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Rachel Connolly Kwock CD(DONA)

Birth POV & Speaking of Birth

Website: http://www.speakingofbirth.com/doula.html

Phone: 917 676 7177

Birth Fee: $1200 to $1800

Fee Details: Hello & welcome! My base flat rate birth doula fee is $1200 & the pkge includes: Free 20 min Morris County Consultation to see if we are right match, 1-2 prenatal home visits w/ comforts in labor session, 24/7 on-call support, continuous attendance at your birth at home and/or hospital, immediate postpartum care and breastfeeding support, postpartum home visit, back-up doula support if needed, lending library, resources, and more. Birth Photo is additional add-on of $600 for a total of $1800 ($200 addt'l for NYC). Gratis services for women in WIC programs.

Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 40 births attended

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, May 2010
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 2 to 6

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Yes! I love attending births at Morristown Medical Center, St. Clare's Denville, Montclair Mountainside, UMC Hackensack Pascack Valley Westwood, Summit Overlook. I look frwd to attending at Hoboken UMC, Robert Wood Johnson RWJ New Brunswick & Somerset, Clara Maass, University Hospital, Newark Beth Israel
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Yes! When New Jersey has Birth Centers, I am totally on board.
Attends home births? Some Home Births
Yes! I love attending home births with one of our wonderful NJ midwives.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Working towards postpartum certification with Madriella

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • Aromatherapy for Birth Workers Certification (BAI)
  • Rebozo Certification (Gena Kirby)
  • SERVSAFE® Food Safety Management Training
  • Pregnancy After Loss

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Hearthside perinatal bereavement care training
  • Teens
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure and/or acupuncture in labor
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Aromatherapy
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Dancing For Birth Professionally Trained
  • Pregnancy, birth and/or newborn photography

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Rachel is an experienced doula who received her training via Penny Bussell Stansfield and DONA International . She has been practicing since 2011 with a focus on the hormones and physiologic birth as well as balance and fetal positioning. Her approach has been influenced by her 4.5 yrs of work experience as content creator for Orgasmic Birth as well study of Spinning Babies and Rebozo. Rachel loves yoga to keep her own self balanced and positive in her life and with her family. She volunteers with NNJDoulaNet. She loves supporting Hypnobirth and VBAC births.

Languages spoken: English

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Area of practice: Denville, NJ
Travel Range: 25 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: Photo only for NYC

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Client Testimonials for Rachel Connolly Kwock CD(DONA)

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Tanja Nenadovic

 I am grateful to Rachel for much more than just our majestic and lovely pictures. I am grateful to her for being so present and willing to help with everything and anything needed during my birthing; to generously share her knowledge as doula and give suggestions for new positions that will help me birth our son naturally and without any medications; for taking initiative and making sure that my wonderful birthing dream team is fueled with food so that they can cope with my twenty-four-hour-long birthing. THANK YOU, RACHEL!!!! We are so grateful that you were with us during my birthing and for everything that you did to make it so very special for me and my family!

Posted 7/23/2017

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Sara Ibr

We were very happy that we found Rachel. She made the entire birth experience much easier and pleasant for us. She spent all night long with us in the hospital during labor which I didn't expect, but was very grateful for. We were educated and guided through the entire process with not just what to expect, but techniques to deal with pain, positioning of the baby, and inner strength. She counseled us as first time parents starting from weeks before labor to weeks after. It was the smartest thing we could have done. Her compassionate, patient, and soothing nature helped us greatly to get through the experience with much comfort and happiness.

Posted 4/6/2016

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Mollie Plunkett

Rachel was the best doula experience I could ever imagine! She is the sweetest and most reliable woman around. Anything that she could help with, she was more than happy to. She possessed a wide range of knowledge about any and all questions or concerns I had. Prenatally she provided great help, provided any necessary resources, and had the best advice for everything throughout the remainder of my pregnancy. She really made my birth experience impressively pleasant. She was SO comforting during my labor and delivery which was obviously really important. She seriously went above and beyond. I would recommend her to anyone and everyone in a heartbeat and if another baby comes along at some point she will be the first person I call. I can't thank her enough!!!!! (:

Posted 3/29/2016

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Neda Dibaee

Rachel was amazing

i needed a doula literally last minute and under very unorthodox circumstances and she was so understanding

she has such a calm demeanor which is so important to me

highly recommended !!

Posted 6/8/2015

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Courtney Conway Lozano

Rachel was my doula at my first birth December 2013 and I couldn't wait to have her there by my side again for my second birth May 2015. During my second birth I arrived at the hospital at 6 cm dilated and everything was progressing very quickly. Contractions were intense and Rachel helped me to remain as calm and comfortable as possible using aromatherapy, the birth ball, tens machine, hip squeezing and massages. Her calming voice and kind demeanor helped me get through a quick and intense labor.  I was lucky enough to get a room at Morristown medical center with a whirlpool birthing tub. Coping with contractions while in the tub was unbelievably helpful and relaxing.  Rachel stayed by my side to guide me through each contraction and helped me to remain focused.  Not only did I cope with the contractions in the tub I actually ended up having a water birth because everything progresses so fast. Although this was not my original plan, it was truly a beautiful experience. Rachel took pictures so I will never forget how incredible this once in a lifetime experience was.  I feel so grateful to have such a wonderful team by my side. Rachel m truly has a beautiful soul, this is her calling. I would recommend her to anyone! 

Posted 5/18/2015

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Megan Stark

Rachel is an incredible doula! She recently attended my marathon birth and was by my side throughout the entire experience. During my pregnancy Rachel was supportive with resources, support and care. Once labor began she came to my home and assisted my husband in comfort measures, and came to the hospital after that. She gave me massage, continued to encourage me to hydrate, provided me with encouraging words, and supported my husband as we worked through labor.  Rachel is kind, patient, and attends your birth with no agenda other than supporting Mothers and Fathers wishes. I highly recommend Rachel as a doula to support the birth you want!

Posted 5/8/2015

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Jennifer Major Goldenberg

Rachel, was so pleasant to work with. She was very caring and attentive to my birth plan and what I wanted to occur during the birth of our child. I remember the entire birth as so beautiful and unlike many of the stories I had been told about childbirth. We were truly blessed to meet Rachel . She was with me and David every step of the way before the birth during and even after the birth she helped to make preperations as to what our wishes would be. Although I was unsure of exactly what her role would be in the birth I am so glad that I decided to have a doula and  include Rachel in the special day.. I can not imagine ever laboring without a doula, especially one as attentive as Rachel. My labor was very long and drawn out and she stood with us the entire time helping to calm me throughout. The happiest day of my life was made so much more precious by Rachel and her compassionate skill  and grace. I would highly reccomed her services to anyone looking for a doula. Thank you Rachel for sharing in the most magical day of my life.

Posted 3/11/2015

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Heather Longbrook

For you who are reading Rachel's profile and reviews to see if she is a good match for you: I was in the same situation a few months ago. It was very difficult for me to make such an important decision based on a webpage. Let me tell you, you can make no better decision than to meet and work with Rachel. I loved her from the instant I met her. She has such a warm, caring demeanor that shines through with the very first handshake I received from her. I was nervous about pretty much everything and Rachel was nothing short of patient, supportive, and kind beyond imagination. She is incredibly knowledgeable and has so many resources that she educated me with. Even with all my bizarre, off-the-wall questions she humored me and if she didn't know the answer she immediately went to a solid source and got back to me quickly. I didn't know what to expect during labor and delivery and Rachel was by my side encouraging me, comforting me, being my advocate, and even allowing me to literally lean on her! I can't imagine doing this without Rachel. I had such an amazing Labor & Delivery experience thanks to Rachel. I can't imagine doing this without her and I can't even express to you how deeply thankful and appreciative of her I am. I cannot say enough wonderful things about her, so I truly hope that you get the opportunity to work with her and see for yourself :) The only reason I write all of this is because I want you to have the same incredible experience in your own way. Rachel is vital to my positive experience and I couldn't have enjoyed it as deeply as I did without her. She not only prepared me for L&D, carried me through it, but she has been such a pillar of strength for me in the post partum period. Rachel is the perfect doula: experienced, prepared, 100% focused on you and ensuring that you get what you want, understanding, and extremely kind and caring. Much love Rachel, you are so gifted and perfect for what you do!

Posted 7/16/2014

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courtney conway

I gave birth to my first child on December 5 2013 at Morristown Medical Center.  I found Rachel on the DONA website and after talking with 2 other doulas, I chose Rachel because I felt most comfortable with her. Me and my husband STILL talk about how we could not have done this without a doula ....and choosing Rachel was the best decision we ever made. Her knowledge of what to expect, her endless options
for relaxation techniques and her sweet demeanor and compassion helped us get thru 14 hours of labor. I was really anxious leading up to the birth and had a lot of questions about having a natural birth. Any questions I had, Rachel came to
the rescue and was amazing with her follow through. Any time I had a question she always provided information, referrals and resources right away, whether it was sharing internet links, lending books and dvds, or discussing experiences of other births she has attended. Me and my husband were contemplating whether we were going to hire a doula due to affordability but it was worth every penny. Rachel came prepared with her bag of tricks which helped with relaxation and calming techniques during labor. She went over everything with me at our pre birth visit (in Oct) so I would know what to expect  and what relaxation options we could use on the day of the birth. She also provided a post birth visit and provided me with my birth story.That whole day was such a blur and she helped me to re-live the entire experience . Having the birth story was such a wonderful part of the doula experience. Giving birth to my son was so beautiful and I am so glad Rachel was there to share this special day with me.  I would reccomend her to anyone! and I will certainly use her again for our 2nd baby!

Posted 1/13/2014

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Carey Salerno

 Rachel was incredible to work with. During my pregnancy, she met with us several times and lent us some great books and dvds. She always listened intently and generously to my worries, concerns, fears, and anxieties all without judgment. She truly is an amazing and giving person. I had lots of "early labor," and Rachel counseled me through it all. She did it in the best way, though---never intrusive, but just the right amount of support and care. On the birth day, Rachel was with us from 5am until 11pm. She was terrific at keeping our spirits up and helping me try to cope the best I could with the waves of contractions. We did 9 hours of labor together before I threw in the towel and got the epidural, and even though I'd been vehemently against getting any sort of drugs during the labor, Rachel remained supportive of me and my decision, and we went forward like that had been the plan all along. She helped our nurses when they came in and asked for support. She barely left our sides the entire time. Our son's birthday, which was also her daughter's birthday, was more beautiful because of Rachel's presence. My husband, who had been completely skeptical of getting a doula to work with us at all said it best when he proclaimed during labor, "having Rachel here was the best decision we ever made." Yep, pretty much. 

Posted 3/16/2013

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Mary P. Healy

    I have known and worked with Rachel for several years.  She has a calm, quiet demeanor that is comforting to her clents.  In the hospital setting, she is professional and constantly present to her laboring clients.  She has assisted me as a back-up Douls and I am sure that my clients are in excellent hands. At a recent Post-Partum visit, Rachel was kind and encouraging to a busy new mother.  She is active in that Doula Community, expressing her passion for safe, gentle, memorable birth.  I look forward to shared births with Rachel in the future.

     Thank you for the opportunity to offer a testamonial.  Sincerely,

 

 

Posted 5/17/2012

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Holly Brianceau

Rachel Connolly Kwock is a wonderful doula who assisted with the birth of our son almost 2 years ago.  I had a previous experience of giving birth to my daughter without the support of a doula, and I was hoping for a different experience when giving birth to my son.  Rachel was extremely supportive during the entire process.  She was very gentle, but strong, and had an amazing calming presence that helped tremendously during labor.  She put together a wonderful birth story for our son, and stopped by our house a few times after our son was born to see how we all were doing.  She really cares about her clients and really works as an advocate for women to have the birth experience that they are hoping for.  I highly recommend Rachel as a doula.  She is amazing!

Posted 5/8/2012

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