THE INKED DOULA

Here to show laboring mothers and new families a little bit of TLC

WHAT I DO

Helping you have a successful journey through pregnancy and birth is what I do. Whether you intend to birth in a hospital (natural, medicated, epidural OR whatever!), have a cesarean, utilize a birth center, give birth at home, have a water birth, use aromatherapy…know that I will help you and your partner (if you have one) create a birth plan that is tailored to the needs of you and your baby and help you give birth the way YOU want.

  • 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!

    Mel M
  • Rae 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.

    R&M S.
  • 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.

    M&J
  • 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.

    April
  • I hired Rae as my doula and she was wonderful. I (now regretfully) elected to induce at 38 weeks when my midwife offered that option. I've had several babies and was just tired of being pregnant. The decision to induce was a very bad idea, but Rae supported me in my choice. She stayed with me seventeen hours and helped me through all of the interventions they did to induce labor and during the labor. After seventeen hours I was exhausted and only dilated to a "3". I elected an epidural at that point. After my epidural, I really just wanted to rest and sleep and I was really frustrated that I wasn't further along. I was so upset, all I wanted was my husband in the room. Rae completely understood and graciously took her leave with the promise to return when the baby was coming. She told me it was my birth and my choice who I wanted in the room, and if I needed some alone time with my husband that was perfectly acceptable to her. Fast forward, I was woken up at 6am the next morning to be checked and I was ready to push. I didn't even have time to call Rae (the baby came so fast!), so she did not make it to the birth. But that was in no part Rae's fault. She texted my husband minutes after the baby was born to see how we were doing and to ask if we needed her yet. My husband sent her back a text saying the baby is here. Although Rae wasn't there at the birth, I'm so glad she was my doula. She helped me through the pregnancy and through the hardest part of my labor. I will always be thankful I hired her.

    Tay S.

MY SPECIALTIES

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BIRTH

A birth doula is a professional support person trained in the needs of the family during pregnancy and childbirth. I will offer non-judgmental support, guidance, evidence-based education and practical hands-on support during childbirth including comfort measures. I am a certified birth doula ready to help you today!

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POSTPARTUM

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. I will offer non-judgmental support, guidance, evidence-based education and practical hands-on support immediately after birth through the first year.

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BREASTFEEDING

Historically, mothers received support from family, friends and women of the community that offered mother to mother support for breastfeeding challenges. Breastfeeding Counselors are individuals who are an important part of the prenatal and postpartum education and support new mothers receive.

MY STYLE

I create a unique process for each expectant mother to help ensure that her goals are met, a successful birth is achieved and everybody is happy. Tattoos optional!

Let's work together

WHY HIRE A DOULA?

Continuous labor support provided by a doula can result in*:

60

60% Decrease In Request for Epidural

50

50% Decrease In Overall Cesarean Rate

40

40% Decrease In The Use of Pitocin

25

25% Decrease In Length of Labor

PACKAGES

TATTED: The Medicaid Package

$ 300

  • One virtual prenatal meeting
  • Phone/text/email support during entire pregnancy
  • Weekly (check-in) texts on Fridays
  • Support to develop a birth plan
  • Full in-person support during labor
  • 30 - 60 minutes of support during the ``Golden Hour``
  • Breastfeeding support if needed
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COLORS: The Basic Package

$ 675

  • One (long) in-home prenatal meeting
  • Virtual support if needed
  • Phone/text/email support during entire pregnancy
  • Weekly (check-in) texts or phone calls on Fridays
  • Support to develop a birth plan
  • Full in-person support during labor
  • 30 - 60 minutes of support during the ``Golden Hour``
  • Breastfeeding support if needed
  • AT LEAST three postpartum check-in calls
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INKED: The Best Package

$ 875

  • Two in-home prenatal visits
  • Virtual visits anytime needed
  • Phone/text/email support during entire pregnancy
  • Weekly (check-in) texts or phone calls on Fridays
  • Support to develop a birth plan
  • Full in-person support during labor
  • 1-2 hours of after-birth ``Golden Hour`` support
  • Breastfeeding support if needed
  • One in-person postpartum hospital visit if needed
  • AT LEAST three postpartum check-in calls
  • One daytime home visit postpartum about one week after hospital discharge
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TATTOOED: Postpartum Support

$ 30/hr*

  • *Minimum two hours
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MY WORK

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