Congratulations on your pregnancy!

I am always amazed at the strength of women, especially during pregnancy and childbirth. My ultimate goal as your doula is to help you understand how incredibly powerful you are, and how fulfilling the birth process can be. I view birth as a normal process that a woman's body is perfectly designed for. As your doula I will strive to respect this process and give you the authority you deserve to make educated birth choices. Childbirth should transform an empower us as human beings and help us realize the great potential we have as we transition into motherhood. I am in awe of the sacred beauty of birth, and humbled by the opportunity to help and serve your family during this pinnacle point in your life.

Rachel was an amazing doula. She has an incredible faith in birth and the birthing woman and knows how to support both. When faced with an unexpected transfer from a hopeful home birth to a hospital induction, Rachel was the perfect person to have to advocate for us and to support us through a difficult birth. She helped me by suggesting different positions to help labor to progress and offered various comfort measures that allowed me to avoid pain medication. Most importantly to my husband, she was an emotional support for him during the difficult labor. Without her it would have been much more difficult for my husband to stay strong and support me through labor and birth.
— Danielle Riddell

Advantages of working with a doula

According to DONA, clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth:

  • Tends to result in shorter labors with fewer complications.
  • Reduces negative feelings about one's childbirth experience.
  • Reduces the need for Pitocin (a labor inducing drug), forceps or vacuum extraction and cesareans.
  • Reduces the mother's request for pain medication and/or epidurals.

Research shows parents who receive support can:

  • Feel more secure and cared for.
  • Are more successful in adapting to new family dynamics.
  • Have greater success with breastfeeding.
  • Have greater self confidence.
  • Have less postpartum depression
  • have lower incidence of abuse.