Birth Fee: $650 to $750
Postpartum Rate: $25
Fee Details: Rebecca at Palouse Women's Wellness offers birth and postpartum doula services that are grounded in evidence, celebrate your transition to parenthood, and support the bonds between partners and families. Both birth and postpartum doula packages are customizable to meet each client's unique needs. Please see palousewomenswellness.com for more details.
Birth Doula Experience: 2 years and 21 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 2 years and 7 families served
Clients per Month: 0 to 3 births and 0 to 2 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
Languages spoken: English
After meeting Rebecca, my husband and I were convinced that we wanted her to be a part of our birth team. Because this was our first birth, we were interested in the pre-labor practice and that she would come to our home during labor and help us know when would be the right time to transfer to the birth center. Looking back, I cannot imagine our birth experience without Rebecca! Discussing labor and practicing labor positions in advance was very helpful. While laboring, her support and guidance helped me feel calm and confident. I believe she helped us get to the birth center at the perfect time. Rebecca was attentive to my needs, provided support and guidance, always thoughtfully included my husband, and treated us with respect and compassion.
I appreciated her attention to detail. Before meeting with her, she would ask if there was anything specific that my husband and I wanted to cover. She thoughtfully provided evidence-based information when we asked questions. I never felt pressured or judged by her and always felt that we were listened to and our decisions were fully supported and respected.
I also valued her holistic view of birth. I loved that she focused on both my husband and I's physical and emotional well-being. During our first meeting, she asked us how we wanted to feel after our baby was born. I had been so focused on what could go wrong during birth that I had not really considered how wonderful of an experience birth could be and should be. Throughout my pregnancy, I continued to reflect on this question. This helped me to better balance birth as both a natural, physical process and an emotional/spiritual journey to motherhood.
I am 100% satisfied with the care we received by Rebecca! The most valuable aspect of Rebecca's care was her positive and calm energy. While laboring, I felt so comfortable with her, which allowed me the freedom to be honest with her about my needs and act in a way that felt natural to me.
My main goal for my birth was to have an un-medicated labor with as few interventions as possible. My biggest fear was that the pain during labor would be too intense and I would not have the coping techniques in order to go without medication. I also feared that my partner would be under too much pressure to support me during labor.
Having Rebecca as my doula helped me complete my birth wishes during labor. She supported my partner and I during my 32-hour labor so that I did not have to resort to an epidural or other medication (other than nitrous oxide during the last 2 hours when I was in the pushing stage.) Rebecca was an immense support and helped me have the labor that I had imagined! She supported my birth wishes throughout the whole process!
For us, the most valuable part of our doula care was being able to have Rebecca on call for us starting at 38 weeks. We were able to contact her for any need or concern, as well as have her come over to our apartment when labor started, even if it had been false labor.
The money we spent on our doula care was worth every penny! Since it was my boyfriend and my first pregnancy, it gave us both a lot of security knowing that we had support lined up for all parts of the process – pregnancy, labor and postpartum.
If a friend were considering a doula, I would tell them to definitely hire one! I would highly recommend Rebecca to a friend or family member. She was a wealth of information to my boyfriend and I before labor, and a dream to have while going through labor! She was dependable, informative, kind, considerate of all my goals and wishes for labor, and a great support throughout pregnancy, labor and postpartum for both my boyfriend and I! I can look back at my birth experience and have a positive memory about labor because of her.
I did not know much about doulas prior to hiring Rebecca. Once we became pregnant, we wanted to have someone who could fill the role of experienced supporter/advocate. In this sense, I thought Rebecca would be most involved during labor, but she was also really helpful in helping us think through our other preparations and understanding all of the choices you have to make once the baby arrives. During labor, having Rebecca available to be there as a source of encouragement when we were getting tired, and just knowing that she was a second set of ears and eyes to keep track of all of the different things that go on during labor, was a huge benefit. Our labor did not go exactly as planned, but having Rebecca there to remind us that we had talked about contingencies and to refocus our thinking was something that significantly improved the experience. Ultimately, we wanted labor and birth--however it ended up--to be a positive experience, and Rebecca kept that goal in mind throughout. I think a doula is most helpful if you want someone to help you navigate the non-medical aspects of labor. As helpful as they can be, you can only ask doctors and nurses so much. Rebecca will be there to let you know whether something is "normal" or not, and to educate/remind you about things that sometimes fall through the cracks (like having a post-partum plan, for instance). The most valuable thing about having Rebecca as our doula was the peace of mind that came with knowing we had an experienced advocate to help us deal with the unexpected. As first-time parents who were unfamiliar with most aspects of the labor process, Rebecca was there to help us prepare for labor, answer all of our questions, and be a source of calm and clarity once we got to the hospital. If you are looking for someone who will make sure you are considering all options when making decisions, and who will keep your family's interests at the forefront, I would highly recommend Rebecca.
My biggest fear about hiring a doula was I would have to have a Cesarean delivery and would "waste" my money. In fact, I do not think it would have been wasted since Rebecca was such a great informant regarding the particulars of my birth situation. We did end up deciding to go with an induction and the information she shared with me was invaluable. She also continued to assist me in asking all members of our birth team the necessary questions and being self advocating which eased my anxieties before and during the birth and labor process. She was willing to be with me throughout the entire labor and birth even though the induction situation could take us over our prepaid hour amount. All these matters were discussed ahead of time and everything was in place before I went in for the procedure. In addition, since things were progressing normally this birth was almost completely like a natural one since I wasn't on any medications by the end. I would totally recommend a doula hands down. I would specifically recommend to ask Rebecca a lot of questions and get all the necessary information related to your situation. She has a goldmine of resources and don't be afraid to tap into those. It is so important to ask questions to help yourself feel at ease regarding your birth situation. The return on my investment was I felt TOTALLY supported. Not only was Rebecca there for me when I walked into the hospital, but she also was available postpartum to help us with our older children and acclimate to having another baby in our house. My older kids were super demanding of her, too, and she just took everything in stride. I am not sure how Rebecca could be more supportive because she was the best doula we ever had. She even made muffins for the hospital staff, brought flowers for our birth room, left for a while so she could take a nap and be more attentive in case we went into the night, and just made me feel like I had help through the whole thing.
I knew that emotional support is the most overlooked and yet the most important part of the birthing experience. Having a person designated to be my advocate, supporter, and coach was a key component to having a successful birth. After our meetings with Rebecca before labor, my husband and I finally felt ready and eager for labor to begin. Rebecca came to our home on two separate occasions and spent one session reviewing baby care basics, and another session going over labor support positions that my husband and I could practice. She also provided insight and education on changes in marriage dynamics as a baby enters the picture.
I have told all of my friends that a doula is the greatest investment anyone can make in the birthing journey. Rebecca is seriously worth her weight in gold! My husband and I had moved to Moscow the month before our baby was born and Rebecca was a vital part of making us feel prepared and supported in our new community.
Rebecca's endurance alone was incredible. She was right by my side throughout my labor walking with me, rubbing my back, offering me sustenance, running the tens unit with every contraction, spraying hot water on my back, and so much more. At one point she physically used herself as a table for me to lean on. Rebecca's calm, positive energy really set the tone for the whole labor. I couldn't imagine Rebecca improving on any part of her doula care. Seriously, she was amazing.
My biggest worry going into this delivery was feeling like I had choice and autonomy. Even before the delivery, Rebecca was an incredible resource, helping remind me of my options and reassuring me that I was still in control of my own body. During the actual delivery, Rebecca was a calming presence, helping me feel supported as I followed what my body needed.
I loved how positive, empowering, and educated Rebecca was. She listened to all of my thoughts and concerns, she responded to them, and she was simply there to help me through this journey -- before, during, and after. I loved having someone consistent through all of it, and such a supportive person, too. She also had amazing resources for me to consult, which really helped with my postpartum healing as I tried various ways to make sure my stitches were taken care of properly. I also want to mention that, whenever I told my providers that Rebecca was my doula, they were visibly happy and enthusiastic about it. She not only works well with her clients, she works well with the doctors and hospital staff, which is so important, as well. She really is a great bridge between the doctor and the mother.
She was an incredible doula and I am so glad I hired her. It was worth every cent! Having Rebecca as a resource before delivery, during delivery, and checking up post-partum was so nice. I felt taken care of throughout the whole process, and I loved that reassurance. She helped me feel like this process was one I didn't have to walk alone. I loved the physical support she gave me, the words of encouragement, and the way she checked in with me verbally.
I think the biggest worry we had about birth was the unknown. Being our first child, it was difficult to know exactly what to expect. I was worried about knowing the right positions to recommend, or breathing techniques, or just how to best support my wife during birth. Having Rebecca there rounded out our birth team. I think all of us during the birth got in a rhythm and played a crucial role, and I couldn't imagine the birth without Rebecca there.
I would highly recommend working with a doula. For us, giving birth in the hospital, Rebecca helped bridge the aspects of midwifery we were intrigued by and the security of a hospital birth that gave us some comfort and ease. She was great about filling whatever role was needed during the birth process, becoming a critical member of the team, along with our nurse, and doctor. Rebecca is truly a kind soul, and is great at reading the situation and filling the role you need from her.
Doula care made us more confident and relaxed going into the birthing process. Even the small things made such a big difference: like meeting us at the hospital to check in for induction. Having that presence alone reduced our nervousness, and helped make the birth experience extremely positive for us. Rebecca is awesome!
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