Meet Janai

Meet Janai

Janai Marie Meyer, RDN, LD, IBCLC, CCE, RYT

  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
  • Licensed Dietitian (LD)
  • International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC)
  • Certified Childbirth Mentor (Educator)  (CCE)
  • Certified Birth Doula
  • Diabetes Educator 2
  • Registered Yoga Teacher 200hr (RYT)

Affiliations

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND)
  • International Board of Lactation Examiners (IBCLE)
  • Yoga Alliance (YA)
  • Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition (ABC)
  • Alaska Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Dietitians in Women’s Health
  • Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Medicine
  • Dietitians in Business and Communication
  • Birthing from Within (BFW)
  • American Diabetes Association (ADA)- Recognized Diabetes Self Management Program (DSMES)
  • Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists (ADCES)
  • Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce
Hummingbird

I mentor women through their life’s journey. From preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause and menopause.

Nothing is more precious and personal than pregnancy, birth and caring for your baby. We hold beautiful expectations and hopes of parenthood, all of which are completely attainable with accurate education, preparation, and support. Despite common yet often undiscussed obstacles, you can successfully advocate for your family and personal goals while providing loving and nurturing nutrition for yourself and child. Professional support often begins in pregnancy and throughout the birthing process, though it’s never too late to benefit from support so that you can fully enjoy your pregnancy, birth and baby, confidently and calmly.

Janai holds 20+ years of experience in the field of nutrition, lactation, parenting and wellbeing. Offering a unique opportunity for parents in Alaska to receive personalized, trained guidance as they navigate childbirth, breastfeeding, pumping, return to work, chest(bottle)feeding, and growth and feeding needs from preconception into adulthood.

With her widely applauded and recognized services throughout Alaska, Janai has helped hundreds of women reconnect with their own and bodies and wisdom bolstering wellness for adults and children alike. Her unbiased support, evidence-based knowledge, and trained understanding of medical options during pregnancy and birth, along with infant feeding, allows her to be the ultimate mentor new parents need of trustworthy guidance.

While her specialty is nutrition, birthing and lactation, Janai’s work extends beyond the realm of motherhood, presenting emotionally healthy solutions to physical wellbeing in the face of diet fads and stigma-driven inaccuracies. From community gardens to traditional food gatherings, she understands the unique gifts of Alaska itself and is driven by love for her home state to ensure every resident obtains access to the nutrition they deserve. She has been a featured speaker at nutrition conferences in Washington, D.C. to the Pacific Northwest, profiled in Today’s Dietitian Magazine, and referred by doctors and pediatricians throughout the country.

As an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator 2, Certified Childbirth Educator, Birth Doula and Registered Yoga Teacher, Janai expertly combines a scientific, educated approach with the unique needs histories, culture, family goals, and environments of each client.

Her deep investment stems from knowing that the benefits of healthy infant and childhood feeding not only offers mothers confidence and peace, but has lifelong benefits for every child’s emotional relationship with food and their bodies

Over 20 years she crafted the Nurtured and Nourished ™  program. Which is the exact support she  wished  she had during her own early years of motherhood and breastfeeding, her first-hand struggles and understanding as am mother paired with her extensive professional experience provides an unmatched level of passionate and personal support. See what her clients are saying… Read Reviews.

The Meyer Family

Fun Fact: Why the Hummingbird?
The Hummingbird represents healing and joy. Inspired by gifts during my life time living and working in Alaska communities, I humbly chose the
hummingbird (rather, it chose me) to represent my passion,  my mission to offer myself as a healing guide of peace and independence to during times of overwhelming transition into parents.

Meaning: The Hummingbird teaches you to appreciate and love the miracle of living and to help you focus on the positivity in your life. They represent friendship, playfulness and are a symbol of good luck. They are seen as messengers of peace, heal body and soul and guide you through life’s challenges. Hummingbirds are very independent and seem to have an unlimited energy supply. They symbolize wonder, love and beauty.
Humming Bird

Legend: One story of Hummingbird tells of a warm, spring day. Summer was coming and the wild flowers were in full blossom. 

A young girl and her mother waded through the green grass, enjoying the bright colors. They stopped as Hummingbird joined them; bussing and darting from flower to flower. The little creature fascinated the child. She asked, “why does such a tiny bird want to fly so fast? Why doesn’t it just stay at one flower instead of visiting every one?” Her mother sat down on a hill overlooking the field and said, “let me tell you the story of Hummingbird.” Many years ago there was a fragrant flower that rose every spring to display her beautiful petals and bright colors for all the world’s creatures to enjoy. The people and animals waited anxiously each spring for this special flower to appear. On that day they knew the warm, kind rays of summer had arrived. 

Raven saw how much joy this flower brought to the world, so the next spring when it appeared, he transformed it into a tiny bird. The bird had the colours of the green spring grass and the flashing red of a setting sun. Raven gave the bird a special gift – to fly like sunlight flickering through tall trees. He also gave it a message to take to all the flowers. 

That’s why today we see Hummingbird buzzing from flower to flower, whispering a message. Hummingbird is thanking each flower for making our world a more beautiful place. The mother looked at her child and said, “as you grow up, remember that like each flower, each person has gifts to give the world. In return that person will be thanked by the birds, animals and flowers for helping to make our world a better place for every one.”

Humming Bird in Flower

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CLIENT STORIES - Above And Beyond

I reached out to Janai prior to my third pregnancy and spoke with her about my issues nursing my previous two children. I was determined to nurse and was nervous about being successful. After my sons birth, when I had problems and he was struggling to gain weight, not only did she guide me through it but she came to my home and sat with me to help, guiding and reassuring me until I was comfortable! I nursed my son until he was 3.5! With Janai’s guidance, support and knowledge in nutrition as well we have been so blessed to have her as a resource for our four children as we navigate infant, toddler and teen dietary needs. She is a valuable resource in our community.

~Melissa O’Bryan