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.
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 twelve 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.