Birth Fee: $600 to $1350
Postpartum Rate: $25 to $50
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 60 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 3 years and 20 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 0 to 2 births and 0 to 1 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: Postpartum consults - no childcare and no chores.
Languages spoken: English
My husband and I decided to hire a doula at the last minute (2 days before my due date!), due to potential complications during delivery. Rachel gladly took on our case and proved to be an invaluable resource! Even though everything worked out the way that I hoped it would in the delivery room, and my labor was very short, having Rachel there was a life saver! She provided a much appreciated sense of calm and support throughout the process and having her by my side gave me confidence. She helped find different positions to help with the pain and was a great encouragement once it was "go time". The post-partum help was great! She had great advice for any concern that I had, and my fussy baby quickly fell asleep in her arms during the home visit. I am so glad that I went with my gut and hired a doula - Rachel made all the difference in the world and I won't have another baby without her!
I was very excited to have a natural delivery. Unfortunately, that wasn't in the cards for me. My son, Sawyer, ended up getting stuck in my pelvic bone. His heart rate was dropping after each contraction. We also had to induce, making the contractions very long and intense. I ended up deciding on an epidural, which wore off twice. My doctor advised for a C-section, in the midst of my epidural failing. I was exhausted and terrified.
Rachel was very calm through the whole experience. She helped through my contractions, and also helped me adjust positions after the epidural to try and encourage a natural birth. While I found Rachel to be very reassuring during the birth, it wasn't until afterwards I really appreciated all she did. My husband went on and on about how worried/stressed he was through everything and how much she supported him and helped him be strong for me.
I would highly recommend Rachel!
My wife's delivery ran into some complications. She was crying and holding our Lydia while they were still connected. A few minutes later, the placenta comes out. I see my wife's doctor look down with a confused looked. I was pretty freaked out, but I knew to kept my mouth shut. I didn't want to scare my wife or spoil a moment. The doctor said that about half of placenta stayed in. My wife was not able to do skin to skin contact with our child, so it was my job to do that. My wife had drilled me, so my shirt went up, and I went to a chair with little Lydia. I looked over and there was Rachel helping, comforting, and coaching my wife, while I could not be there. My wife was in almost more pain than during delivery, but I noticed that Rachel was using my little tricks of what to say and squeezing my wife's hand hard to distract her. Rachel had picked those up from watching my wife and myself, and she adapted her care to my wife's preferences. Rachel was calm and strong through the process. She was able to care of my wife, while I was taking care of my daughter. I hope that your delivery is not exciting as ours, but if it is Rachel will be there.
My journey to motherhood didn’t start the way I had planned. After our second loss my friend said I “needed” a doula at the delivery of our baby. I didn’t know how much I would need Rachel. She provided great support while I was pregnant and didn’t mind my seemingly simple or dumb questions. I was induced and she was so encouraging. She kept telling me to trust my instincts. She gave my husband a lunch break so I wouldn’t be alone and he didn’t have to worry about me. When it was time to push she described how to do it in a way I understood better then anyone else’s description. My baby came out but she forgot to bring all of the placenta with her. Rachel stayed by my side for 45 minutes while the doctor manually extracted it. With Rachel by my side, I avoided going for surgery and my husband was able to bond right away with our baby. Because Rachel had been there with us all day she knew what cues caused me to calm down and helped me relax as much as possible while the placenta came out. A few weeks afterwards my husband said we will never have another baby without Rachel. What seemed like a nice luxury item has now become an essential due to all the support we got. A few weeks after delivery Rachel came back to our home and gave me a few tips (only when requested) on how to help heal better both physically and emotionally so I can be the best mom and the best employee. She also helped me set up a system that works for us for a night time routine and to get stuff to daycare. I think one of the biggest lessons Rachel has taught me is to trust my instincts. Like my husband says we don’t ever plan to have a baby without her.
Rachel is an *amazing* doula (and overall human being). I truly feel that I would not have achieved my VBAC without her warm, unwavering support. She provided wonderful insight before and during labor, as well as made me feel completely comfortable and in charge of my own choices. I'm only maybe a 6 of 10 on the crunchy scale, and worried that I'd be judged if I wanted an epidural or decided to have my child circumcised. Rachel made me feel absolutely confident and in control of my choices. She's reliable, intelligent, and a wonderfully calming influence. I highly recommend her!
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