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Junko Watanabe Ziemba

The Doula Fairy

Torrance, CA Service range 25 miles

3107103295

https://www.thedoulafairy.com/

Birth Fee

$800

Postpartum Rate

$40 to $50

Availability Remarks: Daytime support between 8 am-5 pm. 4-hour minimum.

Birth Fee

$800

Postpartum Rate

$40 to $50


Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula Experience

1 years and 0 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

4 years and 40 families served


Doula Training

  • DONA International, May 2018

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 1 to 3

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Daytime Only

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


College Education

AA/AS

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • Satellite doula (for remote and rural clients)
  • Vaginal steam/peristeam services
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

BreastfeedLA, Joy In Birthing Foundation

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Japanese

Fee Details

Varies by singleton, multiples & location. Sliding Scale Available.

Torrance, CA Service range 25 miles

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Client Testimonials for Junko Watanabe Ziemba

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Sophia

6/17/2022

My family and I hired Junko for the postpartum period it was the best decision we made.

After the birth of our first child, my wife and I realized how intense and overwhelming having a baby is. As a result, we decided that we definitely needed a postpartum doula once we found out we were having a second child. 

Junko is truly absolutely incredible. She is truly a fairy! She reminds me of Mary Poppins. She is incredibly professional and knowledgeable about all things postpartum nutrition, breastfeeding, baby cues, parents, etc. She always showed up early or on time, in the 3 months we worked with her she was never late or cancelled on us. She has a gift of being extremely professional but immediately feeling as if she is a part of your family with her warmth, kindness and non-judgemental demeanor.


Some highlights from our work with her:
1. Her food! She makes the most delicious meals while visiting you, and she also gifted us with meals. It was so incredible to have her work an overnight shift with the baby, only for our family to wake up to her warm and comforting breakfasts and kind notes. Amazing! 
2. The kindness she extends to your whole family. While her focus is obviously to mother and baby, my toddler absolutely fell in love with her and Junko was always attentive to how a new baby was impacting our older child.
3. Our family got Covid while Junko worked with us. Even when she couldn’t visit because of quarantine, she checked up with us daily and delivered homemade meals to our home for two weeks. It helped us so much. 

We are so sad that we “graduated” and we will miss her in our home so much, but we made such an incredible friend and support in Junko. Our family highly recommends her- in my opinion it is the best investment you can make in your family for the postpartum period. 

Maiko

9/25/2021

Junko is a caring, compassionate and hardworking doula. She supported me and my husband so much through prenatal, birth and postpartum.

It was my first pregnancy and the coronavirus pandemic posed extra challenges.

Junko was very supportive emotionally and physically, often making nourishing meals for us and allowing us some rest time.

Whenever I had questions or concerns, Junko was always accessible. She reached out to me promptly with useful advice, resources and encouragement.

She has a great understanding of the challenges that new parents face and helpful strategies to defuse anxieties.

My journey would not have been the same without Junko and we both feel very fortunate to have found her.

 

Emily

7/30/2021

Excellent doula!! I am so glad I choose her as my birth doula and postpartum doula.


I was so scared of giving birth without medication. I've never hired doula for my previous pregnancy, but I wanted to give a shot. Junko gave me a lot of advice and encouragement until I feel fully confident. My baby didn’t come out till 42weeks, and I was so nervous, but Junko kept encouraging me and providing me great guidance for natural labor.
As a result, I could give birth without ANY medication:-). It was just as I wrote in my birth plan!!!

In my postpartum as well, she helped me proactively how to take care of myself physically and mentally, as well as my newborn, house chores etc. She also advised me how I can comfortably nurse, how to use baby carriers wisely etc.

I am so grateful that I choose Junko as my doula. It was my best investment I’ve ever chosen in my life!!!

Emily

7/30/2021

Excellent doula!! I am so glad I choose her as my birth doula and postpartum doula.

I was so scared of giving birth without medication. I've never hired doula for my previous pregnancy, but I wanted to give a shot. Junko gave me a lot of advice and encouragement until I feel fully confident. My baby didn’t come out till 42weeks, and I was so nervous, but Junko kept encouraging me and providing me great guidance for natural labor. As a result, I could give birth without ANY medication:-). It was just as I wrote in my birth plan!!!

In my postpartum as well, she helped me proactively how to take care of myself physically and mentally, as well as my newborn, house chores etc. She also advised me how I can comfortably nurse, how to use baby carriers wisely etc.

I am so grateful that I choose Junko as my doula. It was my best investment I’ve ever chosen in my life!!!

Nisha Dattaray

5/25/2021

Junko is amazing and was very key in my postpartum recovery and transition to motherhood. I am so grateful that I had her as my PP doula.

I was initially on the fence about getting a PP doula because of the expense, but with my sister recently moving out of state, my parents being close but 2 hours away and older, and my in laws out of state--oh and a pandemic thrown in the mix, I decided to incest in myself so I could have supper during this big change. 

I selected Junko because of her similar background (I am Asian and my husband is Japanese) and I was just thinking it would automatically provide some familiarity. I also selected her since she is a mom and could offer her own insight, guidance and stories. What I found in Junko was akin to an older cousin--someone who showed kindness and warmth towards me and my baby from the moment we got home. She was focused, proactive and so caring. 

She made sure I got rest, had nutritious meals/snacks, offered comfort during the weeks of my baby not gaining weight fast enough and having UV blanket treatment for jaundice, and even the challenges of breastfeeding. She shared anecdotal stories of her challenges and triumphs when she became a mom the first time so I could learn from her, and was always so supportive during moments of doubt and low confidence. She also made sure to help take care of me at a time others focus so much on my baby that my own recovery could be easily overlooked (even by myself!).

I am so thankful I had her support after giving birth since I feel like she was key in building my confidence as a new mom. I'm also very appreciative that I can still reach out to her with updates and news to share as a friend. Junko is wonderful.

Lucy

1/10/2021

My husband and I hired Junko as our postpartum doula and it was the best decision we could have made. Having never held a baby or changed a diaper prior to having our own baby, the learning curve was steep for us! Adding to this, we are both transplants in Los Angeles and didn't have the luxury of having family or people around to help us during this time due to Covid. Junko was truly a fairy or an angel of sorts for us, we learned so much from her and couldn't have survived our first month as new parents during Covid without her! She knows so much about babies and how best to care for them; she gives fantastic research/data-backed advice when asked without any judgement or biased opinions. She cooked the most delicious, nourishing meals for our family which was a real treat - she even taugh us how to make Japanese rice balls in tofu skin - they are amazing! Junko also helped in so many ways that make a huge impact on your day and enery levels with things like: holding baby while you shower and look after yourself (or take a quick nap!), empting and loading the dishwasher, folding the laundry, cleaning and sanitizing baby bottles/supplies and generally being there to support family. My husband and I felt as nurtured and cared for as I know our precious baby, Bodhi, felt. We will be forever appreciative and greatful for Junko and her impact on our lives during this special time. Junko - thank you so much for everything! 

Anjeet & Brandon

11/6/2020

After finding out my family would not be able to help us (thanks to COVID) me and my husband were in a panic. How would we cope as first time parents without any support? We decided to hire a postpartum doula but I was still nervous about having a stranger in the house, seeing me at my worst and possibly encroaching on family time. My fears were immediately settled upon talking to Junko. We weren’t really sure what to expect from a doula but Junko made sure to explain what to expect the first weeks of parenthood and clearly communicated a plan for us which made it so much easier. That being said she was also very accomadating to on the spot needs/situations and was ready to "go with the flow" of our family. I didn’t need to worry about a “stranger” or feeling nervous about looking and feeling my worst, Junko's open friendly attitude made us instantly feel at ease, it was like having a friend or a family member there with you. Junko loves what she does and it shows with her incredibly in-dept knowledgeable about baby care - she knows literally everything!!! She made wonderful suggestions on our babies care that even our paediatrician picked up on later. She taught us so much and we are better, more confident parents because of her! We ended up buying things she recommended and they were perfect for us and saved us so much time and hassle. She is well connected to groups and gave us excellent recommendations on lactation consultants and other support services. It’s easy to feel like a failure and be hard on yourself in those first few weeks but Junko was caring, kind and supportive to me and my husband, it made all the difference. We were so sad when Junko left. In three weeks she became a saviour to our family. We honestly wouldn’t have gotten through it without her. It was hands down the best money we spent. If your thinking about a doula then do yourself/your family/your baby a favour and absolutely 100% hire Junko!

Birth Availability for Junko Watanabe Ziemba

= Available. Calendar last updated: 06-28-2022

Postpartum Availability for Junko Watanabe Ziemba

= Available. Calendar last updated: 06-28-2022