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A Different Doula

Serving families throughout central Arizona

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All About A Different Doula

"What is a Doula?"

As a Birth Doula- I support families throughout pregnancy and birth and postpartum. I'm an extra support person who may help bridge the gap between the medical (OB/nurses, midwives, too) and the physiological experience of birth. During pregnancy, we will stay connected, I'm there to help navigate conversations with your provider and offer education and information about pregnancy, birth and newborn care. During labor, I help the birther be as comfortable as possible by a multitude of physical comfort techniques, position changes, relaxation techniques and overall comfort. I encourage you and your partner to be in control of your birth and offer advocacy on your behalf. I offer guidance to your partner, and make sure you're both taken care of. Studies have shown that having a doula as a member of the birth team decreases the overall cesarean rate by 50%, the length of labor by 25%, the use of oxytocin by 40%, and requests for an epidural by 60%.

My name is RacquelleI am a mom to 4 awesome kiddos myself. I have personally experienced hospital births, and birth center births. Both with great, supportive medical staff. I discovered how much I love helping families grow after being so excited for not only friends and families announcing pregnancies, but complete strangers as well.  I have seen some tragic outcomes along the way and have been heartbroken for those families. I am thankful to now be able to offer the support they may need to embark on that journey of infant loss. As an SBD Birth and Bereavement Doula, you can take confidence in knowing I have the skills and trainings to support your family in a full term, healthy, live birth, as well as support and guide in any other outcome. A pregnancy loss is still a birthday, and a life to be celebrated and commemorated. 

In my 10+ years of supporting families as a doula and childbirth educator, I am continually seeking more education and information to offer parents. I am a certified VBAC specialist and Body Ready Professional as well. I am a Placenta Encapsulator and Babywearing Specialist.  I support families through my work with local non-profits and just really want everyone to have their best birth! However that looks for them. And we're going to laugh and have a good time while we do it!

Happy mother moments after her waterbirth

My goal is to inform you about pregnancy, birth and postpartum, and empower and support your choices and decisions throughout that process.

Racquelle Adkisson



Get in touch to learn more about my services and how I can serve your family

Phoenix, AZ

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