What is a doula?
A Doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to a mother before, during and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.
EXPLANATION OF SERVICES
Phone and email support
Upon hiring me, I offer unlimited phone, email, and text message support. Ask questions, share excitements, verbalize concerns – I'm here for it all!
Ideally we'll have at least 2 prenatal visits before we meet that beautiful babe of yours. We'll talk about your past birth experience and hopes/plans for this birth experience. I'll explain my role and what I hope to bring to the birth. There will be space to share concerns and fears. We'll practice some comfort measures, and discuss how and when to contact me.
Community referrals and Resources
I work to build connections with various providers around the St. Louis area. I can refer you to people or businesses I know and trust for extra support.
Labor support/backup doula
I'll meet you at your home, birth center, or hospital. I'll arrive with a smile and my doula bag in tow. During labor, I'll support the hopes/plan we discussed, nurture you, and encourage you. If a partner is with you, I'll do the same for them. Once your baby is born, I'll support through the first latch. I remain present until you, your partner, and baby snuggle up for some rest.
For any birth I attend, I'll have a backup doula I can call to take my place or support me if needed.
Postpartum follow up visit
Within a week of baby's arrival I'll schedule a postpartum visit with you at your home. The purpose of the visit is to check in on you and baby and process the birth experience. If you need any extra support, I'll do my best to provide helpful referrals if needed.
Lactation Prenatal Visit
An in-home prenatal consult helps parents to step into nursing confidently. This session covers nursing basics, what to expect in the first few days after your baby is born, how to know if your baby is getting enough milk, what you need to know about pumps, whether or not nursing should hurt, and what to do if it does. (Hint: it shouldn’t hurt!)
The Natural Breastfeeding Digital Program
Feeding goes more smoothly if you know a few basics before your baby is born. This program includes:
More than 60 short videos of parents and babies demonstrating easy-to-use comfort strategies.
Nursing photos of diverse parents with different body types.
Answers to the most common questions, many in video formats.
Lactation Postpartum Visit
These in-home counseling sessions are designed to help you reach your personal nursing goals. Babies don’t care about appointment times, so Rachel operates on “baby time”, which is why her initial postpartum sessions are 2 hours long. This session covers, latch issues, nipple/breast pain, baby’s milk intake or weight gain, your milk production, being told you need to supplement, your baby’s behavior (sleeping too much, not sleeping enough, excessive crying), expressing/pumping your milk, your parent gut telling you something isn’t right.