Birth Fee: $1000 to $1600
Postpartum Rate: $30
Fee Details: My $1600 package is for two doulas attending your labor and birth I require a minimum of two hours for postpartum visits
Birth Doula Experience: 5 years and 30 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 30 families served
Not SpecifiedType of Practice: Solo practice
Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 3 postpartum familiesAttends hospital births? All Hospitals
I offer birth education seminars and benefits of placenta services seminars locally. I also volunteer for The Business of Being Born Classroom Edition in my community. I have two Masters of Education degrees and have been an elementary school teacher since 2002, in addition to being a doula/placenta specialist since 2012. I use my flex and vacation time for my doula work as needed, and it has never been a problem.
Languages spoken: English, some Greek
Service Area MapArea of practice: Wilmington, DE
I didn’t realize how challenging and emotionally exhausting the post-partum period and adjustment to having a new baby could be. This was a huge life change that I thought I was better prepared for with my first child. We had a difficult time with nursing, partially because it took a long time for me to build up a good milk supply. I also dealt with a lot of anxiety in the first few months and had a hard time falling asleep in-between night time feedings. It was a difficult and rocky time for me.
I gave birth to my second son in May and asked Rebecca to make me placenta pills. My post-partum time with my second son was a breeze compared to my first time. I can’t say that the placenta pills are the only reason this time around was much easier. There are many factors that were probably at play and we all know that every pregnancy, and therefore, every post-partum period, is different. However, I do feel that the placenta pills have helped! The two greatest benefits that I found were that my milk supply was abundant from the start and that the post-partum bleeding stopped almost over night once I started taking them! Additionally, I slept so much better this time around and dealt with less anxiety. For these reasons alone, I think it was completely worth it!
Rebecca made the whole process painless and efficient. I took my collapsible cooler in my hospital bag and asked the nurses to put the placenta on ice when it was time. The nurses took care of everything for us, no questions (or awkward looks) given. Rebecca came to pick it up at the hospital, went to work preparing it, and brought it straight to my house when the pills were ready. It was completely hassle-free on my end.
Perhaps the effects that I felt this time around were really just a placebo effect. If so, who cares? There was a major difference between this postpartum period and my first, and I am so much happier this time around!
Rebecca was our doula for the birth of our second child in October 2015. Our prenatal visits were so thorough and she always came prepared and organized. Unfortunately Rebecca was not present at our son's birth- through no fault of her own! My entire labor only lasted less than 4 hours and he was born 25 minutes after we arrived at the birth center. In all honestly we came close to having him in the car in route to the birth center. During that car ride I used all of the techniques Rebecca taught me to cope with the pain of the contractions as well as how not to push. I'm certain without those techniques I would have started pushing in the car instead of being able to wait until we arrived at the birth center. We also used Rebecca for placenta services. After our birth, Rebecca made me a placenta smoothie. All I had to do was tell her what flavor/ingredients I wanted in the smoothie and she did the rest. I was a little nervous about eating a smoothie with raw placenta in it but it was the best decision ever! It was delicious tasting and I Immediately felt an extra boost of energy. I felt so good (physically and emotionall) after the labor and delivery. Rebecca also encapsulated my placenta and delivered the capsules to my home. I took the capsules for 4 weeks. They were truly amazing. I loved the energy I got from them and the way they made me feel positive and excited after the birth. I wish I could keep taking them forever! I would absolutely recommend Rebecca to any expectant mother regardless of where you going to have your baby. Her services were invaluable.
We found Rebecca pretty late in the pregnancy but she was very accomadating and met with us quickly so she could give us all the information we needed for when we delivered. She helped us create a birth plan and figure out exactly what we were looking to get out of the experience. My original plan was to deliver naturally without any epidural, but when the time came, I wasn't able to handle the contractions. So I ended up getting the epidural before they would even let Rebecca in the room. She came in and was incredibly understanding and did not judge at all. Luckly, the epidural had worn off when it came time to deliver. Rebecca was right by my side wiping my face with a cool towel and pushing on my back to eleviate some of the pressure from the contraction. She made sure I had the cross bar to go over the bed to use to push the baby out and if I forgot to ask the nurse or doctor something she would remind me. Delivery went amazing and we had a healthy baby girl!! I know it would have been completely different without Rebecca there with us. She gave me the confidence to speak up for what I wanted and didn't let the hospital dictate what was going to happen. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a doula. She was awesome!! I will definitely ask her to be my doula again if we have another baby
Rebecca is an amazing doula! She was one of my doulas for the birth of my third child, an early medical induction for cholestasis. She was very thorough and organized during our prenatal visits, which I totally appreciated since I am anything but organized! She made sure that she was very clear on my wishes during the labor and delivery, especially once we knew it would be a hospital induction. She came to the hospital even before they started so that she could be with me for the entire process, as she knew I was nervous and unhappy to be there. I was so grateful for her presence since it took them hours to even begin Pitocin! She laughed and joked with me and kept me from getting overwhelmed with anxiety. She walked me around the hospital for a long time to try and get things going. When things got really tough she had tons of tricks to help me better able to cope with the contractions! She gave me a cotton ball soaked in grapefuit essential oil and it was like a security blanket the entire time. During every contraction I held it to my nose and breathed in the scent to give me energy and help me get through the peak. It was amazing how much it helped. She did hours of counterpressure, and shaking the apples, and helped me change positions, get to the bathroom, held up water to my mouth so I could drink, fed me ice chips, put chapstick on me, and just attended to me so easily and quickly. When it started to get crazy, she sprayed my hair with cool water and rubbed my scalp, which felt so good. When my daughter started coming out unexpectedly she raced to put oil and compresses on my perineum to help ease her rapid descent. I could not have had an epidural-free Pitocin induction without Rebecca's help. I recommend her as a doula to any pregnant woman hoping for a natural birth, or needing support in a hospital or birth center atmosphere!
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