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Rachel Mackay, CD(DONA)

Sun Stand Still Doula Services

Website: https://sunstandstilldoula.com

Phone: 734-776-6334

Birth Fee: $1200

Fee Details: Packages range from basic, continuous care to apothecary products for pregnancy and postpartum, and placenta encapsulation services.

Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 35 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, February 2015
  • DONA International, May 2019
Type of Practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per Month: 2 to 6

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

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Certified Aromatherapist
  • Certified Placenta Encapsulator (International Placenta & Postpartum Association - IPPA)
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Certified aromatherapist for pregnancy, birth and postpartum (Birth Arts International)

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Previous birth trauma and/or birth injury
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Military families
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption

Languages spoken: Very little spanish

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Client Testimonials for Rachel Mackay, CD(DONA)

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tanesha weems

I had found Rachel off of a recommendation from another doula friend that had been pregnant at the same time as me. I wanted to utilize her for doula services, but instead compromised with my partner on placenta encapsulation.  She was readily available, picked up my placenta within hours of our daughter being born, even with it having been an early labor and offered herself to me even though I was not paying her for doula services, answering questions, being available throughout my labor and delivery and the end of my pregnancy.  Rachel was a true blessing throughout and her services will forever be admired, and appreciated. Will be recommending Rachel to future pregnant momma friends and Rachel even inspired me to pursue a dream in doula services. Amazing person and work! 

Posted 3/26/2018

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Gretchen Packer

This amazing woman who I am blessed to call a dear friend was a breath of fresh air to have in my delivery room! During labor when I started throwing up she didn't skip a beat and immediately brought out her peppermint oil to help. She had many techniques to help me out when it became crucial to do different positions to get baby to descend more. Plus she provided some fun as well! Anyone looking for an amazing doula you have one right here in Rachel! Thanks for an enjoyable birthing experience my dear!

Posted 8/30/2017

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Audra Killoran

Very personable and helpful throughout the entire process. Answered all my questions and addressed all my concerns. Was very friendly and easy to get ahold of. Came to hospital to pick up and had fast turn around and delivery. Would definitely recommend and use again in the future!

Posted 8/28/2017

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Michelle Reynolds

Rachel is an amazing doula....I was in labor for 2.5 days and she stayed connected with me during the whole processes. I wanted to have an all natural VBAC and she believed in me that this was possible! During my transition phase when I wanted to give up....she prayed with me and God heard us because the baby arrived a half hour later!! I could not have done it without Rachel by my side! I was so blessed to achieve my goal of having an all natural VBAC! So grateful that God led me to her and she was able to be my doula. I highly recommend her!! She is a beautiful person inside and out....she will make your birthing experience a memorable one!! I plan on having her for my third baby as well!

Posted 8/26/2017

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Kristin Petlicke

Great Doula!

Loved the third party support Rachel was able to provide and the help she was to my husband and I.  Her comfort and support were also great as we had to change our birth plans as delivery went on. My husband was sick when we went into delivery and having her help while he needed to rest was a great assist for us all.

Her faith, as well, helped us as we prayed over decisions and she provided comfort when these was unease.

Her detication was shown when she stuck around after surgery even though it was mother's day, and she could have gone home to be with her own family.

When she came for a post partum visit she again showed her detication to her role in providing not only physical support as extra hands around the home, but also in emotional support, asking how myself, my baby, and my husband were all doing with the adjustment period.

I'd recommend her to anyone looking for a doula, and even those just needing some additional support.

Posted 8/25/2017

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Laura Stephanie

Rachel was very helpful before I had my daughter explaining the process of what she does and the benefits of taking placenta pills. After I had my daughter she came to the hospital, which made it very easy for us, to pick up my placenta and dropped off the pills and tea directly to my house. My favorite was using the tea on my c-section incision. It truly made a difference and I have healed "beautifully" according to my doctor. I highly recommend using Rachel and entrusting her with your organ:) 

Posted 8/25/2017

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Leanna Cromwell

Rachel is amazing!! I'm so glad my husband and I had her with us during our birth. Our little Liam decided he wanted to come a month early and during the first big snow storm of the year. We had no idea he was going to come early. Rachel came to the hospital to be close to us if we needed her at a moments notice. She was such a vital piece of our team. She helped me achieve my totally natural birth, something I never thought I could do. ? thank you Rachel!!!!

Posted 8/24/2017

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Cat Randall Davis

I heard about Rachel through a personal recommendation. After meeting with her a few other doulas, we decided to ask Rachel to be our doula. She was the right choice for our family. She has a calm and reassuring manner that helped tremendously before, during, and after the labor.
I found out less than a week before my due date that I would have to be induced. The inducement process and labor turned out to be very long. We spent 3 days in the hospital before the baby was born and Rachel was there for at least the last two days, including an over 24 hour time span at the end that was grueling for all. She never wavered. I pushed for 6 hours and she and my husband were at my side holding my legs and encouraging me through the whole process. She is not only a knowledgeable doula, but she has an inner strength that helped me to persevere when I was beyond exhausted. Rachel was not just a great support to myself, she was also a huge reinforcement for my husband. Because she was there, he could go get food to eat and take breaks when he needed to.
A few weeks after having the baby, Rachel came to our house and helped me for a few hours so that I could shower, eat and rest, which was a rare treat in those early days as a new mom. I greatly appreciated the extra help, as I don’t have family close by to help out. Then, when I had milk supply issues, she personally delivered an essential oil blend that helped me to get my supply back up.
We never doubt our decision that Rachel was the right doula to go with and would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula.

Posted 8/24/2017

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Lisa Paparelli

A wonderful experience from the pick up at hospital and dropping off at my home. The convenience of having that as part of the service is huge.  I finished the capsules when my daughter was just over 2 months old.

With this being my second child, I could compare it somewhat. The healing process was definitely much faster with the capsules. I recall with a one week old baby I was up, cleaning my house.  So there was definitely an initial burst of energy. I was feeling great!  One reason I wanted to encapsulate was to increase breast milk supply. It seems to have helped a bit with that and I definitely feel more confident in that my baby is getting enough from me.

I had heard that the capsules can help with post-partum depression. I don’t recall having many symptoms of that after baby #1, so it wasn’t a huge concern of mine, but Baby #2 is an entirely different feeling. I think this time there was a thin line between your sanity and…and well, whatever it is on the other side of that line. I have definitely recognized the feelings and the best thing anyone can say to me/any new mom is “it’s all normal…it’s normal…it’s normal”. And yes, keep repeating it over and over. All the feelings of being overwhelmed at times, all the feelings of losing yourself, forgetting things, all the frustration and feelings of inadequacy when BOTH of them are crying, and the feeling like you just don’t have it “all together” some days…are normal. I think that taking the placenta pills has been part of what has helped and that I’m doing all I can in the best ways I know how, to be happy and healthy for my babies. I can’t imagine those feelings if I wasn’t taking the capsules and if they are amplified! So for that, I’m very grateful and very happy I did it. If I have more children, I will definitely encapsulate with Rachel again.

Posted 8/24/2017

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Heather Todero


When I first decided to pursue placenta encapsulation I had a lot of questions. Rachel helped answer all of them and allowed me to take my time and do my own research. She made the process so easy-- she picked up my placenta at the hospital in a super timely fashion and dropped them off at my home--easy peasy! She also took the time to check in on me and my family, even stopping for a moment to share kind words with my toddler, which really stood out to me as most people focus on the baby post partum but Rachel understands that mom and the other family members need consideration as well. Highly recommend Sun Stand Still Doula services for all of your birth and postpartum needs!

Posted 8/24/2017

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Sarah Geddes

It was my first pregnancy and my husband and I didn’t know what kind of support we may need during labor and delivery. Working with Rachel, however, turned out to be one of the best decisions we could have made. From the first day I contacted her she was always quick to respond, supportive, and genuinely caring.

I began having contractions July 10th and by 9:30pm July 11th I was in surgery getting a C-section because my little guy just couldn’t make his way out on his own.

My husband texted Rachel in the middle of the night, and she headed right to the hospital to provide us with much needed support. Rachel helped me find comfort - finding new positions, rubbing my back, and using essential oils to help soothe me. She always had an encouraging word – and kept reminding me that I could do this even when I was feeling exhausted. Rachel also supported my husband who was running on little to no sleep - and helped keep my family up to date on my delivery progress.

I also have to rave about Rachel’s Mommy-Fix-It lotion – which has been wonderful! I tried using Aveena lotion on my son’s arms and legs but within an hour the dry skin would start to appear again. Rachel’s lotion, however, does the trick – and works wonders on my son’s sensitive skin.

If you are considering a doula, I highly recommend working with Rachel. She has a calming presence, and will help support and encourage you throughout your journey.

Posted 8/14/2017

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