Birth Fee: $1500 to $2500
Fee Details: Basic Package has prenatal massage by request, $1950 Includes one prenatal massage, one Labor Whispering session, one postpartum massage. Unlimited clapping and cheering. Maximum rate includes placenta preparation.
Birth Doula Experience: 20 years and 75 births attendedType of Practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas
Clients per Month: 0 to 2Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Social Justice Advocate, Full Spectrum Doula,
Languages spoken: English, Terrible Spanish, basic ASL
Service Area MapArea of practice: Houston, TX
I met Rowan when I scheduled an abdominal massage with her, not really knowing what to except, and still grieving from a recent miscarriage, I went in for my massage and left feeling so much better and with a new friend. She shared a wealth of information with me. She truly has a gift! When we found out I was pregnant again, I had no doubt in my mind I would call Rowan to be our Doula. I had a wonderful pregnancy and THE BEST prenatal massages EVER! and a plus, she was always there for a listening ear and wonderful advice. She went above and beyond when birth time came around. Even through my mini-break downs she was there holding my hand and walking us through the entire process. She is god-sent. If you are looking for a caring Doula with a wealth of information and a friend, call Rowan.
Rowan is amazing. I hired her as a single mother, in desperate need of nurture and love. my pregnancy, although beautiful, occured during an incredibly difficult time in my life as whatever dream I had of my family staying together fell apart. I knew the father of my children would not be present at the birth and it was up to me to put together a team that would meet my emotional, physical, and spiritual needs in absence of partner support during a time of incredible vulnerability. Rowan entered my life in a twist of fate (or God) and she fell beautifully into my ring of support. Her loving spirit encouraged my strength during my pregnancy, and her loving hands soothed my aching muscles that didn't really know how much they missed intimate touch. During my labor, Rowan literally held me up both physically and mentally, and kept me laughing between brutal contractions. She is a colorful human being, and I mean that in the best way possible. Rowan is out there in all the right ways, and doesn't bat at eye at unconventional situations. She has made a commitment to provide women and families with unwavering support no matter the circumstance or venue, and she stands by that promise flawlessly. Rowan never left my side, no matter our physical proximity. Her wild hair and goddess stature is only a manifestation of her vivacious and big personality, and enormous heart. You will never feel unsupported with Rowan at your side; you will only feel compassion, intense love, sisterhood, and unbridled support. She will hold your hand no matter what your decision, becuase she believes in and trusts YOU, and has made a commitment to service. She is one of the best investments you will ever make in your life, especially if you are experiencing a Rowan-sized hole in your birth team. Rowan helped make my birth the most triumpant experience of my life, and she will do the same for you.
My little one's spirit called Rowan in to be his doula, as the perfect set of circumstances occurred to bring her into our lives at the perfect time. If I didn't already have enough proof that she was a perfect match for us, what really sold me on her genuineness was when I wasn't sure if I would have the funds to hire her, she said to me "If the funds aren't available now, trust that it may not be meant to be that you work with me..." I knew then that she was not out to just get "another client" and that she truly cared about my birthing experience and wanted to be just as sure as I was that we were all the perfect fit....
Turns out she was suppose to be our Doula as within a few weeks the money appeared.
Her prenatal massages are amazing! I described them as the massage I always knew existed but just hadn’t found yet….haha!
And her gentle guidance and patience with me as a new mom throughout my journey was irreplaceable (she probably received a thousand texts from me! ?).
She was so understanding and professional with my husband's needs as well...he was very adamant on being sure his role was not diminished by hiring a doula and Rowan did a great job of helping to ease his concerns and helping him to feel empowered.
There is so many more amazing things I could say about Rowan and her gifts as a Doula…..and ultimately, if you feel it in your heart that Rowan is someone you’d like to work with, I can assure you that you won’t be disappointed and you’re in for an amazing journey!
In my opinion; she gave more than 100% to me and my family along the way and even after my little one’s birth.
Thank you Rowan!
Let us start with, Rowan is a fantastic doula! Hire her right now!
Rowan was recommended to me by a friend for a prenatal massage. (and she mentioned she was a doula.) Oh boy did she fix me back to feeling human again!
This was our first pregnancy. The combination of having family living out of town and being considered high risk; due to type 2 diabetes, age, and wanting a water birth, we decided to hire a doula. Our criteria was to have someone who I felt safe and comfortable with, as well as being able to advocate for us and make sure our wishes were met in case something didn’t go as planned during the birthing process. Rowan fit the bill! For me, choosing someone whose experience with high risk pregnancies was equally important as pregnancy and labor massage. I am super thankful Rowan had the skill to be able to take pain/pressure off of the worst contractions! Really! That was a game changer. Rowan’s pre labor guidance/education for both the physical and emotional aspects of birth were on point as well. She was able to empower me for the labor journey! After a very long and exhausting labor we welcomed my daughter on 11/15/15 via c-section. Thankfully she was able to vocalize my wishes to hospital staff when I was in full on labor. Post birth Rowan dropped by and checked on us few times and also was able to check my incision to make sure it was healing properly as well as offer scar healing massage postpartum! She is worth every penny, and is the most caring and knowledgeable Doula I have ever met! thank you Rowan, you rock!
Rowan was amazing. Her massages kept me feeling human during my pregnancy. Her emotional support was incredible. My experience with Rowan truly helped me to experience my pregnancy as a journey to not only meeting my little girl but in getting the birth I wanted. I would certainly recommend Rowan to anyone!
I was very happy that I decided to hire Rowan as a doula for our first child. First of all, my wife absolutely loved her massages, which definitely improved her overall comfort level and mood during the roughest part of her pregnancy. Second, it was immediately obvious to me that Rowan had seen it all in the birthing business, which unfortunately, is a business. She answered all of my questions confidently, and together, we developed a labor and delivery plan for home (during the early stages), our birthing center, and the hospital (our backup option). I already had a good idea of what I didn't want for our child (e.g., a hepatitis vaccine during her first few hours of life), but Rowan provided some invaluable insight as to how things might really go at the hospital, depending on who got assigned to us. This turned out to be extremely important since, after 30+ hours of labor at the birthing center, we did indeed end up at the hospital for a C-section. Rowan was there with us the entire time, just as exhausted as I was. She provided some much-needed relief for me during labor at the birthing center and was really like a third member of the family when it came to making decisions. At the hospital, in my zombified state, it was such a great comfort to have her there, watching our backs, making sure we conveyed all of our wishes to the doctors performing the C-section. During the months of her service, she really became a friend. She knows her stuff, has a great sense of humor, and is a really cool individual - someone you want on your side during the sometimes scary process of pregnancy and birthing.
I had a high risk pregnancy for several reasons, including age and because I was carrying twins. I was focused on the health of my children, and I wanted to avoid a surgical birth.
I connected with Rowan because I wanted the support of a doula.
Its hard to list all the ways she helped me, but I'll try!
-She helped me find an obstetrician willing to try for a natural birth with twins.
-Best pregnancy massages, ever!!!!
-coaching regarding physical and mental challenges
-aromatherapy and advice
-coaching to help my boy twin flip to vertex position, at 36 weeks! He did it, allowing...
-vaginal birth of over 6 lb twins at 37 weeks at 40 years old
-coaching, massage and general sanity during that delivery
-post-partum massages to get a woman back together
I cannot thank Rowan enough for everything she did. Her plain spoken, and often humorous, pragmatism helped me have the childbirth experience I wanted, without increasing risk.
She is incredible and I highly recommend her.
I knew I would hire Rowan before I even met her! As a birth worker, we are in similar circles, and everyone was always surprised that we had never met.
I would not have been able to labor as long as I did at home without Rowans strength. Emotionally and physically. The support from Rowan didn’t start on my Birth Day. Early on I had emotional tribulations about the pregnancy and birth, and Rowan was there from day one as a shoulder to cry on and a friend and confidante to bounce off thoughts to help me process things.
When it came to labor time, Rowan hardly left my side during 19 hours of INTENSE back labor. No one else could have handled the amount of counter pressure I needed for that long. Their hands would have seriously broke. My partner even commented that he was so glad we hired her if not for anything else but her endurance.
The massages that come when hiring her are just icing on the cake. I liked that it allowed us to build a relationship before baby day, and it offered me a time and space to reset.
Rowan is like no other and is worth her weight in gold. She was everything I needed her to be, and then some. She has been an essential part in my healing and journey as a new mother.
2000 characters cannot do justice to the amazing care I recieved from Rowan but I will try my best to sum up my experience! As a second time mother I learned from my first natural birth that having a doula was essential to my birth team. I had been massaged by Rowan before and knew she had magic hands as well as years of experience. But ultimately what drew me to her was her ability to make me feel comfortable and safe. Her energy was exactly what I was looking for in my home birth environment. Rowan has medical training, student midwife training, doula training,is a licensed massage therapist, and an all around bad ass labor whisperer. This woman will be your biggest supporter no matter what. She will physically alleviate aches and pains common in pregnancy and she will alleviate your emtional ups and downs common in the entire perinatal period. Rowan cared for my sore pregnant body, eased my intense labor contractions with a posterior baby, fed me postpartum, and checked on baby and I. She was what I wanted and SO much more! If you are looking for a compassionate and down to earth woman that also happens to be one of the most highly qualified doulas in Houston look no further. Don't just take my word for it. Book her for a massage and experience for yourself the trained hands that will support you. I cannot emphasize enough, she is worth EVERY penny!! I am so glad our paths crossed to allow us to share my birth together!
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