This is an exciting time to be a Doula! We are not a household name, yet, but I see that in the very near future. The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the World Health Organization has officially endorsed Doulas, “Continuous labor support, including support provided by doulas, is one of the most effective ways to decrease the cesarean rate.” How have we done this? Doulas are your most passionate advocate throughout your pregnancy, birth and postpartum. We will never speak for you but we will give you a voice. You will be knowledgeable on every decision you may have to make, understand the risks and benefits, and gain confidence discussing your options with your care providers. We trust the birth process. With Doula support you will come to believe in yourself, baby and body. We want you to feel connected to your baby physically, emotionally and spiritually. The power in the process of creation is there for you to utilize. New science has shown us that your baby releases adult stem cell to “cure what ails you”. I always believed that there was a scientific reason why I felt so wonderful during pregnancy. I had a WOW! moment when I learned that science has found brain cells from our children in the mothers’ brains. (no wonder we know exactly what they are thinking!)
During labor I never leave your side. As an expert in the labor process, I can help you manage any labor dystocia. Labor dystocia is any issue that negatively effects labor progress. It may be fear, stress, baby mal-position, muscle spasm, tendon or ligament pain, the atmosphere, or unresolved emotional pain. 100% of my focus is on the mother and her partner. I am your only care provider that is not influenced by an institution, litigation, and regulations. This does not mean that I ever contradict medical advice. Medical advise is outside the scope of practice for a Doula. In order for your to have a great birth experience I have to maintain the utmost respect for essential and non essential hospital/birth center staff. I am proud of the excellent relationship I have at all area hospitals and care providers. We are a team.
“Doualing” is not just a career, it is my passion. Every day I research new methods and techniques to be more effective during the labor process, while still protecting the sanctity of your birthing day. I treasure every birth experience and am truly honored to guide and support you on this journey. Your labor experience has a profound impact on the rest of your life. Expect nothing less than a day filled with peace, love, joy, and empowerment.
In Doula Spirit,
Rachel & Jessica
N.E.A.R To You Doula Birth & Postpartum Services ltd. provides women a compassionate and holistic approach to all aspects of their childbearing cycle including: Prenatal education, continuous labor and delivery support, and postpartum care. Under our care you will experience sensitive, confidential, and professional Doula care. We carefully focus on you as an individual, giving you all of the options available to empower you as a consumer and assist in developing a birth plan that reflects a respect for your values, needs and preferences. Our goal is not only to provide physical comfort measures but to also support emotional and spiritual well -being. We recognize that birth is a life transforming experience. N.E.A.R To You Doula Birth & Postpartum Services is honored to develop a compassionate and trusting relationship with each of our clients and we are committed to your care and comfort at every stage of your pregnancy. To learn more about our services, contact us today!
In Doula Spirit,
Rachel & Jessica
Feel free to contact me even if you are due near at time blocked out of the calendar. I have a full time partner doula to attend births in the event of my absence. I personally trained Jessica to provide the same level of care that you have come to expect from NEAR To You Doula Services. You will heave the opportunity to meet Jessica at our Complimentary Consultation and all of our prenatal visits.
The Month of August I have dedicated to Certified Practical Midwife training. Jessica will be attending all births in the Month of August.
My journey begins with the knowledge I have acquired as a mother of four children. With each pregnancy came new challenges, but also opportunities to learn new techniques and strategies for successful family management! I was trained and used Lamaze in all four hospital child births. Pregnancies, labor & delivery, as well as personalities, of each child were very different. I experienced labor as short as 5 hours and as long as 22. Two babies were posterior with accompanying back labor. Two started with spontaneous rupturing of membranes (one in the car!). The first was a pitocin induction. All four babies were successfully breast fed, but not necessarily easily breast fed! I was very lucky to have positive birth experiences mainly due to a fantastic husband and obstetrician who valued and respected the natural process of birth. I work hard to make that a reality for every family in my practice. As a stay at home mom for 22 years, I assisted friends and family with home organization in preparation for their new arrival, time management, infant care, breast feeding support, and personal care for recovery, as needed. I’ve worked in the legal field, office management, tax preparation, sales, retail management, entrepreneurship, and professional volunteerism.
I am a Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula CD(DONA) PCD(DONA) with DONA International and a Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC). I began practicing as a Postpartum Doula in 2008 and attending births in June of 2010. The first birth I attended as a working Doula was a VBAC, Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section. This birth was immediately followed (within hours) by a family welcoming their eighth! Currently I am training to be a Home Birth Midwife- CPM with The North American Registry of Midwives. It is a natural progression for me as I am always looking to be challenged in my Professional Career.
I feel honored and blessed to have worked with so many wonderful families (180 and counting!), midwives, and OB’s in 2008-2016.
Continuing education is very important as standards of practice are always being updated by professionals.
Areas of interest, training and certification include:
-Independent Childbirth Educator
-TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation. TENS is a safe, non-drug method of pain control for
back pain in labor.
-doTerra Essential Oils
-Neonatal Resuscitation Trained
-Qualified Mental Health Specialist 2013-2014
-It has been a very rewarding experience teaching, mentoring, and “Doulaing” for young brave women who are recovering
from chemical addiction. Everyday their strength, commitment, and perseverance inspires me.
I am an active member of DONA International, Natural Birth Project, Team Midwife, Birth Professionals of America, My Best Birth, International Cesarean Network, Lamaze International, La Leche League, International Childbirth Education Association, Doula.com, DoulaMatch.net, NaturalBabyPros.com, Twitter @neartoyoudoula & Facebook-Rachel Mueller or N.E.A.R To You Doula. Please feel free to join my private group- Coffee and BIRTH Talk with Rachel & Co.
A list of references will be provided upon request. Thank You!
Testimonials can be found at DoulaMatch.net
My husband and I chose to hire a Doula to assist with the birth of our first child. After doing some research and narrowing down a few Doula’s who cater to our area of residence, I came across Rachel’s website. I contacted her to schedule an appointment and she was prompt with returning my call to schedule a meeting. Within minutes of meeting her, I knew she was the perfect person for the job. Her warm demeanor and extensive knowledge in the area of childbirth made me feel at ease and calm. Additionally, her passion for her line of work was evident from the moment we met. She is very organized and always makes herself available around the clock. I never felt like any of my questions were silly nor did I feel like I was bothering her whenever I would e-mail or text her with questions or concerns.
The night I went into labor, she stayed by her phone and eased me through the process until I felt that I couldn’t go on any longer without additional assistance. She made it to my home in record time and stayed by my side until my son was born approximately 12 hours later. I labored at home a good bit of the time and she was right there talking me through it and using various massage techniques and oils to ease my discomfort and put me into a state of relaxation. I honestly felt amazing and a sense of relief and euphoria shortly before we decided to head to the hospital. Upon arrival, she made sure I was comfortable and had everything I needed leading up to the birth.
She was also great with my husband and provided him with a sense of ease. She showed him various techniques to use on me to help relieve my pain. Her presence allowed him to really enjoy the process because she was able to relieve him of being solely responsible for keeping me comfortable. He also learned a lot during our meetings and from all of the information that she provided via handouts and from her childbirth education class. The additional information better prepared him for the labor and delivery process in terms of what to expect during the various stages of labor and what he could do to make me more comfortable.
I can’t even begin to describe what a relief it was to have Rachel by my side during the entire process. I never once felt scared and was relaxed enough to be able to have a non-medicated vaginal delivery as I had always intended. It was truly a beautiful experience that I don’t believe would have been possible without her presence. Anyone considering a Doula should look no further. Rachel is a beautiful person and fantastic at what she does. She will go above and beyond to ensure that during the entire process, your questions are answered and that you’re as comfortable as possible, safe, happy and healthy.
She’s worth every penny and my husband and I will most definitely utilize her services again with our second child! M.G.