Birth Fee: $600
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 35 births attended
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 4Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
Rachel was our doula for my second baby. After my first delivery I knew I wanted support from an expert but was a little hesitant about hiring someone to be with us during this really intimate and special time. Upon meeting her, I knew that Rachel would bring a warmth and a calm and so much knowledge, all of which led me to feel much more at peace in the weeks approaching the birth. All the great coping skills for labor that you learn about just go right out the window once labor starts and a good doula is the best antidote to this. She was a wonderful resource leading up to the birth and gave lots of information and support about dealing with the pesky discomforts of the last trimester. During the birth, she and our nurse worked so well together and Rachel kept coming up with different ideas to get our stubborn baby to descend. It was so, so, helpful and may have warded off an unnecessary c-section. My doctor remarked the following day on what a competent and skilled doula Rachel is. We are so happy that she was there and I couldn’t recommend her more highly.
Tesimonial 3 continued...
After the Doctor had broken my water, it was almost immediately after that my contractions started to become more and more intense! This when things kind of became a blur for me. I know Rachel was beside me the whole step of the way doing everything she could to get me through my intense labor. She was rubbing my back and hips especially during contractions, her rubbing my hips helped immensly!!! She was trying to help me breathe properly and to focus! She had soooo many methods to help me focus and get my mind off the pain, it was like she knew what I was feeling when I was feeling it, and knew exactly what I needed to hear to get through each contration as they came and went. She would push me to get through them one right after the other. Coming up on 7 hours of hard labor, I said, "I can't do this anymore!" She looked at me and said, "Good! that means you're almost done." Sure enough, here came my Doctor asking me if I am ready to push. Those words were like heaven to me at that point. After being on hands and knees and leaning on a birthing ball for that long, I was beyond ready! So, I got on my back. My doctor had ahold of one foot, and Rachel had ahold of the other. After a few strong hard pushes that Rachel walked me through, my baby girl, Delaney, was born. Moments after, I felt like I was ontop of the world. Exhausted, but amazing! Rachel came and visited with our new little family the next day and we shared the story of it all together, looking back on what I had accomplished and how I felt. 6 weeks after Delaney was born, Rachel had stopped by to visit and see how things were going and gave a little gift bag full of goodies for Delaney and I. She even printed out my pregancy and birth time line for me, which was so awesome! I cannot explain how grateful I am to have had Rachel their to guide me through my first birth experience, and I would do it all over again with her in the future! She is seriously the best!
2nd testimonial continued..Sorry so long :)
After talking with my Doctor, I felt confident in what was to come during labor and was feeling very excited, as did Rachel beside me the whole way! Down to the last week of pregnancy, things started happening! I began having pre-labor contractions that were off and on which made it a very exhausting last week until my baby girl arrived. Rachel wuld come to my house in the wee hours of the morning until late in the evening, trying to help my contractions progress in every way possible. She brought a birthing ball to bounce on, a massager that she would massage me with, essential oils, and showed me every type of positions I could try. She would even encourage me to nap to try and help me relax. Finally after a few days of her coming over and helping to get me into active labor, my water broke early morning on March 30th! I was soo excited, I called her immediately and she said, "Yep! load up your bags and I will meet you at the hospital!" Me thinking that this would be a quick process from the point i was at, I was mistaken. Yes, my water did break, but just a small rupture. My Doctor took us to our room and advised me to walk around to try and get my contractions to become closer together. Rachel walked with me up and down stairs, and all through the hospital for hours. My Doctor said that if my contractrions didn't progress within 12 hours, they would have to put me on pitocin, which was not an idea i was fond of. Well, sure enough, it had been 12 hours of Rachel and I doing everything we could to try and get my contractions to take off, but I had a stubborn little girl who just wasn't having it. The Doctor checked me one last time before the pitocin was started and that's when they found that what water bag had only had a small leaking rupture and right then and there the doctor broke it with her fingers. Being part of their procedure at Union Hospital, they still had to go ahead with the pitocin. 3 cont.
When Jake and I finally decided to meet with a doula at such short notice, being 6 months pregnant, Rachel was reccomended to us by Jakes sister who has had 2 home births prior. When I contacted her, we had made an appointment to meet the very next week. She had no problem seeing us so far along in the pregnancy with little time to prepare. When we had met, my first impression of her was how comfortable she made us feel right off the bat and was so organized! We had sat down and went through everything I wanted my birth experience to be, and she answered all the questions I had with no hesitation. I could tell she was very confident in her work and loves what she does. Immediately after she left Jake and I both felt so much weight lifted off our sholders knowing that we had made the right choice. Now, Jake being a first time dad and I being a first time mom, had no idea what to expect, which caused him a great deal of anxiety. From what I had read during my pregnancy, a lot of men go through this. So Rachel knowing Jakes anxiety issues, suggested bringing in another doula mostly to help Jake. Believe it or not, this helped tremendously! Alanah Stephens-Savant joined our team and answered all questions that Jake and I had and he mellowed out a great deal after she came along. So we all met at our house every other monday at the same time. Then, when we got down to the last month, our visits became weekly. Rachel and Alanah both provided us with some very informative books to read about what to expect and it was full of all kinds of great imformation that helped answer, and bring up questions that we could discuss at our upcoming meetings. Down to the last week of meeting they had everything that Jake and I could come up with. Rachel even joined me during one of my Doctor visits (we did a hospital bith) and helped me ask and answer questions with my Doctor so we could all know what to try and prepare for during labor...Continue in my 2nd testimonial
Rachel Flesher was my first doula, for my second delivery, and first vaginal delivery (VBAC)!
Over the course of the pregnancy I fell in love with her. From day one she made me feel very calm and confident. She helped me to think through things that I didn't even consider thinking through and she did it in a way that allowed me to make the decision 100% on my own and whatever I chose she was always very supportive. Overall, through the prenatal meetings we really developed a trust relationship, that came in very handy when delivery time came. My son, Calvin, was posterior which, in part, caused my body to push when I still have another cm or 2 to complete dilation. My husband says that in that moment she was worth her weight in gold! Neither of us would have had one clue what to do, and quite posibly might have ended up with another C-section. She helped me pant through the contractions and until I came to full dilations. It sounds so simple when I write "she helped me pant through..." It was not simple. To stop my body from pushing in that moment seemed like an impossibilty, it was a fightnening force that came from inside but I had to stop it otherwise it would have made problem worse. She was amazing. She knew what to do and remained calm despite my panic. After that folllowed 3hrs and 9min of pushing(again, it was long because of baby's OP position). She helped me find possitions that suited me and she pulled on a sheet that I had the other end to durring the contractions (this offered me some counter force that aided in my pushing). In between contractions she made sure I and my husband, who was positioned behind me, were hydrated and fanned (those lights were hot!).
I cannot overstate how grateful I am to Rachel. She helped me to achieve something that I didn't think would be posible after having one C-section. I recommend her to every one I can!
= Available. Calendar last updated: 11/14/2019 2:04:22 PM