Postpartum Doula  & Breastfeeding Education Service

Nurturing, Integrating, and Educating

families during their magical time after birth.

About Junko w. ziemba, PCD(DONA), CLEC

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     I was born & raised in Kanagawa, Japan and came to the United States in 1999 as a college student. To study abroad was sort of a wild idea to most of my friends and family in Japan as English is my second language, but I earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Oregon (Eugene is such a lovely and free place to be !!) and established my career as a designer in California. At that time I fell in love with the love of my life and had gained so much confidence and a sense of accomplishment.....   

      While working in a corporate world pushing myself to meet project deadlines and sales figures over a decade, I did not think for a second that making a family would be any harder than that. Well, I had no clue. I struggled with fertility & high risk pregnancies, and was overwhelmed by the unpredictability of a newborn child and postpartum life. My perspective shifted entirely after I gave birth to my first child. Parenting had become the most challenging yet most rewarding gift I have ever been given.

    Through my journey of becoming a mother, I became completely fascinated by how much a woman transforms during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum, both mentally and physically. As euphoric as the experience was, there were unexpected challenges I wasn’t prepared for such as breastfeeding and sleep. There was also the realization of the lack of support for mothers in our current society. This, plus expensive healthcare and non-mandated or very short maternity/family leave, lead me to become a doula and an advocate of supporting new mothers and their families.

 

     Today supporting new families has become my greatest passion. As a Postpartum Doula, my mission is to coach mothers and their family to transition into the new routine with a newborn filled with excitement and challenges as smoothly and mindfully as possible.  I want to help new families breathe through chaotic times to find joy.....  Whatever the families' goal might be, I would be honored to serve them during precious and sensitive time.

Professional Trainings and Credentials: 

  •  Professionally Trained By DONA International   (May 2018)

  •  Pediatric CPR & First Aid ADE Certified 

  •  Certified Lactation Educator Counselor by UC San Diego  (April 2019)  

  •  Babywearing for Birth Workers & Beyond by MamaBird LA (June 2019)

  •  Art and Science of Lactation & Sleep Workshop by Moorea Malatt, CPD, CLC, CLEC (January 2020) 

  • Certified by DONA International as Postpartum Certified Doula, CPD (March 2020)  

  • Labor & Birth Doula Training by DONA International (Aug 2020) 

  • Multicultural Postpartum Recovery - Malaysian Style- by Valerie Lynn of Eco Postnatal Care (Nov 2020)

My Availability & Testimonials are Here on DoulaMatch.

 

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