The Sanctum2018-05-08T16:40:54+00:00

The Sanctum

(Home of Natural Birth)

Birth may be momentary but its echo lasts a lifetime

Live Your Birth

A Birth Center is the practice of MIDWIFERY CARE

The practice of midwifery is different from the practice of obstetrics. Midwifery care may be provided by any qualified provider who practices a wellness and holistic approach to pregnancy, birth, and women’s health care. Midwifery care focuses on the promotion of health and the development of individual responsibility. Midwives take time to listen to women…midwives believe that childbearing is normal and that a woman and her family should create the birth experience that will be meaningful to them. Midwifery is a collaborative practice that involves midwives, nurses, obstetricians, pediatricians and other specialists as needed. Midwifery honors and respects the wisdom and dignity of all women.”

~ American Association of Birth Centers


We believe Birth IS SACRED

We believe a woman has the right to choose the manner in which she wants to give birth safely, and be fully involved in the decision making process

We believe women’s bodies have the innate wisdom to give birth naturally, without unnecessary interventions, if they are supported by trained knowledgeable Midwives whose only interest is the well being of mother and baby. Mothers should be allowed to have a FULL TRIAL OF LABOR if there is no real medical emergency, which happens only rarely

We believe trained, INDEPENDENT MIDWIVES are the best advocates for moms, babies and their families, and are experts in the Science of Normal Birth. Midwives care for the physical and emotional well being of expecting mothers, and are the single most steadfast, round the clock source of counsel, support, encouragement and knowledgeable care during pregnancy, childbirth, new motherhood and beyond

The Scientific Midwifery Model of Care practiced at The Sanctum is testimony to the fact that we have the highest rate of natural births in the country.


The Sanctum team comprises of Midwives, OB/Gyns, Doulas, Pediatricians, and other care providers who are passionate about doing right by Moms and Babies.

Vijaya Krishnan is a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM), and the co-founder and Director of Healthy Mother Sanctum, Natural Birth Center, and the leading official Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE) in India. She is a graduate of the Midwifery Program from National College of Midwifery, USA. She is the most sought after Independent Certified Midwife in India and an an expert in Normal Birth. Vijaya has been inducted as a Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators (FACCE) in recognition of the outstanding work she is doing to bring about positive, sustainable change in birth practices in India. She is also the Chapter Leader of ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network), and runs the Healthy Mother Breastfeeding Support Network in Hyderabad. She is a prolific author and her publications have been published in Midwifery Today, Journal Of Perinatal Education, and online in MIDIRS as well. Over the past 2 years, she has lectured widely and run workshops on Gentle Birth Practices at Universities and Medical/Nursing Colleges in India, to sensitize the key care-providers into adopting these practices widely.
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Dr. Jayanthi Reddy is one of the most well known OB/Gyns in Hyderabad and is the backup Obstetrician at The Sanctum. Along with Dr. Vijaya Krishnan, she is also a champion of collaborative care model in maternity care. She is the proprietor of JJ Hospital a well known maternity hospital in Hyderabad. Dr. Jayanthi also specializes in Post-menopause support for women and appears regularly in expert panels in the media.
Crystal Pope is an American midwife who has worked in diverse settings. She has more than 10 years experience in delivering babies in remote areas of rural America, particularly among the Amish community. Despite being an American, Crystal is adept at counseling Indian families, even grandmothers and aunts of expecting couples and has endeared herself to families
Dr. Vijayalakshmi is the Gynecologist at The Sanctum. She works with women of all ages who have gynecological and infertility problems. Dr. Vijayalakshmi is also the Obstetrician at The Sanctum and provides medical support whenever needed, including when there is a need for combination of midwifery and medical management of care.
Kiran is a midwife at The Sanctum and has 8 years experience in doing deliveries and providing labor support to women. Her calm but friendly nature is very helpful to women in labor who may be anxious, stressed out or panicked. Kiran also provides expert Lactation Support, and Nutrition and Diet Counseling

Scientific Midwifery Model Of Care

@ The Sanctum

The Scientific Midwifery Model of Care practiced at The Sanctum is rooted in the best scientific, evidence-based research and practice, which is recommended by public health institutions such as World Health Organization. We are the pioneers of this model of care in India and only among a handful of such Birthing Centers across the world. We consider the mother as the center of our care universe and are available for her at all times, during day or night, 365 days in a year. In addition to the mother’s physical well being our midwives take great care to ensure her emotional, psychological and social support system and counsel, discuss and advise on any matter that mother may need help in. In combination of our backup team of OB/Gyns and other emergency care specialists and in house emergency care facilities we are able to offer to women the BEST choice of natural birth with 24-hr emergency backup in house, in case of need.

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Mothers who give birth at The Sanctum are our biggest evangelists. About 65% of our customers come from strong word of mouth recommendations from moms who have given birth at The Sanctum and their families. Our passion and commitment to towards mothers and babies is reflected in the lifelong relationships we have with them and their families.

Thank you everyone for the love.. couldn’t have asked for a better environment for our child to come into this world.. right from ayamma Manjula, nurses Sangeetha n Saroja, midwives Vijaya Kumari n Crystal each n everyone took care of us in the most patient, caring n loving manner like our own family. And what’s there not to say about the captain of this amazing journey Vijaya Krishnan … She’s one of the most passionate person I’ve come across.. very loving n extremely confident, caring with utmost of patience in dealing with us in this entire journey.


I had a fantastic birth experience at Healthy Mother and strongly recommend it. Since my son’s birth, my friends and family often express admiration that I opted out of using pain medication in labor. Each and every member of the team was providing me with comfort measures, support, encouragement, and reassurance. I trusted that my midwife Vijaya fully understood my labor preferences and would follow them as much as possible. I trusted that any intervention would only be done if my husband or I gave informed consent. In such a setting, it really was easy! Thank you to everyone at The Sanctum for helping me have a dream birth experience!


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No words to describe the experience of labor. Dr. Vijaya Krishnan has mastered the art of natural labor process, she knows how to bring the baby out. During 12 hours labor process she never gave up and constantly motivating us. We chose The Sanctum despite all demotivated comments and we together prove that we made a right decision. Seeing whole process of labor was an amazing experience and Kudos to all the women who gone through. We felt like the labor was happening in our own home. Kiran and Sangeeta were amazing. After each consultation our doubts were cleared and rightly guided. The diet consultation and lamaze classes were memorable. The postpartum care was very well explained and cleared most of misconceptions. Thanks to HM and wish them busy labor time.

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