Birth stories matter. Jae Carey was born in Korea and adopted at 14 months old to a family in Oregon. Having thought a lot about origination stories, rites of passage, culture, race, and gender from a young age, she studied anthropology and sociology for a B.A. at Lewis & Clark College, and was eventually drawn to New York City for graduate studies, but really for the diversity of the City itself.
Navigating becoming pregnant and birthing a child here, and without family support, drastically changed her life's orientation — so much so that she felt inspired to become a midwife or doula. Eventually she took the plunge, quit her job, and trained as a full-spectrum doula with Ancient Song Doula Services. And something did click, something hard to articulate. As one of her first clients shared, "Everyone else was focused on the baby, but it was great to have someone just focused on me."
Doulas provide a quality of attention that is often missing in this medically oriented society. As a person who has grappled with their own history and trajectory, Jae attends with great care to the birth experiences and life transitions of others. And as an adoptee who never quite fit any mold, her support is truly inclusive, unconditionally supportive, and rooted in compassion. She also welcomes those who see their situation as complex, and has worked alongside clients with non-conventional family structures, those with previous or expected loss, and as a volunteer doula on Rikers Island and at CHiPS women's shelter in Brooklyn.
Her background is also as a meditation and wellness instructor. Meditation in her experience is about being attuned and attentive to whatever is happening, with more emphasis on presence and process than set goals. She strives to be a calming companion, a skillful advocate, and feels honored to play a role in the unique unfolding of each new passage, family, and story.
- Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) trained with Healthy Children Project's Center for Breastfeeding
- Co-founded and co-lead Mindfulness + Stress Reduction Support Group with Mary Esther Malloy
- Holding Space for Pregnancy Loss teacher certified with the Institute of Birth, Breath, & Death
- VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) masterclass with consumer advocate Jen Kamel of VBACfacts.com
- Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certified with Karen Strange, CPM
- DONA doula training with Rina Crane, DONA Intercultural Director
- New York City Doula Collective (NYCDC) member: Mediation Committee, Access & Activism Committee
- Stillbirthday, birth and bereavement certified
- Full-Spectrum doula trained with Chanel Porchia, Ancient Song Doula Services
- Foundations in Contemplative Care, 9 month certification, NY Zen Center for Contemplative Care
- Meditation instruction training: Brooklyn Zen Center, Prison Mindfulness Institute, MBSR, + MindfulNYU