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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What Clients are Saying…

doula testimonials

My role is to help make the miracle of your baby’s birth the precious memory you deserve. Each family I work with teaches me something new and wonderful about birth. It is such an honour to witness each family’s unfolding. Here are just a few of their stories…


Thoughtful intelligence, intuitive wisdom, and gentle loving support…

“I am happy to recommend Rheja as a doula. Rheja is an exceptionally skilled and experienced doula. She brings thoughtful intelligence, intuitive wisdom, and gentle loving support to her work. Rheja provides individualized support to suit the unique needs of families and empowers women to make informed decisions throughout their pregnancies, labours, births and beyond. As she trusts the power and strength of birth, her clients are enabled to let go and birth their babies with confidence.”

Rachel Rees, Vancouver Midwife

One of our angels…

“I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such an integral part of bringing our baby into the world in a gentle and loving way – even when my labour didn’t exactly go that way. I will always think of you as one of our angels who got us through a tough time.”

K, T & M

One of the best decisions we made for my first child’s birth was having Rheja by our sides.

“Her experience, deep knowledge and intuitiveness helped make the birth experience an extremely positive one. Potentially tense situations were made smooth because of her gentle direction. She never focused on being the centre of attention, but rather acted as a guide to help my husband, mother and sister be part of the day in helpful, appropriate, and nurturing ways. My whole family was grateful for her compassion and perception. We definitely hope she will be by our sides for baby #2!”


If only all women could feel so supported…

“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

Opened my mind, and broadened my perspective…

“Some of the conversations we had, and the books and videos you loaned/recommended to me really opened my mind, and broadened my perspective to the possibility (and eventual reality) of a natural childbirth. And your calm, reassuring presence at the hospital was very helpful. I am so thankful for such a fantastic labour team. Thank you for being an important part of such a positive birth experience.”


A beautiful experience…

“We can’t thank you enough for making birth such a beautiful experience. Your wonderful energy permeated the birthing space. I particularly remember holding your hand on the last few pushes/breathes at the hospital and that was so calming.”

S, D & C

Compassionate and empowering…

“Thank you so much for your compassionate and empowering accompaniment of us during both of our son’s births. We can’t imagine having done this without you.”

B, N, N & J

Calming voice and encouragement…

“You were/are my saviour. I don’t know what it would have been like for me, had you not been there. Luckily it didn’t happen without you and your calming voice and encouragement. Everyone tells me I went through the ringer, but I don’t feel that way.”

L & C

You made me believe in myself…

“I’ll always remember how you made me believe in myself by telling me I could walk to the delivery room! Thank you so much!”

T & R

She was sharp, on her game and offered great advice.

“Rheja took the time to get to know us and understand our needs. She was sharp, on her game and offered great advice. Throughout both deliveries we would describe her as warm, intuitive, and assertive in the right ways.”

Leah & Reid

Resourceful, respectful, kind and loving…

“Rheja was with us for birth of both my children, two completely different experiences. My first son was born after three days of labour by C-section (not planned). She helped me work through those hard emotions in a supportive and loving way and gave me the confidence that I needed, especially in those precious first days and weeks. For that I’ll be eternally grateful. My second son was born at home (planned) in five hours. She respected (and celebrated) our choice to have an HBAC.”

Dena, Rob, Nic & Quinn

Unconditional support of my decisions.

“Your advice and Wisdom were invaluable and your unconditional support of my decisions made it easier to make difficult choices. I am so grateful you went above and beyond, I’m not sure how I would have managed without you.”

Lisa, Allegra & Lilah

Your wisdom & care have been priceless…

“Your wisdom & care have been priceless to helping us give both our girls a great start to their lives, as well as giving us wonderful, unforgettable birth experiences that we will always cherish. We’re forever grateful!”

J, D, C & R

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