Just like a bird who swoops in to sing a song and call your attention to your heart, to nature, to the beauty of the present moment, Rebecca is here to sing that magic song into your life... From a young age I felt a strong connection to Spirit and spent much time in spiritual communities, alone, and in Nature. I have been blessed to work with so many teachers including Shaman from South America, Mama Medicine Deborah Hanekamp, teachers from Wise Women and Celtic traditions, Robin Rose Bennet, Animal Psychic Amelia Kinkade, Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine practicioners, as well as many other teachers from books and the spiritual realms. I am so grateful to all who have come before me and passed down these wisdom lineages. Especially midwives, birthing mothers, and all my friends and family as we all can learn from each other.
I began teaching Pre-Natal Yoga in 2007 and immediately developed a strong passion in my work with Pre-Natal mothers. I became a Birth Doula in January of 2012 through DONA International, and a Postpartum Doula shortly after.
My work as a Doula is based upon the belief that all women should have a fully supported birth experience, with the right to be informed, respected, and comforted as she chooses. All women know how to give birth and nurture their babies, and often they just need the space and support to be able to unleash their inner wisdom and power, to be true to themselves during this experience. Giving you space to celebrate your own way is one of the greatest joys of this experience.
Understanding that each families needs are different, I strive to help all enjoy this amazing transition in whatever ways they need. I believe that family's can have an amazing birth experience wherever they are, as long as they are fully supported. Specializing in working with the breath, meditations and visualizations, physical comfort measures, massage, reiki, encouragement, emotional support, informational support, and thoughtful care.
I was certified by DONA International in 2012 and have doula-ed over 100 births. I work with women in home, birth center, and hospital birth, both medicated and unmedicated, and from vaginal birth, to cesarean section, to VBAC. ~ I serve the Mother, Baby, and the whole Family, to help support peace in our world. Rebecca thrives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband Monty, daughter Andromeda, dog Balu, and kitten Minerva.
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Client's Stories ~
If there was a 6th star to give, we would. We decided, very late, that a doula would be a good idea. We wanted continuity throughout the process, and knew that hospital shifts would change, so we might not have certainty on who we would deal with in the labor room. Since we were so late in deciding, we had difficulty finding a doula. We couldn't have been luckier to find Rebecca! From the initial visit with us to joining us in the labor room (at 9a on Dec 19th) to Max's arrival a 6am the next day(!), she was wonderful. She brought such a calming and positive energy and we relied on her experience and insights heavily. She was definitely the continuity we needed, as she was logging all the labor activity so there was no question as to what had happened when. She allowed me to grab some food without leaving my wife alone, and gave us a solid foundation for decision-making late in the process. She was a cheerleader, a shoulder and a friend and we couldn't recommend her higher. If you need a doula, or are even curious about what they do, please look no further and contact her.
~ Jake D.
Rebecca Cousin was my doula for my first child, born this October. Rebecca is amazingly calm and positive- just the kind of personality you want in a stressful situation like labor! She was an amazing support for myself and my husband throughout the whole process- first at my home, then the cab ride to the hospital, and for all 11 hours at the hospital. She helped me achieve my goal of having a natural labor experience, with massage techniques and suggesting positions. I can't imagine laboring for the first time without a doula, and I highly recommend Rebecca!
Rebecca was absolutely wonderful. I had questioned the need for a doula initially and found Rebecca after my midwife encouraged me to enlist additional support. My midwife was right! Rebecca's presence at and assistance with the birth was just perfect. She was my right hand woman through it all and provided emotional and physical sustenance (yummy banana bread!). Most touching, Rebecca gave me the gift of memorializing my little one's birth story. I will be reading it to my daughter every year on her birthday, I have no doubt.