Tuesday, 15 December 2015

2016: Upcoming Events and Resources

Updated 28 September 2016

I am currently only offering breastfeeding support in the Osan area. Please see this post to find people who work in the birthing field, such as birth doulas, breastfeeding counselors, childbirth educators, Dunstan Baby Language educators, HypnoBirthing® practitioners, IBCLCs, infant massage instructors, nutritionists, postpartum doulas, placenta encapsulation specialists, pre and post-natal massage therapists, and pre and post-natal yoga instructors. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Upcoming Events
Baby Fairs

La Leche League: a breastfeeding support group.

Milky Mamas Meetings: a breastfeeding support group.
    • Seoul: 4th Thursday of every month at the Yongsan Family Health Centre on the 3rd floor in a brand new building right next to the Hannam Dong Jumin Centre (한남동 주민 센터) from 11am-1pm. More info can be found at MMKorea Nursing Support. You can also contact Melanie, Leila, or Sheila.

    Breastfeeding Support
    • I offer breastfeeding support that can be done in person, on the phone, or via Skype. I can help with latch, positioning, knowing whether your baby is hungry or getting enough milk, and common breastfeeding problems.

    Tender Embrace Birthing contains a number of resources such as . . .

    About Me
    I've been involved in the birthing field since early 2013. I am certified as a childbirth educator, postpartum doula, breastfeeding counselor, and Dunstan Baby Language Educator. Check out my about me to learn more about my training and experience.You can also see what people have said about my blog and services.

    Tender Embrace Birthing offers childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care classes and support.

    Wednesday, 9 December 2015

    Childbirth All or Nothing: BBC Documentary 2015

    This documentary follows four women and the different choices they make to birth their babies. It focuses on extremes, hence the name "All or Nothing". From a home birth with a midwife, a home birth in water, an unassisted birth aka a free birth, and a planned C-section you'll see why they made the choices they made. Other topics discussed are . . .
    You can watch the full 50 minute documentary on YouTube and read more about it at In Pursuit of Midwifery. You might also be interested in The Business of Being Born. There's also a sequel, called More Business of Being Born, which has four parts.
    1. Part 1: Down on the Farm
    2. Part 2: Special Deliveries
    3. Part 3: Explore Your Options
    4. Part 4: The VBAC Dilemma
    Two other good films are: Orgasmic Birth and Organic Birth and Organic Birth
    Tender Embrace Birthing offers childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care classes and support.

    Monday, 7 December 2015

    Doctors and Midwives Who Will Do Home Births in Korea

    Updated 23 September 2017

    Home births aren't that common in Korea and only a few doctors and midwives who do them speak English. If you're going to have a home birth, read the information in The Essential Homebirth Guide. It will definitely help you and your partner out.

     The Essential Homebirth Guide
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    The Korean Midwives Association has a handful of midwives who usually don't speak English, but are willing to do home births and travel. Below you can find a list of doctors and midwives that speak English. They are all in Seoul and Gyeonggi-do, however, they may be willing to travel. Here is more information about birthing centers and hospitals in Korea.

    Some places accept Korean health insurance. I also wrote an extensive article on Tricare. Keep in mind that Tricare does not cover home births overseas.You will be paying completely out of pocket if you have Tricare and want to have a home birth in Korea.

    Kim Ok Jin (Rosa) Agitanseun Natural Birth Center (김옥진조산원)
    Kim Okjin, Midwife aka "Rosa"
    401-1, 3F Saeyang Chungmaru Sang-ga Naeson 2-dong, Uiwang, Gyeonggi-do 
    경기도 의왕시 내손2동 401-1 세청마루상가 3F
    Telephone: (031) 410-8597
    Cell: 010-2447-8231 and 019-447-8231
    Near Indeogwon station
    • Expect to pay about 3.5 mil for a home birth.

    Lee Myung Hwa (행복한이명화조산원) they used to be Happy Birth
    Seonbu-dong 1070-12 Gwangwon Building Office 208, Danwon-Gu, Ansan, Gyeonggi-do
    경기도 안산시 단원 선부동 1070-12관원빌딩 208호
    Telephone: (031) 410-3573 and 010-2803-3573
    • Lee Myung Hwa is the midwife.

    Mamas' Birth Center 
    3rd floor, Daesakwanro 60 Yongsan-gu, SeoulTelephone: (02) 797-3573
    Danica: 010-7170-1099.
    • They also work with Jinny, a doula who speaks English and Korean.
    • They do home births in Seoul only.  Home births are 1.2 mil and are only done in Seoul. All prices are with Korean National Insurance.  If you don't have KNI, it will be more expensive. Expect to pay about 3 mil.

    Medi Flower
    Dr. Hwanwook Chung
    2nd Floor of Lotte Castle Medici, 1656-4 Seocho-dong, Seocho-gu, Seoul
    Telephone: (02) 548-9400 (Press 9 for English)
    Near Kyodae subway station
    • They attend home births. Expect to pay about 3.5 mil if you have Korean insurance or about 8 mil if you don't.This is the most expensive home birth option available.
    • Dr. Chung is the most amazing "labor whisperer". 
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