Rachel Mans, Doula
Maryville, IL Service range 40 miles
6 years and 85 births attended
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 0 to 2
Attends hospital births? Some Hospitals
I will work with Dr. Gosser, Kari Reimann, CNM, Dr. Mormol, Dr. Proffitt, Dr. Waltos, and Dr. Marcrander
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I love home births and trusting Mom's instincts!
*Member of Doulas of Greater St. Louis, a group for professional doulas. *Administrator with the Christian Birth Workers of St. Louis FB group.
Package INCLUDES my comprehensive, online childbirth education class, an herbal perinatal package, 2 prenatal visits, the birthing time, a postpartum visit, and 24/7 contact with me. I am a **Spinning Babies® Certified Parent Educator,** so a full Spinning Babies class can be included as a prenatal with my doula services, AND I offer that class separate from my doula services. Reach out for more info :)
Maryville, IL Service range 40 miles
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Rachel was so incredibly supportive during my birth. She really helped me navigate through my many challenges during pregnancy and then my planned homebirth turned hospital birth. My birth definitely didn’t go as planned but unlike my 1st birth, it didn’t feel traumatic at all. I genuinely enjoyed my experience & I know that Rachel’s expertise in labor positions & her calming nature definitely contributed to my entire journey. You can’t go wrong hiring a doula & I can’t recommend Rachel enough especially if you take her class to educate yourself before birth!
Rachel is fantastic! I took a Spinning Babies class with her and I learned so much. she explains things very thoroughly and clearly. I have used spinning babies a little in previous pregnancies but I've always found the website difficult to navigate. Taking Rachel's class completely cleared up the system! I feel confident to use the exercises during pregnancy and labor. she is also such a warm, friendly person, I feel like I have gained a friend!
I don’t think I would have been able to have my unmedicated VBAV without having Rachel as my doula, both because she was a buffer/advocate with the hospital staff when I was in too much pain to even care about my meticulously researched birth plan, and because of the comfort measures she provided. My husband was AMAZING, but he just doesn’t know the things she knows (like how to do hip squeezes for every single contraction!). Her experience and advice also gave me confidence when we had to make decisions about whether and when to veer from the plan. My husband and I agree that we 100% recommend Rachel!
My husband and I both agree, Rachel was absolutely amazing! She just has that personality type that's fun and easy to talk to, and she was great at coaching me through everything and encouraging me to keep going when I physically and mentally felt like I couldn't. She's very knowledgeable and had all kinds of tips and tricks. She was awesome with my husband too, letting him jump in and help and feel involved. She always gets back with me as soon as possible with any questions I have, and you can tell she just really loves babies and being a doula! 10/10 would recommend!
I utilized Rachel's doula services as weIl and her childbirth education course. I enjoyed the childbirth education course so much I went through it twice during my pregnancy! It helped me develop a strong mindset and confidence to believe in myself that I would be successful in the delivery of my first child. It also gave me knowledge about pregnancy and delivery that I had never received before. During my delivery, there were so many moments that brought my mind back to the things I had learned which helped guide me through contractions, transitions and eventually pushing. Mindset and breathing techniques were the most important for me during delivery; but having Rachel there as my doula for guidance during my delivery helped make my childbirth that much more successful. It was so comforting to have someone that I thoroughly trusted there by my side coaching me through difficult moments; especially since I ended up in the hospital birthing center instead of at home like I had originally planned. I'm forever grateful of the services Rachel provided me! 100% Recommend!!
My husband and I really enjoyed working with Rachel! She is amazing! This is my first child and I remember being so nervous about having a natural birth, but hiring Rachel as my doula was the best decision. She is so knowledgeable and was always there to answer any questions that I had. She provided so many resources and support all through my pregnancy. I had so much confidence going into delivery! I had the best team and an amazing birth experience!
Rachel covered a lot of topics that were helpful to me as a first time mom including spinning babies positions and breast feeding. I felt very confident in the information by the end of the birth classes. Rachel gave me access to her website with the payment of the class and she has really great podcasts reinforcing information in the class and new information. Rachel is very knowledgeable in her field and incorporated my husband throughout the classes. Rachel used several visual aids which helped reinforce the information. Overall, I would recommend Rachel for birthing classes to help put your mind at ease about the plethora of information that comes with having a baby.
Rachel was a huge help before, during, and after the birth of my second son. After having a c-section with my first, due to breech positioning, I wanted to attempt a VBAC with my second. Rachel helped me through the entire process, answering all of my questions during pregnancy, connecting me with great resources, and advocating for me during labor. She also helped my husband to feel more empowered and confident in supporting me during pregnancy and labor. Rachel is a huge part of how I reached my goal of an unmedicated VBAC! She is a great person to have as a member of your team!
It has been a pure joy for my husband and I to learn from Rachel. Rachel is very knowledgeable about the birthing process. Not only is the knowledge there but the compassion is as well! We greatly enjoyed each session and always felt very comfortable. She is a great advocate! Highly recommend.
Rachel was a wonderful doula! She provided me with so much wisdom and knowledge that gave me the confidence to give birth unmediated without any fear. She was always willing to answer any questions I had and offered guidance when I didn’t know what to do. She honestly felt like a close friend through the whole process, and even after! She was so supportive during my birth and it gave me so much preace knowing I had her there with me. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a doula!??
We originally took private birthing classes with Rachel. Our midwife recommended her because she covers many ways to prepare physically and mentally for birth as well as a myriad of techniques to help during labor and delivery. She was right—Rachel’s class is fantastic, and by the end of it, I felt truly confident in my ability to have a successful home birth. We were blessed to have Rachel as our doula for our son’s birth as well, and I truly don’t think I could have done it without her. My home birth turned into a medicated induction in hospital at 42wks 5d because my fluid levels got so low that I could no longer feel my baby moving. I was devastated and terrified, but I was determined not to have an epidural or any other interventions besides for the induction drugs. Rachel knew exactly what I wanted my birth to look like and she knew I was having to make a lot of compromises due to being in a hospital. She advocated for me and protected me all while giving me the encouragement I needed to keep going. Rachel is highly attuned to the needs and wants of her clients and never runs out of ideas to support them during labor. When one thing wasn’t helping me, she immediately moved on to something else without even a pause. Thanks to Rachel and my midwife, I was able to have an empowering and beautiful birth even though all my plans for a peaceful home birth fell apart at the last minute. She will be the first person I add to my birth team if I am ever blessed with another healthy pregnancy! I promise you will not regret working with Rachel for either her classes or her doula services. My husband and I are still singing her praises weeks after our son’s birth!
Rachel is an amazing doula. I have had her during my last two births and I would (and have) recommended her to other expecting parents. She is very warm and knowledgeable. She ended up spending an entire weekend with us for the birth of our latest addition and she kept everyone calm and helped us immensely with getting the birth we wanted.
I can’t say enough good things about Rachel! She was so instrumental in my VBAC. Not only did she win me over right away but my husband also liked her (and he doesn’t like anyone)! Her confidence in me matched my confidence in myself. We never questioned whether I could have a vaginal birth after a c-section. I had done my homework y’all and we were on the same page about everything. I went to 41+2 and she and my doctor were both still so confident. When the time came she didn’t rush me at all. We labored at my house where she did rebozo and even made me a smoothie. She not only coached me but also my husband. We labored at home as long as we could which was so important to me. When I told her it is time to go she believed me and thought the same. She helped teach me to listen to my body and we were right! The hospital tried to encourage me to do things I didn’t want to do and she helped my husband and me advocate for ourselves. I got the perfect vaginal birth and even have pictures and video thanks to Rachel! If we decide to have another there is no doubt that Rachel will be on my birth team again. I can’t recommend her doula services enough!
Rachel was so great! I unfortunately only got to have one prenatal visit with her because I went into labor 6 weeks early. But even still, Rachel came to the hospital as soon as we called her even though it was much earlier than she had planned for me. She helped me through the contractions with hip squeezes and even got in the shower doing some rebozo sifting with me when I needed to feel warm water. I had a 12 day nicu stay with my little man, but she was a constant support checking in on us daily. And as soon as we were home Rachel came over to see us and see how we were doing. She brought me some steaming herbs to try and lots of great advice. I highly recommend her, especially to first time moms like me.
Rachel was everything we needed leading up to and after the birth of our little man! I found Rachel online after listening to a podcast teaching me about Doula’s and midwifery. Without even hiring her, Rachel recommended I research the birthing center based off of a phone conversation. Thankfully, I spoke with her leaving me enough time to switch providers! My husband and I completed our birth classes with Rachel leading up to the birth. Rachel came to our house when I went in to labor, drove to the birthing center not once but twice, helped us through my 31 hours of labor with two all nighters, then helped me find a lactation consultant that could come to our house. She gave me unlimited resources and before hiring her, recommended I speak to other doulas to make sure we were the right fit. I can not imagine birthing our baby without her. She was my advocate when I couldn’t and even though our birth plan changed drastically, she remained present and made sure that as much of our birth plan remained intact as possible. When everyone was said and done, she took care of my placenta (I had it encapsulated per resources I obtained from Rachel!) and has checked in with us regularly and our baby is almost 7 weeks old! If we have another baby, I will make sure Rachel is there. Do yourself a favor, hire Rachel. You will only regret it if you don’t.
I definitely recommend Rachel as a doula. She was so helpful at our home birth. I wasn't sure if we really needed a doula since it was my fourth natural birth, but she was so positive and knowledgeable. I'm so thankful she was a part of our team!
If you are looking for an amazing Doula, look no further! When I found out I was pregnant I new I wanted a natural birth with low intervention but wasn’t sure how to make that happen. After doing some research I decided that having a Doula guide me through my pregnancy and labor was definitely the way to go. Rachel came highly recommended and choosing her was one of the best decisions I could have made. She talked me though how to prepare mentally and physically for a natural birth, gave lots of helpful advice and recommendations when I had questions and was a crucial part of my labor team when my little one finally decided to come earth side. During my labor she was always suggesting new things to try to keep me most comfortable while still helping my labor progress. She explained all of my options and made sure I understood everything that was going on. Rachel is one of a kind and I truly could not have done it without her! ??
We'd never worked with a doula before, and now I wish we had for previous pregnancies! From the beginning, Rachel had invaluable advice that helped us navigate pregnancy in the covid era, changing doctors, etc. I didn't realize how overwhelmed we were until we had Rachel's support - it made all the difference in feeling confident and excited for birth! When in labor, Rachel knew what I needed before I did. I barely had time to process that I was sick or having back pain, and she was already providing relief and support intuitively. I felt emotional during this labor but Rachel knew what to say and kept me focused and optimistic. I was ready to panic and throw in the towel at a few points and I'm so thankful she was there to remind me I could do it. My husband was also relieved to have Rachel's support, as he would have felt a bit lost, or nervous for me, at points! I was planning on having a VBAC in hospital, but by the time I was in active labor, things progressed so quickly that we weren't able to leave the house! I didn't feel anxious, because I knew I was in good hands - my husband and I can only laugh when we think we might have handled homebirth alone had we not worked with Rachel! I'm so thankful our doula was a voice of calm and reason in a bit of a crazy situation, and she actually knew just what to do while we waited for emergency services, who ended up arriving after baby did! Needless to say, our surprise bathroom delivery was wonderful and our transfer to the hospital was not so intimidating knowing I still had support with me on the other side. Rachel helped us think clearly and gave me confidence to make my decisions on certain procedures etc clear. It was all such a smooth experience, my husband declared it "the perfect delivery" - largely thanks to Rachel's help! She was even so kind as to tidy up at our house while we stayed in hospital, so we wouldn't return to a mess - not in the job description but just shows what a sweet person she is!
Being a doula myself, I can tell you that Rachel is the best doula! There’s nobody else I would trust.
She supported me through WEEKS of prodormal labor. And was ready so fast when things finally did kick off.
May actually labor was very short (4 hours) but was intense. And Rachel knew all the right things to say. Her hip squeezes are too notch as well!
Rachel took over as our backup doula when our original person had to back out for personal reasons. She came into our lives at the last minute, and immediately made my husband and me feel very comfortable. She provided a lot of useful info/tips to help us prepare for both labor and new parenthood. We had quite a birth journey with our little man: 33 hrs of labor and then a c section needed at the end. Not exactly according to our original plan, but Rachel (and our whole support team) were there every moment of it, explaining, supporting both Andy and me, providing physical support and suggestions with positioning, and making sure we were on board with all decisions and interventions before they proceeded. We felt confident that we'd explored every alternative before proceeding with the c section, and Rachel was a key part of that. We're very grateful for her presence and would absolutely recommend her to other expecting families!
My husband and I were so impressed with Rachel as a birth educator! She was so knowledgeable and passionate about birth and gave us some great info and tools to feel confident going into the birth of our first child in January! She was also very accommodating with Covid and was able to set up virtual Zoom classes for us. She is so kind and reassuring and was wonderful about answering any questions either of us had! Thank you Rachel for everything!!
Rachel was awesome to work with. She is very knowledgeable and provided me with lots of evidence-based information. She is very responsive and answers all my questions (which I have lots of). Additionally, she was very supportive of me and my birth plan, and helped me achieve the natural, low-intervention birth I wanted!
I’m super glad that I hired a doula for my second birth. My birth experience this time around was way more peaceful and more empowering too, and Rachel had a lot to do with that!
Rachel is incredibly knowledgeable, respectful, and accomodating. I felt much more confident after taking the class. she goes over an incredible amount of material and ensures that all your questions are addressed. definitely a great value taking her class!
Me and my husband did our natural birthing class with Rachel and we highly recommend attending Rachel's class. I felt so much more confident in my decision to do a natural birth after my class with Rachel. My husband even enjoyed her class.
Rachel taught my birth class and was awesome. Super friendly and easy going and very knowledgeable. The class was eight hours and I learned a ton and thouroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommend!
I am so thankful I hired Rachel as my doula. After our initial visit, I knew she was the perfect fit for me. She provided me with so much education during the prenatal visits and answered all of my questions and concerns. She mentally prepared us for all birth scenarios, which I am so thankful for since birth did not go as I planned. I would highly recommend Rachel to anyone looking to be educated, have a natural birth or extra support through birth. It is evident through her care that this was her calling in life.
The amount of respect and awe I have for this woman is profound. I feel like Rachel was a Godsend for my pregnancy and the birth of my son. Background: 3 months before my surprise pregnancy I had an extremely traumatic miscarriage/experience at a local hospital. I had friends and family by my side during that time advocating for me. Although I had them my wishes and respect was •completely• disregarded over and over again. I was so distraught and scared to the point that I had to call my lawyer for help. Even then the staff still continued their disgusting treatment. To say I had/have many issues that stemmed from that experience would be a major understatement.
Before being connected to Rachel, I had no idea doulas existed. After having her as mine, I feel like every pregnant woman should know they are an option! I was extremely nervous to meet her and honestly wasn’t expecting her to be helpful at all after my experience listed above. At this point I felt like •no one• in this world would be able to ease my severe anxiety and make me feel safe again, especially during birth. But to my surprise, she did. She’s a true image/definition of a superwoman to me. She would share unbiased articles of information and studies based on my interests to help me better inform myself and make confident decisions on my own. That showed me that she deeply cared and listens well which in turn helped me to trust her. She made me feel safe and secure, no matter what direction my situation was going to go. That feeling is something I will never forget. My family and I still praise her and think of her often. We truly cannot imagine how things would have ended up without her. If I ever end up pregnant again Rachel will be one of the first to know so that I can have her by my side again! She’s worth every single penny in the world and more. Thank you so much, Rachel.
Rachel was my doula and without her help, I don’t think I would have been able to make it through! I gave birth to the most perfect baby and Rachel was with me every step of the way, pre, during and even after birth! She continued to check in on us. I am most grateful to Rachel for really preparing me both mentally and physically for the birth. I felt more secure and strong because she gave me the knowledge that I needed prior to labor so I wasn’t surprised with what was to come and knew the mental and physical techniques to help ease the pain (I know hard to believe considering the pains of childbirth!). The childbirth education she provided was very helpful for me. She takes it one step further by giving me resources and a ton of support. I knew (as much as I could) what was going to happen and therefore I was so prepared. I highly recommend Rachel! She is extremely knowledgeable!
Rachel has an incredibly peaceful and compassionate demeanor that makes her a perfect doula. She is extremely knowledgeable and professional in advocating for you and making recommendations to medical providers on your behalf. I felt so blessed to have her throughout our delivery, especially when things went unexpectedly. My husband also loved having someone to help guide him in ways to help me, it gave him more confidence and tangible actions to support me when I felt I was at my weakest. We are so grateful for all of the support she provided! (From prenatal through postpartum, as first time parents it offered incredible reassurance !)
Rachel allowed me to have the positive and calm birth experience that I was seeking and I am forever grateful! She was very reassuring to both my husband and me and we could not have done it without her.
I ended up having an unplanned home delivery and without Rachel there it would probably have been a scary and traumatic experience. Even my husband was starting to panic a bit but Rachel knew what to do and I had complete trust in her. We did call 911 and when the paramedics arrived Rachel let them know what my birth preferences were and I'm very thankful for that.
I credit her for getting the baby in the optimal position for birth and for being the voice that reminded me I was about to meet my baby while I was pushing which was all the motivation I needed. I would highly recommend Rachel to any expecting mom!
When I decided to have an unmedicated birth with our third child I knew I would need the extra support of a doula. Right after meeting Rachel I knew she was the doula for us.
My labor was quick but intense and I couldn’t have done it without Rachel. Her words were peaceful while also inspiring and empowering. She cared for me so well and seemed to know what I needed before I did! From simple things like a cool washcloth on my neck to gentle reminders to breathe and relax my body after each contraction, she was there to guide me every step of the way.
I am so thankful to have had Rachel as apart of my birth team. She is very knowledgeable about the birth process and I consider her advice and help absolutely priceless.
Rachel was an amazing doula. I highly recommend her! After deciding that I wanted a natural birth, I thought hiring a doula would be helpful. Doula (Rachel specifically)= best decision ever. My husband was slightly skeptical, but after meeting with her, he was totally on board! She is very knowledgeable and completely available to you throughout pregnancy with visits, texts, and phone calls. She helped us understand so much about the process that we didn't know. When it came time for the actual birth she was there every step of the way and she is so encouraging and has an amazing amount of stamina-- I had an incredibly long labor. I feel like I could have never gotten through it without her. Ultimately, my labor ended in an unexpected C section (my body just wasn't cooperating!), which was the complete opposite of what my plan was, but Rachel was incredible throughout that whole process and stayed by my side the whole time. She also checks up on you after the birth and during postpartum, which has been much appreciated! Thank you Rachel for everything!
Rachel helped me deliver my first baby with confidence. I wanted a natural unmedicated birth, and without Rachel I would have been woefully unprepared. She met with me before the birth to help prepare me and my husband for what to expect. She helped me decide what I wanted my birth to be like by asking important questions and helping me with the details. There was so much I just didn't know. It was so nice having Rachel there to guide and support me.
During the labor Rachel was amazing. Again, she knew what was going on and what to do way better than I did. Having her there let me focus on what my body was telling me and let all my other worries and decisions fall on her knowing shoulders. She helped me breath through my contractions and suggested different laboring positions. I had a relativly fast and easy labor, but having Rachel made me able to relax and go through the process without any fear. She was there to make sure my wishes were fulfilled and let me focus on what really mattered. She also helped couch my husband on how to support me, and empower him to catch my baby girl. I cannot thank her enough.
She was also very sweet and checked on us multiple times after the birth. She is truly an amazing doula. She helped me before, during and after delivery. I highly reccomend her to anyone who wants the peace of mind knowing that someone is there to support you through pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum care. Thank you Rachel, I would not have wanted to do this without you.
Our experience with Rachel as our doula for our firstborn was exceptional. From prenatal education on topics like exercise, labor positions, birth affirmations, partner support, and birth plans, to being an absolute rock star during my labor and birth, to ongoing postpartum support and care, she is an absolute gem! She is a wealth of knowledge, always able to answer any questions I had.
My unmedicated labor was hard and very long. What impressed me most about her was that during labor, Rachel never stopped encouraging me and helping me try different positions to keep things moving forward. There were many moments I didn’t think I could keep going, and it was her voice telling me I could. It was exhausting, but she was right by my side the whole time. Even when the hospital sent us home at 3:30 in the morning, she came back after three hours of sleep to be there for the rest of my labor and the birth of our beautiful son 4 hours later.
It’s easy to see that helping mothers deliver their babies is a joy to her, and she’s good at it. I am so glad, as is my husband, that we had Rachel alongside of us during an incredibly difficult and momentous occasion of our lives. She is worth her weight in gold.
I had an outstanding experience with Rachel. Leading up to birth, she provided me with information on different topics and answered any and every question that I had. She also coordinated different things such as making sure my placenta was properly delivered to an encapsulator so that I didn't have to worry about a thing and could concentrate on just giving birth. I wanted to have a natural birth without medication, but I had an extremely long and hard labor. She is the reason I was able to stick through it and make it all the way to the end. She used her wealth of knowledge regarding different positions and exercises to try to ease and progress labor as much as possible. She not only provided physical support, but she was an amazing emotional support as well. She kept me from giving up and believed in me even when I no longer thought I could do it. If it wasn't for her, I have no doubt that I would not have been able to have the natural birth I wanted. She also supported all the wishes that I had and decisions that I made and helped me to be able to make my own decisions when I was feeling overwhelmed. During the postpartum period, she followed up with me and continued to provide support and answer questions that I had. I would highly recommend Rachel as a doula to anyone!
Our experience with Rachel was amazing. She was very attentive to my needs throughout the entire labor and delivery. She was quick to suggest new positions as I moved through labor. She was helpful to my husband in how he could best support me. With her help, we were able to have a non-medicated birth like we desired. Rachel was also very supportive in the time leading up to brith with different ways to prepare and things to consider. She followed up with us mulitple times after the birth, ensuring that we were doing ok. Rachel was worth every penny and was a significant contributer to our wonderful birthing experience. We are so thankful for her and all she did for us.
Being a doula takes a lot of patience and comforting which Rachel did amazing at both. I didn’t even know what a doula was and now that I’ve had one I don’t think I could go thru another pregnancy without one, specifically Rachel ?? She has got to be the most understanding person I know. she is sweet yet hardcore. I definitely wouldnt have made it to 6cm without an epidural if it wasn’t for her. all I had to do was focus on my contractions and breathing while she focused on everything else in my birth plan. This expierence was far better than my last pregnancy where I didn’t have a doula. she taught me some great tips and tricks for pregnancy and labor. If I ever have a third baby I’ll be sure to call her right up to be my doula again ??
Rachel Mans was my Doula for our 8th baby. I would definitely recommend her. I did have an epidural, but it only numbed half my body. It was great having an extra support person there for me and my husband. She has some great techniques and even gave me information about things I didn’t know were an option, like delayed cord clamping and the benefits to our baby. She also used aromatherapy and had my favorite sent.
Rachel is the best doula ever! She’s made me comfortable being in the hospital she’s helped me speak up for things that I couldn’t do because I was a bit afraid to she made me feel safe and secure while I was in labor she made sure my birth plan was written down and made sure I had my birth the way I wanted it she’s the best doula ever! If I have another baby I’ll be definitely coming back to Rachel ! She was the best support I had when giving birth too??
Rachel is an excellent doula and I'm so thankful to have had her as a part of my labor support team for the birth of my second daughter! She is very knowledgable, supportive, and attentive. She had great advice to offer and tricks to try throughout the entire process. I would definitely continue to use her as my doula over and over again if I were given the opportunity!
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