Seattle, WA Service range 25 miles No ferries
$1250 to $1500
Availability Remarks: Outside of "life happens" I know in advance any important dates I would not be able to be your primary doula and disclose them at our meet and greet.
$1250 to $1500
9 years and 233 births attended
4 years and 23 families served
Type of practice: Group practice with shared call schedule
Clients per month: 1 to 2 births and 0 postpartum families
Postpartum limits/restrictions: I provide post-partum time to current birth clients only.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
My expertise and strengths lie in supporting a pregnant person through a natural or low intervention birth preferences plan, knowing full well that preferences and plans can change in the moment:). My birth philosophy is to work closely with my client and their birth team members to provide an informed, fully participatory, more comfortable and trusting experience. I have developed a reputable report with OBGYN's, nurses and midwives in the Greater Seattle area in my ten years and have a respectful working relationship with them. We are your birth team and work together with you and your partner in creating the best birthday party possible.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Seattle Aids Alliance Midwives Association of Washington State -Student Rep
Included in my services are; 2-3 pre-natal visits, labor and birth support with built in back up if needed, 1-2 post-partum visits, a Dropbox file of photos and a personalized birth story. Pre-natal home visits include topics around comfort measures, labor and birth preferences, and optimal baby positioning. Post partum visit includes breastfeeding support, mental and physical health check and home made bone or veggie broth. All persons who had a cesarean birth will receive one additional post partum visit to aid in transition and recovery.
Seattle, WA Service range 25 miles No ferries
t’s hard to express the gratitude I have for Ryah when I reflect back on my sons birth. I really believe I couldn’t have given birth to my son without her help and support. Adding Ryah to our birth team was the best decision we made. From the moment we met her she was there for us. Both my husband and I felt at ease and supported the weeks leading up to, throughout my labor, and afterward.
Ryah brings a calm and confidence in the room even through the phone. She has a deep well of knowledge to draw from and it’s obvious she adapts to each family's individual needs.
By choosing Ryah you will gain an incredible support for your birth team and beyond you’ll gain a friend. I fully intend of having Ryah at the birth of all my children.
Learning about what a Doula was and the desire to have a doula as part of our birth team became even stronger once we interviewed Ryah. Immediately, both my husband and I were so comfortable with Ryah and impressed with her calm demeanor and wealth of experience. We were looking for exactly what she had to offer - coaching for my husband to be the primary support during my labor, an advocate to ensure that our birth plan went according to plan as much as possible, a voice of reason to know that we were experiencing within what was the wide range of normal, and even more. From our prenatal appointments all the way through to delivery, she promoted a sense of calm in the room. Ryah was available and happy to answer any questions we had and provide advice that would help us to get our desired outcomes. We couldn't have asked for a better birth experience and a lot of it was thanks to Ryah!
Ryah was an absolute joy to work with. She made our entire birthing experience (and prep & post partum) so much less stressful than we imagined it would be going through it for the first time. We enjoyed her personality, knowledge, and experience right away and felt that she did a great job preparing us for labor. She gave us several tools and techniques to help cope with early labor and really helped me get through active labor, while involving my husband as much as possible. She was a great coach and knew the right things to say when I was going through contractions and she guided my husband and I through labor so that we could embrace the experience fully. Once we got to the hosptial, she worked extremely well with the midwife and nurses. She knew when to get involved and when to let the midwife team do their thing. It was if they had all worked together before. Looking back, we realize how lucky we were to have found Ryah as we describe our labor and delivery experience as positive (which is something I never thought I'd be able to say). We'd hire her again in a heartbeat and truly appreciated everything she did for us.
Speaking to the husbands out there, your wife needs Ryah! Ryah is an incredible repository of knowledge, she’s compassionate, and professional, and the right amount of fun for how much you can handle at every stage.
Our second baby was on the way, and this would be our second doula; would we need one? Yes, and more specifically we needed Ryah. In the final weeks and overdue days my wife was chatting nightly with Ryah (you don’t like seeing your wife uncertain and unsupported). When labor came, Ryah helped coached her through the pain and mitigation techniques (you don’t like seeing your wife in pain). Ryah was a forceful advocate with the hospital for the natural labor my wife wanted, we didn’t want to go through induced labor and the recovery fallout again.
We couldn’t imagine all the ways Ryah made our lives, and our daughter’s life, better through pregnancy, labor, and those first weeks. Where you know what you want, she’ll help you get there. Where you are uncertain what you want, she’ll help you make an informed decision.
My husband and I hired Ryah for my second baby. We felt that, though I'd been thru labor before, I needed and advocate and advisor to have a more natural birth. With my first, I was induced. I was determined it wouldn't happen again.
Our Ryah is the most amazing gift. She was available for me from the moment she first responded to my doula inquiry. She visited us, listened to my concerns, and assured me that my hopes were not vain. For a few months, I didn't really need her, and she didn't impose on my introverted love of being left alone. But then, my baby started to think about being born. I called her at about 30 weeks with a question. With increasing frequency, I needed Ryah's support, but day or night, she was always there.
15 days before Rosalie was born, I thought maybe I was going into labor. I called Ryah. She gave me instructions about what to expect. Every single day for 15 days, I was texting or calling Ryah for support. As Rosalie's due date came and went, Ryah helped me do encouraging exercises, she kept my spirits up and kept me calm.
I had, by this time, a hope that I could labor at home for a while, in the dark, with candles and christmas tree lights on. When Rosalie finally decided it was time, of course at 1 am, Ryah came straight to me and quietly arranged everything just like I wanted it. She kept me focused and positive. Sure, there was pain, but there was absolutely no suffering. Everything was peaceful and joyful. We got to the hospital in perfect time, not too soon, not so late that things were rushed.
Ryah is full of knowledge that she shares with you. I have passed some on to friends who are so grateful for the expert advice.
The most amazing thing is that Ryah is still there for me, 4 months pp. I still text her often, sometimes for help. Just the other day, I texted her for help with a breastfeeding issue. She always helps. So happy we have Ryah in our lives!
My husband and I feel so fortunate that Ryah was our doula. I will definitely recommend her to all of my friends when they are pregnant! She is calm, confident and competent, and has the perfect temperament for the job. She went above and beyond every step of the way. Her prenatal meetings were thoughtful and thorough, and she always made sure all our questions were answered and we felt prepared for the next step. She even came to a midwife appointment so that they were acquainted before the big day. During labor, she helped both my husband and I keep our rhythm and stay as relaxed as possible. She provided great suggestions to help keep labor progressing and to help ease the pain of a natural birth at a birth center. If you would like, she will even document the birth for you! After the birth, she went back to our house while we were still recovering at the birth center and cleaned the house (she cleaned it even more than it was before labor!). She also does a postpartum visit to check in and see how we felt about our experience and if we had any other questions. And she brought us a delicious soup!! We felt well cared for every step of the way and are so grateful we got to work with Ryah. I could go on an on, but bottom line is that Ryah is a wonderful doula and will help make your birth experience amazing!
Hands down the best decision I made during my entire pregnancy was to hire Ryah as my doula. I didn't know if I needed a doula, if I could afford one, or if it would be worth it. Turns out she is worth her weight in gold and then some.
My husband and I had very little knowledge of childbirth, which caused great trepidation. Ryah not only respected this, but helped me through it. She took the time to explain things to me, gave me options to consider, and got to know my desires and comforts. She was incredibly insightful and intuitive. She honoured my requests and decisions and ensured they were met before, during, and after delivery.
I went into labour in the middle of the night, and she came to our house post haste. She stayed by my side for almost 20 hours, holding my hand, making me laugh, singing with me, wiping my tears, and constantly encouraging me. Her presence alone was uplifting, and her knowledge and medical experience was beyond comforting.
When there were times to ask her opinion on something (pitocin or no pitocin?) she presented the facts in a diplomatic and nonjudgmental fashion. She did not push an agenda, else than for me to listen to my intuition and do what was best for me and my baby.
I honestly cannot, nor would I want to, fathom my pregnancy and delivery without her. I find myself so incredibly lucky to have found such an amazing lady to assist me during such an intimate and crucial time. I would hire her again and again.
Ryah was my doula for the birth of my first child and I can honestly say I wouldn't have made it through labor without her.
After our initial meeting Ryah sensed that my husband and I were headed down a hospital birth plan path that perhaps wasn't best suited to our wants and needs. Ryah suggested that even though I was 35 weeks pregnant it wasn't too late to change course. With our consent she sent us resources and information about independent midwives and home birth options. Without this gentle nudge we surely would have gone along with a plan that wasn't really aligned with our true desires.
Ryah was a great pre-birth coach, but her true gifts proved to be her stamina, encouragement, and calm presence during our very, VERY long labor. I labored at home for more than 24 hours, and Ryah was by my side throughout -- suggesting differnt positions and pain management techniques, offering food and drink, guiding me through baby spinning exercises, and even sending my husband off for a nap so he could regain some strength before we reached the pushing phase.
Ryah's coaching was so excellent that our midwife even remarked, "She was so great I started to wonder why I was there at a certain point!" Ultimately, our baby girl was welcomed into the world at home, after a very long, drug-free labor. Ryah was instrumental in helping me maintain focus and helping me manage my pain. Our little family is very grateful for her and will happily partner with her for future births.
Ryah was an absolute savior during the birth of my daughter in 2012! Her strength and calming energy during labor allowed me to have the beautiful natural home birth that I wanted so badly. I was so thankful for all of her suggestions to help ease pain and help me stay focused. While my husband attempted to be helpful during the birth it was Ryah that I was really able to lean on.
She also provided great support both before and after the birth as well. It was so nice knowing that I had a team of people by my side throughout the entire process. I especially appreciated her support afterwards as I attempted to master breast-feeding which turned out to be more painful that I had been expecting! After hearing so many horrible birth stories, I feel grateful that I had support like Ryah. I appreciated her so much in fact that immediately afterwards I recommended her to another pregnant friend who also had a wonderful experience. If I ever have another baby in the Seattle area again I will definitely be giving Ryah a call!
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