Aurora Raiten, L.Ac, LMT, DONA-trained birth doula
Phone: (240) 600-7139
Birth Fee: $1000 to $1200
Fee Details: Includes discount on pre-natal massage and acupuncture sessions, either at my office in Bethesda or in your home. Both massage and acupuncture are available to you and your partner(s) free of charge during birth.
Birth Doula Experience: 7 years and 50 births attendedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
I have volunteered my services as a birth doula with the Doula Project in NYC and the Family Health and Birth Center in Washington, DC. I am currently on the Leadership Core for the DC Doulas for Choice Collective.
Languages spoken: English
Service Area MapArea of practice: Silver Spring, MD
I wasn't sure initially whether I should get a doula, but Aurora was highly recommended by a good friend, and my experience with her during the birthing process turned out to be really wonderful! Her knowledge of acupressure and massage techniques were particularly useful – these allowed me to pretty much not feel contractions for a large part of the time (!). Given that I experienced these for more than 16 hours and that they were pretty strong (as objectively measured by the machines around) that was awesome. Also, Aurora came across as experienced yet flexible in her approach and did not push any particular ‘agenda’ too strongly either in our early conversations or during the hospital stay. I would not hesitate to recommend her as a doula to any future mother who can get her attention.
Aurora truly helped me throughout my pregnancy and delivery. She was very open and supportive to whatever path I chose to take with regards to my delivery. She just wanted me to be comfortable and relaxed during the process. She suggested I take a hypnobirthing class because I was pretty anxious about the delivery, and that really helped me get to a calm and relaxed space. During the delivery, her calm demanor and knowledge put me at ease. Delivery can be a very stressful and scary experience. Aurora's expertise and calming presence made the experience so much better. Anytime I didn't understand what was going on or needed reassurance, she would calmly explain to me what was going on and put me at ease. She was incredibly supportive and positive throughout the delivery, which I really think helped me have a relatively quick labor. I would highly recommend Aurora for your pregnancy and delivery!
Aurora was a wonderful Doula who's calm manner, patience and ability to stand for my birthing plan during crunch time were outstyanding! A warm person, she is wonderful at what she does! My son came in the middle of the night and she was punctual and reliable! I highly recommend her!!!
Farrah and Gatsby
Aurora excelled at finding all the tight spots during a prenatal massage, and it was serendipitous to find out she was a doula who was willing to incorporate modalities such as accupuncture and massage into the birthing experience. I was thrilled. But in the end it was her calm and supportive presence that helped so much when our birth plan had to be abdandoned and unwanted choices had to be made. I feel her insight and experience helped us to more easily make the tough decisions about what would be best for both ourselves and our son . Aurora is real, down-to-earth, knowledgable, very accomodating and gave us her full attention, which is priceless in this age of so many possible distractions. Things didn't work out how we would have liked, but having Aurora eased the frustration and helped us realize the joy of our birth experience.
I had a very tumultous pregnancy with both of my daughters, and was desperate for a VBAC with my second child. Without Aurora I WOULD NOT have been able to acheive my VBAC, I have no doubt of that. She was calm, collected, patient, and a wealth of information, support, and resources. Everything I needed or asked for throughout my entire pregnancy she was able to provide to me: from things as simple as an ear to listen all the way up to a placental encapsulation specialist when I needed one in the eleventh hour. She kept me home in a supportive, labor friendly environment as long as possible and I arrived at the hospital ready to go at 8cm! I can't say enough amazing things about everything she's done for me, my birth with my second daughter was healing, amazing, and the beautiful thing I knew it could be: even in the hospital. She held my hand (or leg) the entire time and cried with the rest of us when we welcomed Alice Earthside. Successful VBACs can and DO happen when you have the right support team. With Aurora on your side, you will have every opportunity for the birth you desire and deserve.
We had an absolutely wonderful experience with Aurora. She is a trained massage therapist, acupuncturist, and doula, and she brought all of her skills to our labor. I also very much liked that she is prompt, professional, and very knowledgeable about birth. She is very familiar with the DC area so she had no trouble finding our home and she already had experience with the midwives we chose. She arrived to our home during the pre-labor contractions and stayed with us as long as we liked post-labor. As this was a first-time birth for us, we really wanted someone who made us feel confident. We felt really comfortable with Aurora and trusted her. She was also excellent with my husband and made him feel like they were a team. She has our highest recommendation!
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