14 years and 177 births attended
14 years and 52 families served
Type of practice: Solo practice
Clients per month: 1 to 3 births and 1 postpartum families
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Giving Austin Labor Support (GALS) Volunteer 2015-2020 Giving Austin Labor Support Volunteer Coordinator 2016-2018 March Of Dimes Maternal Mortality Task Force Member 2017-2019 Travis County Sheriff's Office Volunteer Doula Front Steps Food Service and Personal Desk Volunteer El Paso and Austin Area Community Emergency Response Team
Individuals may receive the combination and an abundance (not listed) in regards to their Assisted Reproductive Technology, Reproductive Rights, Arrival and Departure Doula Needs: 6 week Childbirth Education Prep or Postpartum Overnights (6 visits, complete prep regardless of setting, Infant Feeding Prep & Newborn Care Education for you and your home included) Labor Support On-Call, two weeks prior and after your EDD Birth On-Call Telephonic, Text and Email Support Insurance Navigation, Billing and Troubleshooting Family Future Planning Consultation (this is KEY) Birth to Postpartum Transition Planning Postpartum On Call support via phone/video conferencing (environment permitting) two weeks post arrival (including body-feeding support) Cloth Diapering Education Targeted Case Management Community Integration End-Of-Life Event Education
Austin, TX Service range 100 miles Will Travel Out of State.
Rasalin is an amazing person and lactation consultant! I was very lucky to have her as a neighbor at one point. I remember sitting on my bed one day and I was struggling to feed my son. He wasn't latching properly. My son's father said I'll be back and then a couple minutes later here he comes with Rasalin. She didn't hesitate to drop whatever she was doing and come right over to help. I was a little shocked because I was only half dressed at that moment, just covered with the blanket. She made sure I was ok with everything before she did anything, from coming into my bedroom to helping my son latch properly. She definitely knows what she's doing. My son picked it up immediately after that and 1.5 years later I almost couldn't get him to stop. She was so good with my son, too. She never hesitated to help. He loved being with her. She would wrap him up in a sling, up against her. He was always so cozy and happy with her. I always felt he was safe with her. I couldn't have asked for a better person to help me with my nursing/new motherhood journey!
There is no one on this earth like Ras Cooper. She is pure sunshine and calm all at the same time. We hired her as our postpartum doula and while her rates were similar if not below others in Austin, she offers SO much more. She will pour her love, energy and passion into everything you're going through in the process. Her package included meals that followed the 40 days diet...and not only were they locally sourced, incredible and enough to share with my family, they were gorgeous and customized to our family story. She always dropped off surprise gifts leading up and after that always had a unique quality that made me feel seen, provided a handmade ring sling that I'm still using 9 months later, small batch beauty products she made herself, and a healthcare perspective that was unique to her experience prior to becoming a doula. Beyond that, she helped me navigate extended family planning and scheduling, getting our dog acclimated for the change, setting up our house to ensure we were prepared for everything before the baby came, and extended her time to emotionally support me leading up to the delivery.
We signed up for a number of overnight sessions over 6 weeks, and she often spent our visits coaching us through emotional issues we were navigating with the adjustment but gave us quiet when she saw that's what we needed. She loved on our pup, our baby and our home, and I often caught her giggling with our newborn who was cocooned with her in a way that gave me ultimate trust to get the rest I needed with him in her arms. When we were ready, she helped us transition to crib/bassinet training on her nights as well. Lastly, she is the reason I was able to breastfeed as successfully as I was - she worked with me lovingly on my latch, got me prepared for a freezer stash and more.
She is a treasure I hold dear and there is no way I would go through this experience again without her. No one will take care of you like Ras will, period.
I found Rasalin through GALS (Giving Austin Labor Support). When Rasalin reached out to me I immediately felt comfortable and safe. We talked on the phone and set goals, and she helped extinguish any fears that I had. She is well versed in mental illness which was essential to me. She made sure that we had everything we needed in order to welcome our son into the world.
During my pregnancy she gave us stretches and tools to help provide relief. She cleansed my car with herbs to aid me in making peace with my past and to move forward to the next chapter of my life. She also gave us resources to take classes to further our knowledge in pregnancy, birth, postpartum, and in breastfeeding.
Rasalin helped me keep an open mind so that I could prepared as best as possible going into my birth. I ended up having to be induced at 36+1 weeks due to pre-eclampsia and hypertension. I labored for 21 hours and she was there through it all. During my birth she provided aroma therapy, massage, and cool cloths. She also helped me establish a good breastfeeding and pumping schedule which was quite the journey.
The amount of love and support our little family of 3 received from her is immeasurable. I cannot recommend her enough and I am eternally grateful for having her in such a vulnerable and pivotal point of life. Rasalin was more than our doula, she became family.
When Ras reached out to me I immediately felt comfortable and safe. She is well versed in mental illnesses which was also super important to me. She made sure that we had everything we needed on order to welcome our son into the world. I was a nervous wreck before I had her as my doula and after, I knew I was in good hands. She also helped me put alot with breastfeeding which was quite the journey as my son was born early. The amount of live and support our family received from her is immeasurable. I cannot recommend her highly enough and I am eternally grateful for having her in such a vulnerable and pivotal point of life.
Rasalin is amazing!
My first birth was extremely tramatic, and I suffer from anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. Rasalin was kind, caring and shared in our time together. She became more than just a doula, she became a friend.
I felt confident and in control with the birth of my daughter. She never made me feel like my choices weren't my own, and even when I changed my mind she supported me through it all.
COVID made things very hard, as my daughter was born days before the world shut down, but Rasalin always reached out, gave space and grace and was kind in everything she did.
When breastfeeding became difficult she was there to support not only me but my partner. She made sure to include him in everything and it helped us together and I felt more supported and cared for during my pregnancy.
She embraced the aspects of our lives and was so adaptable and easy to talk to. She made everything comfortable and I never felt belittled or silly for my questions and choices like I had been before she came into our lives.
I have issues reaching out for help, I hate being a burden, and when I gather enough mental fortitude, and I can finally send a message, Rasalin was always understanding and never judgy. She treated us, me, with the most grace and kindness I've ever experience. She's knowledgable, adaptable, caring and I felt protected and safe making choices that were best for me and family with her there to support me, and 100% be on my side in all my decisions. She never tried to take over, she was a calm presence and a pillar of strength and support.
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