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 and Organic Birth: Birth is Natural!

    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 13 June 2016

    Home births aren't that common in Korea and only a few doctors and midwives who do them speak English. 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 are the ones that do 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.

    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

    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.
    • They attend home births.
    Mamas' Birth Center 
    A-301 Richensia bldg, Wonhyoro 1-ga, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
    서울시 용산구 원효로 1가 리첸시아 A동 301호
    Telephone: (02) 797-3573
    Danica: 010-7170-1099.
    • Mamas' Birth Center is a natural birthing center. They have experience working with foreigners. They have 5 rooms. Each rooms has a tub. The rooms have great lighting, birthing balls, and birthing stools. They also work with Jinny, who is a doula who speaks English and Korean and have birthing education classes. They have double beds (Korean style, so a bit hard).
    • There is no doctor, just midwives. They are not able to perform C-sections, and all pre-natal tests and transfers are done at SCH. 
    • They do home births in Seoul only. 
    • Birth plus 6 hour recovery period: 1 mil. Daily room rate: 250,000. 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. People have said a birth plus a 6 hour recovery period is about 3 mil. After that it's 250,000 per day in the room and 10,000 for meals.
    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.
    • A popular natural birthing center. 
    • About 2.5 mil for a vaginal birth though prices vary depending on insurance.
    • Dr. Chung is the most amazing "labor whisperer". 
    • They are able to perform C-sections. 
    Tender Embrace Birthing offers childbirth, breastfeeding, and newborn care classes and support.

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