Currently on Maternity Leave – Back May 2022.
Hello there, welcome to my page, and congratulations for making it this far to what will soon be one of the best decisions of your pregnancy/birthing journey!
A little bit about me. My name is Rachael, I am 32 years old born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. I am a wife, and a mother to two beautiful girls aged 3 and 4 with another baby girl due November 2021. I am a newly graduated enrolled nurse, a student doula and an aspiring midwife.
I lost my mother at a young age, so when it came to my first pregnancy, I didn’t realise how much I needed that extra support, (especially by a female), not to mention when it came to my second. I acknowledge and empathise with women who have limited family support for whatever reason, which is why I am so passionate about providing that little extra support and care to help fill the void during this wonderful, loving and memorable time.
As a student doula working in Perth’s inner city and northern suburbs, I offer personalized birthing support, which is discussed and created with each of my clients. My goal is to give you and your family the attention, knowledge and support you need to make informed choices about your pregnancy, labour and birth.
How can I help you?
Well, let’s put it simply. I know what sucked for me the first time around giving birth, and I know what was great the second time around, whilst both birthing in a public hospital – and that was the continuous care and having a better support person on the day.
Despite your birthing place, may it be at home, a birthing centre, private, or public hospital, my promise to you is that you will not be alone. My packages can include accompanying you to your antenatal appointments, provide you with self-learning resources, educate you on best birthing positions and remind you when you need it most, that ‘you can do this!’
All women deserve to have someone beside them to guide and assist in making educated choices about their pregnancy, and to remind you that you can trust the strength of your body during this time. I am here to provide unbiased information, emotional and physical support to you and your family.
A doula is not a substitute for a partner. My personal experience and speaking with other women who did not have a doula revealed that they wished they had someone whose goal was to assist them in having a safe, healthy, and positive labour experience, which included support for their partner, who is often left feeling helpless during this time.
I have skills in using the rebozo, knowledge in favourable labour positions especially dependent on baby’s positioning, acupressure point work, massage, and providing you with the best analytical facts rather than personal suggestions.
If you would like to know more, please feel free to contact me, I would love to support you through this magical journey.
With love Rach xo
My name is Rachael Boterhoven and I am a qualified Doula who has trained at the Doula Training Academy. If you would like more information about my doula services, please contact me.
0433 605 792