"EVERY WOMAN DESERVES A DOULA" PROGRAM

Rachel believes that every woman deserves to have a doula on their care team to provide physical, emotional, and informational support throughout their pregnancy, labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period.

This program is for women who are seeking the support of a doula but are in a tough financial situation. It is supported by donations from the community. If you are interested in making a donation or sponsoring a woman or family in need of a doula, please contact Rachel directly.

Women who enroll in this program are able to customize their support package to include any and all of the support they may need during their transition to motherhood. A general overview of a typical support plan is below, although accommodations can be made depending on the circumstances.

PRENATAL SUPPORT

You will have access to unlimited communication with Rachel via e-mail, text, or phone during designated daytime hours, and have lifetime access to an ever-growing directory of resources and Rachel's lending library. During an in-person prenatal visit, you will have the opportunity to express your desires and preferences for your baby's birth, process through any fears or concerns you may have and how to address them during labor, discuss your options for labor, birth, and the immediate postpartum period, learn about informed consent and self-advocacy, discuss any concerns you may have for the postpartum period, and discuss how Rachel will be able to best support you and compliment your birth team.

 

DURING LABOR & BIRTH

When your labor begins, Rachel will be available for in-person support whenever you prefer. Rachel will provide hands-on physical support, suggestions for positioning, comfort measures and movement, assistance in maintaining a pain-coping mindset, and guidance for your partner, if applicable. Rachel will also provide reassurance, emotional support, and evidence-based information throughout the process of labor, and assist in processing through any unexpected deviations from your birth preferences.

POSTPARTUM SUPPORT

Once your baby is born, Rachel will continue to provide in-person support for up to three hours. Rachel can assist in creating an environment for initial mother-baby bonding, provide guidance on breastfeeding and general newborn care, and suggest best practices for healing. A customizable plan will be created for up to four hours of in-person postpartum support depending on your individual needs and circumstances. This time can be utilized in any way it is needed, such as meal preparation, light housekeeping, running errands, processing through how your labor and birth unfolded, or simply giving you time and space to yourself.​ Rachel can also make recommendations to other supports and providers if the need arises.