Rheja McRae (Gilchrist)

Over 1000 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:


One or two prenatal visits together with you and your partner, by video/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
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 postpartum visit
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 $1800. 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.

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