About the Author: Christine Golcher is the owner of Christine's Care & Compassion, LLC, which serves Center City, Main Line, and the greater Philadelphia area. She is certified as a birth doula, postpartum doula, lactation counselor, childbirth educator, in aromatherapy and is presently working on a herbalist certification. Christine is a mother of three wonderful grown children and lives in Center City with her Golden Retriever and Tortie.
One of my clients called me "One stop shopping" for new moms, which I really loved. I can technically help women from pregnancy right up through the postpartum period if they so desire. I am probably one of the older doulas in Philly. One of my clients told me she "felt more mothered by me because I was older than some of the other doulas out there". Works for me! I love what I do and find this work to be so rewarding and fulfilling. To help a pregnant mom have the birth of her dreams and then to be there for her after she comes home with the baby is an awesome experience! I love watching women become mothers. It is a very heartwarming experience. The miracle of birth is something that is never going to get old for me. It's also wonderful to help give new moms some guidance to overcome some of the breastfeeding "bumps in the road" that they may encounter. In my childbirth education course, I use a lot of information from Evidence Based Birth, which helps to prepare the couples to have an evidence based birth at their birth place, instead of just going along with possible procedures and interventions that may be offered to them. I got into aromatherapy side of my business so that I can use essential oils with my laboring clients. I was pleasantly surprised to find out there are many great products that I can make not only for the laboring mother, but also for postpartum, breastfeeding, and babies.
I met Eleonora Barbieri, from Baby Steps, when she asked me to come and interview for a postpartum job. Eleonora had mentioned that she was finding it difficult to find a group of birth professionals to fit into that would be receptive to helping each other, and I had to agree with this. She decided to start the Philadelphia Maternity Network so she could have all kinds of birth professionals in one group and then she could easily refer new couples to these professionals. That is how our network was started. It is a very heart centered group where we enjoy helping each other out and refer clients to one another. I believe we have about 50 members already, and this is still a fairly new project! We also offer very low-cost classes to the community at some great local stores and we hold workshops for each other on topics that we have expertise on. We are new, growing and evolving, and I think it is going to be a beautiful thing for the new parents in our community, and for us as professionals.
To contact Christine or learn more about her business and the services she offers find her on DoulaMatch.net or call her at 215-287-4915