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Birth Doula Package $600.00
Free Consultation:  we will meet for the first time when you contact me for an in person consultation.  From there my professional Doula services package includes:

3 visits with you before your due date.  At least one visit to meet your partner.  They can be in your home, at a doctor or midwife visit or another location, such as a coffee shop or library. 
  • At these visits we get to know each other and I become acquainted with your ideal birth day.  I will help you create your birth plan, offer nutrition and exercise suggestions and answer any questions you may have about birthing.  My goal is for us to feel completely comfortable and create a trusting relationship with you and your partner.  This will ensure the greatest outcome for you and the birth of your baby.

Unlimited phone contact with me with questions or concerns.
  • I will be available to you around the clock, via call, text, email or video call.  If you would like to discuss your recent prenatal check up or have any concerns that are non-medical or wish to share an idea you have about your birth plan, I am here for you as your Doula.

Help writing your birth plan.
  • How you want your birth setting, with music, special oils or aromas, body touch, focal object(s), is important to be known to your partner, Doula, hospital staff and doctor.  I can help you gather ideas and write them down.  Every mother deserves to have her desires recognized.  It is your birth day,  plan it your way, make it your "chosen path."

On call when labor begins, and present throughout your labor and delivery.
  • Once your labor begins you can decide when to call me.  Perhaps you have decided to labor at home for as long as possible, or get to the hospital right away.  I am ready to get to your side as soon as you are ready.  

Time with you after your baby is born to settle you both into nursing and a comfortable space.
  • The first hours after your baby is born pass so quickly.  The quiet and serenity in these moments allow you and your partner to capture your first glimpse of your baby.  Skin on skin, putting baby to breast and "star gazing" invite you into this beautiful world of bonding. I will step away once you are settled into this space.  I will be happy to take pictures for you during this time.   

1 postpartum in home visit.
  • When you are settled at home within the week after your baby arrives, I will come and visit you and see how you are doing.  This is a great time for us to reflect on your birth experience.  I will share my notes about your birth day and provide a copy of them for you to keep.  I can recommend a postpartum Doula or lactation consultant for you at this time if you would like.

​To Empower you and support you through your labor and birth experience is my ultimate goal as your Birth Doula
A Doula can empower you to listen to your body and birth without fear
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My Story, Rachel Layman, Mother of 3, Wife, Birth Doula

by Rachel Layman on 07/22/16

In 1989 I was a banking professional and ready to have my first child.  From my first touch of Trevor's skin I fell in love with my son and the world of childbirth. Little did I know that a few years later I would be asked by a friend to assist as her Doula at her own birth.  I discovered from that first Doula experience that I felt comfortable in my role as a labor coach and that I had an ability to comfort and reassure women before, during and after their labor.  My friends encouraged me to practice as a Doula and they would seek me out for advice and comfort during their child bearing years.  

In 1991 I birthed my second born, my angel Spencer, in his 37th week of gestation.  He passed away while inside of me. I made the journey of delivering him vaginally with the help of induction measures to help my body start the process of contractions and labor.  My reflections surrounding his birth have been rather extensive and have brought me to a place of Bereavement Doula Work.  

My third son, my home birth, was my final triumph as a woman in her birthing years. My husband, Robert, our son, midwife and doula were present to help me bring Myles into this world with ease and swiftness.  My water broke while I was walking in my beautiful backyard.  I remember I was holding onto the post of the swingset during a great contraction and it just burst into the grass.  It was after 1am as I called out to Robert that I had just fertilized the lawn.  With barely time to spare, my baby was born on my living room floor by candle light in the peaceful hours of the night.  An hour and forty minutes of labor, an hour of postpartum time for our midwife, Beverly to care for our new baby and me and we were tucked into bed comfortably and asleep before long.  

As the years went by, I was asked by different women to be with them at their births. Attending at homebirths, hospital births, natural, induced, or epidural, it didn't matter to me as long as I was able to comfort the mother and help guide her along her personal journey of birthing her child.  

We were a homeschooling family, not religious, not overtly naturalists, just middle of the road in ideology.  However, regarding my family I was very hands on and discovered my independence regarding healthcare, childcare and education.  

During this time of raising my family I assisted at some births, however I put becoming a full time Doula on hold because I knew that I would not be able to figure childcare for my kids if I was on call and had to be away.

Upon entering my middle years and acknowledging that my children were now grown men and living on their own and self sufficient, I came face to face with the fact that I needed to re-define myself, to find my purpose again and offer something of myself to others.  I discovered after my kids moved out on their own to lead productive lives that I had fulfilled my purpose as a mother. Equally, having been a stay at home wife and mother and fulfilling all of my responsibilities in taking care of everyone and everything at home, I came to realize I needed to keep giving out to others, but how was the question.  

Contemplating all that I had accomplished, and all of my experiences throughout my life, I kept coming back to my love and joy that I feel through assisting women as they experienced childbirth.  With encouragement from my family and friends I chose my new direction, my new path to personal fulfillment. Born was the name, Chosen Path Doula Services.  The name spoke to me in two ways, the first as it describes me, the second as it describes a woman's chosen path she takes through her childbirth.  The name continued to resonate for me; I knew that was the right name for my new Doula business.  I have a love for nature and butterflies and their metamorphosis to their higher purpose.  The process of human childbirth is much the same for women and in light of that I asked my mother, Kay to sketch out a tree branch and butterfly metamorphosis.  My logo was born from her beautiful artwork.  I chose the Zebra Longwing as my butterfly because it is the butterfly for the state of Florida.  

If in our lifetime we can help others along the way by utilizing our own passions and strengths  It is then that we have "morphed" to our higher purpose. It is my greatest desire to empower, encourage and gently nurture women during their birthing years.  

Thank you for reading my story and my reflection.

Rachel Layman
Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend:  Doula.    

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My client Janelle in her 8th month looking so healthy and radiant