Welcome! My name is Jeannie and I provide birth, postpartum, and lactation services in and around Berkeley, Oakland, and Albany. As a doula and lactation counselor I strive to offer compassionate, non-judgmental, and evidence-based support to expectant parents and new families. I will give you genuine encouragement and help you discover your inner strength and confidence in labor, birth, and parenting.
**I've recently moved to Berkeley from SF and am new to the local community. I hope to announce a group class soon. Stay tuned!
Breastfeeding is "natural", but it doesn't come natural-ly. The cultural support we long ago had for nursing mothers is on its way to re-normalization thanks to parents taking charge of their breastfeeding education and confidence! This class is comprehensive and interactive. You'll walk away with useful, up-to-date information about milk supply, latching, positions, biological nurturing, common concerns, pumping, bottles, and working, and the fascinating science behind it all. Birth partners are strongly encouraged to participate.
They say "it takes a village" and they are right! With in-home postpartum and breastfeeding support, I will help you become confident and knowledgeable about breastfeeding, newborn care, and coping with your exciting (and exhausting!) transition to parenthood. Our work together will ensure your family's unique needs are addressed when it comes to sleep, nutrition, energy, healing, mental health, bonding, and more.
Additionally, we can work together prenatally to come up with a "postartum plan" that aims to prevent stress in your postpartum period and make sure the entire family is as well-rested, well-fed, and comfortable as possible post-birth.
Bodies are wise, mothers are strong, and birth is powerful. As your doula I will provide you with reassurance, encouragement, physical and emotional comfort, and objective guidance. My goal is to keep mom as comfortable and motivated as possible while respecting and supporting her partner at the appropriate comfort level of involvement. We'll start with a complimentary conusltation and if we find that I'm a good fit for your family here's how we will work together:
Prenatal Visits: Over two prenatal visits, we will discuss in detail your birth intentions and vision as well as your questions and concerns. I will provide you with current, non-biased information about the birth process, variations, and interventions so that you feel confident to make informed decisions about your birth. We will also work on pain coping techniques and practice a mind/body approach to birth readiness. You are welcomed to contact me via email, phone, and text as needed throughout your pregnancy.
Labor and Birth: I will be on call for you 24/7 from two weeks before your estimated due date until you go into labor. I will support you through labor and birth until at least an hour postpartum.
Postpartum Visit: Around day 4 or 5 I will come to your home to see how everyone's doing and go over your questions and concerns. We will discuss the details of your birth story and I will help with breastfeeding as needed. If you decide you want additional postpartum and/or lactation support, my birth doula clients get first priority.
That's me, Jeannie, a Certified Lactation Educator Counselor (UCSD) and birth & postpartum doula (Natural Resources).
After my first daughter was born I realized I had not yet discovered my life's calling. Now I have two daughters and am in school to become a midwife! I truly enjoy helping families find their groove in labor, birth and the transition to parenthood.
As a mother, I empathize with the challenges that come with birth and parenthood. At the same time, I believe in respectful restraint and professionalism. I do not have an agenda.
I am available to work with East Bay families in and around Berkeley, Oakland, and Albany. Based on my schedule, I can sometimes work with families outside of this area.
Here's my oldest daughter as a wee one. Like all small children, she has the instinctual ability to stay present through ups and downs, something that comes in handy in pregnancy, labor, birth, and parenting! We can all benefit from a child’s wisdom.
If you have questions, there are answers! Check these FAQs for more info.
For private breastfeeding classes, lactation counseling, and postpartum doula services, please email or call me. I'll reply within 24 hours and we can schedule a complimentary 10-15 minute phone consultation to talk about your needs.
For birth doula services, please email me with your contact info, location, and estimated due date. I'll respond within 24 hours and we will schedule a complimentary in-home interview and consultation.
Read the FAQ page for more information and feel free to get in touch if you have questions.
Thanks for stopping by and I hope to hear from you soon!