Color of Calm - Natural Birth Services


Welcome to the Color of Calm! 

As I’ve been reflecting on the past decade, I’m amazed at how much my life has changed. 10 years ago I was pregnant for the first time and we were just settling into our new home. Over the next several years I went from working full time to being a stay-at-home mom, to a part-time working mom. Then, after experiencing a miscarriage and struggling to conceive again, I eventually did become pregnant, had an AMAZING birth experience and returned to life as a stay-at-home mom. At that time I decided to make a career change and became a HypnoBirthing educator. 

For the second half of the decade I fully immersed myself in the birthing world – attending conferences, certifications, doula trainings, and of course, teaching many, many HypnoBirthing and  Newborn Care classes. I learned from each and every couple that went through my classes and I am honored to have been a part of their birth journeys. It has also been such an honor to be a part of the team at the Cap Wellness Center and I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with these amazing birth professionals.

This new decade brings change, as the end of 2019 marked my last HypnoBirthing class. I have thought long and hard and finally made the tough decision to stop teaching to pursue other opportunities. I hope to return to birth work once my kids are older and much more independent but for the next decade I look forward to spending more time with my family and taking on bigger things at my day job. It’s already been an exciting start to the year filled with family outings and all things Girl Scouts!

I will eventually be phasing out this page but I am more than happy to provide referrals to other HypnoBirthing educators in the area. Thank you so much for your support over these last years!

With thanks,


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Having a baby is one of the most exciting and transformative events in life. Welcoming a new little person into this world and into your family is an experience like no other. As women, our bodies know how to birth. Our babies know how to be born. Our bodies and our babies will work together in perfect harmony if we just relax and let nature do what it does best! Birth is not something to be afraid of – it should be peacefully and joyfully prepared for. Parenting and making wise choices for your baby begins even before birth!

– Alanna Peters, HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator
Located in the Vista and North County San Diego Area

“My husband and I loved this class! We looked forward to our hypnobirthing class with Alanna every week. She really covers everything you need to know. She is thorough, encouraging and a gentle guide. I am very happy with our decision to come to this class.”

- Nura  New Mom

About Me


Alanna Peters - Hypnobirthing Vista Instructor
Alanna Peters – Color of Calm Vista Hypnobirthing Childbirth Educator

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My name is Alanna Peters and I am the mother of two beautiful little girls. I am a certified HypnoBirthing® childbirth educator and a successful HypnoBirthing mama! I had such a beautiful experience with my birth that it has become my goal to help other families have the births they envision as well.

I first realized that I had an interest in birth back in junior college when I saw a birth video for the first time. It brought up a very strong emotional response in me and I strongly felt that birth was something I COULD do, that my body already knew HOW to do (even though I was in no way ready to be pregnant yet at that time!). Many years later, when I did become pregnant, those strong emotions returned and I began to do immense amounts of research on birth and how I could accomplish it in a peaceful, unmedicated way. Still to this day, every time I see a birth I get goosebumps and teary-eyed as I am filled with emotion. That moment of birth is such an amazing, awe-inspiring thing!

With my first pregnancy I tried a few different natural birth techniques and labored very peacefully for about 30 hours. The time eventually got to be too much for me and I gave in and got an epidural. I still had a wonderful birth experience but I was determined to do it completely naturally the second time around! I had several friends who had successful HypnoBirths so I decided to give it a try for myself. I ended up having the most amazing, relaxing, easy birth I could ever imagine. I was so relaxed that I didn’t even realize I was truly in labor until a few minutes before my baby was born peacefully at home! It was such an incredible experience that I felt called to share these HypnoBirthing® techniques with others.

In the years since I have taken my Birth Doula training through DONA and my Postpartum Doula training through CAPPA, and taught Newborn Care classes. A healthy pregnancy and birth, as well as helping new parents adjust to parenthood, are things that are extremely important to me and it is my desire to help others achieve them as well. It is my desire to help new parents feel empowered and confident in their birthing choices and parenting abilities.

Birth Doula

What is a Birth Doula?

A birth doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible. Doulas also provide support to the birth partner and evidence-based educational resources and advocacy.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) states that “ of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula.”

Research shows that women who use a birth doula are:

  • less likely to need Pitocin
  • less likely to have a cesarean birth
  • less likely to use any pain medication
  • more likely to rate their childbirth experience positively

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Postpartum Doula

What is a Postpartum Doula?

Postpartum Doulas support new families by providing emotional, physical, and evidence-based informational support after the birth of their baby.

In the postpartum period it is so important to support the mother’s recovery. Remember that mothers just underwent a life-changing experience too, and they need to be cared for as well as their newborn does! Postpartum doulas assist new mothers by giving instruction on infant care and feeding, assisting with household organization, offering support, information, instruction, comfort, and referrals as needed. Doulas have a positive impact on the well-being of the entire family.

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CAPPA Postpartum Doulas:

  • Provide non-biased emotional, physical, and informational support during the postpartum period
  • Encourage the family to seek care that reflects their values and needs
  • Model and teach effective communication
  • Encourage informed decision making
  • Support the physical and emotional healing of the mother
  • Provide information on care options and resources for the mother and newborn
  • Support and assist with infant feeding
  • Educate the family on newborn care and characteristics
  • Provide support to the new mother’s partner and/or family
  • Assist with household organization
  • Refer to healthcare professionals when support requires clinical assessment, a need for prescription, or medical diagnosis
  • HypnoBirthing



    I am no longer teaching HypnoBirthing classes. Please see my Resources page for a list of local instructor recommendations.

    HypnoBirthing® – The Mongan Method

    You have many choices and decisions to make for your birthing experience – your care provider, the environment in which you will bring your baby into the world, and the childbirth education classes you will choose to prepare for the birth of your baby.

    HypnoBirthing® is a tried and proven method that guides and prepares a woman to birth in a peaceful and beautiful manner. HypnoBirthing courses are built around an educational process that includes special breathing, relaxation, visualization, meditative practice, and attention to nutrition and body toning. It considers the psychological and physical well-being of the mother, her birth partner, and their newborn, fostering mutual respect for everyone involved. HypnoBirthing is very effective in both traditional health-care centers or alternative birth settings – all are welcome! HypnoBirthing provides you with tools you can use in any type of birth –  and carry into your new life as a parent as well.

    Through self-hypnosis you will be able to fully relax and trust your body to do what it naturally knows how to do. In our country today there are a lot of fears surrounding childbirth, especially as portrayed by the media. With HypnoBirthing® you will learn to trust birth and let go of any fears or limiting thoughts. In the absence of fear you allow your birthing muscles and your baby to work together in harmony, just as they were designed to do!

    Self-hypnosis isn’t anything like the goofy hypnotist stage shows you may have seen. Self-hypnosis is simply a method of bypassing your critical mind and accessing your subconscious through a deeper level of relaxation. It allows you to explore and release any limiting beliefs and fears and replace them with positive ones. You will be completely aware and in control the entire time.

    With HypnoBirthing® you will have the advantage and confidence of the Mongan Method reputation for top-quality birthing preparation. Find out more about the HypnoBirthing philosophy.


    “When you change the way you view birth, the way you birth will change.”

       – Marie F. Mongan

    HypnoBirthing Seal

    The HypnoBirthing classes were very rewarding and so much more than what the book would have provided. We received real life experience from Alanna as well as great suggestions on ways to practice at home in between classes.

    - Danielle Mother of three


    HypnoBirthing Educators

    Rachel Flores

    Kathryne Bareis

    Birth Education Center

    Educational Websites

    HypnoBirthing Institute

    Evidence-Based Birth

    Spinning Babies

    Dunstan Baby Language

    Care Providers

    Dr. Nick Capetanakis, DO
    Phone: (760) 634-2814
    Address: 535 Encinitas Blvd #120, Encinitas CA 92024
    (Scripps Encinitas)

    Dr. Damon Cobb, DO
    Poway Women’s Health
    Phone: (858) 618-1156
    Address: 11939 Rancho Bernardo Rd Ste 110 San Diego, CA 92129
    (Pomerado Hospital)

    Dr. Lac Vu, MD
    Ho Vu Women’s Healthcare
    Phone: (619) 286-5858
    (Alvarado, Scripps Mercy, Sharp Grossmont)

    Dr. Timothy Riley, MD
    Hillcrest Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Phone: (619) 297-4901
    (Scripps Mercy, Sharp Mary Birch)

    Dr. Dale Lapp, MD
    Phone: (619) 299-3111
    (Scripps Mercy, Sharp Mary Birch)

    UCSD Birth Center Midwives
    and Dr. Yvette LaCoursiere, MD
    (619) 543-3863
    Address: 200 W. Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103

    Kaiser Zion Medical Center Midwives
    Phone: (619) 528-5000
    Address: 4647 Zion Avenue, San Diego, CA 92120

    Midwives (Birth Center and Home Births)

    Michelle Freund
    Birth Matters Holistic Midwifery
    Phone: (760) 757-8650

    Paula Tipton-Healy
    Phone: (760) 709-7396

    Andrea Meyer
    Ocean Midwives

    Kelly Pappas
    Beautiful One Midwifery

    Rachel Flores LM, CPM
    A Mother’s Nature Birth (Doula/Monitrice/Midwife, placenta encapsulation)

    Karly Nuttall
    Phone: (619) 794-7312

    Cristi Lewis (Fallbrook)
    Phone: (760) 877-9939

    Birth Centers

    Babies in Bloom Birth Center
    Phone: (760) 940-2229
    Address: 1948 Via Centre, Vista, CA 92081

    Tree of Life Birth Center
    Phone: (760) 230-6077
    Address: 617 Saxony Place, Encinitas, CA 92024

    Acorn Birth Center
    Phone: 760-645-3447
    Address: 577 E. Elder Street, Suite H, Fallbrook, CA 92028

    Best Start Birth Center
    Phone: (619) 299-0840
    Address: 3630 Enterprise Street, San Diego, CA 92110


    Lil’ Busy Bodies Playgym and Preschool
    Phone: (760) 659-0599
    Address: 208 E. Broadway, Vista, CA 92084


    Maya Fishman
    A Tribe Birth Services

    Willow Buckley
    Balancing Your Health (homeopathy, placenta encapsulation)
    Phone: (760) 815-8027

    Kelly Pappas
    A Beautiful One Birth Services (placenta encapsulation)

    Jaime Goldman
    Luna Physical Therapy (physical therapy, yoga)

    Debbie Shelton
    Expecting Your Miracle Birth Services (Monitrice)

    Laura Baker

    Rosie Peterson

    Jen Graham

    Kylie Shellstrom

    Chelsie Jones

    Kristen Stratton (Cesarean/VBAC)

    Amy Bailey

    Debbe Cannone

    Chris Dorman

    Birth Education Center – Doula Matching Program

    DONA International

    Massage, Prenatal Yoga, Etc.

    Cap Wellness Center
    Phone: 760-634-9715
    Address: 535 Encinitas Blvd. #115, Encinitas, CA  92024

    Chiropractic Rehabilitation Wellness Center
    Phone: (760) 726-9660
    Address: 115 Main St, Vista, CA 92084

    Yoga Janda
    Phone:(760) 716-6386
    Located INSIDE Babies in Bloom Birth Center: 1948 Via Centre, Vista 92081

    Heartfelt Baby Massage
    Phone: (442) 264-4728


    Sumer Jimenez
    Postpartum Doula

    One Moon Doula Services
    Postpartum Doulas

    Beautiful Beginnings
    Birth & Postpartum Doulas

    The First 40
    Phone: (619) 289-9233
    Address: 924 Encinitas Blvd #45, Encinitas, CA 92024

    Postpartum Health Alliance

    Postpartum Support International

    Support Groups

    Babywearing San Diego

    Babywearing International of San Diego

    Badass Breastfeeders of San Diego

    Semi-Crunchy Mama Club

    Breastfeeding Support

    This is a list of free breastfeeding support groups in North County San Diego. I do my best to keep this list updated, however, I am not affiliated with these groups and times and dates may change. Please use the contact information listed below before driving to any meetings. Feel free to send me any schedule updates/corrections! email


    11:00 a.m.
    UCSD Thornton Hospital – 9300 Campus Point Drive La Jolla, CA 92037
    SDG&E Room 3-102 or Lycan Room 1-245, First Floor near Radiology
    (858-657-7000) | (619) 543-7878


    10:00 a.m. (2nd Tuesdays only)
    La Leche League North County Coastal
    Lanikai Lane Mobile Home Park Community Room  – Just off the Coast Highway between Poinsettia & Palomar Airport Rd.
    Christina: | Margi: | Facebook

    10:00 a.m.
    UCSD Thornton Hospital – 9300 Campus Point Drive La Jolla, CA 92037
    Lycan Room 1-245, First Floor near Radiology

    11:00 a.m.
    (First Tuesday of the month only)
    Mamas Circle II – Full Term (“Extended”) Breastfeeding Support
    Mamas & Milk – 15706 Pomerado Rd. Suite 108, Poway
    (858) 218-MILK (6455) | |

    1:00 p.m.
    Babies in Bloom Lactation Lounge – 1948 Via Centre Vista, CA 92081
    (760) 940-BABY (2229) |

    2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Palomar Health Downtown Campus, 555 East Valley Pkwy., Escondido 92025
    Education Classroom, Lobby Level
    (760) 739-2434 |


    9:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
    Tri-City Medical Center, 4002 Vista Way, Oceanside, CA, French Rooms

    10:00 am
    B.O.O.B.s Free Lactation Support Group
    Cap Wellness Center – 535 Encinitas Blvd #115, Encinitas, CA 92024
    (760) 634-9715 |

    1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    Vista United Methodist Church – Fellowship Hall
    490 South Melrose Avenue, Vista, CA 92081
    1-800-SCRIPPS (800-727-4777)


    10:00 a.m. – 12 noon (3rd Thursdays only)
    La Leche League of Poway
    Carmel Mountain Library – 12095 World Trade Dr., San Diego, CA 92128
    Patty: | Sara: | Facebook

    6:30 p.m. (1st Thursdays only)
    La Leche League Camp Pendleton – On Base (Anyone welcome)
    Britni (405) 508-1067 |
    La Leche League of San Diego Supports Military Mamas | Facebook

    7:00 p.m. (2nd Thursdays only)
    La Leche League of Escondido
    Michelle: (760) 741-7268 |


    10:00 a.m.
    Breastfeeding Circle
    Pregnancy Sanctuary – 466 North Coast Hwy. 101 Encinitas, CA 92024

    10:30 a.m.
    Mamas & Milk  – 15706 Pomerado Rd. Suite 108 Poway, CA 92064
    (858)-218-MILK (6455) | |

    11:00 a.m.
    Babies in Bloom Lactation Lounge – 1948 Via Centre Vista, CA 92081
    (760) 940-BABY (2229) |

    1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    San Dieguito United Methodist Church
    170 Calle Maglalena, Room 9/10, Encinitas, CA 92024
    1-800-SCRIPPS (800-727-4777)

    1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
    Palomar Health
    Pomerado Outpatient Pavilion, 15611 Pomerado Road, 1st floor, Poway 92064
    Education Classroom, First Floor
    (858) 613-4053 |

    1:30 p.m. (2nd Fridays only)
    La Leche League Oceanside
    Capistrano Park – 770 Capistrano Dr, Oceanside
    (760) 453-1372 | El: email


    10:00 a.m.
    Scripps Clinic Rancho Bernardo, Lower Lever Conference Room – 15004 Innovation Drive San Diego, CA 92128
    1-800-SCRIPPS (800-727-4777)  


    Facebook Support Groups

    Badass Breastfeeders of San Diego

    Babies in Bloom Lactation Lounge

    Parenting Toolkit

    You’ve had your baby, yay! Now what?!

    I know from experience that adjusting to life as a parent can sometimes feel a bit overwhelming. Below are some tools and articles that I have personally found to be helpful in navigating those first few months with a newborn.

    I love this article for those last, long weeks of pregnancy.

    This tool teaches you how to interpret the various cries your baby makes. There are 5 ‘words’ that all babies express to communicate their needs. This tool will help you to better understand and have more confidence in how to respond to your baby. You can download an app, purchase the DVD or watch online.

    This is so cool! The Wonder Weeks explains why babies are often unexplainably fussy and gives information about the leaps they are making in their mental development. I found it so helpful when going through a rough patch with my daughter to understand what was happening in her world and what new skills she was learning. The Wonder Weeks will help you to see that it is just a phase, and how you can better support your baby through that phase. You can purchase the book, download an eBook or download an app. (I highly recommend the app!)

    Fran O’Callaghan teaches infant massage classes to help you learn how to better connect with your baby! There are SO many vital benefits to infant massage. I am so excited that we now have this resource in North County!

    Jen Varela at Sugar Night Night is an amazing local resource for sleep issues. She will talk you through those sleepless nights and also offers local classes for parents. She definitely helped me through some rough patches when I was at my wit’s end!
    Another great resource for sleep is Elizabeth Pantley’s “No Cry Sleep Solution”.

    This is a wonderful group that may be really helpful for this last month of pregnancy with any questions you have. There is also an amazing resources section in the Files part of the group.

    I have found this Facebook group to be a very helpful, supportive place to ask any questions you may have about parenting. I would highly recommend joining.

    Expectful is guided meditation for your fertility, pregnancy, and motherhood journey. I highly recommend downloading this app and adding one or more of these meditations to your daily routine.

    Healthy Birth, Happy Babies. There are so many amazing discussions about pregnancy and parenting here.
    “Birthful” with Adriana Lozada – great birthy discussions.
    And finally, a great podcast for parenting is “Unruffled”, with Janet Lansbury.

    Men, Love & Birth by Mark Harris et al. is a great book for dads.
    The Attachment Pregnancy by Laurel Wilson and Tracy Wilson Peters is a great bonding book.


    I'd love to hear from you!

    Color of Calm
    HypnoBirthing and Natural Birth Services
    Vista, CA
    North County San Diego