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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 is that if a laboring women is left undisturbed, her body will know how to birth her baby (barring any medical emergency for mom or babe).  However, I would like to add that it really doesn’t matter what my personal philosophy is, because when I am working with a birth client, it is all about what her philosophy is and what she wants for her birth. I will support whatever educated decision that my clients make as far as how they want to birth their baby!

BIRTH

POSTPARTUM

LACTATION

CHILDBIRTH ED.

AROMATHERAPY

HERBALIST

BELLY BINDING

POSTPARTUM SEALING CEREMONY

BREASTFEEDING CLASS

NEWBORN CARE CLASS


BIRTH DOULA SERVICES

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 - $925

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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 

OR

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

COME AND LEARN HOW YOU CAN PREPARE FOR YOUR BABY’S BIRTH!


CLASS 1: PREPARING FOR LABOR
CLASS 2: UNDERSTANDING LABOR, BIRTH PLAN, VIDEO
CLASS 3: LABOR PROGRESS, STAGE 2 LABOR, LABOR SUPPORT
CLASS 4: HOSPITAL PROCEDURES, PAIN MEDS, VIDEO
CLASS 5: VARIATIONS OF LABOR, MEDICAL INTERVENTIONS, CESAREAN BIRTH, RECOVERY
CLASS 6: POSTPARTUM FAMILY ADJUSTMENTS, BREASTFEEDING INTRO, LABOR REHEARSAL


I use the book Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn, and curriculum by author Janelle Durham. Classes will be held on Sept. 10, 17, and 24, and Oct. 1,8, and 22, 2016, from 2-4 in the afternoons.
This is a 12 hour course and the cost per couple is $360.00 (includes text book). Please call Christine Golcher, CBE, to register! 215-287-4915. We will be using the Baby Steps space at 2216 South St., Philadelphia, PA, 19128, 2
nd floor



Hope to see you all there! Please call Christine with any questions!

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

consultations are $75.00 and I have products available for pregnancy, labor, postpartum, breastfeeding, and babies.

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

Bengkung belly binding is a traditional Malaysian form of wrapping that provides gentle yet firm support for the womb, spine, and abdominal muscles after birth. Binding helps you regain your pre-pregnancy shape faster, and gives the wearer an aesthetically pleasing silhouette, Binding speeds the healing process by gently assisting your muscles and organs back into place while aiding the elimination of uterine discharge. Belly binding also helps you maintain proper posture while breastfeeding and babywearing, warding off potential backaches. A must for postpartum recovery and wellness!

$50 for service (does not include the wrap, which you can return to me when done)
Credit to Marcy Ganoe, instructor


What is a postpartum sealing ceremony?
Also called “closing the bones”, a postpartum sealing ceremony is a beautiful way to mark the transition into motherhood. In fact, this is considered essential postpartum care in many cultures. Birth is a process of opening to allow new life to enter the world. The shift from pregnancy to postpartum is sudden and dramatic, without a moment of pause to catch your breath and integrate this transformative experience. 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, and spiritual level. It can take place anytime during the first 40 days after birth.
What happens during the ceremony?
The ceremony takes approximately 3 hours to complete. You have the option to customize it however you like. The usual structure of the ceremony goes something like this:

Ceremonial bath / yoni steam
Depositphotos_5446265_original – I will draw a bath for you with healing herbs and minerals to replenish and soothe the body. Another option is a yoni steam, a traditional vaginal steam treatment using the same types of herbs. This warming energy is beneficial for postpartum recovery, and spending time in the water allows you to reconnect with the watery energy of the womb. It can be an opportunity for some alone time, or for a “rebirthing” ceremony with your baby if there was anything disappointing about your original birth experience. As you emerge from your bath, hold the intention that you are being reborn, new and fully integrated.
Moxibustion – Moxibustion is a technique used in Chinese medicine and acupuncture to bring healing warmth to the body. A stick of moxa (Chinese mugwort) is lit and brought close to the skin over your womb and sacrum to provide heat, which is then massaged inward to be absorbed by the body.
Massage – Massage is a wonderful way to pamper yourself and honor the incredible strength it took to carry your child into the world. Massage during the postpartum period helps with relaxation, improves circulation, reduces swelling, and relieves aches and pains. It can also help with postpartum mood disorders and increase breastfeeding success. For the massage piece, you have a choice of a male licensed massage therapist, who will charge $50 for a 50 minute, full body, massage or a female licensed massage therapist who will charge $110 for one hour of bodywork. This price will be included in your total.
Tucking In and Blessings – Following birth, the body and its energy centers remain open until consciously closed. “Tucking in” or “closing the bones” is a way to ritually seal the body and attain closure from the birth experience. I will wrap your body with ceremonial cloths at the ankles, knees, hips, shoulders, and head to close the major energy centers of the body. I use sage and rose water to clear away negativity, then balance your chakras with Reiki energy therapy.
a9e2e6fd5619c35fa01372cc0292bb3dBengkung belly bindingBengkung belly binding is a traditional Malaysian form of wrapping that provides gentle yet firm support for the womb, spine, and abdominal muscles after birth. Binding helps you regain your pre-pregnancy shape faster, speeds the healing process by gently assisting your muscles and organs back into place, aids the elimination of uterine discharge, and helps you maintain proper posture while breastfeeding and babywearing. This is the perfect way to close the ceremony and provide long lasting effects. The belly binding is not included in the fee. You can return the binding to me when you are done with it.
It is recommended to do the full ceremony five times during the first 14-40 days.


Fee $350.00
Credit to Marcy Ganoe, instructor​

BREASTFEEDING CLASS

2.5 HOUR CLASS - $75

  • NEWBORN CARE CLASS

3 HOUR CLASS - $90

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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 November 26, 2016 1:02 am
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    Are you looking for a holiday gift for that special expecting couple? How about a gift certificate for one of my services? I have gift certificates available for all of my services:  birth doula, postpartum doula, lactation counselor, childbirth education course, breastfeeding class, newborn care class, consultations for aromatherapy and herbs! They are available in any denomination or you can gift the whole service! gift-certificates-for-services

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  • Posted on November 15, 2016 8:05 pm
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    Hello everyone! I am planning on having my next childbirth education classes at Lilypad in Philadelphia, after the holidays. Once I have the dates nailed down, I will have the flyer posted on my website. In the meantime, wanted to share my very favorite websites, apps, and books with you! Favorite websites: www.EvidenceBasedBirth.com Kellymom.com LaLecheLeague.org VBACfacts.com www.ScentSationalAromatherapy.net www.TheHappyHerbalist.net www.youngliving.org/golcher1 www.etsy.com/shop/ChristinesCreations8 My favorite apps: My Birth Wishes EmojiMom My favorite books: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn The Birth Partner Penny Simkin's Guide to Labor Progress Ina May's Guide to Childbirth The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding The Baby Book by Dr. Sears The Sitting Moon Here are some local resource recommendations: Acupuncture:  Caroline Ashurst and Marlene Burk Chiropractors: Justin Ohm and Cara

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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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