Who I Am
Hello! My name is Rachael and I am a birth doula. I am currently working towards completing my certification through DONA, Doulas of North America. DONA is the first, the largest and the leading doula certification organization in the world.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I am a native Rhode Islander with a passion for this state and its people. I earned a dual degree in Anthropology and History at Rhode Island College before continuing to the University of Massachusetts Boston for my masters in History. I worked as a public historian and museum educator for a few years in and around Rhode Island before deciding to focus my energy on a different passion of mine.
I have always been passionate about birth and about the birth experience. As a child I once asked a relative what it felt like to be pregnant. I was so incredibly fascinated by the experience that I didn’t realize her answer could be anything less than glowing. Today I strive to have every mother respond to that question with positivity and serenity. Birth should be a sacred and beautiful experience for the mother, baby and partners. As a doula my job is to make you as comfortable, both physically and emotionally, as possible throughout your birth experience. I strive to make every birth story a positive and satisfying one, how ever you may define that.
Why the Triskele? An ancient and varied symbol, the Triskele represents many things in many cultures. However, there is a universal thread of unity. The three spirals coming from the center point are connected at their very core. The spirals are believed to represent energies, cycles, progress or motion. Together the three spirals have come to mean life - death - rebirth, spirit - mind - body, mother - father - child, past - present - future, power - intellect - love, and now perhaps mother - baby - doula.
What is a Doula?
A doula is a trained professional who helps guide the expecting parents through the process of birth. As your doula I will provide continued physical, emotional, and informational support to you before, during and shortly after the birth of your child. It is my goal to ensure that you have not only the healthiest but also the most satisfying birth experience possible.
Doulas are not medical professionals however. I will not perform clinical or medical tasks, diagnose or prescribe treatment. Any such care should be done with your primary care provider.
Why Have a Doula?
Women have been supported by others during their pregnancy and birth since the beginning of time. A doula is simply a professionalization of that support. All families can benefit from the support and care of a doula.
Research shows that a mother who uses a doula is LESS likely to use Pitocin, LESS likely to have a cesarean birth, LESS likely to use any pain medication, and MORE likely to rate their birth experience favorably.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists claim that "one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes is the continuous presence of support personnel, such as a doula."
How Does it Work?
Like all great relationships, ours will begin with a meet and greet. As your doula I am available for prenatal phone consultations leading up to your birth. As you journey into labor I will join you at your chosen birth place for active labor. After providing support and comfort during labor I will stay with you for a time after the birth to make sure you and your newborn are comfortable and happy. Then, about a week after birth I will come to your home for a postpartum visit to ensure you and your family are adapting well to this wonderful new life.
"If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life"