Qualifications

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. In 2017 I earned the designation of an Evidence Based Birth® Instructor. This is exciting for our clients. Evidence Based Childbirth Preparation Program is free for N.E.A.R. To You Doula Clients.

I feel honored and blessed to have worked with so many wonderful families (200 and counting!), midwives, and OB’s in 2008-2017.

Continuing education is very important as standards of practice are always being updated by professionals.
Areas of interest, training and certification include:
-Hypnobabies
-Waterbirth International
-Spinning Babies
-Independent Childbirth Educator
-TENS
-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
-Aromatouch Massage
-Placenta Encapsulation
-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, International Cesarean Network, Lamaze International, La Leche League, International Childbirth Education Association, Doula.com, DoulaMatch.net,  NaturalBabyPros.com, American Pregnancy Assoc.,
Twitter @neartoyoudoula & Facebook-Rachel Mueller or N.E.A.R To You Doula. Pinterest-neartoyoudoula
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