"It's hard to put into words how much your care has meant to me, and I feel so fortunate to have had you both to go through this season with me. Pregnancy was not at all what I expected, and admittedly had romanticized in my mind. Struggling with body changes, mental fog, and worrying of the safety of my baby in the womb - each time when it felt like it was getting too much, we would have our visit with you and it was like a wave of ease would wash over me and reset my intuition that everything was okay. When I reflect on my birth story and the many ways it shifted from my vision - it' snot the hospital transfer, or the epidural, or having the cord cut immediately that makes my heart ache a little, it's because I didn't have you both by my side when Francis arrived.
But knowing that I had your support waiting for me on the other side gave me all of the comfort I needed. I will never forget Christian giving me permission to let the tears flow when my baby blues became too overwhelming, or Janell coming in, no small talk, saying "let's get this baby to latch" and making my breastfeeding dreams come true. I feel really humbled and confident in my story because birth truly is a full spectrum. It's not one note, and with the right team as your foundation you can adapt to whatever comes your way.
As a doula, I have learned so much from you both on who to care for others, and you are truly inspiring to me as I continue to carve out my path in this space. Each visit we had was exactly what I needed, paced perfectly, nonjudgmental, and truly empowering. You are leading models of what health care should look like, that I wish everyone has access to, and if I could provide a fraction what you've given to me for someone else I'll know I'm on the right track. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
- Jess F.
"Christian is so loving and a very competent midwife. We adored her when we first interviewed her. She was a great calming force when other medical professionals were freaking out about my advanced maternal age. Her ease of doing her job really made me feel comfortable with handling one of the most important moments of my life. My son's birth was great and I am so happy to have had her guidance and gentle care while birthing him at home. He had a bit of a situation at birth and she successfully handled rapidly and calmly and he was fine. Christian has delivered with the Amish, created many magical herbal remedies, and always had many warm hugs to pass out which is why we adore and love her so. #proudpatient."
- Glady F.
"I worked with Christian while expecting my second child and I enjoyed the care so much I am using her again for my third! She has been caring and encouraging all along the way. I had had a home birth with other midwives the first time around but Christian's style of care was above and beyond. At one point in our prenatal visits Christian told me "in the end, I want you to feel like you almost didn't need me" I really liked this philosophy. She is a gentle birth companion and focuses so much energy and attention on making sure her clients feel prepared for what's ahead that you can go into your labor feeling prepared and confident. I thoroughly enjoyed our time spent together and highly recommend her services."
- Amanda L.
"Christian Toscano was our midwife for our first baby. She exudes confidence through her knowledge of pregnancy and birth! We began our care with an OB and decided after extensive reading and research that we wanted to be with someone who understood physiologic birth and only used interventions when necessary. She provided all the lab work in the comfort of our home while still being extremely professional and aware of sterility. She is an incredibly warm individual which made us both feel relaxed and in good hands. She did a great job at involving me in the preparation and process of my wife's birth so that I felt included in the process. My wife's labor was no easy task. She had very bad nausea and vomiting throughout to the point that Christian was giving her IV's and homemade hydration solution. This allowed my wife the strength to continue her labor. She was incredibly attentive to my wife's needs and believed in her when she really needed it. When our baby was crowing, Christian offered gentle guidance for my wife so that she could breathe our baby out without tearing. Her and the assistant midwife both stayed for 4 hours after the birth, checking on my wife and baby's transition. Afterwards the assistant midwife cooked eggs for all of us, which we ate while we got to know our daughter! The following days were also incredible. Christian came to our home the following day after the birth to give incredible breastfeeding support and check our baby. She also checked in with my wife and me and gave us tips on how to ease the transition of new parenthood, especially normalizing what we could expect in the upcoming weeks, which was extremely helpful to us as first time parents! She gave me and my wife unlimited phone support and visited us again a lot after the birth. We did ask to see her once between the scheduled visits to calm some concerns we had, which she did without hesitation. Her availability and support to answer our questions was far superior than anything we would have received in the hospital system. It was such a joyous birth of our daughter! We couldn't have done it without her and anyone is lucky to have her as their midwife. We will definitely be calling her for our second (;"
- Ryan H.
" I so very much appreciated having you present for the birth of my child. You were excellent in your ability to listen and reflect when I was feeling and needing to hear. I enjoyed your gentle spirit and found you to be helpful in your knowledge of natural medicine. Should I have any more babies, I now know that I only want trusted women whom I know and feel comfortable with at the birth. I am so glad that I chose to bith my daughter at home. She is a treaure with the sweetest, most joyful personality. We are all enjoying her so very much. You are an outstanding midwife! Thank you for your commitment to mothers, babies and birth! The world needs more women like you!"
- Britt W.
"Midwifery care with Christian was one of the best decisions I could have ever made. I have had 2 prior births at 2 different hospitals, so have a good idea of the other options out there. Her gentle and calm attitude draw such a stark contrast to my OB/GYN visits as well as my delivery experience at the hospitals. She gives you an informed, science based approach, rather than the entirely on the medical provider focused approach you experience in the traditional field. She gives you options and makes your voice, opinions and questions the most important aspect of the entire prenatal, birth and post-natal care. After trusting her with my 3rd child it was a no-brainer to repeat the amazing experience with my 4th child. I can highly recommend her and know from other friends, that they are all with me! I also believe my babies that were born at home are extra special, but I am obviously biased :)"
- Tina K.
"Big thanks to amazing Christian who assisted me for my natural home birth. With her calm and caring energy, she guided me through the whole process, and was able to ease out my anxiety about pregnancy. The whole experience with her is incredibly wonderful as I was constantly being reminded that my body is designed for this and is capable of going through the intense pain of birth without the help of any sort of pain relievers. Her post partum care is equally incredible, making sure that my body is healing, my mental and emotional state are being acknowledged, helping me cope up with the stress and frustrations of motherhood.
I hope every woman experience this kind of support in pregnancy and birth."
"This was an amazing way to go to the gynecologist. I felt in control of my healthcare and I got so see some things I'd never seen before. Christian took her time with me and was very thorough. Barring one of us leaving Los Angeles, I think this is my forever gynecologist."
"What can I say except that Christian is a phenomenal midwife? She's caring, skilled, funny, intuitive, professional, supportive, and smart. Also, fashionable. She caught my third baby, for my second home birth (my first birth was a c-section), and the experience was beautiful in part because she was there. I so enjoyed meeting with her monthly, and then, later, weekly, for prenatal exams--we got to know each other, and she listened to my various rants and complaints, and she got nerdy palpating that fetus! I felt so supported by her. I loved that she had such faith in my baby and my body, and I also appreciated the knowledge and information she provided me with--she has a handout for every single subject related to pregnancy and childbirth, and pretty much is a walking encyclopedia! I also loved that she was cautious when she needed to be. Near the end of my pregnancy she wanted me to get checked out at the hospital for something that turned out to be nothing, but I was happy that she was taking precaution so that my son's birthday could be worry free. And, oh, the birth! Christian is THE SHIT! She arrives with such calming, confident energy. She let me and my husband labor together without interference, except when we needed it. She made sure I pushed productively, that I listened to my body, and when my baby was born she made me feel like he was the cutest, most precious creature alive (I mean, he is, but, you know.) She just made me and my family--my husband, my mom, my two older kids, even my dog--feel cared for. That is so special. I wish every pregnant person got the care and tenderness and respect that Christian provides. I highly recommend Christian Toscano. She's so great! I wish I wanted to have more kids (LORD I DO NOT), just so she could be my midwife. I feel lucky to have gotten the chance to work with her."
"I had a wonderful experience with Fertile Moon Midwifery. Christian and Janell both have such a lovely manner. It was so easy to converse with them during appointments--it was my second uncomplicated pregnancy and I'd go in thinking I had no questions, but walk out 45-60 minutes later feeling like I talked the whole time. I felt very personally cared for but never intruded upon. Their policies regarding COVID safety made me feel comfortable and in my opinion struck just the right balance. As for the birth, it was magical! Christian and Janell were a mostly hands-off yet reassuring presence. I so appreciate that Christian encouraged me and my husband to reach down and touch our baby's head when it came out. I wasn't in the frame of mind for it to occur to me at the time, and it's very cool that we were the very first people to touch him. The immediate postpartum hours at home were peaceful and cozy, and what a relief it was for the first two postpartum visits to take place at our home as well. I wanted gentle, personalized, evidence-based care for my pregnancy and birth, and that's exactly what I got with Christian and Janell. They also handled my baby with obvious love and care. I highly recommend them to anyone considering a home birth."
- Emily M.
"I went to see Christian for a holistic OBGYN appointment at her space in Highland Park. Her work has really reshaped my experience of reproductive health services -- which in the past have left me feeling dissociative, uncomfortable and upset (all in traditional clinic settings). Christian was patient, informative, helped me see my body in new ways while walking me through a lot of emotions that came up during my wellness check. No other medical professional has treated me with this type of kindness, empathy and care. I feel honored to have Fertile Moon Midwifery in my neighborhood and to receive Christian's gifts as a practitioner."
- Rachel E.
"I loved having Christian as my midwife. I feel so lucky to have been under her care for my pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. She is extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and professional. She listens (unlike any doctor or midwife I'd had in my previous hospital births), and is incredibly supportive, wise, and kind. I enjoyed every appointment with her, and felt always respected and heard. I will forever remember the feeling of relief and strength and warmth I felt when she walked through the door as I was in labor, like a badass angel. I was so happy to see her. I remember looking into her eyes as I pushed my baby out and her nodding, telling me everything I needed to know with just her eyes- that I could do this, that I was made to do this. My home birth was truly the greatest day of my life because of Christian. And subsequently my recovery was so
much easier than my previous births because of Christian. I simply can not recommend her highly enough."
- Eileen T.
"We would not have opted to have a home birth without knowing that Christian could be a part of it. She is not only compassionate and genuine, she is also reliable and extremely capable. Christian is informative, knowledgeable and quick to respond to any questions or concerns. She's also a talented herbalist and has all sorts of amazing prenatal and postnatal products to offer that she makes herself. She always came to visit with a smile and you can tell she truly loves what she does. She is a true gem of the Los Angeles midwifery community and soon she'll be so booked you won't be able to hire her. We completely trusted her with the delivery of our baby, and she has been an irreplaceable support throughout."
- June O.
"Christian was my midwife for my prenatal, birth and postpartum care for my home birth. She is very informative, sensitive, encouraging and passionate about what she does. She was an integral part of my birth team. Midwifery care is really one of a kind care, that really gets to know you as a person, and Christian was more than I could ask for!! She made me feel confident and secure in my decisions. I couldn't have asked for a better midwife for my care. Thank you for being an amazing midwife and helping women, families and babies out!!!"
- Stephanie S.
"My wife and I were a little hesitant to have a home birth at first, but after meeting with Christian we felt instantly comforted about the whole idea and soon got very excited about how special and amazing an experience it could be. In the end we could not have been happier about the decision and the birth was every bit as beautiful as we could have hoped (although nothing like we expected!).
Christian is relaxed yet responsive; friendly yet serious. During the labor she was there whenever we needed her, but otherwise we hardly noticed her presence. She encouraged me to be as involved in the labor as I felt comfortable, and I actually ended up catching our baby boy as he came out!
Her extensive knowledge-base and practice as an herbalist was a huge added bonus as there was always a naturopathic cure for any small health issue that came up as well as lots of pre and post natal products available to us, all effective and beautifully packaged.
I can speak for our whole family when I say that we cannot recommend her as a home birth midwife high enough. It felt like we had a close friend helping us every step of the way."
- Jeremy J.
"I am so happy and grateful you were at my birth! Christian is a very caring, attentive and present person. I felt very supported, not only emotionally but also spiritually, which was very important to me. I really wanted to have strong women around me when I gave birth. Thank you for being there and helping Fiona into the world. It's been a great 9 months together!"
- Ditteke E.
"Christian offered such warm, grounded, wise presence throughout the pregnancy and birth journey. I loved that our prenatal appointments felt easy going and she always answered our questions calmly and thoroughly. The birthing process was long but smooth and I really appreciated Christian helping me push and bring our baby into the world!!! I wasn't one of those women who just knew what to do intuitively -- my body needed help, thankfully Christian was there. I felt safe and trusted her. My partner felt very included throughout too!!"
- Violet L.
"This was my first time seeing a midwife instead of a traditional ob. And wow am I glad I saw her! I learned so much during my time with her that no one had ever told me before. I could tell she really cared about my experience and helping me gain knowledge about my own body. So happy to have found her!"
- Dani A.
"I did a holistic gynecology appointment with Christian and was highly satisfied with my experience. I am someone who is very resistant of gynecological care because I have had several unpleasant, frustrating, and even traumatic experiences over the years. This was refreshing! We talked for an entire hour! She listened compassionately, and offered multiple perspectives. I felt safe and in control the entire time. This was hands down the best Pap smear experience I've ever had. This is what gynecological should be like for EVERYONE, compassionate and consensual, led by the recipient of the care."
"My experience with Christian is one I will never forget. I had a traumatic first birth so I decided to switch midwives. I had so much anxiety surrounding birth but Christian guided me through the whole process with ease. She is amiable, compassionate, impartial, intuitive, warm, and incredibly passionate about what she does. I had the home birth I dreamed of and I couldn't have done it without her. I can't recommend Christian enough."
"This woman is a beautiful birth worker. She empowered me and believed in me. She reminded me of my bodies ability to do what women have been doing for centuries. She respected my body, and my vagina, and didn't do unnecessary invasive exams. She helped guide our beautiful boy into this world with grace and humility.
During pregnancy-She always informed us of our options, never swaying us with her opinions, but rather left us room to make decisions that were best for us.
During birth- she let me & baby lead the event, while she assisted as needed. She quietly offered suggestions, and was a constant light to our birth process. Even before she arrived, she was in constant communication with my husband, checking in on my progress.
Postpartum- she was a goddess send! I can't even begin to describe the level of support she offered. The fact that she comes to the home rather than have us leave the house and disturb healing (and precious bonding), was a gift in and of itself. Christian continually checked on my healing process and made sure we were adjusting well to life as parents. She offered infant advice where we needed it, and was the true definition of a compassionate care provider. I can't say enough good things about this beautiful being. If/When we have another child, we are calling her!"
- Hannah J.