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About Me

I am a certified birth doula, certified postpartum doula, certified lactation counselor, certified childbirth educator, and certified aromatherapist 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


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
 

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CONTACT ME

CHRISTINE’S CARE AND COMPASSION

275 Shawmont Ave. F, Philadelphia, PA. 19128 

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


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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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  • Posted on November 16, 2015 10:28 pm
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    This is an excellent question and I can definitely help you with this! If you want to breastfeed your baby, the best way to start is as soon as your baby is born, your baby should be handed to you and put right on your chest, vertically, between your breasts (if all is well with mom and baby of course!). Your baby is going to go through about nine different stages after he is placed on your chest, skin to skin. At around the one hour mark, baby will most likely start looking for one of your nipples. He will decide which one as you will see him starting to move towards it. All you have to do is

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  • Posted on July 29, 2015 4:20 pm
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    This is a very good question and is asked by a lot of parents. There is a lot of confusion out there about what the difference is and it is complicated by some doulas doing baby nurse work but calling themselves doulas. So, as a DONA certified postpartum doula, I will try to set the record straight, at least as I understand it from my trainer! A postpartum doula is really all about “mothering the mother”. It is our job to take care of a new mom so that she can take care of her new baby. When the new parents get home from their birthplace, we will send the whole new family to bed to rest, sleep, relax, feed,

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  • Posted on July 29, 2015 4:12 pm
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    You might have heard the phrase, “Cascade of interventions” being thrown around if you are pregnant and looking for information on where and how to have your baby. What this means is that sometimes in a woman’s labor in a hospital, certain procedures or interventions are recommended to the laboring woman. I will give you an example:  Your doctor feels that your labor is not progressing as it should and he/she recommends that you get some pitocin to speed things up. You had wanted to have a natural birth, so you are not sure if you want this or not. You decide to agree to this. Your wish for a medication-free birth may have just gone out the window. Pitocin

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