Christine Golcher, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA),CLC, CBE(CBI)

Christine's Care & Compassion

Website: https://ChristinesCareandCompassion.com

Phone: (215) 287-4915

Birth Fee: $1200

Postpartum Rate: $30

Fee Details: Postpartum doula services are $33 per hour, but this website would not allow that entry.

Birth Doula Experience: 6 years and 51 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 6 years and 75 families served

Birth Doula Certifications

  • DONA International - Certified Birth Doula

Doula Training

  • DONA International, January 2012
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 3 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: How many postpartum clients per month depends on whether the client is full time or part time.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
There are some hospitals in the Philly area that are better than others for women considering a natural childbirth. Would be happy to share information on that if you desire.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth

Childbirth Education Certifications

  • Childbirth International
  • Childbirth Ed course starting on Sept. 7th, 2014 in Wayne, PA

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Counselor (The Center for Breastfeeding)
  • La Leche League Peer Couselor
  • Took the course and exam in March, 2013. Waiting on certification

Other Relevant Certifications

  • American Heart Association BLS (Basic Life Support) Certification
  • Aromatherapy for Birth Workers Certification (BAI)
  • Certified Aromatherapist
  • CPR Certified - Red Cross
  • Certified herbalist through heart of herbs school and bereavement support certification through Birth Arts International

College Education

  • AA/AS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • Hearthside perinatal bereavement care training
  • High risk
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Single parents
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Twins
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • VBAC
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Aromatherapy
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • TENS units rental

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

Was a breastfeeding peer counselor, helping PALS out whenever I can

Languages spoken: English and some Spanish

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Philadelphia, PA
Travel Range: 45 Miles
Travel comments/restrictions: I don't have a car so I need to be able to get to you by train

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Client Testimonials for Christine Golcher, CD(DONA), PCD(DONA),CLC, CBE(CBI)

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Elaine

We found Chris through this site for postpartum doula services and couldn't recommend her more highly. She was a warm and friendly presence in our house and helped us adjust to new parenthood much more smoothly. We really valued her listening and responding to all our questions and all the ways she helped around the house. Chris brings a motherly presence and felt so happy we found her during this important transition in our lives.

Posted 4/12/2019

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Karen Revere

When my husband and I realized that we desperately needed some nighttime support and sleep, Chris started taking care of our twins at night when they were 3 weeks old. We are both physicians, and my husband was also going back to work after 3 weeks of paternity leave. She stayed with us until they were 12 weeks old. She came 5 nights/week and saved our lives! I don't know what we would have done without her. She surpassed my expectations of what a night doula was supposed to be! She helped support me in my transition to new motherhood - we would discuss questions I had regarding newborn care, pumping, milk supply, etc. She often would send me really useful articles to read based on things we had discussed. She took incredible care of our babies. She used baby wearing approaches to get them to sleep, which I appreciated. In the mornings, when I took back over their care, they always seemed very calm and relaxed, as if they had had a good night in her care. As we were trying to get them on a more normal sleep/wake schedule, she helped to reinforce good nighttime habits (lights off in room, sound machine, change diaper, feed, and get them right back to sleep, low stimulation). She was very responsive to our wishes/feedback (i.e. we didn't want her to wake the other if one woke up). She did light household chores (laundry, emptying trash cans, changing diaper genie, bottle washing, dishwasher, etc) through the night while they were sleeping. She found things to do at night that made my life much easier during the days, so that I could focus on being with my babies. She always had breakfast and coffee ready for us in the morning, which was a welcome treat before the craziness of the day started. By the end of our time together, she felt like another member of the family. We also have 6 cats and 2 dogs. She handled the animals really well, which we were initially worried about when we decided to welcome an outside person into our home. 

Posted 2/11/2019

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Alexandria Procacci

Chris is AMAZING! There is no other way to describe her. From the moment we first met I knew she would be the doula I wanted in the room with me during delivery. She never stops moving to keep you comfortable (as comfortable as you can be in labor). Despite all of the crazy emotions that come with labor she has an unwavering calm energy in the room. She is the perfect blend of kindess, competence and compassion. She communicates well with nurses, midwives, doctors and family members. Always remaining professional during a stressful time. Chris is very reliable - she answers all emails, texts and phone calls quickly! She helped me have two natural deliveries and I would not have been able to go natural without her help. She is simply the best! 

Posted 10/9/2018

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Lynda Klebanoff

Christine is an absolute dream.  Friends of ours highly recommended her, and for that we are forever in their debt.  My husband and I have a 3 1/2 year old, a newborn, and a dog.  Christine worked for us for 5 days beginning when the baby was 5 days old.  We also moved into a new house during our time with Christine.  She gave me the confidence to breastfeed even though my previous experience breastfeeding my oldest daughter was frustrating and short lived.  She showed me how to keep a sleepy baby feeding at the breast and got me through some tough obstacles.  She helped us set up our new home and helped me to keep my sanity by being a calm and and comforting presence.  My older daughter loved spending time with her and will miss her kind company sorely.  Even my finicky pup warmed up to Christine.  We are forever grateful to her for the EXCELLENT service she provided and for the strong start she helped us achieve in our new home.  

Posted 6/18/2018

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Tracy Russell

We are so thrilled that we hired Christine to be the doula for the birth of our son! We knew we wanted someone to help us prepare for our first labor experience, give us an idea of what to expect, and provide tips on working through it together, and Christine more than delivered. She was a wonderful, calming figure to have supporting both of us.

What we appreciated the most was how much effort she put into making sure we BOTH felt prepared for labor and delivery. So often during prenatal care, providers focused only on the needs of mom and baby, but Christine made a notable effort to focus on dad, too. During our prenatal visits, she talked with him about how they could work together to provide support, and she gave him hands-on training in providing comfort measures during labor.

Additionally, Christine provided us a huge binder with an amazing amount of information that helped us really understand things like how to put together a list of birth preferences. She was extremely responsive via email and text, both with our questions as well as during early labor. She traveled to our house for all visits as well as to help us labor at home, and she helped mom breathe and moan through contractions in the car on the way to the hospital. At the hospital, she helped us make sure we were advocating for decisions in line with our preferences.

Overall, we are so, so glad we hired Christine. We would unquestionably recommend her to anyone looking for a calm, knowledgeable doula.

Posted 6/17/2018

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Jessica McDowell

Christine got us through a very long and difficult labor. I'm not sure how we would have managed it without her. She was so supportive and came to our home and birth center on three different occasions during our two and a half day, dysfunctional labor. Christine's comfort measures got me through an entire day of two minute long contractions. We chose Christine because of her experience and calm, maternal energy and it was one of the best decisions we made when preparing for our son's birth. 

Posted 4/24/2018

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Andrea Caldwell Pitcairn

We are forever gratful to Christine for being with us during the birthing process and all the help she gave us in the sessions before the birth. She had a lot of amazing ideas to help keep me calm and to manage the pain. She was available to me by phone or email when I had a question, and was able to come to the hospital as soon as we needed her to. My husband was happy to have her at the hospital with us as a second support person, so that he could feel supported, which gave him the confidence to be a better support person to me. We would highly recommend Christine!

Posted 11/20/2017

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Malissa Ha

Christine is AMAZING! She came on short notice the day we arrived home after giving birth to B/G twins. From the beginning, she’s been very patient with us as new parents while giving valuable advice on breastfeeding, feeding schedules and making time for myself. Not only does she bring her expertise to the table but she’s also a huge help with household chores and running errands, something every new parent (especially with twins) needs help with intially. I cannot thank her enough and would highly recommend her to any family looking for a knowledgeabl yet personable doula to expetience parenthood with. 

Posted 10/19/2017

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Veronika Ryjik

Hiring Chris was one of the best decisions my husband and I made during my pregnancy. We were mostly interested in the postpartum services, since this was our first child and our families live far. However, aftre meeting with Chris, we decided to hire her for the whole process and we were 100% satisfied with the results. Chris is very experienced, professional and knowledgeable. She made sure that we had enough information during pregnancy to make informed decisions about treatment and delivery. At the same time, she was very respectful of alll our decisions, whether they coincided with her personal birth philosophy or not. As she told us, her philosophy was to support us in all our choices, and that is what she did. I decided to have an epidural, so during delivery, we didn't use any of the exercises / positions that Chris would've recommended for a natural birth. However, her presence was still invaluable. She made sure that I was comfortable and hydrated at all times and her peanut ball, which I held between my legs until it was time to push, probably reduced the total time I was in labor (less than 10 hours since our arrival at the hospital!). She was by my side all the time and made me feel much more confident about the whole process. After the delivery, we had Chris come in for several nights and later, for part of the day, for a total of 2 weeks, and I have to admit, I don't know how we could have survived those first weeks without her. She was great with our little son - he never cried when he was with her, so we could get some sleep. She truly has a magic touch with babies and I felt 100% safe when our son was with her. She was also full of extremely useful recommendations, from dietary tips for breastfeeding mothers to tips about changing diapers or cutting the baby's nails. She also helped me a lot with breastfeeding. In short, Chris was amazing and we highly recommend her to anyone as a birth and postpartum doula!

 

Posted 8/18/2017

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Zhiyuan Li

I felt lucky to have Christine as my postpartum doula. She is very professional, considerate and knowledgeable.
I'm a first-time mom, having some theoretical understanding on babies without real experience. Our parents planned to come to help us, but had to cancel their trip in my third trimester due to some emergencies. Then I learned the term "postpartum doula" and decided this is exactly what I want. I contacted Christine, met her to discuss the plan, then my baby came out two weeks earlier than expected. We called Chris when we were still in the hospital, and she immediately said she could help us in the next day when we were discharged from the hospital. Our home was quite a mess then, as we were not yet fully prepared and left home in a hurry. She helped us in organizing necessities needed by the baby and mom, adjust my feeding position so I can be more relaxed, how to wear the baby... and so on-- all these valuable information are extremely helpful for the new parents, and cannot be obtained online without face-to-face communication. I cannot image how bewildered we would be without Chris. We are with Chris for two weeks, eight days in total, and she was always using her maximal efforts to make me and the baby felt better. I strongly recommend her to any parents who needs the hands-on coaching on caring newborns.

Posted 4/25/2017

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Maryana Nikolaevna

We hired Christine to aid in the birth of our first daughter. I wanted a hybrid birth in a hospital with an epidural but with the guidance of a doula. My husband does not speak english and I wanted my doula to know my preferences (no episiotomy, no forceps, etc) to communicate this with my hospital team. Christine was so helpful, from the information she provided to the support she offered during the birthing process. I highly recommend Christine and was so glad she was alongside us for this experience of a lifetime.

Posted 3/30/2017

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Vivian Ng

I hired Christine Golcher to serve as my doula for the birth of my firstborn child in July 2015. As first time parents, my husband and I cannot imagine reliving our first birthing experience without the care of Christine. 

Upon meeting Christine, we knew that we had found the right birth doula. When I reached out to inquire of her services, she provided a welcome packet filled with helpful information. In our initial meeting, Christine was organized and professional. She was ready to help us as first time parents by offering a binder full of resources on creating a birth plan, deciding to delay cord clamping, and other key decisions in the birth process.

On each subsequent visit, my husband and I learned new skills to help prepare us for the birthing experience such as birthing positions, massage techniques, and making a birth plan. She made herself available by phone 24/7 in the weeks leading up to my due date and continued to send informative emails and recommend books to help us mentally prepare.

When I went into labor, Christine acted as a mediator between us and the medical staff, and she relieved my husband from having to do all the massaging and counter-pressure on his own. During labor, I distinctly remember hearing this calm, confident voice coming through the rush and bustle, reminding me about what was happening and how to move through the pain, supporting both my husband and myself. After the birth, Christine stayed with us until we were settled in the postpartum unit, imparting useful early parenthood tips and offering breastfeeding support.

In the end, I felt empowered by my birthing experience with Christine’s help and gave a natural birth to a healthy baby boy. If you are looking for a doula that is not only experienced, educated and wise beyond her years, but also kind, supportive, and thoughtful, I highly recommend speaking to Christine for what she can bring to your pregnancy and birth experience.

Posted 3/27/2017

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Qariyah A

Christine Golcher was everything I was looking for in a Doula. As soon as I met her I immediately got a motherly vibe from her! Which was amazing and important to me because my own mother was thousands of miles away and wasn't able to give me that motherly support desired and needed so much. I felt very comfortable with her.  She was extremely attentive as well as informative.  I truly don't believe I could have asked for a better Doula then Christine, as it was a great pleasure of mine having her for the labor and delivery of my second child.  Warm hugs and a BIG thank you to you Chris!  I don't feel I could have done it without you :)

Posted 3/25/2017

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Noreena Lewis

Christine provided wonderful care for me and my family after my twin daughters were born.  My husband and I had the opportunity to meet with her prior to the girls' birth, which was nice.

I had terrible complications after my c-section and she kept in touch with me while I was in the hospital.  When I was finally discharged home, I was in a lot of pain and couldn't do a whole lot.  She helped with feedings, laundry, etc., so I could sleep.  She has great resources, too - book recommendations, essential oils, and vitamin recommendations that were really helpful.  Our dogs really liked her, too, which was a bonus!  I felt 100% confident in her ability to take care of my daughters, offer me advice, and help out around the house.  I would HIGHLY recommend her to anyone seeking a doula of any kind, especially if you are expecting multiples.  I can't thank her enough for her help, compassion, and support.   

Posted 3/22/2017

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Joelle Roberts

Chris was my doula for my second pregnancy and I hired her to support a VBAC.  Chris was extrememly knowlagable about VBACs and how I could educate myself when confronted with push-back from my providers.  She provided so much support emotionally and most importantly with resources so I could build my confidence and truly believe I could do it.  During the actual laboring process she supported my desire to want to try Hypnobirthing and also brought a ton of support products to the hospital. Her support was not only physical, but emotional and intellectual.  She also helped my husband a great deal and I feel she went above and beyond ALL my expectations.  Chris was also there for me as a post-partum doula the first week at home.  I'm honestly not sure I could have made it that week without her support.  I had a ton of trouble with breasfeeding and managing a toddler with the new baby.  It was a very stressful time and she was the light that got me through each day, no exaggeration. I strongly reccommend Chris as a doula and post-partum doula, she was amazing and knowledgable and gentle and supportive and I can't possibly reccomend her more highly.  You will be so thankful that you hired her.

Posted 3/21/2017

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Rose Rodriguez

I delivered a son via VBAC with Christine's help.  My goal was to labor at home for as long as possible for fear that if I went into the hospital too early I would be trapped to the bed with all sorts of meds and IVs in place and not be able to move around.  Christine helped me reach my goal and then some!  I labored at home for 23 hours and by the time we went into the hospital I was 8cm dilated and progressing quickly.  The hospital staff pretty much ignored my begging for drugs but as soon as I said the code word (meaning I was serious about pain relief) Christine told the staff - "luckily" they did not humor me and I delivered my bouncing baby boy completely natural with some tearing to boot! Were it not for Christine, however, (who also trained my husband to help) I would not have have reached my labor and delivery goals - no way, no how.  This baby was my last chance to have the vaginal birth that I desperately wanted and Chris was there to help me despite my fears/anger/and obscene screams throughout my labor and delivery pain.  Please don't hesitate to hire a doula to assist you in labor (they are heaven sent) and consider Christine to help you - she was incredible and I could not be happier with the outcome of my final birth.  

Posted 7/15/2013

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Brittanie A. Weber

Thank God I found Chris when I did!  Right after our interview, I gave birth to my twin girls and was so glad to know Chris would be coming to our home about 3 times per week for several weeks after their birth.  Chris was such a huge help, allowing me to sleep while she watched my daughters.  Chris took care of feedings and changing, but cared for my babies as she would her own children.  In addition, she managed to complete other household tasks like baby laundry, sterilizing bottles, straightening the living room, emptying the dishwasher, and other such things.  Chris listened to my joys and woes, and she was a wealth of information when I had a million questions as a first time mom.  as much as I appreciated Chris's professional expertise, I was grateful to encounter a very kind-hearted, gentle, and joyfilled woman who loves what she does.  I would highly recommend Chris as a doula. You will not be disappointed!

Posted 4/29/2013

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