215-287-4915

Christine’s Care & Compassion, LLC

Everything you need for the childbearing year.

I am a certified birth doula, postpartum doula, lactation counselor, childbirth educator, newborn care specialist, bereavement support, aromatherapist, and herbalist living in Center City, Philadelphia, and serving the entire Philadelphia region.

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best doula philadelphia BEST DOULA AWARD 2016
BEST DOULA FINALIST 2017

I am an older doula, so if you are looking to be mothered (which is what doulas do), then you have found the right person! Let me care for you with my wide range of services that will inform, inspire, and nurture you from pregnancy to postpartum. One of my clients shared that my care felt like “one-stop shopping!”

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Hi, my name is Christine.

I am mother to three, wonderful, grown, children who are all out on their own. This allows me plenty of time to dedicate myself to caring for your family as your doula. I currently live with Honey, my very old Golden Retriever, and my Tortie cat Harvey-Two Face.

 

My birth philosophy? Over the years I have seen again and again that a safe and calm birthing environment with minimal disruptions allows your body and baby to know what to do to give birth. While this philosophy guides my care for you, my #1 priority is to support you in making informed decisions and honoring your needs and wants for your birth.

-Christine

Training & Certifications

Certified Birth Doula, DONA International
Certfied Postpartum Doula, DONA International
Certified Lactation Counseling, Healthy Children Project
Certified Childbirth Educator, Childbirth International
Bereavement Support, Birth Arts international
Certified Aromatherapy, Heart of Herbs
Certified Herbalist, Heart of Herbs

Everything You Need for the Childbearing year

Birth Doula

My birth doula care begins in pregnancy, with two comprehensive home visits helping you and your birth partner(s) to feel prepared for birth. My role includes continuous emotional support for you and your partner, physical comfort measures, information support, and helping you advocate for yourself every step of the way.

Postpartum Doula

As a postpartum doula, I am all about mothering you as a new mother and nurturing your family. Ideally I would be at your home once you get home from your birthplace. My role is to help your new family sleep, rest, relax, enjoy, feed and bond with your baby. I will help with food, breastfeeding, household tasks, baby care instruction, and emotional support.

Breastfeeding Help

As a lactation counselor, I help you get a solid healthy start to breastfeeding your baby. I encourage you to begin with my prenatal breastfeeding class while you are pregnant, building a foundation for your first weeks with baby. After birth, I can come to your home to help with any breastfeeding issues that may occur.

Newborn Care Specialist

If you are a bottle feeding family and would like to get some sleep at night, I can come in to your home and provide expert professional care for your newborn at night so you can get some sleep.

Grandparents Baby Care Class

Learn about the care and keeping of babies in 2017 with current information on safety, health, and baby care. Come learn how you can be the best grandparent ever and help avoid conflict with your own child!

Childbirth Education

I teach private childbirth education classes in my home or yours, as well as a newborn care class and breastfeeding class. You can even invite friends or family to create a group class!

Aromatherapy & Herbs

There are many ways to use aromatherapy and herbs during your pregnancy, labor, postpartum period, breastfeeding and for baby.

Belly Binding & Postpartum Sealing

Belly binding and sealing have been used to support pregnant and postpartum parents in nearly all traditional cultures around the world.

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Rates include Birth Doula Care for $1000, Postpartum Doula Care at $30 / hour, and Newborn Care Specialist Support at $30/hour for a singleton and $35/hour for twins. A Lactation Support Home Visit is $95. For childbirth education, my one day Private Childbirth Education Course is $240 (8 hours), the Six Evening Private Childbirth Education Course is $360 (12 hours), Breastfeeding Workshop is $75 (2.5 hours), and the Newborn Care Workshop is $90 (3 hours). Prices vary for Aromatherapy and Herbal products. *All classes and workshops can be either private or with a group of friends.

Get in Touch

Interested in learning more about my services or ready to schedule an interview? Please let me know by using the form at right, or contact me by phone or email. I do my very best to get back to all requests within 24 hours. I look forward to sharing more with you!

– Christine Golcher

Certified Doula, Lactation Counselor, Childbirth Educator, Bereavement Support, Aromatherapist, and Herbalist

Philadelphia Doula Services

215-287-4915
ChrisGolcher@gmail.com

“Christine was incredible. I could not be happier with the outcome of my final birth.

I delivered a son via VBAC with Christine’s help. My goal was to labor at home for as long as possible for fear that if I went into the hospital too early I would be trapped in bed with all sorts of meds and IVs and not be able to move around. This baby was my last chance to have the vaginal birth that I desperately wanted and Chris was there to help me despite my fears and pain. Please don’t hesitate to hire a doula to assist you in labor (they are heaven sent) and consider Christine to help you.”

On the Blog…

Pregnant in Philadelphia? Here are some of my favorite holistic practitioners

Since I have been supporting families as a birth and postpartum doula for about four years now, I have met some great professionals in the field that I would like to recommend. I am a strong believer in taking advantage of all the wonderful care the community of holistic practitioners here in Philadelphia has to… >> Read More

A Birth Story

One of my favorite stories that I like to tell is from the first time I was a backup doula for another doula who was away when her client went into labor. I had briefly met with the client and her husband for about a half hour, during their second prenatal meeting. So, needless to… >> Read More

What is a Doula?

What is a doula?

What is a doula? Doula is an ancient Greek word for female who serves. There are two types of doulas. First I will talk about the birth doula. A birth doula is a woman who will help a laboring mother through her labor and the birth of her baby. Many doulas are certified by DONA… >> Read More

“The secret is not that birth is painful, it is that women are strong!”
– Laura Stavoe Harm

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