As your midwife, I provide complete prenatal, birth and postpartum care. On call 24/7, I am 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. I bring a deep trust in birth and in the strength of each birthing family as well as holistic, evidence-based midwifery care.

Midwife

 Renee Lepreau

Renée Lepreau

Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife

Renée has attended hundreds of births over the last ten years, starting as a doula in 2008, a student midwife in 2011, and a Licensed Midwife in 2014. She worked as a staff midwife at a busy birth center before returning full time to the slower pace and continuity of home birth in 2016. She's also had the privilege of attending births in rural Iowa and Colorado with midwives who serve Amish and Mennonite families. She is a Certified Lactation Educator and is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant candidate. 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 loves to dance, hike, and swim in every lake, river and ocean she can find. In July of this year she solo-hiked 180 miles of the John Muir Trail. She's completing a certificate in Creative Writing/Poetry at Berkeley City College when she’s not catching babies and has been nurturing her meditation practice for six years.

Team

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Firen Jones, LM, CPM

Assisting Midwife

Firen has been caring for birthing families for over a decade, and has worked in some of the busiest freestanding birth centers in the country. When she was a child, her mother and father used to tell her the story of her own birth at home. She could sense the fulfillment and joy that it gave them. It was obvious that it was one of the great moments of their lives. Firen's parents' story propelled her into the profession of midwifery. She wants all families to have a beautiful and transformative story to tell, and to know the joy of a safe and powerful birth. .

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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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Jeannie choe, IBCLC

Lactation Consultant and Assisting Midwife

Jeannie is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant working with a diverse population of families in the San Francisco Bay Area. She considers herself very blessed to be able to provide high-quality, individualized care to families in some of the most transformative and intimate moments of being human. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her partner and two kids. In her free time she enjoys getting outside, cooking, and playing music with her family.

It is hard to put into words the incredible experience I had in the delivery of my beautiful son thanks to Renee and how inspired and blessed I am to have met her in this epic moment of motherhood.
— Miriam
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prenatal CAre

After an initial visit to establish care, I see you throughout your pregnancy on the same schedule you would see an OB. I provide all of the medical monitoring that would be done at an OB (blood pressure, belly checks, labs, ultrasound orders, etc).

I also help you navigate decision making around testing, newborn care, and other options. Because our appointments are about an hour long, that leaves lots of time for holistic care.

I want to know how you are sleeping, eating, and moving. I want to hear about your dreams - literal and figural. I want to collaborate with you on building towards a healthy pregnancy, empowered birth and thriving family.

I take time to learn about your hopes and fears for the pregnancy, birth and parenting. I also help you plan and strategize for gathering support and resources in the postpartum.

I am available around the clock for more visits as needed, and to answer your questions.

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Safety

The safety of home birth comes in part from the strong relationship between midwife and client, based in trust, respect and open communication. As your midwife, I provide care founded on clinical skill and knowledge of current research and best practices. Abundant research shows that for low-risk pregnancies, birthing at home with midwives is a safe option.

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after your birth

I follow you and your well newborn until six weeks postpartum as primary care providers. If there is a need for your baby to see another provider in that time, I will facilitate consultation.

I typically stay at your house for four to six hours after the birth. I don't leave until everyone's vital signs are stable and the baby has nursed. I like to leave you well-fed and tucked into bed, ready to take your first nap as a new family.

If everything is going well, I usually come back the next day (Day 1), Day 3, Day 5-7, and see you at two, four, and six weeks. I follow your physical healing, help you get the support you need logistically and emotionally, and monitor your baby's growth and development. 

I am committed to supporting the breastfeeding relationship. When necessary, I include extra postpartum visits to ensure that breastfeeding gets off to a great start. If other issues come up in the postpartum, as in the prenatal, I consider myself responsible for your well being and will check in or arrange more care as needed.

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Autonomy

I deeply respect the autonomy of each birthing person and value their right to make choices regarding all aspects of their life. I also value the oneness of clients and their unborn children and the ability of clients to nurture their pregnancies and make choices for themselves and their babies. I strive to offer care rooted in shared decision making, informed choice, and empowerment of the birthing family. (See more from MANA and NACPM)


I had such a beautiful pregnancy and birth! Renée gave me confidence in my motherhood. Each visit was so thorough, detailed and filled with compassion, care and love.
— Cassandra

Inclusive Care

 

I 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. I believe that health care is a human right.

I 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.