Whole-Person Care Tailored to You

Our philosophy combines deep trust in birth with up-to-date research to provide you with a safe and satisfying pregnancy, birth, and postpartum experience.

 
 
 
 
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Midwifery Care for Every Family

We are committed to providing inclusive, culturally-sensitive care to families of all backgrounds.

Let’s get to know each other! Sign up to Meet the Midwives or schedule an interview.

 
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Comprehensive prenatal, labor & birth, newborn, and postpartum primary care.

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Compassionate primary care through pregnancy and postpartum with integrative labor & birth services.

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Prenatal, postpartum, and community services with Board Certified Lactation consultants.

 
 
 

programs

Meet the Midwives

Meet the midwives, learn about our services, and tour the office.

Every other Saturday at 11AM

Classes

Natural Birth Prep Series
Labor, birth, and postpartum essentials. Knowledge is power!
4 consecutive Mondays from 6 to 8PM

Lactation & Newborn Care
Birth is just the beginning. Learn how to feed and care for your new baby.
First Saturdays monthly from 1 to 3PM

Groups

Fourth Trimester Circle
Postpartum support group
Every Tuesday from 11AM to 1PM

Feeding Tiny Humans
Lactation support group
Every Thursday from 11AM to 1PM

Weight Check Wednesday
Community drop-in service
Every Wednesday from 10AM to 11AM

Hello

Meet the East Bay Midwives

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primary midwife

Jeannie Choe, LM, CPM, IBCLC

Licensed Midwife
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.

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primary midwife

Renée Lepreau, LM, CPM, IBCLC

Licensed Midwife
Certified Professional Midwife
Board Certified Lactation Consultant

I have attended hundreds of births over the last ten years, and have practiced as a Licensed Midwife since 2014. I am a Board Certified Lactation Consultant and hold a BA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. My commitment to compassionate maternity care is inspired by my grandfather, a practicing doctor until his late 80s who taught me that good medicine has to include “being there.” I am also completing a certificate in Creative Writing and Poetry at Berkeley City College.


Meet the Midwives in-person every other Saturday at our Albany office.

 

EAST BAY MIDWIVES CLINIC

902 Stannage Avenue, Albany, CA

Located at the corner of Stannage and Solano Avenue


Photos coming soon…

 
 

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.

 

Love Notes

I couldn’t have asked for a better prenatal, birth, and postpartum experience and I will be forever grateful to you for the amazing gift of home birth.
— AD / El Cerrito
Thank you so much for all your loving care. We’ll never forget the relief we felt when you arrived for the birth and helped us bring Teo safely into the world! We are so grateful.
— EB / Oakland

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:

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.

+ Do you accept insurance?

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 insurance plans have received excellent coverage for our services.

+ 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.

contact

Let’s talk.

To schedule an interview or learn more about our services, use our contact form to get the quickest response. You can also call, text, or email. Options!


Phone: 510-679-1119

Fax: 510-474-3237

Email: info@eastbaymidwives.com


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.

 
 
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