Birth and death are sacred things.
Sacred, but not spotless.
They are raw, spiritual, radical, awe-inducing, transformative, heart-forward, soul-ripping.
Blood and bone. Light and dark.
They can also be profoundly peaceful experiences, imbued with all the more meaning and joy because of the power they require. It’s all of it, all at once.
It is up to us to walk through these doors. But we don’t have to do it alone. Excellent support means the difference between ‘suffering’ and ‘transformation.’
Support | Advocate | Empower
Lindsay Rathert (she/her) is a DONA trained birth doula, with advanced studies in perinatal loss. She also holds a Communications degree from Northwestern University.
While completing her doula training, Lindsay volunteered at a hospice, and began to see birth and death as one central threshold, instead of two ends of a spectrum. We all have to walk through those doors alone, but excellent support can mean the difference between 'suffering' and 'transformation.'
She is passionate about helping individuals and families have the most empowering and present experiences possible, balancing an evidence-based approach with honoring each client's intuition and expertise on their own bodies. Lindsay is on a mission to create a culture of ownership around those radical moments of transition by promoting compassionate listening, fierce advocacy, and a real, "F*, yes" attitude.
Offering a range of resources and private coaching to help you navigate the conversations and boundary-setting that often arise during major life transitions.
Effectively communicating with your providers
Setting compassionate boundaries with family
Holding space for others
Advocating for yourself
Birth Doula Support
Continuity of care during pregnancy, labor, and delivery is one of the most meaningful aspects of working with a birth doula. Here are some ways that often looks:
Prenatal visits to build connection, provide resources, and discuss birth preferences
Continuous support during labor and delivery
Immediate postpartum support
Postpartum follow-up visit
*please note that service can be in-person or virtual, depending on your preferences
Perinatal Loss Support
Inclusive of pregnancy loss, stillbirth, and neonatal death. Some of the ways a loss doula can support you during this time are:
In-person support and advocacy during birth and/or clinical procedures
Provide resources and referrals
Hold space to process emotions and options
Practical assistance in planning/logistics
"Lindsay was an angel. She was compassionate, competent, and helped me bring out my laboring power. She allowed me to be myself while supporting me in a loving and non-judgmental way the whole way through!"