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Ravae was so calm, gentle and competent. She coached and guided me into different positions and applied pressure on my hips so expertly it would take my pain level down from what felt like a 10 to a bearable 6 or 7 during the most intense part of the contractions. I’m also really glad she was there because no one was expecting labor to go THAT fast and I am pretty sure we wouldn’t even have gotten a midwife in the room on time had it not been for Ravae really listening to me and tuning into the fact that things were moving quickly and I was almost ready to push!
Ravae also showed so much kindness and compassion, checking in with us often when my son unexpectedly ended up in NICU. With no family in the area, it was just very comforting for my husband and me to have her for that additional emotional support.
– R. Costa, Zeno’s Mother
When my husband and I found out that we were expecting a set of twins for our first pregnancy experience, we wanted to ensure that we receive the proper guidance from end-to-end. Ravae won our hearts right from the beginning. Out of everyone we interviewed, she was the most personable and genuine.
Throughout the entire pregnancy, Ravae was there with us along the way. She was very responsive and was there every time that we needed her. There were couple of instances where I had to be hospitalized amid the pregnancy, and Ravae was by our side throughout each one of those episodes. She would even stop by the store on of her own free will to acquire a few essentials that I needed in the hospital. Unfortunately, we were affiliated with an OBGYN practice that we often disagreed with. Essentially it felt like a “our way or the highway” type of relationship. However, with Ravae’s law background we could successfully navigate through those types of ambiguities.
– S. Kum, Mother of Niran & Korban
My pregnancy was filled with complications – placenta previa, bleeding, pulmonary embolism, symphysis pubis dysfunction, depression- and I NEEDED HELP!
Ravae stepped in during the 3rd trimester and brought such a sense of calm. She was so professional, patient, and flexible with us. She came to our home for personal prenatal courses; walking us through our birthing options, a birthing plan, the labor process, labor strategies, and postpartum support.
Her spirit is so warm and beautiful. I was able to lean into her COMPLETELY during the labor process. I don’t remember much of the labor, because I allowed myself to only focus on my breathing and getting through. I blacked everything else out because I knew Ravae was there and could take care of it. I remember her holding me, and protecting me and coaching me through every minute. Her work is selfless and all consuming.
– Tiffany, Mother of Kingsley
Ravae has become more than just our doula, she’s become a part of our family. We highly recommend her and would certainly hire her again!!
– S. Kum
I’m so glad we we chose Ravae as our doula! After a difficult labor with my first child, my husband and I knew that we needed some help with our second labor. The difference was night and day. We had some health concerns during the pregnancy, and Ravae was available and offered helpful suggestions and resources via email. In the lead-up to my labor, she was in near constant contact with me and my husband as we were giving her updates and she offered words of encouragement. Having Ravae present during my labor made such a huge difference. Her reminders and coaching helped us have the delivery we really wanted. Being able to labor at home for a long time and avoid so many medical interventions made a positive impact in my recovery. Her attitude is amazing. If we have a third child (haha) Ravae will be the first person we call 🙂
– K. Hoobler
My son is born. We’re home the 2nd night. Husband collapses & is taken to the ER. He comes home quickly but without a diagnosis. Suddenly I’m taking care of my son alone because we don’t want to take the chance my husband will collapse on baby duty. We weren’t expecting Ravae for another day or two but she didn’t wait. After a birth, at midnight, she came to our house and took care of me and my son. How? She scooped up my son in her arms (which he loved!) & told me to go to sleep. She said she would wake me when he needed to eat. I slept for the first time in days. When I woke up my son was still asleep in her arms & she had somehow (MAGIC) cleaned the kitchen. I fed my son & went back to sleep for a few more hours. Early morning came, Ravae went home, and I was left feeling a little more human and sane.
Over the next 4-6 weeks Ravae helped with sleep (mine and the baby’s), breastfeeding
positions, and much more. After our visits were done, she followed up several times to ensure we were okay and to provide resources on new questions we had. She still reaches out to check on the baby.
My baby is now 8 months & there isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t miss Ravae. I know she’s doing wonderful (magical) things for new & expecting parents but I selfishly wish she could still be a regular part of our family. If you’re thinking about a postpartum doula, I highly recommend it. Moreover, I whole-heartily recommend Ravae.
– T. Marie, Biagio’s Mother
After the birth, Ravae was just as instrumental. She encapsulated my placenta, which worked great for us. She helped us form a plan for how our family members supported us. She came by the house and checked on me and address any infant care concerns. She walked me through breast feeding and pumping 1on1, provided options for my husband to feed the baby via syringe, recommended tried and true baby products and affirmed us in a much needed way.
Out of all the blogs, books, classes, products….hiring Ravae as my doula was the BEST INVESTMENT of time and money throughout our entire pregnancy/birthing process. I highly recommend her as ESSENTIAL to any expectant mom.
– Tiffany, Mother of Kingsley