La Matriz Birth

Tema Mercado, Midwife

Grounded Bilingual Homebirth Midwife Care for San Diego and Tijuana, Baja California Families

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Birth Center Chula Vista

Births Roots Women’s Health and Maternity Center
1686 Broadway, Chula Vista CA 91911

Tijuana Clinic

Anjali Centro Bienestar
Calle Sacramento 4424, Jardines De San Carlos, Tijuana, B.C., México


La Matriz Birth Classes & Workshops

Opportunities for individuals, couples, and students to learn about Childbirth + Postpartum Care.


Postpartum Sealing Workshop

Postpartum  Healing Arts from Mexico

November 2-4 , 2018 San Diego California

Three Day Workshop

This workshop is designed for the birth worker, the mother, and the sisters and all those folx’s who want to provide a gentler more nourishing postpartum journey to themselves, families, and parents  they serve.

We live in a BIRTH focused maternity culture today. So many of us plan and prepare for the moment of our birth. Where to birth, who will be your support, what you’ll wear, what you’ll eat, how you want it to be, so on and so on. Your birth experience is the shortest (yes, powerful) part of your maternity journey. Your postpartum journey will be the longest. How are you preparing for that? Do you even know where to start?

Postpartum sealing rituals have been practiced by many cultures all around the world as long as  midwifery has been around.

This practice is more commonly known as Mother Roasting and Bone Closing. The particular practice I teach is native to Mexico, with indigenous roots mixed with post-colonial herbalism. This workshop is the result of oral tradition passed down by elders, traditional teachers, grandmothers interlaced with modern midwifery and body work. 

You will receive: Herbal preparations & recipes, 24 hours of instruction and hands-on learning, and an instructional handbook.

Day One:

Herbal harvest: Proper harvesting rituals, introduction to plant medicine
Herbal preparations: vaginal steam bath, belly binding oil, postpartum warming teas and herbal bath remedies. 


Day Two:

The ancient practice of vaginal steam baths.
Warming full body herbal bath: Learn how to provide a healing postpartum bath and re-introduce heat into the body with fresh herbs.
Postpartum Rebozo Body Work: Traditional massage techniques, manteada and rebozo bone closing ceremony. Learn the importance of realigning the body’s energetic centers, releasing stagnant energy and birth trauma, a healing practice for postpartum depression.

Day Three:

Belly Binding: Principles and benefits of belly binding with faja and bandages. Basic principles of postpartum womb massage  and bone holds. Practice applying the wraps during the class. You will learn how to make your own Bengkung Malay wrap and will take home two belly binding bandage style wraps.

We will discuss how to incorporate these skills and practices to your own self care as well as to the clients your serve.

More questions? Email Tema at:

Work Trade Scholarship Opportunity

Must be submitted by August 15th, 2018

I value being able to give back to the community from which these practices originate from. This helps sustain equity in our communities so that these practices and services are being rendered to their natural inheritors . It helps restore balance of the practices lost within our community . It is an effort to balance that , that has become a luxury and a means of privilege to both the client and the practitioners . For these reasons this scholarship is available to Spanish speaking birth workers of color (BWOC).

Classes held at Birth Roots Women’s Health & Maternity Center 1686 Broadway Chula Vista CA. 91911

Childbirth Education

Accelerated One Day Class

Join Midwife, Tema Mercado for a day of birth knowledge sharing.

This is an opportunity to gather with other growing families learn and discuss about your baby’s BIRTH day. Allow Tema to share her experience as a mother, doula and now midwife to help you prepare for this momentous experience.

Learn more about:
Introduction to birth  /  Baby as active participant  /  Birth a physiological process
Prenatal nourishment and risk reductions for a normal birth process
Prenatal posture and exercises for optimal fetal positioning
Belly Massage and Belly Mapping /  Signs & Symptoms of Labor
Creating your Birth Environment /  Stages of Labor / Coping Measures
Your Placenta /  Breastfeeding the first week of life
Postpartum: the 4th trimester

Class Cost  – $175 per couple
Discount for my Midwifery and Monitrice Clients – $125

Birth Roots Maternity Center Clients $150

Upon registering, you will receive an email with additional details and more information. Register and pay in full upon online registration to receive a free herbal gift.

Please note: there is a required $50 non-refundable deposit due at registration. Balance must be paid by cash or check at check-in.

Tema is offering a couple of partial scholarships, please e-mail her directly at to explain your situation.

Lunch and snacks are potluck style. Tema will provide drinks, prenatal tea, and lots of chocolate. 

To register or to get notified of the next time this class is held, please click here.

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La Matriz Birth Services

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