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Why I Became A Doula

The birth of my miracle baby, my SUN was a rebirth for me.

Rebirthing my dreams that I’d allowed to drift away.

Reminding me of how powerful, wise & capable I am.

Reigniting a fire in my soul to be apart of the fight to change the maternal mortality rate in Georgia.

I was born to be a birthworker. It’s in my DNA. I give honor and thanks to my ancestors who were midwives before colonization, “community midwives” or “granny midwives” in Georgia. Edith Cowart, I give thanks to you for paving the way for me.

I remember as a child, I would watch “A Baby Story” on TLC/Discovery faithful. I remember seeing all kinds of births, and learning about newborn care. I remember learning to test the water temperature for newborns with your elbow, and to shake a bottle on your forearm to ensure it wasn’t too hot after boiling. (My have things changed.)

My natural calling to the birth world, plus my love for serving others joined forces in high school and I decided that I would go to nursing school to become a women’s health nurse practitioner. I said wanted to open a clinic for low income women and girls to have access to care from a provider that looked like them. (I get goosebumps when I think about how intuitive young Raven was! I love her drive and belief in herself.)

So what happened? Why am I here today embarking on a doula journey?

Well, life.. Somewhere along the way- I stopped believing that I was capable of opening my own practice. After being diagnosed with infertility, I felt like I had nothing to offer to the birth world. I heard the statistics. I felt a burning in my soul, I knew I was created to do something to change the statistics surrounding maternal mortality and breastfeeding here in Georgia. But, I kept hearing negative talk like “if you havent birthed a child or breastfed.. you can’t relate.” So, I grew discouraged. I felt that this way was just another thing that infertility had robbed of me. Little did I know that God would use a diagnosis of infertility to bring me back to what he created me to do.

I once read that all healers have to heal themselves first.

It was my journey of holistic healing myself that brought me to my Obgyn.

My Obgyn then introduced me to the term doula when she asked if I had found mine yet.

She also introduced me to the birth worker who trained me, talk about divine connections!!

When I researched what a doula was, I instantly knew that this was the path for me. I started planning my own journey to become a doula even before I found my own doula. I knew that this was how I wanted to support women, holistically. I wanted to walk with them , educate them and be hands on. I’d grown frustrated with the way hospitals were/are … but that another story for another day.

After my own birth & postpartum experience with my doula, it was confirmed- this was the path for me.

I naturally started being a “doula” for those closest to me, and using my social media platform to educate and advocate for all things health, birth and natural parenting.

It’s my own journey that has made me the holistic birth worker that I am. (Of course my amazing training from Omorose Blessings helped too!)

I am grateful that I get to hold space for all of the women and families that I have and will serve as Raye, the Doula!

Peace, Love & Blessings

Disclaimer

*Disclaimer* Products are not designed to diagnose or cure aliments. All products have been researched to reduce symptoms. Herbs are not FDA approved. Recommendations are based on information given. I am not responsible for reactions or misinformed purchases. I am not a doctor, and I am not pretending to be one. I advice through experience and research.

Client Love

Raye the doula was everything I needed this first time around breastfeeding. I’m a mom of 3, ages 3,2, and... Read More...

Larisa Cleaves

Raye The Doula
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2016-05-03T18:24:44+00:00

Larisa Cleaves

Raye the doula was everything I needed this first time around breastfeeding. I’m a mom of 3, ages 3,2, and now a 9 week old baby boy. I didn’t get the opportunity to have such an empowering, and proactive lactation specialist with my first two. I have inverted nipples but now they both are completely pulled out. The techniques she gave and advice are exactly what I needed. Before, I started using her- in my 1st week postpartum, I got mastitis, I had a fever and more... Raye provided that’s when I was able to get some good advice and support about relieving the clogged milk ducts and gave me help positioning to make breastfeeding easier. Once you get that infection, you feel horrible, but she helped make the experience as comfortable as possible. Don’t miss out of booking her, even if you may not have any problems with breastfeeding like I did. As a postpartum mom, you always need someone in your corner to assist and be there for you. Get a team and on your team have her, Raye the doula. Larisa Cleaves, Mom of 3, Wife, Business Owner
Raven Thomas helped me in my TTC journey by giving me knowledge on what was actually going on with my body... Read More...

Vanity Shelton

Raye The Doula
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2016-05-03T18:07:52+00:00

Vanity Shelton

Raven Thomas helped me in my TTC journey by giving me knowledge on what was actually going on with my body and helping me understand my hormones. She educated me on hormone imbalance and the negative affects  that it  has on the body. Raven's  outstanding wisdom lead to me getting pregnant. She walked me through my pregnancy with healthy ways of eating,books and managing my emotions in a healthy way to promote a wonderful stress free pregnancy. During my Postpartum phase she answered all of my questions for breastfeeding, and how to still rest with multiple kids for recovery, any issue I had she made sure she gave me the emotional support as well as a game plan to overcome my issues I was having. I highly recommend her for all of your Doula needs and brestfeeding services. She has such a heart for women and wellness!!
Raven was amazing, she helped me with my cyst and bacteria infection. She knew EXACTLY what I needed to address... Read More...
Raye The Doula
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2020-03-23T03:49:19+00:00
Raven was amazing, she helped me with my cyst and bacteria infection. She knew EXACTLY what I needed to address each issue. She made sure I had everything I needed. Even when I arrived at the store, I called her to make sure I had the correct items... she answered right away and clarified that I had everything. She checked on me every few days to make sure my issues was getting taking care of. I highly recommend a session with Raven for any holistic womb care, health, holistic medicine, etc. thank you Raven so much! Love you
If you’re wondering whether or not you can receive quality care from a doula even if it’s just virtually the... Read More...

Mrs. Adara Sherron

Raye The Doula
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2016-05-03T18:05:39+00:00

Mrs. Adara Sherron

If you’re wondering whether or not you can receive quality care from a doula even if it’s just virtually the answer is yes. Raven provided vital information on what I could expect, request, decline, and more throughout my pregnancy experience. The actual doula I chose to contract here in New York where I live is everything Raven told me I should have in a doula. When had my virtual consultation with Raven, she was polite, informative, reassuring and even answered my million questions. I think a virtual consultation is key for anyone who is unsure about what doulas do and who they are—and if doulas aren’t readily available in your area having the consultation helps with your search. If you are looking for someone to help you choose the right doula service, and you’re not able to meet in person, I would highly recommend having a consultation with Raven. Simply put, she is amazing. - Mrs. Adara Sherron First time mom to a baby girl.
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