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WHY PARTNER WITH A DOULA?

Numerous clinical studies have found that a doula’s presence at birth helps to:

  • Shorten labor and decrease complications

  • Reduce the need for pitocin, forceps, vacuum, and cesareans

  • Reduce requests for pain medication and epidurals

  • Increase positive feelings and satisfaction with the childbirth experience

CARE PHILOSOPHY

I recognize how fiercely vulnerable and empowering the transition from pregnancy to motherhood can be. That is why I offer my sisterhood and unwavering support as I walk alongside your growing family.  I am fully committed to supporting you by effectively communicating as a member of your birth team. I will guide you as you consider your birth preferences and to help you navigate your intuitive birth journey. I will facilitate your partner, if applicable, in being most near and dear to you while being there with you every step of the way. 

 
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ABOUT

I am a San Francisco based women's health physical therapist and continuous labor support companion. I am grateful to expand my sisterhood with you! I have long had a calling to do healing work, in particular to support women and their families during the potently transformational time that childbirth evokes. 

I truly thrive through cultivating a sense of sacred space and loving support to enrich the birthing environment of your choice. Merging my clinical identity as a healthcare professional with a continuous labor support role allows me to communicate as an informed member of your birthcare team while placing all of my attention on your holistic and evolving needs throughout labor and delivery. I am motivated to draw from evidence based biomechanics applications to reduce the risk of injury and will help you safely modify your strategies based on any orthopedic considerations. Together, we will determine effective positioning and manual techniques to help bring baby earth side.

Outside of this work, I'm likely to be be creating plant-based meals in the kitchen, hiking, surfing, cycling or making herbal potions. I also coach a local youth synchronized swimming team. 

CERTIFICATIONS
· Doctor of Physical Therapy, MGH Institute of Health Professions 2016
· Certified Kripalu Yoga Teacher
· Certified Reiki Practitioner

ADDITIONAL TRAINING
· DONA Trained Doula
· APTA SoWH Fundamental Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum PT
· APTA SoWH Advanced Topics of Pregnancy & Postpartum PT
· APTA SoWH PT Considerations & Interventions of Intrapartum Support
· APTA SoWH Pelvic Floor PT Level ONE

 
Rita brings a warm and positive energy that helped ground us during the preparation for and the actual birth. She asked great questions that led me and my partner to be more emotionally prepared as well as logistically. She prioritized my preferences and responded quickly in the moment during the birth. She also offered information postpartum that was incredibly helpful.
Rita introduced herself to everyone, was very warm, helped to state my wishes to nurses during the birth. She helped my mom to step in and feel more included as well. [My partner] felt very comfortable with her and Rita gave so much space for [my partner] to provide primary support.
Rita added special thoughtful touches, like making a spacial tea for me during the last stretch of the pregnancy; sending me a funny video when I was overdue; providing “sitz” spray after the birth. These were so appreciated and we liked that Rita helped us practice positions and encouraged us to shape her role in the birth.
 

CONTINUOUS LABOR SUPPORT PACKAGE

FREE CONSULTATION / This no-obligation meeting helps us get acquainted and learn about our fit with one another. I learn about how your pregnancy is going, what your birth goals are and what you are looking for in a doula and we take it from there.

TWO PRENATAL VISITS / 1 hour each / Offered in your home to get to know each other with your partner (if applicable) better, review logistics, and to discuss specifics on how I can help you feel most supported and cared for. During the first visit we will discuss your hopes, dreams and fears in order to help you craft your ideal birth plan. We will practice coping strategies like breathing, gentle yoga, positioning and partner support techniques based on your individual needs and orthopedic considerations. During the second visit we will reinforce initial visit concepts and dive into postpartum planning. 

UNLIMITED COMMUNICATION / phone, text and/or email support before and after the birth. I want to hear from you.

LABOR SUPPORT WHEN YOU NEED IT / I expect you to inform me at any time you think labor is beginning so that I can make necessary accommodations. I usually arrive during the first stage of active labor as things are progressing, but am happy to show up as soon as mama feels my presence is needed or wanted. I will offer continued support for 1-2 hours following delivery until you are comfortable.

POSTPARTUM HOME VISIT / 1 hour / within two weeks and a check-in call at eight weeks postpartum to process and hold space for your experience. 

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PACKAGE INVESTMENT
Sliding scale offered with investment paid in full at the time of finalizing our contract. 



À LA CARTE SERVICES

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BIRTH PLAN CONSULTATION / 75 minutes / $120

Want some extra support ahead of time but all set with your birth team? This in person, phone or video based discussion will help you come to understand your birth preferences. The goal is to increase your knowledge and understanding of possibilities to facilitate your empowered birth experience. We will review stages of labor, birthing environment, interventions, coping strategies and answer any questions you have. 

POSTPARTUM PLAN CONSULTATION / 75 minutes / $120

So you've got your birth plan ready to go, you've become well read regarding newborn care and you are dreaming of bringing sweet baby home. During this in person, phone or video based discussion, we will dive into your "fourth trimester'. Together we will identify key support, resources, potential red flags and how to manage them.
It truly takes a village! Through careful consideration, you will know who to call on for what depending on your medical, emotional, nutritional, social, personal and relationship needs. 

YOGA / 60 minutes / $100

Offering one hour antepartum/postpartum yoga, meditation & breathwork sessions in the privacy of your home. May be private for mama and babe or we can perform a partner yoga sequence where we learn to breathe, move and offer healing hands in support of one another. All equipment provided. 

 

CONTACT RITA

Have a question? Want to collaborate? Ready to schedule your FREE initial consultation? I look forward to hearing from you.

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