Nurturing Birth, Postpartum, & Family Support
Congratulations on beginning your parenthood journey. All families deserve to have a positive birth and postpartum experience, whether you are seeking support for your first child or you have a growing family. Let me be your anchor in your journey. I will support you in finding what is best for you and your family.
Doula: A trained guide during pregnancy who provides individual preparation for your unique childbirth experience; Provides hands on support throughout labor and birth, giving proven comfort techniques and encouragement for a safer and more satisfying experience; Supports a new family after birth by providing in home care, services and resources when it is most needed.
"Life will be full of ups and downs. It will be one tough ride. But your love for your child will be the anchor that sees you through it all." - Unknown
I love working with children and families. Over the years I have supported families in various positions and environments.
My undergraduate degree is in Psychology from DePaul University and I have my Master's degree in Child Development with specialization in infancy (0-3) from The Erikson Institute.
While going through school I worked as an infant teacher at an early learning center, volunteered in the playrooms of local children's hospitals and in the NICU as a baby cuddler. My internship in grad school was with Healthy Steps, where I provided teen moms with child development information during their children's well child doctor visits. I also helped facilitate a newborn group along side a lactation consultant. Other experiences include working with children with special needs and working as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
It was while studying early child development, that it became very clear to me how crucial relationships are to the health and happiness of a baby. If the mother and family are supported and are provided with the tools they need, healthy development of the child is being facilitated. While in school I became certified as an infant massage educator. I love being able to provide parents with a way to facilitate healthy touch and promote bonding with their little ones.
After graduate school I attended my training to start my journey as a doula. I started working as a postpartum doula and fell in love with anchoring families with love and support during the early days. In order to further support growing families, I trained as a birth doula. With my love for children, and my dedication to supporting others, it is to no surprise that I found myself pursuing a career as a doula.
When not supporting families, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, traveling to new places, hiking, reading and being by the water.
“I cannot express how amazing Rachel was with our family. We have been thriving as a family with her help. Her positivity, attention to detail and loving nature made it a treat to have her in our home. Rachel went above and beyond with helping us pull our home together. We will miss having Rachel's smiling face in our home every morning.”