A birth doula is a professional support person trained in the needs of the family during pregnancy and childbirth. We offer non-judgmental support, guidance, evidence-based education and practical hands-on support during childbirth including comfort measures.
A postpartum doula is a professional support person trained in the needs of the family in the days, weeks and months after birth or the addition of a new baby. We offer guidance, evidence-based education and practical hands-on support from birth through the first year.
Historically, mothers received support from family, friends and women of the community that offered mother to mother support for breastfeeding challenges. Breastfeeding Counselors are now an important part of the prenatal and postpartum education and support new mothers receive.
Childbirth education has been shown to reduce fear and anxiety while increasing confidence in expectant mothers. Learning how to take care of yourself and your child as you prepare to give birth is vital. We offer evidence-based education that will prepare you for your birth experience.
"I hired Rae Ann to be my birth doula and it was the best decision I made regarding my pregnancy and the birth of my daughter. Rae Ann was extremely knowledgeable, caring and compassionate throughout my pregnancy and in the delivery room. She was diligent to educate me on what to expect at each stage of pregnancy. And in the delivery room she was my advocate, a calming voice and my rock to lean on. She knew exactly what to do at every phase of labor to help bring me comfort and guidance. My labor and birth had severe complications and Rae Ann handled the situation beautifully. Throughout the chaos, she kept me calm and focused on what I needed to do for myself and my baby. And at the end of it all, I had a healthy newborn daughter. If you're considering hiring a birth doula, you won't find someone more competent, caring and compassionate than Rae Ann!"
"Rae Ann was our birth doula and she was awesome! From the very beginning she gave us helpful advice and knew many ways to cope with pain and help labor progress. I ended up choosing an epidural, but even after that she knew some things to do to help baby descend. She involved my husband in everything we did to make sure he felt right there beside me the whole time. Rae was a calming presence in the room and helped me feel more secure. She stayed through my entire 18-hour labor...from the time I entered triage through the golden hour after birth with my baby. She was a great find and I would recommend her to anyone."
"We met Rae Ann at a birth worker's event while searching for a doula. From the beginning, I knew she was the one for me. Just listening to her talk about her experiences and how she approaches helping families with pregnancy and birth instantly told me that Rae was exactly what I needed in a doula. So I hired her. She detailed how she would come alongside my husband and I during our pregnancy and birth and help us any way she could. From her contract to the thorough educational materials she put together in a book and gave us...it was all very helpful. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond everyone's control, Rae was unable to attend my birth. However, she supplied us with an extremely competent backup doula who was quite similar to herself. I was bummed that Rae was unable to be my doula during my birth, as we had traveled through my entire pregnancy together. But she did an amazing job making sure I was taken care of and I appreciate everything she did for me, my husband and our baby."
"I had a great experience with Rae Ann as my doula. She provided great emotional support, client care and advice. Rae spent much time informing and educating me on how to get better sleep, how to calm racing thoughts and how to seek help for prenatal depression. From the beginning, we knew Rae wouldn't be with me at my birth due to the fact that I was pregnant with twins and my doctor and I decided early on that I should have a C-section. I hired Rae strictly for prenatal and postpartum support, and she really came through for me. Mine was a challenging pregnancy, but Rae was with me every step of the way and I know my experience was less difficult because of her presence."
"I unfortunately got Matteah later than normal doulas (I was 34 weeks) and so our time prepping before my daughter came was less but regardless, she made me feel prepared. The weeks leading up to my labor, she assured me that my time was coming and kept my head on my shoulders. She was only a phone call or text away NO matter what the time was. The day my daughter was born I woke her up at 4am and she talked to me the entire time in the shower, through all my contractions, through her drive to me and when she got here she didn’t hesitate to hop in my car and talk me through them during the drive to the birthing center. She played my favorite music which helped calm me and she rubbed my back and arms to give me ground. When I got there, she made sure my husband and the midwives knew exactly what I wanted, when I wanted it and made sure it happened. After birth, I had some severe hemorrhaging and she stayed calm and let me know baby was okay. She then proceeded to feed my weak body once they were comfortable with me eating and stayed until it was time for us to go home. I am so thankful for her and I’m so grateful she walked into my life! If you want a doula who is going to completely advocate for you and stick by your side, pick Matteah!"
"Matteah’s passion for assisting moms and dads through the pregnancy journey is contagious! She is a breath of fresh air with her knowledge, ingenuity, patience and desire to help others have the best pregnancy/birthing experience possible. Phenomenal Doula!"
"Matteah came to my rescue!! She did a video call with us while my husband and I were in the hospital. She was SUPER informative, answered all my questions, made sure I was comfortable and confident, told me about my options to put ME in power with my choices, gave us great resources, etc. Best birthing class ever! She is so nice and encouraging. Made me feel like Wonder Woman! Gave my husband great comfort techniques to get me thru labor. She checked in with us all throughout the process."
Though Matteah wasn't there for the birth, she was there right after and was a big help in being successful with breastfeeding and helped me when I was dealing with postpartum. She's been a major key in helping me navigate motherhood. I highly recommend her as I did for my sister who absolutely loves her already! Thank you for all the help!!!"