Raquel joined my birth team later on in my pregnancy, so I only got to meet her once before the birth. I knew right away she was going to be nothing short of amazing and she seemed equally excited to be a part of my experience. I was planning a natural, home water birth with goals of exclusive breast feeding and attachment parenting. She was available before the birth to answer any questions I had and help me make any decisions I needed to. Raquel provided the kind of take charge confidence and energy that I required. Never pushy or demanding, but always one step ahead knowing what to suggest and set into motion to keep things going as smooth as possible for me. This was my first baby, and she knew that I really wanted and welcomed her input and direction. I had good, quick progression through my labour. She helped so much in getting my contractions regular and steady before going in to the pool. My labour and birth took a few unexpected turns, and even in the hardest time for me when I doubted myself the most, Raquel really helped keep on air of confidence that allowed me to move forward without interruption. I highly recommend Raquel and can't imagine having done it without her.
amy + brent
I don't even know where to start....we absolutely LOVED Raquel. With this being our first baby we really had no idea what to expect during labour and delivery. Raquel come to our home prior to find out more about us and our "birth plan". She was so warm, caring, friendly, knowledgable and we knew that we would be in great care. Once labour started Raquel provided wonderful support, helping us cope and get through each contraction. She was able to keep us calm, and help my husband give me the support that I needed. Even though I ended up having a c-section due to babe getting stuck in my pelvis and myself not progressing, I know that I couldn't have done it without her. I also felt her support during the section during the section; she was our wonderful "photographer" and took many amazing photos that I know we wouldn't have gotten. She stayed by my husbands side while I was getting prepped and helped him cope better with the fact that I was now going to be a section. She is also very knowledgeable about breastfeeding and was able to answer some questions that I had. We would not hesitate to recommend Raquel to others and would love to have her back for our next child.