Meet the Birth Doulas!


Meet the Birth Doulas!

 

Nurtured Foundation is happy to have Ashley Rainey and Joelle Johnson in our family of Cleveland area birth doulas.

Ashley and Joelle both share a passion for the education and support which birth doulas provide to our clients and their families throughout pregnancy and birth.

Read below to learn more about Ashley and Joelle’s passion for their work as birth doulas, and the help and support they can bring to you and your family!


Ashley Rainey

We’ll begin by getting to know Ashley, who brings years of experience and a love of all things birth!:

Why did you choose to become a birth doula?

My decision to become a birth doula was based a lot off personal experience and my life-long love for all things birth related. I personally saw the extreme benefit to having a professionally trained support person with my husband and I during labor. My last birth did not go as I had planned, and was quite difficult but I felt so prepared, supported and safe that it still made for good memories and a positive experience. The difference between the birth of my youngest, and my first two births was night and day. I’ve always been drawn to learning more about birth and evidence-based care so that combined with my desire to nurture, support, educate and encourage other mother’s drew me to doula work.

How would you describe your doula “style”? 

I pride myself on offering un-biased and non-judgemental support to all families in all birthing situations. I have supported birthing mothers through unmedicated births, epidurals, inductions and cesareans. I feel that I have given them all equal support, respect and attention. I work well with the nurses, doctors and midwives in the delivery room so that mom feels she has one unified team supporting and caring for her.

What are your thoughts on medications during labor? 

My thoughts are that my clients know what they want and what is best for them, and I support that 100%. The women that I work with are all educated, intelligent and wonderful mothers and my biggest wish for them is that they have a happy and positive birth experience. That experience looks different for everyone. If it involves an epidural then I will cheer them on and help encourage good positioning in the bed so that their labor progresses beautifully. I will make sure she is comfortable, and that she feels safe and happy. There are so many different choices to be made during the birth of your child, and they are all YOUR choices to make.

What type of support do you offer before and after birth?

Before birth I meet with my clients twice to discuss their birth wishes, concerns and answer any questions that they have. I also offer private childbirth education classes in their home, completely tailored to what they are interested in learning about. In addition to that in person support, I am available to them 24/7 via call, text or e-mail. I check in with my clients often to chat about how they are feeling and how their prenatal appointments are going. After birth in addition to checking in often to see how they are doing, I stop by for a postpartum visit within the first week or so. We chat about their birth, how breastfeeding or bottle feeding is going, and see if I can offer any advice or information about infant care or their postpartum recovery.

What hospitals have you attended as a birth doula? 

I am willing to attend births in any hospital within a 40 mile radius of Rocky River. I have attended births at St. John Westshore, Fairview Hospital, Southwest General, UH MacDonald Women’s Hospital, Hillcrest and Medina.

Do you birth doula for home births?

I am happy to attend home births when they are attended by a midwife.

Other than birth doula services, what other services do you offer?

I also offer postpartum doula services, placenta encapsulation, childbirth education classes and I am a Stillbirthday trained bereavement doula. I volunteer for Sufficient Grace Ministries supporting families through losses.

Joelle Johnson

Now, let’s get to know her partner Joelle:

Why did you choose to become a birth doula?

My first experience with labor and delivery was during the birth of my niece. My sister’s good friend served as her birth doula and I became so intrigued by how she served and coached her. I instantly fell in love with childbirth and the entire process by which a woman’s body is able to produce, nurture and sustain life. It is a such a beautiful gift that takes so much strength and endurance. After spending much time researching how I could learn more and serve women through pregnancy, I realized that it was my passion to become a birth doula. In these intense, life-changing moments, it is my honor to walk with women, serve and coach them, helping them achieve to the pregnancy, labor and delivery that they desire. 

How would you describe your doula “style”? 

My style is very calm and encouraging. I believe in a woman’s innate ability to labor and deliver. I am with you all the way – coaching, encouraging and supporting. I am not there to replace your partner nor any other family/support in your life. Rather, I help them learn how to better support you and to come alongside them and your care provider to help create the best atmosphere for your labor and your baby’s birth.

What are your thoughts on medications during labor? 

I support women no matter how they choose to labor, whether it be a planned or unplanned induction, epidural, c-section or natural birth, or otherwise. It is my goal to provide you with the best resources so you can make the most informed decisions regarding the type of labor and delivery you choose!

What type of support do you offer before and after birth?

We will meet twice prenatally to discuss your options, birth plans, desires and all preparations leading up to the birth. I make myself available via text message, email, and phone support leading up to the birth. Two weeks prior to your due date, I will be on call 24/7 and available to meet you as soon as labor starts (or you request my presence.)

After birth, I will stay with you at the hospital up until two hours after birth to help with skin to skin and breastfeeding support. One to two weeks after the birth, I like to meet to review your birth experience, see how you and the baby are doing, and address any questions or concerns you may have. 

What hospitals do you attend for births? 

I am willing to travel anywhere within a 60 mile radius of Cleveland OH. Including – Fairview Hospital, Hillcrest Hospital, MacDonald Women’s Center, Medina, St. Johns Westshore and more. 

Do you birth doula for home births?

I will absolutely Doula for home births under the condition that it is also attended by a Midwife. (No unassisted births.)

Other than birth doula services, what other services do you offer?

I am in the process of postpartum doula training, and then hope to become a breastfeeding educator as well.

 

We are fortunate to have such compassionate and supportive doulas on our team!  If you would like more information on Ashley or Joelle, or if you would like to check their availability, please email lisa@nurturedfoundation.com or call Nurtured Foundation at 216.409.5403.