RACHELLE AHMAD | MENTOR DOULA
My name is Rachelle Ahmad and I am a mentor doula with Welcome Home Doula Services. My journey into the birthing community started six years ago with the cesarean birth of my son. Several months after his birth I began to realize the profound affects of his traumatic birth. I sought out the support of the local ICAN (International Cesarean Awareness Network) chapter and these women changed my life. They understood what I was going through, both physically and emotionally, and provided me with the support I needed to grieve and heal from my birth. When I found out I was pregnant again, I began reading everything I could about pregnancy and birth to prepare for a VBAC. Armed with a better understanding of normal physiological birth I chose a home birth, hired a midwife and doula. Surrounding myself with women who unconditionally supported my choices made all difference, I could not have faced my fears and anxieties without them (neither could have my husband!).
My goal as a doula is to help other women feel empowered and confident during pregnancy and birth, especially VBAC moms.
I currently am co-leader of the ICAN of Sacramento and also substitute teach. Some weekends you can find me face painting at festivals and special events, but usually I just try to sleep in because my two rambunctious children keep me on my toes. I feel honored to be a part of the birthing community and am grateful for the opportunity to accompany others on their journey.