HELLO & WELCOME! My name is Rachel Connolly Kwock, Birth Doula / Photographer, and Content Creator. I have enjoyed serving women and families for the past 7+ years in northern NJ, for doula work, and globally via videos and Birth Point of View (BirthPOV).
My goal is to support you in having a voice at the birth of your baby- either thru doula support and/or thru a photographic story. Birth Voice is raising all our voice in the name of respectful care.
MY APPROACH: Listening and Movement My approach is to start the process early during pregnancy with body movements conducive to a more fluid birth as well as helping you get in a positive mind-set and introduce positive thinking and stories around birth that will ultimately help your birth hormones release and help you experience a physiologic birth "that is powered by the innate human capacity of the woman and fetus."
KNOW YOUR OPTIONS I am not rigid about making sure you have a natural birth or anything, but you can be sure I am going to teach you about unnecessary interventions and what are realistic expectations for your hospital. We will have conversations at our prenatal visit where we will talk about asking questions and knowing your options. As a doula, it is out of my scope-of-practice to discuss anything medical with the provider and staff, so we will discuss your birth preferences (aka birth plan) in advance of the birth. At the birth of your baby, it is best to maintain peace and calm in the labor and delivery room and with your provider and medical personnel.
RESPECTFUL CARE It is one of my goals as a doula to help soften the system and work with places and practices that are embrace and support physiologic birth. To this end, I strive to work at the local hospitals and birth centers (yay!) that offer options for comfort, such as water baths, squat bars, peanut balls, and work with doctors and nurses who understand and respect a woman's right to choose her birth experience. There are ways a doula can help bridge the "natural birth" world and the medical world and help make your birth experience safer and more joyful.
LET'S GET STARTED Enjoy perusing my sight and please feel free to contact me to learn more about doula and/or birth photography services. Please include where (what hospital) you are hoping to give birth as well as your estimated due date. Thank you and I look forward to chatting with you.
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