Jeanne Batacan, CMA, ICCE, CLC, CD, CHBE


C
ertified by the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA), Jeanne has 
been providing labor and postpartum education and support for over 30 years. She is also certified as a Lactation Educator/Consultant (UCLA & Evergreen Perinatal Edu.), and is 
a certified “Happiest Baby” Instructor. 
Holding a California State teaching credential and with Birthing From Within training, Jeanne taught Early Pregnancy, Childbirth Preparation, Breastfeeding, and Parenting courses in Santa Clara County. Jeanne is also certified birth and postpartum Doula (retired)

Although retired from teaching and Doula support, Jeanne concentrates her efforts on helping new moms in South Santa Clara County reach their personal goals for breastfeeding.  Along with her lactation certification, Jeanne has obtained advance training in Biological Nurturing® - Laid Back Breastfeeding with Dr. Suzanne Colson.  Jeanne also continues to teach Happiest Baby classes in small in-home groups and/or privately.  
The cornerstone of this proven technique [the 5 S's] is swaddling. Infant swaddling is safe, very effective and easy when it is done correctly.

Jeanne is a member of the Breastfeeding Task Force of Santa Clara Valley and the ad hoc committee. The Task Force is working toward Mother-Friendly work sites and the designation of Baby-Friendly hospitals in our county. Jeanne is also an active member of the Breastfeeding Task Force at Saint Louise Hospital in Gilroy and the Model Hospital Policy Review Panel

 
Because of Jeanne's strong desire to help and empower women, she co-founded Bay Area Birth Information (BABI) and served on the Board of Directors for several years as Secretary and then Vice President.  BABI's mission is to promote awareness of evidence-based care and options, in order to reduce unnecessary birth interventions, improve breastfeeding success rates, and encourage secure bonding between parents and their children. 
BABI’s mission is based on the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS), a nationwide effort to promote healthy, physiological childbirth.  In an effort to better serve families in the South Bay, Jeanne co-founded  The-Loft-Family-Enrichment-Center in Morgan Hill. Due to unforeseen circumstances, The Loft had to close a few years ago.

Jeanne has three children, two stepchildren and ten grandchildren. She breastfed all three of her children. With the birth of Jeanne's first baby, there were no breastfeeding support groups available to her and she was encouraged (by her OB & pediatrician) to wean and start formula and solids after just three months. She felt sad when she weaned, not fully understanding why - because most mothers, at the time, were not breastfeeding.

With her second baby, Jeanne learned where to go for breastfeeding help. There was an active La Leche League group in Santa Clara, where she lived. It was there that she found the support and information she needed to 
be able to achieve her personal breastfeeding goals. Even back in 1964, it was known that healthy babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months!  Jeanne learned that the sadness she felt when weaning her first child was due to the fact that she nor her baby daughter were ready to wean that early. This experience was the basis for Jeanne becoming a breastfeeding advocate, compelling her to help other mothers learn about the benefits of breastfeeding and how they can be successful at meeting their own personal breastfeeding goals.

Philosophy ~ 

Jeanne believes that women, who are nurtured, supported, informed, and prepared have a much better chance of experiencing a safer and more satisfying birth. Women who have a more physiological birth (natural, normal birth) tend to have an easier transition into breastfeeding - and so do their babies.

A physiological birth brings into play all the necessary hormones that support birth and facilitate the onset of lactation. It is a fact that no mammal who has birth taken from her [with medication, anesthesia and/or surgery] goes on to nurse easily, or even to mother easily. 

It’s not breastfeeding that’s the problem, it’s the birth! For more vital information on the importance of your birth, take a look at Why Your Baby's Birth Matters.  And then, please take a moment to read this current and important paper Normal, Healthy Childbirth - What You Need to Know  - and  share it with all the pregnant women you know!


To learn more about Jeanne's services, please click the 
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Jeanne lives in Morgan Hill and serves the South County area.

You can contact Jeanne at: 
mamajb@msn.com or 408-779-7479