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Anna Raczka

BirthDoula, INNATE Postpartum Care Provider, CBC

Website: https://www.sagebirthingservices.com

Phone: 646 204 2413

Birth Fee: $900

Postpartum Rate: $30

Fee Details: My Birth fee includes two prenatal visits, phone and e-mail support, continuous in person support throughout labor, birth, and 1-2 post partum visits. Postpartum fee includes one additional meeting, where I teach about how to prepare yourself for your Postpartum time. Please visit my website for more information. https://www.sagebirthingservices.com

Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 19 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 years and 3 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • The Matrona - Certified Holistic Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, April 2017
  • Ancient Song Doula Services, April 2018
  • The Matrona, June 2018
  • The Matrona, November 2019
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

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

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Breastfeeding Counselor

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Certified Vaginal Steam Facilitator, Holistic Hospital Doula, INNATE Postpartum Care

College Education

  • MA/MS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Over 40
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Cloth diapering education
  • Elimination communication education

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I volunteer Birth and Postpartum services to women who can not afford to pay for the service through Ancient Songs Doula Services.

Languages spoken: English, Polish, Russian

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Client Testimonials for Anna Raczka

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Lindsey


Anna is a rock, a literal pillar of strength (albeit in a small package). She can fit, literally and figuratively, seamlessly into the birthing space.  Her innate knowledge, her intuition and her instincts are spot on.  I was privileged to work alongside her. I was the midwife, she was the doula, and guaranteed this birth would have been much different without her support.  Her ability to squeeze hips and offer encouragement, guidance, and sustenance for hours on end are unparalleled.  Anyone would be lucky to have her on their birth team. We will be referring her for as long as she takes clients (forever please!)

Posted 12/3/2019

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juvie cacatian

I'm so glad I found Anna. My husband and I decided late in the game (about a month or so out) to get a doula and being our first pregnancy, we really needed someone who is experienced to help us prepare for the delivery. She is very professional, knowledgeable and has a calming personality. Her support in the hospital was incredible and helped us make informed decisions especially since we were really set on minimizing medical interventions. I had to do all my laboring at the hospital due to high blood pressure and fortunately she was by my side and my husband's, guiding us through this new and a bit scary experience. It was a long night but from my the moment she got to the hospital until the baby was in my arms I felt safe and looked after. A big thanks to our doula, Anna!

Posted 11/6/2019

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Corinne

Anna was such an amazing help during the birth of our first child in June 2019. She had a peaceful, calm, and patient energy during my marathon 35 hour labor during which she stayed with me the entire time without hardly taking a break! My water broke early in the night and I didn't immediately have any contractions so she worked with me all through the night to try to get things jumpstarted. When I had to be induced 14 hours later, she helped us make the most of a situation that was not our ideal scenario and helped me have the beautiful birth that I hoped to have. We seriously could not have done it without her and her reassurance all throughout was a Godsend as it's really hard to make critical decisions in the moment, despite everything you know and have read beforehand. She was also great prior to birth as she met with us twice, gave us lots of resources, and answered all of our questions. After birth, she met with us an additional two times which was great as it was nice to have reassurance that everything I had been wondering or feeling was entirely normal. Her breastfeeding training and experience was also great to draw on as, even though my baby had no problems breastfeeding, it was really nice to have an extra pair of eyes to watch him latch and, again, reassure us that he was doing just fine and everything is ok. 

I can't recommend Anna enough as a doula! She is beyond kind and compassionate and will go above and beyond to help you have the birth experience that you want to have. She is also extremely knowledgeable and well-trained in all things birth and baby so she is an incredible resource to have that I cannot say enough about. I will definitely recommend her to anyone I know who is looking for a doula and will use her again for all of my future births should I still be living in the city! 

Posted 7/16/2019

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Sharon McCay

Anna came by to help us postpartum when my baby was just a week old. We also have a 3yo, so despite my partner being home, neither of us we're able to do much cooking or cleaning and we we're completely over our heads. Anna's presence was so calming. She gave us the opportunity for my husband to take our older son out and me to still be cared for. She made us soup, cleaned the kitchen, and organized our apartment. But most importantly she sat with me and gave me space to talk about my birth experience and kept me company during a very vulnerable time. I highly recommend Anna, she is truly gifted at what she does. 

Posted 6/24/2019

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Valentina

Anna was a great help through our birthing experience. My labor was 3 days long and she was an invaluable support. She is very knowledgeable about special pressure points that helped lower the pain.  We are very grateful for our experience working with her. Anna has a great personality and a very natural approach to labor, birth and babies. I wholeheartedly recommend her without reservation. 

Posted 3/8/2019

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Annie

An angel descended from heaven! Anna worked with us as a parttime postpartum doula for the two months following the birth of our daughter, and I wish we could have kept her on forever and ever. She helped with all the household chores that come along with a new baby, and offered great advice on products and protocol to help me, as I was recovering from giving birth. She is easy to be around, responsible and reliable. I'd recommend her to anyone looking for a postpartum doula or a birth doula -- I imagine she'd be a very calming, supportive presence during a birth, and can attest to how helpful she is during the crazy period of time when you're settling into new parenthood. 

Posted 3/6/2019

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Annie

An angel descended from heaven! Anna worked with us as a parttime postpartum doula for the two months following the birth of our daughter, and I wish we could have kept her on forever and ever. She helped with all the household chores that come along with a new baby, and offered great advice on products and protocol to help me, as I was recovering from giving birth. She is easy to be around, responsible and reliable. I'd recommend her to anyone looking for a postpartum doula or a birth doula -- I imagine she'd be a very calming, supportive presence during a birth, and can attest to how helpful she is during the crazy period of time when you're settling into new parenthood. 

Posted 3/5/2019

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Zephyr Teachout

Anna was amazing, and I would recommend her to anyone. 

I called her the day I was due to deliver, having decided at the last minute that I wanted a Doula. She set up a meeting right away, and was calm, direct, helpful, and made me feel two things at once: that I was totally in control, and that I was in great hands with someone with both compassion, wisdom, and openness.

She came with me to the hospital before the birth to meet the practice, and was there throughout the birth when I needed her. She helped me switch hospitals last minute, and then ask the right questions when I was there. 

I had wanted a natural birth, but after being two weeks late, I decided to induce; when the induction didn't work after another two days, I decided to have a C section. Anna was there for the hard decisions, really helped me think them through, and made me feel good afterwards, instead of disappointed that the natural birth I had hoped for didn't work. 

When I asked her about things she wasn't sure, she immediately followed up with resources and ideas. 

I really can't say enough good things. You will be lucky to have her!

 

Posted 2/3/2019

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M Madina

I had an amazing birth experience at the hospital with Anna.
She helped me so much throughout my pregnancy till postpartum, her knowledge and passion are priceless.
I watched documentaries and read books she recommended and they were so helpful in my whole journey.
I was looking for the most natural birth without interventions at the hospital and I believe I could achieve it in many ways because of her.
She helped with contraction pain by massaging my lower back constatly, showing me how to breath and relax….it was sooooo helpful i can't even describe it in words.

I truly think I couldn’t get anyone better, her energy as a human being is very positive and sweet her passion to what she does radiates and motivates.
THANK YOU ANNA for being my doula from pregnancy to postpartum :)

Posted 9/25/2018

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Lola Carey

Are you dreaming about a perfect birth? Well, mine was pretty much amazing and Anna played a huge role in it- before, during, and after my labor.

When I first met Anna I felt instant connection between us, she has that something special- a sparkle, that warmth, a positive aura... or whatever you want to call it. Her gentle and sweet demeanor is what drawn me to her right away. When I was choosing my birth support team, especially my doula I wanted to make sure that she will make me feel comfortable and safe, which she did. In addition to having a great personality Anna is also very knowledgeable in her field. She shared a lot of useful information with me during my pregnancy and helped me and my partner prepare for our birth. She exceeded my expectations during labor- her massages ?? helped me cope with pain during the most painful contractions, her calm but direct words kept me going when I was ready to give up. I couldn’t have done it without her.

Anna’s postpartum training came in very handy when I needed advice regarding breastfeeding. Anna is a big proponent of mother’s care and her postpartum services focus on mothers needs. During her postpartum visits she was willing to help with housework, gave me the best foot massages, even brought a homemade apple sauce filled with some warming spices for me to enjoy. My recovery was much faster than I expected thanks to Anna’s care.

Posted 5/22/2018

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