Testimonial for Ravae Sinclair, JD, CLC, PBD(NBPP), PCD(DONA)

Hiring a doula wasn’t on my agenda until I was deemed “high risk” because of some pre-existing medical conditions. I was overwhelmed with the “possibility” of complications. Ravae is calming, logical, non-judgmental, and a great listener. In-home pre-birth visits helped my husband and I tailor “childbirth education” to our unique situation, personalities, and schedule. Ravae helped us navigate options presented by my OB in the weeks leading up to my due date (via text, phone, and email). She internalized our hopes and goals for labor and delivery, recalled them at just the right moment, and helped us fit them into the context of information from doctors. I needed someone who was OK with me staying on meds while pregnant, choosing an epidural, etc. Ravae was a trusted guide as my husband and I made our own decisions – rather than pushing her own priorities on us. With Ravae’s help (and her amazing backup doula for a few hours!), we welcomed a healthy baby via vaginal delivery despite the real possibility of an unplanned c-section. Without Ravae explaining the options and continually reassuring me that my body would take care of things, I doubt I’d have had the stamina to stick to my gut after 3+ days of a complicated induction experience. Her postpartum visit and support was a huge reason that I haven’t yet given up on breastfeeding. She identified barriers that the hospital lactation consultants missed, referred us to other professionals to address a tongue tie preventing baby from effectively latching, and developed a plan to preserve the breastfeeding relationship despite other hiccups (e.g. initial pumping and alternative feeding options, mastitis). Ravae then provided much needed ongoing encouragement via text/email/phone. In fact, she was so helpful with the postpartum transition that we’re hiring her for some additional ongoing breastfeeding support. We are so grateful!

-Claire Battle

January 12, 2017

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Birth Fee: $1200 to $2500

Postpartum Rate: $40

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