Rachel is also the co-owner of West End Naturopathic Doulas.
Rachel has been attending births since 2002 and has helped over 300 families welcome their babies into this world. She has first hand experience with naturopathic doula care, having used this support with the births of her 3 children, all born at home under the care of midwives.
Rachel was doula trained through ALACE (now called toLabor), in 2003 in Boston, Massachusetts. She apprenticed directly with a midwife in Drayton, Ontario in 2004 where she worked in a clinical setting and attended multiple home and hospital births. She was fortunate to have had the opportunity in 2011 to be educated, by the leader of natural birth, Ina May Gaskin.
She believes that all women have the potential to birth naturally and strives to help those birthing (and partners) reach their desired plan.
Labour Support Package
As a government regulated healthcare profession, naturopathic birth doulas services are covered by most extended healthcare plans in Ontario.
Labour Support Package includes:
Complimentary meet and greet
2 prenatal visits (create and discuss birth plan and answer all birthing questions)
birth attendance (for duration of labour); includes breathing exercise, body positions optimal for labour, guided visualizations, breastfeeding support after the baby is born
1 postnatal visit (assess baby; jaundice, milk intake, soiled diapers, latch and assess new mama for healing, breastfeeding and mood)
medical terminology explained at home and hospital
option to use naturopathic treatment options; botanical medicine, acupuncture, homeopathics, nutritional counseling, supplement review
Back up doula always on call
Unlimited phone, text and email birth support