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Riss Jursich

Polygon Doula Services

Seattle, WA Service range 20 miles

(630) 209-8184

Birth Fee

$1250 to $1700

Postpartum Rate

$35 to $45

Offers postpartum services to Swedish Medical Center families residing in the following areas:

Seattle Eastside North of Seattle South of Seattle

Postpartum services are available to Swedish Medical Center families:

Daytime   Overnight

Birth Fee

$1250 to $1700

Postpartum Rate

$35 to $45


Birth Doula Certifications

  • Pacific Association for Labor Support (PALS) - Certified Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Northwest Association of Postpartum Support (NAPS) - Certified Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula Experience

1 years and 12 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

3 years and 29 families served


Doula Training

  • DONA International, August 2017

Type of practice: Solo practice

Clients per month: 0 to 1 births and 1 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: Until there is a vaccine for Covid-19, I'm limiting myself to one birth and one postpartum family per month, to protect my clients and myself. I am operating as if we are still in Phase 1, and looking for clients that are taking serious precautions regarding the current pandemic.

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth


College Education

BA/BS


Special Services Offered

  • Abortion support
  • Antepartum doula support
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Cloth diapering education
  • Miscarriage support
  • Parenting consulting
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I also work with families that are non-monogamous and gender queer families. I volunteer with NAPS and the Northwest Doula Conference Planning Committee.

Fee Details

Sliding Scale Available. Support should not be limited by financial barriers, please contact me if money is a concern.

Seattle, WA Service range 20 miles

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Client Testimonials for Riss Jursich

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Matt Fetzer

9/16/2020

We were lucky to end up with Riss. Riss was a backup for our primary doula. When my wife went into labor, the doula that we hired wasn't unavailable, so Riss came to the rescue. From my perspective as a father, Riss made all the difference in the world.

My wife and I went to the hospital around midnight. She was not in active labor, but was concerned with her and the baby's condition. The OB convinced us to stay in the hospital and induce labor. Riss showed up slightly after that. My wife struggled greatly during active labor, as there was an unknown physical condition (not discovered until the c-section) that prevented a natural birth.

By the time that active labor started, it was in the early AM of the following day, and I hadn't slept for a couple of days. Without Riss, I don't think that I could have given my wife all of the support that she needed. Riss actively supported my wife as she went through a great deal of pain and anxiety during labor. Personally, I couldn't imagine how any doula could have done a better job. Riss was supportive, caring, and helpful in every way.

I recommend Riss without reservation, and I think that Riss must be among the best when it comes to supporting mothers that may experience high levels of anxiety during all aspects of childbirth. Whenever I felt overwhelmed trying to support my wife, Riss was right there to help.

Ashley

9/15/2020

When I was pregnant with my second child (7 years after my first), and my partner was going to be a first time parent we decided we wanted some extra support. Riss met with us and immediately made us feel comfortable. From the very beginning we leaned on Riss for ideas on how to smooth the transition from only child to big brother for my son and he still uses one of the breathing techniques they taught him. We learned I would need to have a c-section and the while that was something I had done before it was new and overwhelming for my partner. Riss was fantastic when it came to that stressful day in the hospital. They were an anchor for both my partner and myself at times when we were too overwhelmed to anchor each other. We appreciated everything from the thoughtful snacks, emotional check ins, advocacy for our needs, and the all important photos to document that day! 
When life became stressful with a new baby at home it was wonderful to have someone to turn to. We are glad we had Riss as our doula and appreciate all of the comfort and support. 


Liz and Shannon

9/14/2020

Riss was an amazing doula for us. We were worried about finding a doula who would support us well since we are an LGBTQ+ family and Riss was super and went above and beyond for us. My labor had an unexpected turn when baby got tangled in his cord and didn't have enough slack to come out vaginally. Riss provided amazing emotional support for my wife as I was taken to surgery, I can't even imagine what it would have been like if they had not been there. Riss' presence made the difference between a happy birth experience and a traumatic birth experience. We are so happy with the support that Riss was able to provide through pregnancy and birth.

Val and Andy

9/12/2020

We aren't sure what we would have done without Riss’s help in the days after our daughter's birth! We’re an out-of-town family (our daughter was born via an amazing surrogate), so we only had a week post-partum before heading back home. Needless to say, being first-time parents in the age of COVID where in-person parenting classes were not an option, we were less than confident in our newborn care abilities upon being released from the hospital. We were able to schedule Riss to stay overnight for two 12-hour shifts as well as one 6-hour daytime shift. We had a list of “technical” items we wanted to learn (e.g. how to use a Boba wrap, clip nails, bathe, swaddle, diaper, soothe, etc.), which Riss gladly covered. In addition to the technical knowledge we gained, what we found most beneficial was the confidence Riss helped instill in us that we are more than capable of being parentsJ They provided the encouragement and reassurance that we needed, and they were able to reframe and help alleviate some of our new-parent anxieties. We are extremely impressed with their overall family care - i.e. not just helping care for our newborn, but also us as (somewhat stressed out and sleep-deprived) parents! Riss made sure we were rested, had eaten, and that we learned the importance of divvying up tasks and taking naps whenever possible so that we can be the best parents possible to our daughter. Riss was very conscientious and accommodating of our schedule and also wore a mask at all times in light of the current COVID situation. We feel that working with Riss truly was one of the best investments we could have made for our daughter’s future. We highly recommend Riss as a post-partum doula! 

Emily and Takao

9/10/2020

We hired Riss for postpartum night care for our preemie twin daughters. We did this after a challenging pregnancy and NICU stay and in the middle of a pandemic, so you can imagine that this was not the easiest low-stress process. Despite all that, Riss immediately made us feel comfortable and was obviously worthy of our trust (at a time when trust in health and safety was so incredibly valuable). All that before they started taking care of our daughters. Newborn preemie twins at night is a big challenge, but you would never know it to talk to Riss. They always took excellent care of our daughters and we were always met by two happy babies in the morning. We thought Riss was so terrific that, when they had to leave for a previous client commitment, we hired them back as soon as they became available! We cannot imagine how we would have made it through twin babies in 2020 without Riss. You would be lucky to work with someone as caring and conscientious as Riss Jursich. We certainly were.  

 

Mandy

7/30/2020

Riss was an amazing doula! Calm, confident, and with a sense of humor, we knew immediately that Riss was a great fit for us. I felt reassured and supported throughout the pregnancy, during labor, and postpartum. I especially couldn't imagine going through labor without Riss! Riss was such a great support person, and helped my partner to be an amazing source of support for me as well. We can't recommend Riss enough. 

Heath & Lara Hayden

5/23/2020

We interviewed 3 doulas to find a good fit for our first pregnancy. We wanted a doula competent in working with queer/trans, polyamorous, fat families. Riss is a part of these communities and experienced in queer spirituality practices. Riss had a series of exploratory questions over the course of several weeks before birth that prompted important discussions and considerations, helping us get in the birth mindset and what that might look like. They were present during those conversations, helping us navigate things we felt like we should/have to do or what it should look like. They helped normalize our fears and set us up for birth. Riss attended our labor at home and they were super calm and controlled and knew precisely what to do without getting freaked out or scared. As the non-gestational partner, I would not have known what to do without Riss there. They were attentive and took lots of notes throughout the process. Riss also did a fantastic job of talking us through everything and including me, letting me know what specifically I was doing that was helpful and supportive. They walked us through several different labor activities and paid close attention to signs that we should go to the hospital. When labor escalated and delivery was coming faster than we planned, Riss was a grounding force and made sure I was able to be right there next to my wife for the birth of our child. Riss is forever apart of our birth story and we could not have done this without them. They have been checking in on us, offering suggestions for soothing and connecting us with breastfeeding consultants. Our family is extremely happy with Riss and all of the qualities they bring to pregnancy and labor/delivery support. They are wonderfully giving and knowledgeable and bring a level of love and care that made the experience profoundly rewarding. We cannot recommend Riss enough! They are terrific at doula work and an all-around fantastic human.

Victoria Lakey

4/29/2020

Riss was excellent during our prenatal visit, labor, birth, and postnatal visits. We only had one prenatal visit because I was induced before the second one happened, but we had connected so well during our interview and first meeting that I didn't mind missing the second one at all. From the minute we first began communicating via email, Riss was very relaxed and down-to-earth, but also completely professional at the same time. The first thing we noticed during our interview was that they put us at ease about having a doula (it was our first pregnancy and we were on-the-fence about hiring one at all) and gave us a lot of education and insight into what the experience can be like during that meeting. Once we made the decision to move forward, they were supportive of all our laboring and birthing choices, offered ideas and advice when it was appropriate, and were very receptive to feedback about what was working for us and what we wanted to try differently. We cannot recommend them enough. 

Alexandra

2/4/2020

Riss was absolutely fabulous with my fussy 6 week old daughter. She was able to accommodate a very last minute request for help and was able to soothe and care for her while I got some much needed rest. We very much appreciated all the additional things she helped with too - dishes, letting the dog out, and helping with sleep advice. We would request her help again in a heartbeat!

Eleanor Moore

1/7/2020

Riss was amazing with our son! I was amazed how quietly and confidently she moved around our home and how she was able to soothe him, especially while he was dealing with gas pains. She really put us at ease and provided a lot of helpful advice. Riss is definitely a natural at dealing with babies and we wouldn't hesitate to hire her again!

Emily Allred

11/13/2019

Hiring a doula is a serious task and Riss did an incredible job of meeting us where we were at every step of the way. We completed screening questions via email and Riss responded promptly and thoroughly. During the two pre birth meetings Riss took getting to know my husband and I seriously and made sure to understand our birth preferences and hopes. She had a wealth of questions that got us thinking about the process as well. Our babe was 4 days late and Riss was excellent at checking in via text. When I was in labor my husband called her when we were ready to have her join us and she stayed up until after the birth. We were beyond impressed with Riss' presence and assistance during the birth. She supported me through labor and also supported my husband. Riss provided ambiance while i labored in the tub making it feel more like a spa than a hospital. She provided suggestions of things to try and continuously encouraged both my husband and i to eat and stay hydrated. Thanks to Riss I was able to have the medicine free birth I hoped for. She even captured photos of our first few moments as a family of three that we will cherish forever. Riss is worth her weight in gold and was a viral part of our support team. My husband and I are so incredibly grateful for her and wouldn't change anything about our experience. Thank you, Riss!! 

Megan Sequana

9/1/2019

We only met Riss one time before I went into labor. I didn’t really know what to expect from labor/delivery or having a doula but having Riss there was incredible. She not only helped me thru my labor, which ended up being 65ish hours, but she also helped advocate for me when things went south with a dr At the hospital. She went out of her way to make sure I had everything Zach and I needed, and then went an extra mile after that! She helped me breathe, she massaged my back and hips, she also helped me breathe myself out of an anxiety attack in the midst of hard active labor as well. I am so glad I got the privilege to work with her! There’s no way I could have done that and got my natural birth without her help! It was long and hard, but she made it that much easier.  If I ever have another child, she will be there for that one as well! 

Birth Availability for Riss Jursich

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Postpartum Availability for Riss Jursich

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