Approaching the second half of my first pregnancy I began to consider a natural birth and it wasn't until my husband and I took a birthing class that we first learned about doulas. We contacted Rachel pretty late, around 36 weeks, but she was quick to respond and meet with us. She came to our home for our prenatal visit to discuss our birth plan and help us with some laboring positions to use while laboring at home before we went to the hospital which was very helpful.
Before going into labor, Rachel was always quick to answer any questions we had and provided us with research and articles to help us make informed decisions. She was always easy to get a hold of. I was always impressed with her research.
When my due date passed and we were approaching 41 weeks, Rachel provided continuous support and encouragement to try to induce labor naturally. When my labor finally started, Rachel met us at the hospital when we needed her support and stayed by my side for over twelve hours. My husband and I tried to prepare for a natural birth by taking a class, but having Rachel with us made all of the difference. Her constant guidance and calm presence helped me carry out my birth plan. During each contraction she was by my side helping in some way whether it was applying counter pressure or a cold wash cloth. She was a great help to my husband during the entire labor and helped direct him in ways to ease my pain.
Reflecting back, the guidance and support from Rachel was priceless. She helped keep a peaceful and calming atmosphere while also directing me through each contraction. She helped me move positions when I would not have thought to in order to keep my labor progressing, applied counter pressure, provided essential oils to help with nausea, and coached my breathing through contractions. I never had to ask her for anything, she was already ahead of me! With her help I was able to have an unmediated birth, an experience I will never forget.
We met at our house a week or so after our son was born and Rachel provided resources for breast feeding and postpartum care. We could not have been more impressed with her organization and attention to detail. We would both highly recommend Rachel. I know she will help enhance your birth experience. I do not think I could have done this without her. We will definitely use her in the future!
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