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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.

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After years of receiving defeating news of miscarriage coupled with countless negative pregnancy test, as well as medical providers doubting... Read More...

Stephanie, NP

Raye The Doula
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2021-03-29T05:10:34+00:00

Stephanie, NP

After years of receiving defeating news of miscarriage coupled with countless negative pregnancy test, as well as medical providers doubting my chances of pregnancy with a history of pcos, my blessing was planted in my womb.  When we found out I was pregnant (and taking a test 10 times due to disbelief) it was very important for us to have support. Raven communicated with me during times of infertility, provided resources and suggestions so I just knew I wanted her to be my doula after receiving news we were officially pregnant. When Raye initially mentioned she may not be able to commit due to other obligations and I was so devastated. Inevitably, I contracted with another doula and terminated that contract as soon as I discovered Raye was accepting doula clients. During my initial consultation call with Raven I immediately recognized the switch was the best thing to do for ME.   From prenatal visit to labor and delivery, my entire birth process seemed so personalized. I appreciated that Raven frequently helped me normalize  my concerns and feelings while discouraging all negative thoughts on pregnancy.  During labor, Raye not only supported me but also my husband. She was able to take over and allowed him to rest which he is still appreciative of. Her counter pressure techniques really helped me deal with contractions as they were getting more intense. Now that I have transitioned to post partum, Raye continues to provide support and check ins. It truly takes a village & I am grateful to have had Raven as my doula, and support.
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
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
Working with Raye is a dream!!! She was extremely responsive and helpful. On one of my strands the sizing was... Read More...

Lesley Smedley

Raye The Doula
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2021-03-15T00:33:51+00:00

Lesley Smedley

Working with Raye is a dream!!! She was extremely responsive and helpful. On one of my strands the sizing was a little off. I was able to send it back and she got me right. I absolutely love her as a person and as an entrepreneur! She is definitely on my short list for doulas as well. She’s amazing and definitely is mastering all her crafts.
What can I really say about this woman right here? She is my shero, my personal nurse lol. When I... Read More...

Jasmine

Raye The Doula
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2020-01-22T22:54:36+00:00

Jasmine

What can I really say about this woman right here? She is my shero, my personal nurse lol. When I was battling with infertility she was right alongside  of me helping me to fight and to not give up hope. She encourages me , prayed for me and helped me to loose weight and get healthy for my miracle that we knew was coming.  Almost two years later here I am with my miracle baby . Although it’s been rough with so many scares in the beginning , she’s still alongside of me coaching me and helping me through my fears . I love this woman !. -Jasmine
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Raye The Doula