth and a smooth transition to early parenting.

Our instructors Donna and Trisha will provide you with a complete understanding of the labor process and how to cope effectively. Classes are a series of seven weeks held on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings: 6:30-8:45 PM, (check calendar on website for exact dates and times).

To register: Call Donna Grandi 619-760-6922 or or [email protected]

*Register for classes around 28 weeks. Check the *Calendar* for upcoming classes.

This class is covered by MediCal and Tricare for mothers receiving care at Best Start.

Best Start is excited to now offer an abbreviated “Birthin’ Again” childbirth preparation for non-first time parents, who have already experienced labor and birth. It is a 2-session class held on the weekend, consisting of Birthing From Within activities, including birth art and pain-coping practices. The sessions are led by Susan Melnikow, nurse-midwife and Birthing From Within mentor. If you are a Best Start client, and have MediCal or Tricare, the cost will be covered by your insurance. For more information contact Susan at 760-644-4496 or email: [email protected].


HypnoBirthing is a method of hypnosis that trains you how to trust your body, relax and let birth happen. Your body was made to give birth – it’s a natural part of life. In HypnoBirthing, we give you the information you need in order to release all the fear and look forward to your birth. We give you the tools to work with your birth partner and care-providers to create a safe and loving environment to give birth to your baby. Visit my website today- and let’s get to work! I’m with you every step… or call Care at 858.254.9515