BIRTH ALLIANCE, DOULA SERVICES
The Care You Deserve
From our initial meeting all the way through your pregnancy and delivery, I take the time to get to know you, your concerns and your needs. I’m always available to be contacted by phone/email throughout and will provide everything you require to make your experience positive.
After beginning our relationship with a meet and greet, as your doula I am committed to your health and the wellbeing of your growing family, available whenever needed throughout your entire pregnancy as well as after giving birth. I will be there to provide you with continuous emotional and physical support, and answer any and all questions you may have.
Visiting at your home with in the first week we will go over breastfeeding techniques, nutrition,a plan for self care, infant massage and any situations unique to you. I will remain on call for two weeks post delivery.
For more information or questions please call or email 207-318-8272
As a Doula Rebecca believes that each birthing couple is unique. She respects the diverse needs of birth: Natural labor, Induction, Cesarean and VBAC. By combining her massage skills, years of birth journeys and gentle guidance, she builds with the partner a calm and grounded atmosphere where the couple can safely birth. A perfect balance for a empowered birth.
Rebecca continues her support through postpartum care, including lactation guidance and instruction in infant massage techniques useful into the growing years. Rebecca has attended births at MMC, Mercy, Midcoast Hospital, York Hospital, MA, NH, the Ballardhouse and home births.
For the past 18 years Rebecca has hosted the monthly informational Doula Teas at different locations in Portland Maine featuring professional speakers on all aspects of pregnancy, birth, postpartum and infant care.
As a Massage Therapist, Rebecca has worked throughout the Greater Portland area. Rebecca is able to travel with her massage table to the comfort of clients' homes, or meeting at her Yarmouth office. She specializes in Prenatal, Postpartum, and Infant Massage. Providing massage as adjunctive health care for the whole family. Rebecca resides in North Yarmouth with her husband and children, 18 and 13. Family, nutrition, running, and Yoga keep her grounded and energized to share in birth journeys.
"My goal is to continue to maintain the tradition of women caring for birthing families, helping them to discover the power and beauty of birth.”
Rebecca assisted my husband and me during the delivery of our first child at Maine Medical Center, and I cannot imagine those long and painful hours without her experience and knowledge. I wanted a natural birth and Rebecca was supportive of this desire. She offered a lot of positive advice and she made me consider pain in a way I’ve never done before. Even though I didn’t know Rebecca well, her warm and caring personality made the most intimate moments feel natural. Her familiarity with the Birthing Center made every stage of labor and delivery much easier on me and my husband. She knew where to get fresh water, warm blankets, coffee, etc. I’m sure if we’d asked, the nurses would have provided everything, but the beauty of having Rebecca around was that she anticipated our needs and was of great support not only to me, but also to my husband. Her knowledge of techniques for pain relief and her guidance allowed me and my husband to just focus on myself and the baby, without the stress of remembering all the information gathered during pregnancy. Rebecca created a warm atmosphere in our room at the Birthing Center, with soft light and the use of aromatic oils which she massaged on my lower back to help ease the pain. She’s also an incredibly strong woman, an aspect that turned out to be extremely helpful during the final stages of delivery and after many exhausting hours of pushing. Rebecca is also knowledgeable about lactation and was there to assist me with baby’s first suckles. To sum up my experience, it’s true that Nature provides us with instinct and there is valuable information on the internet, in addition to classes. I also recognize the amazing staff at Maine Med. However, there is nothing that compares to having an experienced, knowledgeable and caring person at your side every instant during such an important and vulnerable moment. Rebecca was our champion the entire time. Thank you Rebecca!
Lydia and Rusty Lamer
I could not recommend Rebecca more highly as a doula. After having a cesarean section with my first son, I was determined to deliver my second son vaginally (VBAC). I hired Rebecca after hearing many positive things about her, and she worked with me on preparation, exercises, and most importantly, my mindset. Rebecca was so attentive before and during the birth of my son. At the hospital, she was so comforting and caring, she felt like a family member. She used oils, breathing techniques, positioning, and massage to help me relax during my labor. More than that, she helped me keep a positive mindset, evaluate pain options when they were presented and continue my willpower for a VBAC. With her support, I was able to deliver my second son vaginally, and I could not have been more proud and happy. I know that hiring her was the single biggest success factor for me, and I'd hire her again in a heartbeat if we still lived in Maine. I'd recommend her to my closest friends that are considering a doula... it's a birth-changing experience!
Rebecca was instrumental in our second birth. Prenatally, she provided us with substantial emotional support, and truly listened to our requests for the birth, and to our experiences with our first birth and our pregnancy journey. She connected with both my husband and with me, and was a constant but unobtrusive presence throughout my labor and delivery, providing exactly what I needed throughout the process, from massage, to food, to giving my husband needed breaks. Post-partum, she connected me with a therapist for post-partum depression, and helped us with much needed overnight postpartum services while we dealt with our daughter's colic. I would highly recommend her, she brings a tremendous amount of experience and compassion to her worksted 12/29/2016
Suzy and Mike Dowling
WORKING WITH THE PARTNER
My job is to create an atmosphere where both you and your partner feel comfortable to labor and welcome your baby. Your partner knows you best, they take the lead and I support them, gently guiding them. At the end of the day we want your partner to be the hero!
DOES A DOULA REPLACE NURSING STAFF?
Never! We are your birthing team, their roll is much different than mine, we both support you.
My roll is non medical, I keep the room calm and grounded, reminding you of your birth wishes. When shifts change I stay, I'm working for you. Non-judgemental support.
HOW DO YOU WORK WITH COMPLICATIONS AT BIRTH?
A few of my favorite questions to ask in an uncertain situation are,"Can you please explain this to us in a different way?"
"Is the mother and baby safe?"
"Could you give us five minutes please?"
"What are all of my options?".
I may know the answer to the events taking place, but it would be helpful for you to hear the options from the staff. Becoming empowered in the decision making.
WHAT IS IN MY DOULA BAG?
Unscented Massage Oil
Bluetooth Speaker (music)
Instant Miso Soup
Bone Broth (when available)
Other items of comfort
WHO I HAVE WORKED WITH
All About Women
Tree of Life
The list goes on......
As well as hospitals in
MA,NH, and S.C.
Rebecca has been providing whole wellness through Integrative Massage for the past 17 years. Techniques she uses are based on the clients' individual needs and comfort levels. Rebecca graduated from the New Hampshire Institute For Therapeutic Arts, and continues to update and further her education each year.
PRENATAL OR POSTPARTUM TREATMENT
Connecting to your changing body and growing baby, preparing for birth and recovery, or when the time is right using acupressure to induce labor. Be prepared for a 90min session of bliss and addressing problem areas. Also working with scar tissue from a c-section or abdominal surgeries if this is a concern. Treatment is designed to your specific needs.
INTEGRATIVE MASSAGE SESSION
Choice of a 60 to 90 min session with a blend of deep tissue massage, nurturing balancing, neuromuscular work and relaxation techniques. The session is a tailored treatment that will support you in connecting with your body's wisdom, and increasing the ability to come full circle back into homeostasis. $10 off for anyone recovering from cancer
Perfect for the athlete, working towards freeing tight muscles from training, addressing an injury, and supporting a quicker recovery. Along with deep tissue, the tools Rebecca uses foam rolling, stretching/yoga techniques, traditional cupping and scraping, as well as hot and cold therapies. 60min,90min available.
For pricing, discounts and information on traveling to your home.
Contact Rebecca at or call 207-318-8272
Please respect the 24hr cancellation policy.