Rachel Hess, M.S., Postpartum Doula
I am deeply committed to improving the lives of children and families in the greater Boston area. I believe that the right kind of support can empower new parents to bond with their new family member and truly enjoy those first few weeks and months of parenthood.
Parenting has become an increasingly isolating task in our society and I look forward to helping new families break that isolation, figure out the kinds of support they need, and then providing that support or refer them to someone who can.
My approach is both practical and holistic, focusing on the small day-to-day tasks that can make new parenthood easier as well as thinking about the emotional well-being of the entire family. The basic idea of a postpartum doula is that the new parents need someone to take care of them so that they can take care of their new baby.
Rachel Hess is a CAPPA Trained Postpartum Doula. She supports new families in the greater Boston area as a postpartum doula and running parent support groups. She is a contributor toRound the Circle, with her piece “Supporting LGBTQ Families: Tips for Doulas.” She has presented on LGBQ/T families for the Partners in Perinatal Health Conference and for the Boston Association of Childbirth Educators. She previously worked supporting new families at Isis Parenting and Mama and Me as an instructor and at ReadBoston as a literacy coach. In addition, she worked as a training coordinator for Samaritans, a suicide prevention non-profit. Rachel received her Master’s Degree in Language and Literacy Studies from Wheelock College and her bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies with a minor in Gender and Women’s studies from Oberlin College. She lives in Jamaica Plain with her wife and two daughters.