Rachel believes in birth as a normal, powerful and vulnerable process. Women have been birthing babies successfully for thousands of years. She trusts the process of birth as proven by the ever expansiveness of the human race. Birth is a shared experience; something we all have been through as a part of our humanity, and some share in it again as the one giving birth to another. Parenthood is full of challenges and Rachel wants to help parents enter this first challenge of parenthood, birth, as empowered and confident as possible.
Rachel’s Approach to Doula Work
As a Doula, Rachel strives to respect and protect the sanctity of this Story of Birth. She has a passion and an energy to serve and support women in what is one of their most vulnerable and powerful life experiences: childbirth. Seeking to facilitate a safe, loving, and empowering environment, Rachel provides emotional and physical care for women and families through the entire childbearing year.
As a Birth Doula, Rachel draws from a wide range of tools from natural comfort measures and position changes to reassurance, encouragement, and relaxation techniques, adapting to each birth environment as needed. She strives to instill confidence in each person she encounters in their ability to participate in birth. Though their own intuition will help to guide them as they make important decisions along the way, Rachel works to bring a grounded sense of calm into this key moment. Her greatest hope for you is that you have a beautiful birth experience, in whichever way your story unfolds.
Rachel trained through Mother Tree Birth Services as both a Birth and Postpartum Doula. She completed a 6 month intensive internship focused on advanced birth doula training in which she learned more deeply about herself both personally and as a doula and made long lasting connections with others in the Portland Birth Community. Rachel continues to seek opportunities to grow and learn through advanced trainings in Cultural Competency, Collaborative Practice, and other birth related topics. She is an Oregon State Certified Traditional Health Worker Birth Doula and is the Coordinator for the Gateway Doula Project helping connect student doulas with opportunities to gain experience. She is pursuing Doula certification through DONA International as well as a Childbirth Educator Certification through ICEA.
Rachel is an Oregon native and grew up in a huge family (the third of seven girls!!) and have been surrounded by babies and birth her whole life. She has always loved being active in sports and worked as a High School softball coach for a few years. After a successful 12 years in the Portland Specialty Coffee Industry working in all positions, from bar back to Operations and Logistics manager for a large local company, she answered the call to doula work and has never looked back.
Rachel lives in North Portland with her husband Phil and their dog Penny. When she is not supporting women in their childbearing year, you can usually find her with a cup of coffee and a good book, a knitting or sewing project, or tending her garden and many house plants.
Photos of Rachel in Actions
“Rachel was very helpful and informative throughout the whole process. She made it especially easy to discuss the fears my husband and I were worried about. Rachel was very warm and genuine in her approach to this process. She was extremely knowledgeable and hands on when it came to various laboring positions and breathing techniques. Her fun loving nature made it easy to bond over the course of our time together. I would recommend Rachel to anyone who is looking for a fun but serious Doula.”
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