I am currently working towards my doula certification through DONA, http://dona.org/, and am a volunteer doula with the "In-A-Pinch" doula service sponsored by Better Beginnings for Babies, http://betterbeginningsforbabies.org/.
My strengths and aptitudes as a doula are my creative and flexible nature and my strong intuition and awareness of those around me. I believe that our relationship with our bodies parallels our relationship with the earth and with others, and the more aware and attuned we can become to our body's experience the more peaceful and whole our world will become.
I approach the birth process as just that: a process. With support, safe surroundings, and spiritual connection giving birth can be a sacred and profound experience. I would be honored to help you create that safe and blessed space for your self, your partner, and your baby. My doula approach is to listen to you and gain understanding of your unique needs, and then shape my role based on this understanding. Because each person is different I want to meet you where you are, and I promise to help you feel empowered to make your own choices about what your process needs to be. My goals as a doula are to listen to your birth vision, affirm it is valid and important, and support and empower you to create and hold that vision throughout your birth.
The following services are included in my doula package but I welcome flexibility depending on each client's situation.
*Complimentary 1/2 hour session in person or by phone to meet and get to know me before deciding if I'm the right fit.
*2 hour session to discuss your birth vision/plan.
*At-home visits from 3 weeks prior to due date.
*Doula support from start of labor until delivery.
*2 post-partum visits and continued regular check-ins if desired.
*Optional Belly painting session and complimentary digital photos. (see the 'face & belly painting' tab to learn more about this service)
I currently work with sliding-scale/donation-only payment. A typical doula package is around $1,200. I offer a suggested donation of $400-$600, but I promise to work with you on a fee that fits your situation. If needed, payment plans and volunteer services are available. It's very important to me to make birth support accessible to women and families in all financial circumstances.
Praise from a Mama:
"Giving birth was the most exciting moment of my life, but it was also one of the scariest. Reena helped me through my fear and uncertainty by keeping me focused on my birth plan while praising my efforts. I felt like I was able to spend my energy towards my baby because she had everything else covered for me. I felt like her knowledge of the birthing process and range of laboring techniques made my experience so much more peaceful (if I dare to use that word). My baby came into the world in a energy that was so calm and welcoming and filled with love, and I feel as though this was in large part due to Reena's ability to balance my birth plan with the realities of birth. She is amazing!"