As your midwives, we provide complete prenatal, birth and postpartum care. On call 24/7, we are available to answer questions, safely guide you through the intimate journey of pregnancy and birth, and celebrate with you as you welcome your child into the world. We bring a deep trust in birth and in the strength of each birthing family as well as holistic, evidence-based midwifery care.

Midwives

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Renée Lepreau

Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Renée has attended hundreds of births over the last ten years, and has practiced as a Licensed Midwife since 2014. She has worked in the birth center setting as staff midwife and in home birth. She's also had the privilege of attending births in rural Iowa and Colorado with midwives who serve Amish and Mennonite families. She has a BA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Renée’s commitment to compassionate maternity care was inspired by her grandfather, a practicing doctor until his late 80s, when he volunteered at a hospice run by nuns. Hearing his stories, following him on rounds, and seeing the close relationships that often grew between him and his patients taught her that good medicine has to include “being there.”

She's also completing a certificate in Creative Writing/Poetry at Berkeley City College and has been nurturing her meditation practice for six years.

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Jeannie Choe

Primary Midwife Under Supervision, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)

Jeannie is committed to offering families compassionate, individualized care through life’s most transformative moments. She is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Primary Midwife under supervision, and mother of two wonderful girls, ages 5 and 7.

Jeannie has had the privilege of working with a diverse population of Bay Area families since 2012. From peaceful home births to in-home lactation consults to outpatient care at Kaiser Walnut Creek, she pulls from a deep well of experience to meet each unique family’s needs.

Jeannie lives in the East Bay with her partner and two kids, and when she’s not up all night catching babies, she enjoys getting outside with her family, cooking, playing the piano

Team

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Lucia Brosgart, LM, CPM

Assisting Midwife

Lucy is a midwife providing pregnant people in the East Bay with compassionate and knowledgeable care during the transformative time of pregnancy, birth and postpartum. She is excited to work with people of any relationship status, religion, race, age, gender, and sexual orientation in all the ways they choose to labor.

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Julie Anne Stathis

Postpartum Doula, Placenta Encapsulation, Yoga Instructor, Childbirth Education

Julie Anne has been working with moms and babies since 2000. Attending Midwifery School in Maine, where she got certified as a birth and postpartum doula, Julie Anne had the wonderful opportunity to support women and their families during pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Julie Anne weaves in her Yoga training into her doula practice and helps to create a calm space for mothers to labor and deliver their babies while helping them focus on their breath. Having help with the newborn and around the house can be priceless for a new mom. Julie Anne has a way to make families feel supported, cared for, and loved.

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Amanda kessner

Student Midwife

Amanda is a DONA International certified Birth Doula and a DONA trained Postpartum Doula with a background in feminist studies. She has 8 years of experience working with mothers, newborns, and infants. She is a Steering Committee member of Imeinu Doulas, a Jewish doula collective serving Bay Area families. Formerly, she was a volunteer doula at San Francisco General Hospital and at Homeless Prenatal Program.

Inclusive Care

 

We hold closely the values of feminism, anti-racism and anti-homophobia and am committed to serving all types of families regardless of race, religion, sexuality, gender, age, or ability. We believe that health care is a human right.

We serve Oakland, Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, El Cerrito, Hercules, Pinole, Rodeo, San Pablo, Walnut Creek, Concord, Lafayette, Orinda, Moraga, Montclair, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, Alameda, and Greater East Bay.