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Birth Roots offers the option of birth center or home birth for you and your baby.  We will support you through the process and continue into the postpartum period.  

Contact us to find out more about your birthing options.  We can also provide prenatal care and postpartum care for families who are choosing hospital birth.  We offer pricing on a sliding fee scale based on family size and yearly incomes as well as a Military discount.  

Call or email to find out more! 619-409-4900 or email us at


*A non-refundable $700 deposit is due at your first visit.  For any special pricing, the balance of professional fees must be paid within 2 weeks of your first visit.  If the balance of the special pricing is not paid within 2 weeks, the special price will revert to our regular sliding fee scale price.  We accept cash, checks and credit cards. Credit cards are charged an additional 3% fee.  Flat fee pricing does not include required lab work, ultrasounds, medications or any necessary referrals to outside providers.  

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Darynée Blount LM, CPM

Darynée Blount is the owner and director of Birth Roots since 2008.  She was born and raised in San Diego and has many family members residing in the city. She has five children of her own, the third of which were born in the water with midwives. She attended Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery for her direct-entry into midwifery and apprenticed and assisted many of the community midwives for many years before attaining her own license.  She is nationally certified as Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and a California Licensed Midwife (LM).

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Donna McBride Hooyen LM, CPM

Donna was born in New Jersey and moved to San Diego with her family when she was 11 years old.  She has 9 children of her own, 6 of whom were born at home.  She has 5 grandchildren, 4 of whom were also born at home.  Even before the births of her own children, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in women’s health, which led her into midwifery. Donna studied at Nizhoni Institute of Midwifery and apprenticed with several San Diego area licensed midwives to complete her education. She is nationally certified as a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) and a California Licensed Midwife (LM). She has extensive experience breastfeeding her own children and was a La Leche League Leader for over 20 years.