Pregnancy and birth are normal yet transformational life events unique to every family.
Midwifery Care for Every Family
We are committed to providing individualized, culturally-sensitive care to families of all backgrounds.
Meet the midwives, ask lots of questions, and check out the office.
First Mondays at 6:30 PM
Meet the East Bay Midwives
Jeannie Choe, LM, CPM, IBCLC
Certified Professional Midwife
Board Certified Lactation Consultant
I am a second generation Korean-American Licensed Midwife, Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and very lucky mom to two wonderful children, both born at home with midwives. My own birth experiences were so transformative that my career took an exciting turn toward comprehensive and compassionate perinatal care which I have provided since 2015. I have a Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and love to apply creativity and design thinking to my work. I live in Berkeley with my partner and kids and have ambitious plans to add a few chickens to the mix.
EAST BAY MIDWIVES CLINIC
902 Stannage Avenue, Albany, CA
Located at the corner of Stannage and Solano Avenue
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Insurance & Billing
Our services are covered by most insurance companies.
Need-based sliding scale fees are available for families with Kaiser, Medi-Cal, and HMO plans. Verification of benefits service requires a $30 processing fee.
Frequently Asked Questions
+ Is home birth a safe choice for me?
Home birth is very safe for families with low risk pregnancies receiving care with Licensed Midwives.
+ What's the evidence?
Studies on the safety of home birth:
- BMJ: Outcomes of Planned Home Births with Certified Professional Midwives: Large Prospective Study in North America
- CMAJ: Outcomes of planned home birth with registered midwife versus planned hospital birth with midwife or physician
Both the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Academy of Pediatrics recognize each person's right to exercise autonomy and choose a planned home birth.
+ Who has home births, anyway?
Our clients come from all walks of life, with diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. They are teachers, filmmakers, engineers, surgeons, architects, nurse practitioners, attorneys, physicians, designers, small business owners, musicians, social workers, nannies, professors, landscapers, acupuncturists, artists, physical therapists, dancers, carpenters, registered nurses, microbiologists, researchers, archaeologists, and therapists...just to name a few!
+ What if I haven't decided between home or hospital?
There is no rush to decide before starting care with us. At your initial visit, we'll discuss your unique health history and appropriate birth setting options. We encourage our clients to make confident, fully informed decisions regarding all aspects of their care, including where birth will take place.
+ What about birth centers?
Home birth and birth center settings staffed by Licensed Midwives utilize identical equipment and medications and have comparable outcomes. The main difference is the location. Home birth allows for undisturbed transitions through labor, birth, and postpartum whereas the birth center requires you to leave your home in labor and commute back to your home after birth.
+ Does insurance cover homebirth?
Yes! Our global fee for your complete course of prenatal, birth, and postpartum care is submitted by our professional biller to maximize your coverage. The exact reimbursement amount varies by plan and insurance provider. Our clients with Aetna, Cigna, United Health Care, Blue Shield, Blue Cross, Anthem, and Samaratin PPO insurance plans have received excellent coverage for our services. We offer need-based adjusted rates for clients with HMO, MediCal, and Kaiser plans.
+ What's the difference between a midwife and a doula?
A Licensed Midwife provides clinical care and management throughout the normal course of pregnancy, labor and delivery, and postpartum, in addition to well newborn care. A doula provides non-clinical emotional and physical support in labor and may provide basic childbirth education. We love working with doulas! Ask us about our recommendations.
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Our service area includes Oakland, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Richmond, El Sobrante, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Concord, Dublin, Pleasanton, Martinez, Antioch, Brentwood, Vallejo, Fairfield, San Rafael, and surrounding areas in the East Bay, Marin, North Bay, and SF.