My name is Rachel Pugh. I am a Certified ICEA Birth Doula, Natural Childbirth Educator servicing the Sheboygan and Green Bay areas and a La Leche League Leader for Green Bay and Sheboygan.
I have been happily married for 22 years to the love of my life and together we have 4 beautiful children ages 21 years - 3 years all born naturally in hospital, birth center and home settings.
I have a real passion for water births or using hydrotherapy for labor because it is such a powerful pain relieving tool. I feel many women don't explore this option enough when they are pregnant and investigating their comfort options for birth. I would like to change that!
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"I highly recommend the birthing classes!! My husband and I had a lot of fun. :) She also bakes a yummy snack for every class, has a surplus of books you can check out (I think we read 4 of them, lol) has a ton of fun games, is extremely thorough and diverse in her approach, an LLL leader, a Doula, a cloth diaper-er, and covers just about everything you could ever want to know. I was impressed, I'm not always, but I really was... and even though this is our 4th, there is ALWAYS something to learn. Jeremy was sad when classes were over, so, very "man" friendly as well. ;-)"
- Jeremy and Gretchen, Appleton WI
"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 is honestly the best Childbirth teacher and Doula we have ever encountered! She helped with baby #5. We have taken other childbirth classes before, Rachel's were hands down the best ever! She was also our Doula and I have had 3 other Doulas with my other children and we honestly have to say again that she was the best Doula we have ever had. If we have any more children she will be the one there! If you want the best classes and /or the best Doula around hire Rachel! We love her!
-Tanya and Mark, Green Bay
Cell (920) 918-8239
I look forward to helping you prepare
for the most important day of your life!