My name is Rachel Pugh. I am a Certified ICEA Birth Doula and natural childbirth educator servicing Sheboygan, Osh Kosh, Appleton, Milwaukee and Green Bay areas. I am also a La Leche League Leader in Green Bay and Sheboygan.
I offer a range of different services to help mamas in many different ways. I offer natural childbirth classes, birth Doula services, birth pool rentals and placenta encapsulation.
I have been happily married for 24 years to the love of my life and together we have 4 beautiful children ages 23 years - 5 years all born naturally in hospital, birth center and home settings.
I specialize in women who want a natural, drug-free birth and women who are attempting a VBAC!
I feel my mission in life is to help every family that comes to me for Doula services and/or, childbirth classes achieve the birth they really want and deserve!
Looking for a better birth?
I can help!
"I had a wonderful experience with Rachel Pugh as my Doula. She met with me throughout my pregnancy and the birth class she taught was informative and helped me feel as prepared as I could be. She has a vibrant personality, positive attitude, loves to laugh, and is true professional.
While I was in labor, she responded to my needs quickly when I voiced them, and anticipated others I didn't know I had. She encouraged my husband to recognize and request what I needed from the staff at the hospital, helped keep me relaxed during the contractions, and urged me to change positions at a perfect time in my labor which made me want to push during the very next contraction. With her experience with so many natural births, I never felt anxious or worried and I really believe having her in my corner contributed to my quick progress at the hospital. After the birth, Rachel was there to help with my breastfeeding questions as well. I would work with Rachel again in a heartbeat and would recommend her to anyone looking for a Doula. I can’t imagine finding anyone with better qualifications, more experience, and more passion for supporting mothers than Rachel!"
- Cindy S.
My experience with Rachel as a teacher and my Doula was amazing! We took her birth class as well as hired her as our Doula. I can honestly say it was THE BEST thing we did for our birth experience. I had a very long labor, and Rachel was there the entire time. She never showed any weariness. She knew tons of techniques and positions to help with the pain, and of course made sure I kept hydrated and had enough food to keep up my energy. She was always very positive and supportive. She really kept me going; even when things didn't go as planned, I knew I was safe with her there. I felt like she really got to know me prior to my labor, and knew what to suggest that I would most likely want. I felt Rachel really was an advocate for me. She was willing to suggest things to the other members of my birth team to help move things along or give me some relief of pain. I knew I was in very capable hands when Rachel was there. Nothing was more comforting than that. This truly is Rachel's calling, and it is very clear in everything she does! Rachel's compassion and love for her clients is amazing! I cant even begin to explain how grateful I was that Rachel was involved in my son's birth."
- Nikki F.
"We love Rachel!!!! What more can I say but that she was exactly the one I needed.
Prior to my birth, she was supportive in such a kind, non-judgmental way. I am a nurse, and found it hard to listen to my inner voice, and knowing that I could and would have a perfectly problem free baby,labor, delivery and postpartum period. I found my medical knowledge led me to listen to all the doctors tell me I would probably have a big/ too big baby and have risks for complications. Rachel listened.... without judgment, or without making me feel totally neurotic.She helped me to believe that letting it all happen naturally was best. Although she never pushed her beliefs on us... she was simply supportive. Rachel has a way of making you feel that everything is going to be O.K. Rachel also offered resource information so I could feel more empowered prior to birth. She encouraged me when I needed and was there for me every time I needed her.
During the birth, she knew techniques to distract me when needed, how to utilize touch, massage, and counter pressure to make me more comfortable, along with helping my husband know how to help me too. He was much more involved and helpful during this birthing experience as compared to our first. He also agreed she was the best choice for us, and had commented that it was the best money ever spent. We did not have a Doula for our first sons birth and I got an epidural, which I really didn't want. My husband said he would have felt more comfortable if she were there for it.There is no question that I could have had natural childbirth with him had I had Rachel at my side through it all.
For those of you who want to achieve natural childbirth, Rachel will not let you down. She is living her calling as a caregiver by using her gifts everyday. Rachel is professional, kind, loving, supportive, and reliable! Her life is devoted to her family, her belief in natural childbirth, breastfeeding support and to the children she cares for....... She's the best! I'm happy to recommend her to anyone who is looking for support for their childbirth experience!"
-Christine RN, (and mommy to 2 beautiful boys)
Rachel was an excellent doula! My husband and I would have been lost without her. Not to mention, I'm sure we would have had an unnecessary c-section because of the length of my labor. Rachel helped me through my 42 hour labor by using natural methods that I would have never been able to do on my own or with my husband. She met with us before and after the delivery. She not only coached me but she coached my husband on what to do too. As soon as I thought we had tried everything, she would have something else to try. If we have anorther child, I will have Rachel as our doula again.
Being a first time mother, Rachel guided us through a very successful labor and delivery of our baby girl. She educated us on our choices and provided us with information that my doctor didn't such as diet, medications, laboring methods and positions, what to expect, and discussed our birthing plan. She was always available to help and answer any questions even after our baby was born. For example, our baby girl was nursing perfectly and then all of a sudden was throwing a fit about nursing on the right side. Rachel suggested the chiropractor and sure enough, after we went, our baby girl instantly nursed on the right side again with no problem.
Cell (920) 918-8239
I look forward to helping you prepare
for the most important day of your life!