Birth Fee: $500 to $600
Fee Details: My educational background is in Counseling Psychology, I've completed a DONA birth doula training, and a Placenta Encapsulation training. As I’m in the process of DONA certification, I’m accepting a range of fees. I ALWAYS work pro bono for Native Americans as I, myself, am Mashpee Wampanoag and therefore passionate about supporting other Native people. I may offer services pro bono to those in financial need. I attend at least 2 prenatal visits and 1 postpartum visit per client. I make myself available via phone, text message, email throughout the length of your pregnancy. I offer placenta encapsulation for an additional fee of $200 which includes placenta pick up, blessing & preparation, encapsulation, and return (24-48 hour turn around). Given my degree and professional experience working with trauma survivors, I am trained and qualified to offer support to birthing people with traumatic histories. I offer support regardless of outcome- birth, adoption, abortion.
Birth Doula Experience: 1 years and 4 births attended
Clients per Month: 1 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English, Basic Spanish
We decided to work with a doula about 2-3 weeks before my due date and couldn't be more pleased to have had Rachael along for our adventure. She was amazing at jumping in last minute to make sure we were well prepared and comfortable with her and to educate us on what we might expect from the birth. We were able to meet several times before I delivered.
We found Rachael not only to be super knowledgeable about the birth process, and in an assortment of coping techniques, but also a wonderfully sweet person. We appreciated that she demonstrated the techniques on me in our home (before labor), and then guided my partner in how to do them as well. You never know what your birth journey will look like, so it was reassuring to have a number of coping tools we felt we could confidently use if needed. We found Rachael to be a calm and steady voice by our sides. Her presence both before, during, and after the birth was comforting and helped to put both me and my husband's nerves at ease. I appreciated how she listened to my intentions and hopes for the birth wihtout judgement and with complete support. I felt she was a great advocate for my wants. During my labor, she blended in well with my birth team. I felt her presence yet she was not overbearing. She guided me through some intense pain and was also there to support my husband. We can't imagine our birth without her. A few days after my delivery, she stopped by our home with some healing soup and lactation tea as well as a few other goodies. Rachael was there to help do dishes, hold the baby, or whatever else we might need at that time, and together we reflected on the birth. She also took some pictures during my birth that we are so lucky to have.
Rachael is both an amazing doula and a wonderful person! I woudn't hesitate to recommend her to anyone who is looking for a supportive, warm, and compassionate doula to help guide them on their birth journey.
When you meet Rachael, you just "know." You just know that she is meant to welcome babies into this world, and help their mothers safely bring them here.
Rachael was one of the first people I told I was pregnant. Over the next few months we discussed almost everything about the pregnancy. Rachael and I went over a detailed birth plan together and I completed questionnaires she provided to me so she was completely familiar with how I envisioned this experience. Since this was my first baby I did not even know all of the questions to ask or really what to expect. Rachael made sure that no detail was missed. Everything that she brought with her to assist with my labor (essential oil scents, heating pads, cooling pads, labor balls, etc.) were hand-picked and approved by me before-hand. She ensured that this experience was truly personalized to my specific labor.
I was admitted at 6 centimeters dilated. I was given a pitocin drip to start active labor, and it hit me like a freight train. The pain was unreal. Rachael took control with a calming assertiveness that kept me from panicking, refocused me, and gave me strength. I still remember looking directly into her eyes during a moment of panic, and feeling a wave of security and strength wash over me. Her ability to communicate with compassion and empathy, but also strength and assertiveness was so vital to keeping me on track and focused. I felt strongly about having a natural birth and Rachael knew it. I am 100% convinced that she is a major reason why I was able to endure a non-medicated birth. She gave me the confidence and support I needed to be successful. Do not pass up the opportunity to have Rachael as your doula, she is truly one of a kind and my family cannot thank her enough!!
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