Susan Melnikow


Susan has been a practicing Certified Nurse-Midwife for over thirty years. Susan says she feels so blessed to have found her true “calling” and passion in midwifery, and “it’s an honor to be able to share in the special experience of each unique birth.” Susan started her career with home birth, which afforded her the opportunity to really learn and come to understand the birth process. This provided a strong foundation for her midwifery practice and trust of birth. She has practiced in four different birth centers over the years, including Best Start Birth Center in San Diego. She also was the lead midwife for a large practice at Scripps Hospital in Encinitas for sixteen years. She is now working part time with the midwives at UCSD, as well as with the OB Hospitalist Program at Scripps Encinitas, as she is prepares to open a new birth center, Tree of Life for Healthy Birthing and Parenting, slated to open in May 2014 in Encinitas.