Birth Fee: $750
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years
Specific certifications for the above: Completed toLabor training, also Massachusetts Midwives AllianceType of Practice: Solo practice
Languages spoken: English, a little French
Service Area MapArea of practice: Oxford, MA
Rachel Blessington has been truly a blessing to our family. If you want the most beautiful, awesome birthing experience, she is the one to help you with it. She is a caring, kind, intelligent, polite, professional, wonderful person - a joy to be around. I met her a couple of weeks before our son Eli was born. Rachel explained her role before, during and after my labor. She answered all of my questions and made me feel comfortable. Later, we discussed my birthing preferences, and Rachel wrote my birth plan based on those. She also made herself always available by phone and text. I went into labor early and on that day, Rachel came to our home several times, brought some great laboring props and helped us do some early laboring at home. My labor lasted 33 hours, and when we went to the hospital, Rachel met us there and only left for a couple of hours to take a test at school. During that time, her partner doula came to substitute. Rachel made sure the hospital staff was aware of our birth plan. She set up the room with laboring props, comforted and supported us physically and emotionally. After Eli's birth, Rachel continued providing care and support. She brought food and treats shortly after I woke up in my postpartum room and instructed me to get a lactation consultant in the morning. She visited us at the hospital the next day and several times at our home after Eli's birth. When she visited us at home, Rachel brought a book about baby massage that helped us tremendously: taught me and the baby relax when we were both stressed. She also participated in the first baby bathing - a sacred event that took place at our home. A couple of weeks later she brought food and herbal remedies when I got sick with mastitis. Every night, I still switch on the battery candles Rachel used in the labor room and gave to me to keep later. We still keep in touch, and when I see her text on my phone, my face lights up with a smile.
Rachel is a caring compassionate person. She was the perfect choice for our doula. She is very high energy and had a back up plan for lots of things that can suddenly pop up.
I had a few early labor checks, she was at the hospital for all three. The next day she even took my 3 year old for a walk, so that I could take a nap.As a massage therapist, she was able to teach my husband a few techniques to keep me calm.
I had a long VBAC labor, over 63 hours! She was on the phone at 1 am when my water broke and kept checking on me. She spent 48 of those hours with me, and had lined up a back up doula ahead of time, when she knew she needed to go home and rest.
She packs loads of things in her special doula bag, that were carefully chosen, just for me! Beautiful art for my home for labor, and that art traveled with us to the hospital. She was allowed in the surgery suite when a c-section became neccessary. I was so glad she was there for me, so my husband could be with our daughter.
Labor is super hard, don't do it alone, let Rachel help you through it.
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