Going into my first pregnancy and wanting to have an unmedicated birth, I knew I needed some extra help in addition to having my husband there with me. I wanted a doula that could help coach and motivate me through the labor process. Rachel did just that! Rachel is extremely knowledgeable, professional, patient and kind. She was a tremendous help to my husband and I before, during, and after the birth. We met with Rachel before our daughter Grace’s birth. She was so helpful to answer all of our questions and provide us with information that helped us be more prepared and not feel so overwhelmed for her birth. Rachel was very accessible and was always available to answer our questions by phone or email in the days leading up to her birth. During labor Rachel was very sweet and motherly while also being very motivating which is very comforting when you are in a lot of pain. She was very helpful with having me try different positions, massaging me and coaching me with breathing through contractions. She worked extremely well with the nurse and doctor and served as an advocate for us when things weren’t going as planned and serious medical decisions had to be made. She helped to keep the environment calm and relaxed as possible in a hectic time. Rachel followed up with us a few days after Grace was born and was a great help in answering questions and giving information for resources on breastfeeding and newborn care. I would highly recommend Rachel as a doula. My husband and I truly feel we couldn’t have gone through this process without her help. There is no question we will have her as our doula in the future!
-Makell & Keith Bessinger