rheja gilchrist

Over 800 Vancouver area families supported as a doula since 1995.

(that’s a lot of long nights & beautiful babies!)

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Birth Doula Care

My clients include those choosing both home birth and hospital birth settings, with a range of care providers; Midwives, Family Doctors and Obstetricians. As your doula I will help you get the information you need to make the choices that are right for you and your family in your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period. I have extensive experiences with vaginal birth after caesarean “VBAC” (home and hospital) “older moms”, twins, trans and queer families, high risk and special situations.

My doula services include:

Two prenatal visits together with you and your partner, in your home.
Here we will discuss any preparation for labour and birth; breathing and relaxation techniques; massage; acupressure; comfort positions; nutritional advice, etc. I will answer any questions you have, and we can talk about what you would like in your birth, and what to expect in your labour. You will get a picture of life with a newborn, and feel more confident about how you are preparing for the transition to a bigger family!

On-call doula support 24/7 from 37 – 42 weeks of pregnancy.
I provide continuous doula support for your labour and birth. After the birth I will help with initial breastfeeding and support, staying with you for an hour or 2 until you are comfortably tucked in with your new baby and ready to enjoy your new family.

1-2 postpartum visits, depending upon your needs.
At this time, we can talk about the birth, and celebrate your newborn. If you like, I can provide assistance with breastfeeding, emotional support, new mother self-care tips, infant soothing techniques and provide referrals to community resources as needed. If you would like additional home visits, I am also available for postpartum doula services.

Use of my specialized birth support kit.
Some of the tools of my trade are use of TENS unit; physio ball; hot packs; rebozo; knowledge of homeopathy, bach flower remedies, aromatherapy. I help your partner to be involved to their comfort level, and give guidance and direction as needed.

Doula Fees & Care Options

The fee for my birth doula package is $1500. This fee reflects my 20+ years of knowledge and experience. Let’s begin with a free consult to help you feel 100% confident in your decision.

Rheja is resourceful, respectful, kind and loving....

doula testimonial

Rheja is resourceful, respectful, kind and loving. She brings calm and peace into the birth experience, focused on mother and child safety. She works in lock-step with the midwives, and above all, brings dignity to these sacred and powerful moments that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

Dena, Rob, Nic & Quinn

If only all women could feel so supported...

doula testimonial

"You helped me feel safe, loved and capable of moving mountains. Every step of the way we felt supported by your warm and nurturing care. I don’t think you’ll ever know how much peace & confidence you helped me achieve as I approached & have entered motherhood – if only all women could feel so supported."

Katie & Darren, Scotia, Milo & Poppy

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