Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner
Serving Families since 2000
Natural Birth home or hospital, High Risk, Medicated birth, Planned Cesarean, VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean), IVF, LGBTQ, Surrogate Birth, Induction, all birthing people.
For the the care You Deserve book here for a massage treatment, Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner sessions
or interview for Doula support.
Supporting you with early in home labor support and heading to your hospital when the time is right, as well as offering virtual support during
*Two one hour virtual meetings preparing for birth, covering questions and feeling confident about your journey. As well as two one hour postpartum visits navigating the shift into parenthood, lactation and addressing your new you.
*Options for multiple virtual shorter visits prenatally while your waiting for the arrival of your baby. Breaking up the isolation of pregnancy and any concerns.
*Continuous support during labor on your device , available every moment as if I was with you.
*Checking in every hour as labor progresses.
*Setting up you and your partner with all the tools so you can navigate the birthing experience on our own.
We can build this package together and make it unique to your needs.
Call and ask me to see if your hospital will allow Doula support and what has changed for birth during COVID
Creating a package for your virtual birth
As an active all Inclusive Doula, Rebecca believes that each birthing couple is unique. She respects the diverse needs of birth by supporting unconditionally.
Natural labor, Induction, Cesarean, Surrogacy, High Risk, Home birth and VBAC.
By combining her massage skills, Spinning Babies® training , and years of birth journeys, she will guide you towards a calm grounded and informed atmosphere where birth can unveil it's path. Birthing how and where you choose, safely. Birth is a balance in discovering the layers and power within, which in turn helps to creates the strong foundation for family and parenthood.
After the journey of pregnancy and labor support Rebecca continues her doula support with each client navigating the beginning of the 4th trimester, addressing your bodies changes, the joy and challenges.
Gentle guidance towards lactation goals, instruction in infant massage techniques, belly binding/care, and looking at your new role(s) . We will also be working on self care, and goals that are personal to your growth as a new parent.
Rebecca has attended births at most of the Maine Hospitals and including York Hospital, MA, NH, the Ballard House and home births.
For the past 18 years Rebecca had 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. This service has discontinued for now, once it is safe to be together I hope to resume the Teas'.
Rebecca is continuing to see patients at her Yarmouth office with the CDC COVID-19 protocols in place. She specializes in Prenatal, Postpartum, and Infant Massage.
In 2020 she became a Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner, further educating herself in the practice of physiology before force, this practice allows baby to move into a optimal position for a quicker delivery. As always providing massage as adjunctive health care for the whole family. Rebecca resides in North Yarmouth with her husband and two children. Family, nutrition, running, swimming and Yoga keep her grounded and energized to share in your birth journey.
"My goal is to continue to maintain the tradition of birthing people caring for birthing families, helping them to discover the power and beauty of birth.”
In person birth Support and how it works
Once hired, I am committed to your health and the wellbeing of your growing family. I will begin by sending you and your partner information in a welcome package, starting with daily Spinning Babies® stretches, information on Group B-strep, Lactation preparation and other valuable tools preparing you for birth. I will be available for you and your partner whenever needed throughout your pregnancy as well as postpartum. 24/7 Continuous emotional and physical support leading up to your EDD , answering any questions you may have by email text or phone. Included are 2 prenatal visits and 2 postpartum visits total of 4 weeks of on-call service designed for your unique needs.
Our visits (2) happen on your schedule. We will meet in your home or by Zoom creating a birth journey custom designed for you and your babies needs. I will work with you on Spinning Babies stretches preparing the ligaments soft tissue and muscles for birth. Not only will we prepare physically, but find out what birth might look like, going over each stage of labor, knowing where and when to arrive to the hospital, scenarios that may occur, tools we will use, things to pack, food to bring, and taking a peek into my Doula bag. Preparing the partner, setting them up with comfort tools, positions and suggestions for labor and beyond, support with breastfeeding , navigating the first few days when hormones are changing.
(Taking a birth class is not required, each individual has their own way to prepare for birth.)
Visiting with you at your home or by zoom in the first week, day 4 or 5 when milk comes in and hormones tend to fluctuate. If breastfeeding is a goal we will navigating techniques, set up a nursing stations, if you are choosing to nurture your baby in another way we can discuss options that will work for you. Starting a nutrition, a plan for self care, discovering the new you.
I will teach you Infant massage technique, that you will find helpful throughout their development, navigating digestion sleep and growth.
My second visit is done once visitors have subsided in 2 weeks ,or sooner if you have specific needs.
I will remain on call for two weeks post delivery. That means I'm open for questions 24hrs.
(Overnight care and to continue with postpartum care is available upon request at an hourly rate after the initial 2 visits have been made.)
Excited to announce my certification as a Spinning Babies® Aware Practitioner, a technique designed to create optimal positioning for babies decent and quicker birth! https://spinningbabies.com/
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
(or when there is no partner)
My job is to create an atmosphere where both you and your partner feel comfortable to labor and welcome your baby with confidence, and that you were given all the information and choices possible . Your partner knows you best, they take the lead and I support them, gently guiding them, giving them tools of support, not just with birth but postpartum care as well. At the end of the day we want your partner to be the hero and feel helpful!
If no partner, no fear, I can step into this roll and we will work together finding a rhythm for you, customizing needs as we develop a relationship geared for your personal journey.
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 to slow down the room and for you to hear all the options from the staff. Becoming empowered in the decision making for you and your baby.
I never work without a back up Doula, life is too unpredictable. In 20+ yrs I have not missed a birth, but why take that chance? This can be provided or you can choose, you will also have the opportunity to meet them if needed.
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
Northern light Mercy Midwives
Tree of Life
The list goes on......
As well as hospitals in
Rebecca has been providing whole wellness through Integrative Massage since 2004. 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. Becoming a certified Spinning Babies® Awear Practitioner has been her latest achievement.
PRENATAL OR POSTPARTUM TREATMENT
Connecting to your changing body and growing baby, preparing for birth. As a certified Spinning Babies Awear Practitioner we will create Balance, softening the surrounding tissue for quicker birth and better all over comfort during pregnancy. Addressing issues such as Pubic Symphysis, Sciatica, Thoracic Outlet. Be prepared for a 90+min session, and to come home with stretches you can do in your own home. During Postpartum treatment we will work on bringing back balance in the body allowing for quicker recovery. All Treatments are designed for your specific needs.
INTEGRATIVE MASSAGE SESSION
Choice of a 60min, or 90min session with a blend of techniques. Deep Tissue Massage, Cupping, Neuromuscular work as well as Restorative Gentle Therapeutic Work . 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. We can discuss stretches and tools to use at home to empower selfcare.
*Gift certificates are available.
Perfect for the athlete, working towards freeing tight muscles from training, addressing an injury, and supporting a quicker recovery. Along with Deep Tissue massage , learn how to master the foam roller. Discover stretching/yoga techniques. Traditional Cupping and Scraping used to break through scar tissue. Bringing relief to new and old injuries. Getting back into training with new eyes on how to prevent injuries. Knowing your body better can make you a stronger and informed athlete.
60min or 90min.
To schedule an appointment with Rebecca for Massage, Spinning Babies Treatment, Rebozo techniques, in home support or virtual support you can reach her at:
For pricing, gift certificate and information
Contact Rebecca at or call 207-318-8272
Please respect the 24hr cancellation policy.