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About Me

I am a certified birth doula, certified postpartum doula, certified lactation counselor, certified childbirth educator,  certified aromatherapist, certified herbalist, living in and serving the Philadelphia, PA area.

I am an older doula, so if you are looking for someone with more life experience and maturity, I am the one for you! My clients have told me they feel very mothered by me, which is great, since being a doula is all about mothering the mother! I have three, wonderful, grown, children who are all out on their own now, so it’s me and my Golden Retriever and Tortie! This is nice because it gives me a lot of flexibility to work!

My Birth Philosophy

My birth philosophy really changes with each of my clients, because it’s really about what the client wants for her birth! So, I suppose my philosophy is really to support the client in whatever their ideal, dream, birth looks like. It should be whatever they want it to be and I am there to emotionally support the parents, provide physical comfort measures for the mama, provide information during the labor and birth, and help the couple to advocate for themselves if need be.


BIRTH

POSTPARTUM

LACTATION

CHILDBIRTH ED.

AROMATHERAPY

HERBALIST


BIRTH DOULA SERVICES

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I INCLUDE:

TWO PRENATAL VISITS

THE LABOR AND DELIVERY

AN HOUR (OR TWO) AFTER THE BIRTH

A POSTPARTUM VISIT ONCE YOU RETURN HOME

ON-CALL FROM WEEKS 37-42 OF THE PREGNANCY

 MY CLIENTS CAN ALSO CALL, TEXT OR EMAIL AT ANY TIME THEY HAVE A QUESTION OR NEED SOME MORE INFORMATION

FEE - $900

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POSTPARTUM SERVICES

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I AM THERE ONCE THE COUPLE GETS HOME FROM THEIR BIRTHPLACE TO MOTHER THE MOTHER AND NURTURE THE FAMILY.

IDEALLY, I WOULD SEND THE WHOLE FAMILY TO BED TO REST, RELAX AND BOND WITH THEIR BABY, ETC., AND I WOULD TAKE OVER CARING FOR THEM BY FEEDING AND HYDRATING THEM, HELPING WITH BREASTFEEDING, AND TAKING OVER HOUSEHOLD TASKS UNTIL MAMA FEELS UP TO GETTING BACK TO THIS WORK.

FEE - $30 PER HOUR
  

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LACTATION SERVICES

 

I CAN TEACH A PRENATAL CLASS FOR EXPECTING PARENTS 

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CLIENTS CAN CONTACT ME AFTER THEY HAVE HAD THEIR BABY AND  NEED SOME ASSISTANCE WITH BREASTFEEDING

FEE - $30 PER HOUR
   

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CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION

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GROUP CHILDBIRTH EDUCATION CLASSES(12 HOURS) - $235 PER COUPLE

BREASTFEEDING CLASS(2.5 HOURS) - $75

NEWBORN CARE CLASS(3 HOURS) - $75

PAIN MEDICATIONS FOR LABOR CLASS(2 HOURS) - $60


PRIVATE CLASSES ALSO AVAILABLE - PLEASE INQUIRE!
     

AROMATHERAPY
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​ I CAN OFFER AROMATHERAPY SERVICES TO ANY OF MY CLIENTS AND ALSO DO CONSULTATIONS FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN USING AROMATHERAPY FOR THEIR PHYSICAL/EMOTIONAL ISSUES

PLEASE INQUIRE
 

I have herbal products averrable for my clients for pregnancy, labor, breastfeeding, and postpartum if interested.

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I also offer herbal consolations for anyone interested in using herbs as a remedy for a myriad of physical or emotional ailments.

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Cost for a one hour consultation is $95.00

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CONTACT ME

CHRISTINE’S CARE AND COMPASSION

S 21st St., Philadelphia, PA, 19146 

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Phone: (215) 287-4915
Email: chrisgolcher@gmail.com


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  • Posted on April 29, 2016 11:15 pm
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    A postpartum sealing ceremony is also called "closing the bones", a postpartum sealing ceremony is a beautiful way to mark the transition into motherhood. Birth is a process of opening to allow new life to enter the world.  According to traditional beliefs, the physical body and chakras are left open after birth until they have been symbolically closed.  The ceremony also provides space for integration of the birth experience. The shift from pregnancy to postpartum is sudden and dramatic, often without a moment of pause to catch your breath.  It's no wonder that many new moms find themselves feeling raw and vulnerable.  A postpartum sealing ceremony provides closure to the intense openness of the birth experience, on a physical, psychological,

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  • Posted on April 29, 2016 8:24 pm
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    Belly binding has been used to support pregnant and postpartum parents throughout history in nearly all traditional cultures around the world.  Most cultures prescribe a period of resting and confinement for new mothers after birth, usually 30-40 days.  The word "quarantine" comes from the French word "quarante", meaning "forty"-the number of days women were supposed to be kept separate from the rest of society. This serves several purposes:  It allows new mothers time to recover from birth and get to know their baby, and keeps both of them from being exposed to too many germs during this vulnerable time. In addition to being confined to the home, new mothers were traditionally encouraged to stay wrapped and bundled, and also to

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  • Posted on March 26, 2016 2:37 pm
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    PREGNANCY REMEDIES: I have remedies for heartburn, backaches, anemia, nausea and vomiting, hemorrhoids. I have a Belly Balm recipe for stretch marks and a pregnancy bath. I have herbs to alleviate insomnia. HERBS FOR LABOR: I have herbs and essential oils that can help bring on labor if you are getting close to 42 weeks and want to try to avoid a medical induction.   HERBS FOR POSTPARTUM: I have herbs for night sweats, hemorrhoids, getting to sleep, profuse bleeding, recipe for afterwipes, perineum wash.   HERBS FOR BREASTFEEDING: I have herbs to help increase milk supply, herbs for mastitis, yeast infections.   Please inquire if you would like me to make you any of these items. Christine Golcher, Certified

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  • Posted on November 18, 2015 2:56 am
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    Aromatherapy for Pregnancy, Labor, Postpartum, Breastfeeding and Baby Care   For pregnancy: I have essential oils available for relieving leg cramps, fluid retention, general tiredness, varicose veins, stretch marks, relieving fatigue, upset stomach, calming, skin care, relieving tension, and insomnia.   I can also prepare a belly balm for you to use which should help with stretch marks.   For labor: I can prepare a labor massage oil, and a mist for after the birth. I can also prepare something for aching legs.   For postpartum: I can prepare an afterbirth sitz bath, wipes for sutures and hemorrhoids, a perineum healing sitz bath. Also available is an energy booster, something for relaxation and rest, an uplifting/postpartum blend, something for enhancing

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  • Posted on November 18, 2015 2:52 am
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    This is another very good question that gets asked all the time! Hospitals offer classes, and then there are Lamaze classes, Bradley classes, Hypnobirthing classes, etc, etc.  What I like about the childbirth ed class that I teach is that it is an independent class. I don't teach it at a hospital, as I don't want my course to be hospital biased. I don't teach a certain method, but in my independent class, I do teach some of the Lamaze information. My class is not going to be biased in any direction. I will just give you the facts that you need to know in order to be prepared for baby's birth, educated, and empowered. That is what this is

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