Rebecca Durlin Smith
Birth Doula

rebecca@bravebirth.com

(415) 702-5671


With Rebecca at our side, we always felt prepared. When things came up, we knew we could rely on her to help us with experienced guidance and research.
— Tara, Patrick & Baby Hazel
...her presence and the way she carried out the first part allowed me to focus more intently on directly supporting my wife and remaining engaged with her as she pushed our baby out with no meds.
— Raquel, Mike & Baby Issac
We can honestly say that the birth of our beautiful baby boy was a magical, intense, and perfect memory that we will forever cherish and Rebecca was a huge part of it.
— Whitney, Steven and baby Aiden

Bio

Whether this is your first, second or third child, a new chapter of your life is unfolding. As you embark on the amazing journeys of pregnancy and parenthood, I would be honored to be your trusted guide.

My deepest passion is passing on the spirit of unconditional support that my doulas provided to me during the births of my two babies.

As your Doula I would be delighted to help you build and grow the strength, confidence and joy available to you through your birth experience. As both a doula and a childbirth educator, my goal is to help you get the tools you need to make informed decisions (prenatally and during labor and birth) and to find empowerment in your birth experience. As a placenta specialist I have the pleasure of supporting the postpartum period through the ancient tradition of placenta processing.

The most empowering event of my life was the beautiful birth of my first child. The support and confidence we received from our amazing midwives and doula, the education we received in our childbirth classes, and the hard work we put into preparing for our baby's birth ignited in me a passion for birth that cannot be extinguished.

While pregnant, I was immersed in yoga teacher training and felt drawn to work with others who were pregnant though teaching prenatal yoga. I loved informally sharing my pregnancy and birth knowledge with my students. I deepened my perinatal expertise through becoming a Bradley Method childbirth educator, in order to share this knowledge with as many parents as possible. My childbirth ed students began to ask me to assist at their births and a doula was born.

I have completed a DONA-certified doula training as well as advanced studies in optimal fetal positioning, homeopathy for labor, birth & postpartum, massage for doulas, home birth for doulas, and spinning babies techniques with Gail Tully, CPM. My birth career began in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I had a thriving doula, childbirth education, and placenta processing business before our family relocated to the amazing Pacific Northwest.

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TESTIMONIAL:

"With Rebecca at our side, we always felt prepared.  When things came up, we knew we could rely on her to help us with experienced guidance and research. Even when things veered as far as possible from our birth plan, Rebecca helped us in ways that we never expected, especially in extraordinary ways that were beyond what she was obligated to do.  She helped keep us calm and sane in a time when fear could have easily gotten the better of us. I can't imagine the birth of our daughter without Rebecca being there." 

- Tara, Patrick & baby Hazel

"From the dad’s point of view, having Rebecca as our doula was really important for two main reasons.  First the obvious: she kept us on track to deliver naturally, she instilled confidence in us during the process, and was there for input on decisions when anything came up.  But second, and more of a subtlety: her presence and the way she carried out the first part allowed me to focus more intently on directly supporting my wife and remaining engaged with her as she pushed our baby out with no meds." 

- Raquel, Mike & baby Issac

"Rebecca wasn't just there for us on the big day, but also the weeks leading up to it.  Our initial consultation and two in-home visits never felt rushed.  Rebecca is patient, warm, and professional.  She was a calming presence during a stressful and uncertain period in our lives. Rebecca brought the ideal blend of scientific reasoning and emotional support to our experience.  I never felt a hint of judgment coming from her and she was always clear that it wasn't about her -- she was there to support us. While I was in labor, Rebecca was amazing.  She encouraged my husband to take a break that he desperately needed (he had been awake for almost 24 hours at that point) and stayed with me, getting drenched while I labored in the shower.  During the pushing stage, she did lots of little things to help me simultaneously relax and be more efficient.  She helped turn an experience that was physically demanding into something magical."

— Ilana, Seth & baby Talia

"We had an amazing experience with Rebecca from start to finish. My husband and I were looking for someone to be supportive, direct, and our advocate during the birth of our first born. I knew that with my history as a labor and delivery nurse, I would be thinking about the medical side of the birth and wanted someone who was knowledgeable about birth to be my eyes and ears and help me focus on my baby, myself, and to be the patient. Rebecca did just that and more!  She helped guide and support my husband and I through the early stages of labor when my water broke unexpectedly at 38 weeks and natural labor did not follow.  She provided constant support and helped keep our minds on the ultimate goal of a healthy baby and mom.  Rebecca knew exactly when and how to switch things up when our labor became more and more intense. My mom and sister were also present for the majority of my labor and Rebecca included them and also directed them with helpful tasks throughout my labor. When labor did not go as expected and we needed to pursue originally undesired interventions to aid in the progression of our labor, Rebecca helped keep everyone united, calm, and focused on the outcome of birth.  I remember several times throughout labor feeling overwhelmed and seeing her face and gentle smile helping me focus while feeling safe and provided for.  We are very grateful to Rebecca for her love and support during one of the most important and intense experiences of our lives. We can honestly say that the birth of our beautiful baby boy was a magical, intense, and perfect memory that we will forever cherish and Rebecca was a huge part of it."

-Whitney & Steven A.