My husband and I cannot say enough how much we loved having Rachel as our doula. She was amazing through pregnancy, our birth experience, and postpartum. She was always attentive to our needs and our wants. I love how calm and positive she stayed during the entire experience. She had so many ideas how to work through the discomfort and to help me stay in the right mindset. We especially loved how well she worked with my husband. She was really good at helping him help me without overstepping boundaries or interfering. She added so much to our birth experience. We love her! If you are looking for a great doula, we can't recommend her enough!!!
"Working with Rachel for our third birth, but first unmedicated birth, was just what my husband and I needed. When I first mentioned that I was interested in having a doula for this delivery, he was skeptical as to why I would want one and why I would want to deliver unmedicated when we had two previously healthy children. However, our experience with Rachel has converted both of us to the benefit of working with a doula (and Rachel in particular). She encouraged us to discuss many topics prior to the baby's arrival and to decide individually and as a couple what we anticipated would be important to us in the upcoming birth experience. She helped us develop a birth plan based on our preferences, and connected us to helpful resources but never made decisions for us or imposed her own views. This helped us to realize how many more choices we actually have at a hospital birth, and at the time of the delivery were able to express our preferences and create a very positive experience. Rachel also worked with us prior to the delivery and helped my husband be aware of things he could do during the labor to help me relax and manage the pain; because of the time she spent with us beforehand and her gentle coaching (of him and me) at the time of labor and delivery, my husband felt needed and was a huge asset. Rachel's knowledge and calming personality were tremendous factors in making this a beautiful delivery, a time when I felt empowered and connected to my baby and also to my husband." - The Dallas's
Having Rachel involved in my labor and delivery process was one of the best decisions we made. She helped my husband and I get on the same page with how we wanted our labor and delivery process to go. She was informative, professional, and quick to respond to any questions we had along the way. She brought a calm and supporting presence into my labor. Her attention to detail was spot-on and she came prepared with ideas and tools that eased my labor and made the experience one to remember. She brought stuff so I could brush my teeth after I delivered, kept me covered up during labor, and brought a mirror so I could look at my baby’s face while we had our first skin-to-skin experience. My labor was hard and fast. I had back labor and I got stuck in transition with my baby sunny-side up. Rachel remained calm, focused, and encouraging through it all and I couldn’t have done it without her. I appreciated that I was her number one concern and we would use her again in a heartbeat!
We had Rachel as our Doula for the second time and I can't imagine how we could have gone through our experience without her. She was ready to go when we were and was constantly communicating with us to make sure to let her know when she was ready to show up. After she arrived, it was magic seeing her get to work and help talk us through all the things that we never even thought about. There were some decisions that we had to make with the doctor and before we made them, she helped us understand how important it was to go through all the pro's and con's of our decision. Brooke was grateful that we went through that process and she made the right decision because of it. As Brooke started labor, Rachel was there to do everything she could to help her be as comfortable and relaxed as possible, while even getting through the contractions (Surges) as they got stronger and stronger. She had a calm confidence with everything she did. She has many techniques and even soothing oils to bring the right environment for delivering a baby. I even heard a nurse comment that she was impressed and had learned some new things to help other ladies in labor become more relaxed and focused.
I was impressed on how she worked closely with the nurses and doctor as Brooke delivered a beautiful healthy baby unmedicated. Rachel helped Brooke get through it all and shared her sweet messages to give Brooke the strength and encouragement she needed to stay focused and strong. I can't imagine how anyone can do that without that type of support and love for giving birth. Rachel truly is a professional and I would recommend her to everyone I know. She was an angel! Thanks Rachel!
Rachel is a fantastic doula! She provided my family with so much support and additional resources to help me have a successful VBAC. This was my second pregnancy but the first time having a doula. I know I would not have had as positive of a birth experience without her there. Rachel provided both physical and emotional support throughout labor and delivery and helped my husband understand how he could help as well. She was diligent in helping me and my caregivers keep to the birth plan. Rachel is very personable and is very supportive of helping you achieve your ideal birth. It was also great to meet with her postpartum to discuss the birth and how I felt about it. Thank you so much Rachel for helping to make Jacob’s birth a wonderful experience!