I hired Rachel to be my birthing doula for the delivery of my first child, Oliver. Being a nurse, I thought I had some ideas about what giving birth might be like, but also had lots of uncertainty since this was my first pregnancy. Rachel met me where I was at, respecting every decision I made in preparation of and during my delivery, while providing helpful suggestions I had not previously thought of.
But the greatest thing about having Rachel as my doula was her presence. I had a very long and difficult labor, more than 14 hours of which was active labor in the hospital, and Rachel was there with me through every single contraction. Each time the pain came, sometimes only a minute apart, Rachel was there. She talked and breathed me through each contraction, and helped me rest in between. She was always ready with a sip of water, a tube of chapstick, or a pillow to prop against, just when I needed it. She anticipated my needs often without me having to express them. While my labor was very long and intense, I was able to have a safe vaginal delivery of a healthy baby boy, and I don’t know how I would have been able to do that without Rachel’s support. She helped make what could have been a traumatic birthing experience into something I look back on with joy and pride. I would recommend Rachel to any pregnant woman, whether this is your first child or your tenth, she will be there to support you in whatever needs you have.
"Although this is my first baby, I came into this breastfeeding class thinking that as a nurse I already know everything there is to know, and when the time comes, breastfeeding will just naturally happen, right? I learned SO much in this class. Totally invaluable. It was fun and engaging. Rachel creates such a welcoming atmosphere where we felt open to be able to share where we're coming from and our thoughts and feelings about it. I feel like this was a therapeutic experience, a time set aside to process not just what it means to approach breastfeeding, but what it means to become a mother. I'd highly recommend this class to anyone who is having a first baby or had a disappointing experience with breastfeeding in previous pregnancies."
"Rachel is an excellent childbirth educator. Not only is she knowledgeable and enthusiastic, but she takes the time to patiently explain concepts. She is open to discussing topics that are most important to her clients, and I never felt judged for the choices I made."