I am a Certified Birth & Postpartum Doula CD(DONA) PCD(DONA) with DONA International, Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC), Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, Certified Belly Bider, and Lay Midwife. 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!. In 2017 I earned the designation of an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor. This is exciting for our clients. Evidence Based Birth® Parent Preparation Program is free for N.E.A.R. To You Doula Clients. This year I became certified in Malaysian Belly Binding.
I feel honored and blessed to have worked with so many wonderful families (300 and counting!), midwives, and OB’s in 2008-2019. 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
-Emergency Skills for Home Birth Midwives
-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, Doula.com, DoulaMatch.net, NaturalBabyPros.com, American Pregnancy Assoc.,
Twitter @neartoyoudoula & Facebook-Rachel Mueller or N.E.A.R To You Doula. Pinterest-neartoyoudoula, Instagram @near_to_you_midwifery
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