Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Doulas, Prenatal, Postpartum, and Breastfeeding Support in Korea

Updated 14 July 2017

Below you can find contact information for:
  • birth doulas
  • breastfeeding counselors
  • childbirth educator
  • lactation consultants
  • la leche league leaders
  • massage therapists 
  • nutritionists
  • postpartum doulas
  • yoga instructors
There are not that many birth doulas in Korea and they tend to book up fast, so be sure to interview some early on in your pregnancy. Here are some questions to ask your doula as well as how doulas set their fees. On average expect to pay about 800,000 for your doula (that's an average). Doulas are not covered by Korean Health Insurance, but some international insurances may cover them.

You also might be interested in reading about hospitals and birthing centers in Korea as well as doctors and midwives that do home births


Adele Vitale Roh
Morning Calm Birthing Services: Nationwide, but based in Busan
adele@morningcalmbirthing.com
  • Morning Calm Birthing Services is owned by Adele Vitale Roh. They are the only legally registered company in Korea providing childbirth services, from childbirth education to labor support and postpartum assistance.
  • Adele Vitale Roh is a certified birth doula and childbirth educator through CBI (Childbirth International). She is also a certified Dunstan Baby Language educator and HypnoBirthing® practitioner. She is based in Busan and offers childbirth preparation classes and labor support in Ulsan, Daegu, Gimhae, Busan, Geoje, and wherever there is a request. She's a native Italian speaker and speaks fluent English, Korean, and Chinese. She can help with translations or do phone consultations if needed.

Aicha Yassin Sajid: Seoul (on maternity leave, but still doing discussion group)
Facebook
  • Aicha is studying to be a birth doula through CBI (Childbirth International). 
  • She is still leading a discussion group twice a month for pregnant mothers and new families through the French association, Cercle Franco-Corren.
  • She speaks French and English.

Camp Humphreys: Pyeongtaek
Jabeth Schaffer teaches breastfeeding classes and volunteers at New Parent Support. Rachel Scott is a La Leche League Leader. Sean Armstrong runs the New Parent Support program.


Cherie Miller: Jeju
Facebook

Darla Day Haynsworth: Seoul
Facebook
  • Darla is a birth doula and childbirth educator.
  • She has base access.

Elzali Jacobs: Gangwon-do but will travel
Facebook
elzalijacobs@gmail.com
  • Elzali is studying to be a birth doula through CBI (Childbirth International). She lives in Gangneung, but is open to travelling to cities or towns nearby. 

Erin Mundy: Pohang (currently on maternity leave)
Facebook
010-2656-1696
erin@whckorea.org
  • Erin is a certified childbirth instructor and doula through the American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth. She and her husband teach the Bradley Method of Husband-Coached Childbirth and she offers doula services in the Pohang area. She also offers her services with and through the Women's Hope Center. (She may be able to expand her service area once the KTX in Pohang is complete.) 
  • She is available to answer questions about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and postpartum care during her maternity leave.

GM Cheil Women's Clinic
896 Gwangmyeong-ro, Mwangmyeong, Gyeonggi-do
Telephone (02) 890-2555
  • They have an IBCLC there. 

Heather Llewellyn: Seoul 
Facebook
0503-337-1145
  • She works as a nurse in pediatrics at USAG Yongsan. You can call the 121 and ask for her. 
  • She is currently an LPN (licensed practical nurse) with extra training that qualifies her to be classified as a healthcare professional by the IBLCE's standards. She has experience with preemies as well. She is studying to be an IBCLC and has earned her breastfeeding educator certificate. 
  • She has base access.

Heather Peet: Seoul 
Facebook

heather.k.peet@gmail.com
  • She is a birth activist, home birther, and breastfeeding junky. 
  • She is certified as a birth doula with toLabor and has also worked as a postpartum doula. She is a certified lactation counselor through the Healthy Children Project.  
  • She has base access.
 

Jabeth Schaffer: Humphreys, Pyeongtaek
Facebook
  • She is a certified lactation counselor though Healthy Children. She volunteers at New Parent Support at Humphreys and teaches Breastfeeding Basics for ACS every 3rd Wednesday of the month. She's also available for 1:1 consultation.
  • She has base access.

Jamie Melnychuk: Seoul 
Facebook
Nutrition Mission and Sprout
jamie@nutritionmission.ca
  • Jamie is a registered holistic nutritionist and studied at the Canadian School of Holistic Nutrition
  • She offers sound nutritional advice during the challenging pre and post-natal periods. 
  • She also runs Sprout, a weekly pick-up food service in the Itaewon area.

Jennifer Latham: Pyeongtaek and Seoul (currently on maternity leave)
Facebook
  • Jennifer is studying to be a birth doula, postpartum doula, and childbirth educator through  CBI (Childbirth International). 
  • She has base access.

Jessica Pash: Seoul
Facebook
jessical.pash@gmail.com

Joanne McCuaig: Seoul
Facebook

Jonathan (Joeng-Sup) Sim: Seoul
011-5472-8563
jshim04@hanmail.net

Juliana Han: Pohang
Facebook
sajuv13@gmail.com

La Leche League Korea
Joy is the leader in Seoul. Sharon is the leader at Osan AB. Rachel is the leader at Camp Humphreys. Please contact them about meeting information.


Laura Heather: Seoul
Facebook
  • She is a birth doula.

Kate Besleme: Seoul
Facebook
Doula Baby
  • Kate is a certified professional midwife, CPM that trained with the National Midwifery Institute (USA).
  • She certified as a birth doula through DONA (Doulas of North America). She does prenatal, postnatal, and infant massage, pre-natal and postpartum support, childbirth classes, and is a prenatal yoga and vinyasa yoga teacher.
  • She works at MediFlower as a doula.

Jenny Stuart: Osan (coming to Korea in fall 2017)
Facebook
  • She's an RN, LLL leader, and will be taking her test in October to be an IBCLC. She can offer breastfeeding support.

Lindsay Simmons: Seoul (out of the country until July)
Facebook

Mamas' Birth Center: Seoul 
Facebook
Danica (Uri) Bang
010-7170-1099
uri.danica.bang@mamasbirthcenter.com

Mamslibe: Nationwide
  • A list of Korean IBCLCs that do home visits for breastfeeding support. You will need someone who can speak Korean to make an appointment and be there to translate.

Medi Flower: Seoul
Facebook
02-548-9400
clinic.mediflower@gmail.com
  • They offer birthing classes and HypnoBirthing® classes in English and Korean.
  • Oh Sejin (see below) is an IBCLC who works there. She provides breastfeeding support.

Military Programs: Nationwide for those with base access
  • Please contact your nearest ACS (Army Community Services), AFRC (Airmen and Family Readiness Center), FAP (Family Advocacy Program), WIC (Women Infant and Children), or MFLC (Military Family Life Counselor) for more info. Some bases also have a NPSP (New Parent Support Program). 
  • They can help with breastfeeding support, child birthing classes, bundles for babies,  financial help, counseling, home visits, Dads 101, and newborn care classes.

Milky Mamas in Korea: Seoul
Facebook
  • They offer breastfeeding support and meet the 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.

Moyu.co.kr: Nationwide
  • A list of Korean IBCLCs that do home visits for breastfeeding support. You will need someone who can speak Korean to make an appointment and be there to translate.

    Morning Calm Birthing Services: Nationwide, but based in Busan
    adele@morningcalmbirthing.com
    • Morning Calm Birthing Services is owned by Adele Vitale Roh. They are the only legally registered company in Korea providing childbirth services, from childbirth education to labor support and postpartum assistance.
    • Adele Vitale Roh is a certified birth doula and childbirth educator through CBI (Childbirth International). She is also a certified Dunstan Baby Language educator and HypnoBirthing® practitioner. She is based in Busan and offers childbirth preparation classes and labor support in Ulsan, Daegu, Gimhae, Busan, Geoje, and wherever there is a request. She's a native Italian speaker and speaks fluent English, Korean, and Chinese. She can help with translations or do phone consultations if needed.

    Natascha Otto: Jeju
    Facebook
    010-4058-3341
    nataschaotto2@gmail.com
    • Natascha is a qualified physiotherapist and certified birth doula through CBI (Childbirth International). 
    • She teaches child birthing classes but is not accepting doula clients for now.

    Oh Sejin (Ms. Oh): Seoul
    02-548-9400 press 9 for English
    clinic.mediflower@gmail.com
    • She is an IBCLC at Medi Flower who can offer breastfeeding support. She speaks Korean but the international clinic staff will go with you to translate. 

    Osan Air Force Base: Osan
    • There is an IBCLC that offers breastfeeding support: Sarah M. Inman. There is also a lactation counselor, Sharon Couzens Helewa, who leads La Leche League Osan and offers breastfeeding support.

    Postpartum Depression Support in Korea
    Facebook page
    • A Facebook support group for those who are suffering or have suffered from PPD.

    Rachel Scott: Humphreys, Pyeongtaek
    Facebook
    • She is a La Leche League Leader.

    Rina Yu: Daejeon
    Facebook
    Gomyung Korean Medicine Clinic (고명한의원)
    010-3193-6956
    glassi78@hanmail.net
    • Rina is a legally registered Korean Medicine Doctor (Haneuisa, 한의사, Acupuncturist). She is also a HypnoBirthing® practitioner.

    Roxana Malave: Osan and Seoul 
    Facebook
    • Roxana is a birth doula
    • She has base access. 

    Sarah Houser: Seoul and Gyeonggi
    Facebook
    sarah.m.houser@outlook.com
    • Sarah is a birth doula located in the Songtan/Osan/Humphreys area. She supports moms and families locally, in Seoul and the surrounding area. She is certified through CBI (Childbirth International), has been a doula in Korea since 2011, and mainly attends births and teaches birthing classes at Medi Flower. She also has experience at the 121 (the military hospital at Yongsan) Samsung, Dankook, Asan, smaller clinics, and home births. 
    • She is passionate about supporting and caring for moms and families throughout pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and beyond. She's available to answer questions, give support, teach classes, attend and support births, and support breastfeeding.

    Sarah M. Inman: Osan
    010-4134-9653
    Facebook
    • She's an IBCLC Osan AB that offers breastfeeding support.

    Seoul Mommy and Baby Yoga Meetup: Seoul
    Facebook
    • Classes are taught by a certified yoga instructor.

    Sharon Couzens Helewa: Osan
    Tender Embrace Birthing
    Facebook
    010-9129-3981 
    sharonkcouzens@gmail.com

    Sheila Tabor: Seoul
    Facebook

    Spa Day: Seoul
    • They offer a special pregnancy and postpartum package as well as breastfeeding massage. 

    Stacy's Serenity Massage: Osan
    Facebook
    • Licensed massage therapist. Does prenatal and postnatal/postpartum massages.

    Sungwonhan Clinic: Seoul
    Richeonsia A-dong, 313 ho, Wonhyu-lo 1-ga 133-3 beon ji, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
    02-712-7523
    • A birthing center that also offers placenta encapsulation.

    Therapy in Korea: Seoul
    • English and Korean speaking counselor.

    Torch Trinity Christian Counseling Center: Seoul and online
    02-570-7115
    • Counselors who are pursuing masters and doctorates. Fees depend on how far they are along in their studies. They do have free services. They will not push religion on you.

    Vanessa Reid: Gwangju, Jeollanamdo, and Jeollabukdo
    Facebook
    vanessa_c_reid@yahoo.ca
    • Vanessa is a certified birth doula and breastfeeding counselor through CBI (Childbirth International).
    • She's willing to travel and does consultations via Skype. 

    Veronica Duran-Ballen: Humphreys/Pyeongtaek
    Facebook
    Bradley website 
    • She is a certified Bradley instructor and teaches classes near Camp Humphrey's.

    WIC: Nationwide for those with base access
    • Women Infant and Children provides supplemental nutrition support to qualifying pregnant mothers and children under the age of 5. They may also offer breastfeeding support and lend out hospital grade breast pumps.

    Yeon and Nature: Seoul
    02-518-1300
    contact@yeonandnature.com
    • Natural birthing center. In addition to birthing services, they have breastfeeding support, child birthing classes, doulas, midwives, placenta encapsulation, and placenta prints.

    Yoga in Seoul: Seoul
    Facebook
    • Not specifically pre-natal or post-natal yoga, but this group might be able to point you in the right direction. 

    Yongsan Garrison: Seoul
    0503-337-1145
    • There is an LPN, Heather Llewellyn, who works at the Pediatric Clinic at the 121 who is studying to be an IBCLC and is able to help women with breastfeeding issues. You can contact her through Facebook or if you have base access, call and ask for her.

    Youngjoo Shin: Busan
    010-3864-4852
    • Youngjoo is an English speaking IBCLC who can offer breastfeeding support.
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