Birth Fee: $600 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: 1 years and 14 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 1 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
Service Area MapArea of practice: Moscow, ID
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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