The East Bay Integrative Pregnancy Project works in partnership with the birth community to empower underserved pregnant individuals to take control of their health care by providing integrative medicine treatments, health education, and a supportive community.
Alameda county has one of the highest risks of low birth weight and infant mortality in California. We offer a community center that provides acupuncture and nutritional classes to pregnant and postpartum individuals to help build a stronger and healthier future for communities and families in need. We believe that every person should have access to holistic prenatal care and that acupuncture and nutritional counseling should not be a luxury. Our goal is to ensure accessibility to complimentary medicine for people who lack the economic means. By providing ongoing and consistent emotional support for underserved pregnant individuals, we help build a community for people and their families and increase the awareness about complimentary and integrative medicine.
Dr. Jessica Parker, L.Ac., DAOM
Founder & Executive Director
Jessica Parker, LAC, DAOM has a diverse background including a broad range of experience in the healing arts, Chinese language and expertise in acupuncture and Asian medicine. Jessica completed her Doctorate Fellowship at Five Branches University in 2016 and is a pioneer as one of the first acupuncture residents at Highland Hospital in Oakland. She is also the owner of Root & Stem Integrative Chinese Medicine. Jessica specializes in Women’s Health, Prenatal Health, and Pain Management. She strongly believes in integrative health care, providing a supportive community for wellness, and the synergistic relationship of all modalities of medicine.
Jimi Gilroy has worked with families and children in the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 16 years. Jimi currently works as a Program Assistant for WestEd as part of the Region IX Equity Assistance Center and as an assistive technologist for the Center for Accessible Technology in Berkeley's Senior Connects program. Jimi has worked in various non-profits including Compass Family Services, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, and the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center. Jimi spent more than six years studying and working in mainland China and Central America where he learned to speak Spanish and Mandarin, as well as the benefits of Chinese medicine. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, reading, writing, and spending time with his three adorable nieces.
Amanda Paulson has over 10 years of experience helping nonprofits fulfill their missions through the use of effective technologies. Amanda was the Technology Director at California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in Santa Cruz, California, where she learned how healthy food choices can benefit both people and the planet. In this role, and other at a sustainable seafood nonprofit, Fishwise, Amanda brought in new technology services to foster growth and effectiveness in their operations. Amanda is passionate about good food, health, and taking care of ourselves and our communities.
Tachelle Allen is a Doula, healer and activist serving the Bay Area. Her formal education is in Medical Anthropology and she aims to be a practicing Midwife and Herbalist ultimately. Currently Tachelle works as a Doula and spends her free time studying healing systems specifically nutrition, herbalism, and gemstones. She hopes to utilize her skills to uplift underserviced communities, especially women and people of color.
Dr. Renee Bartlet, DC
Dr. Renee Bartlett is a chiropractor in Berkeley, CA specializing in women's health, preconception, pregnancy and pediatric chiropractic care. She loves providing gentle, effective chiropractic care for the whole family and is dedicated to helping her patients heal themselves and reach their highest potential.