Jeannie Choe CLEC & Student Midwife
My path to midwifery care and lactation support began with my own experiences around birth and parenting. After more than a decade in the design industry, these life-changing moments led me to a voracious curiosity about the science, history, and cultural diversity of birth, and so my new career began. Shortly after giving birth to my first daughter in the fall of 2011, I trained at Natural Resources to become a birth and postpartum doula and obtained my Lactation Educator Counselor certification (CLEC) at UC San Diego. Fast forward four years and another tiny human later, I am now a student midwife enrolled at National College of Midwifery and apprenticing with Cynthia Banks, CNM and Kara Engelbrecht, CPM, LM. I am also currently enrolled at UC San Diego to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) while fulfilling clinical requirements at Kaiser Walnut Creek. I feel very lucky to have found a path that allows me to share a true human experience with so many wonderful families.
BIRTH, POSTPARTUM, AND LACTATION SUPPORT
Birth Doula Support: As your birth doula, I will learn and plan with you over two prenatal meetings, provide continuous labor and birth support, and follow up with one postpartum visit. Mindfulness, visualization, vocalization, counter-pressure, massage, aromatherapy, acupressure, and gentle encouragement are my favorite ways to support you in labor. I charge a flat $1600 fee for this service.
Postpartum Doula & Lactation Support: As your postpartum doula and lactation counselor, I will help you with breastfeeding, newborn care, and coping with transition. We may also address sleep, nutrition, energy levels, recovery and healing, mental health, bonding, and more. I offer both in-home visits ($45 per hour) and phone appointments ($15 per half hour) depending on your needs.
Lactation Education: Breastfeeding is a learned behavior so I offer this prenatal in-home class as a wonderful way to prepare for a healthy and supported breastfeeding relationship. Based on the latest research, I've designed this class to be as comprehensive as it is conversational and fun. Topics include milk supply, latching, positions, biological nurturing, engorgement, common concerns, pumping, bottles, storage, "extended" breastfeeding, and the fascinating science behind it all. This is an in-home class that lasts approximately 2 hours for one family ($80) and 2.5 hours for 2+ families ($50 per family).
Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones. -Thich Nhat Hanh