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Rachel Cunningham

The Dope Doula

Website: https://thedopedoula.wixsite.com/birth

Phone: (574)215-6528

Birth Fee: $800

Fee Details: I am willing to work with clients on a payment plan.

Birth Doula Experience: 3 years and 25 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • toLabor - Certified Professional Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • toLabor, April 2016
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Other Relevant Certifications

  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Rebozo Training

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Home Birth
  • Single parents
  • Teens
  • VBAC

Special Services Offered

  • Aromatherapy

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Co-Host of the Better Birth Podcast, Member of my local Positive Birth Movement chapter

Languages spoken: English, Some simple Spanish

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Client Testimonials for Rachel Cunningham

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Cheri

Rachel was the absolute perfect member for my birth team. Being a single mom, Rachel was the support I needed. She was able to effortlessly answer any and all questions and concerns with her knowledge and experience… and resources!! As I told her my birth plan, she explained and provided resources to be sure every decision I made was informed.

When it came down to show time, she helped me find the strength and courage within myself to birth freely. She was by my side the entire time, encouraging me with her contagious positivity.

 I would recommend Rachel a million times, to anyone who is having a baby. No matter your birth plan or preferences, she will be there to make sure you know all of your options and will support you with each decision made.

Posted 5/31/2019

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Jaimie

My husband TJ and I had the privilege of having Rachel’s support for the delivery of our first child. She was called in last minute as our intended doula was unable to attend our birth. What could have been a very disappointing situation turned out to be such a blessing. Rachel, having never met us, was able to enter my labor seamlessly at a very active stage. Just having her in the room increased my confidence. She was adept at knowing when to support me physically and when to take a step back. Her affirmations were constant and sincere. Rachel was also crucial so that my husband could actively support me. The two worked as a fabulous team, without ever having to discuss who would fill each role. Most doulas in a birth space have the advantage of having built a relationship with the couple, but Rachel’s innate ability to read us made me feel like I had known her forever. Our birth was truly magical and such a positive experience, due in large part to Rachel’s support. I can’t imagine having a birth without her. She is an advocate for moms (and dads!) and has also taken an active role in supporting me as I transition into motherhood. I feel so lucky that we, by chance, were able to with with Rachel in the most intense and wonderful hours of our lives!

Posted 4/10/2019

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Chad and Krissy

We would absolutely recommend working with Rachel as a doula!  From the first time we met through the birth of our baby girl, we felt like our questions were answered, we had a teammate alongside us, and an advocate for us at the hospital. Rachel was always open with us about options and took time to help us figure out what we needed in order to have the best birth experience possible. When we had questions right before and during labor, she was always there and on call for us. She eased our minds so much! At our birth, she held the space for us and fought for our birth plan so that we could have the natural childbirth we wanted. She still continues to support us if we have any questions! We could not have done it without her, and would hire her for our next baby in a heartbeat! 

Posted 4/8/2019

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Kristen Smith Kertesz

Choosing Rachel as my doula for my second birth was the best decision I could have made preparing for my upcoming labor/ delivery. Rachel was both professional and warm.  She quickly made me feel like I had known her for years during our first prenatal meeting.  She listened to me retell my negative first birth experience with empathy, compassion, and kindness.  Before the birth, Rachel was easily assessible to me and gave me practical advice and techniques to physically, mentally, & emotionally prepare for labor. I went into labor unexpectedly at 35 weeks and Rachel met us at the hospital.  She came fully prepared with all sorts of things I never knew I needed- tea lights, essential oils, and even a ball pump!   She not only supported me, but also helped my husband / birth partner.  Her encouraging and affirming words were exactly what my spirit needed to make decisions and persevere through each contraction without an epidural.  I am so grateful for Rachel and would eagerly recommend her without pause to any expectant mother.

Posted 12/19/2018

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Caitlin Rae Miller

Rachel was our saving grace! We had quite the birth story - truly amazing experience!  I had a VBAC after 2 cesareans & couldn’t have done it without her encouragement, knowledge & support. She went above & beyond our expectations! Not only was she my biggest cheerleader & only spoke through a refreshing & positive filter, she also worked hard to research & inform us of things we were unsure or unclear about. She - at the drop of a hat - ran to the store in the night to provide supplies I was lacking for my (last minute!) home birth (of which she gently suggested to us at the perfect timing). Rachel knew just what to say & when to say it... and when to say nothing as well. I felt like she did an exceptional job creating a safe, judge-free zone for my preferences. She made me so comfortable & confident! I can’t say enough good things about her. She is passionate about all things birth! I admire her & recommend her 100%.

Having a Doula changed everything!

Thank you, Rachel, for your expertise! 

~Caitlin Miller

 

Posted 12/17/2018

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Rose Schwartz

My experience with Rachel was awesome! I like how she gives you information and facts, but, doesn't try to make your decisions for you. Her personality was a good fit for my husband and I, we're so glad we decided to get a doula and chose her. I would highly recommend her to anyone. I would also encourage other expecting parents to get a doula, especially first time parents. It was helpful and reassuring to have her there during my labor.

Posted 11/16/2018

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Rebekah Whirledge

I can't sing Rachel's praises enough! She was the perfect support during my pregnancy, and especially during the birth of my first child. Going into pregnancy nervous about birth, and with it being my first child, I knew I wanted a doula to support me (and my husband) during labor. After talking to Rachel, I felt that our personalities would mesh well and I felt super comfortable with her. Throughout the pregnancy and our pre-natal visits, that continued to be the case. She is down-to-earth, easy to talk to, funny, doesn't take herself too seriously, and is just a person you feel comfortable being around. As a doula, she is knowledgable and crazy about birth, which is weird to me but perfect for a doula. :) I wound up having a super hard and exhausting labor. Rachel was with me for nearly 24 hours straight - during labor and a not so fun 6 hours of pushing. I serously couldn't have done it without her on my birth team! From feeding me juice to holding up my various body parts to encouraging me to massaging my back, she did it all. I know she was also a comfort to my husband, who was very overwhelmed at my hard labor, too. I'll definately be calling Rachel again should I have a second child! She has definately found her calling and any mother would be lucky to have her by their side. 

Posted 10/30/2018

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Brittany Moerchen

My husband and I knew after meeting Rachel for the first time that we definitely wanted her to be our doula. What I wanted in a doula was someone who was comfortable to be around, knowledgeable and trustworthy. Rachel is all of these things and hilarious! I felt confident going into my first birth. I asked questions about my care in the hospital that I would have otherwise had no clue to ask, if we hadn't hired Rachel. I would recommend any of my friends or family to Rachel because I'm confident she will do an awesome job and meet the needs of any of her clients. 

Posted 9/29/2018

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Brooke Riley

We hires Rachel for our first child. Neither of us knew what to expect when it came to the birthing process but Rachel was so nice, informational, and helpful. She helped guide us through the preparation without ever hinting which direction she thought was best. She simply gave us the Information and the evidence based research and let us decide for oursleves. 

Rachel is the perfect combination of down-to-earth, evidence-based, and baby-friendly. She is very personable and easy to get to know. She is one of those people that helps you to feel comfortable talking about personal issues right from the start!

We would highly recommend her to anyone! Especially those that may be skeptical of a doula.

Posted 9/19/2018

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Jacleen Perez

Working with Rachel was hands down one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. On july 26th, she helped me deliver my first daughter. i had taken all the classes, done all the research, read all the books- but still felt i needed a little extra help in order to successfully achieve a natural birth. enter rachel. when i first met her we clicked immediately, she listened to my story and got to know me as a person, it was more than just a professional service, it was a friendship. i called her as soon as i was in labor, and felt i needed some extra help- and she headed my way. she used several different techniques to counteract my contractions, fed me water, encouraged my breathing and included my partner- showing him how to apply counter pressure etc. so he could be apart of the experience with me. thank goodness she did, because with her help i walked into triage at 10cm dialated and gave birth to my beautiful girl within 20 minutes. she was my focal point through pushing as my partner continued counterpressure, she encouraged me every step of the way. when i entered "labor land" she encouraged me to stick with my birth plan, memorizing all the points that mattered ensuring i got the birth i dreamed of. including catching my girl!! considering hiring a doula? hire englihtened labor doula services. i am absolutely blessed to have had rachel throughout my birth- her smiles, her strength and her knowledge were everything i could of dreamed of and more. best decision i've ever made!!! we love you rachel!

Posted 8/10/2017

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Mary Elizabeth Gary

Hiring Rachel was the best decision I made about my labor and delivery! She spent endless hours communicating with me, and getting me ready for the toughest experience of my life. She did all this after hiring her at 36 weeks gestation. Because of her, I felt ready. My labor ended up being a long labor.  I was facing induction at 41 weeks (per my choice, and what I felt comfortable with).  I was hoping for all natural, which didn't happen. Where Rachel became the most help was slowing down the decision process of getting an epidural, needing extra monitoring, and having to use pitocin to get contractions strong enough. Every decision was made for the right reason, and each was mine, not the midwifes.  She was there supporting my husband and I the entire time! She got us to laugh when it was needed, and walked us through different techniques to help move things around. She was everything we needed plus more!  We will be using her again in our next pregnancy! 

Posted 7/21/2017

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Delilah Pittsley

Rachel attended the birth of my second son. She was willing to go out of her way to be helpful. She was enthusiastic, encouraging, and never lost her energy or willingness to help. We enjoyed having her assistance with our sons birth, and we are very thankful. Rachel's presence and hard work helped it to be a very positive experience.

Posted 7/27/2016

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