Rain is originally from coastal Northern California. The child of a busy surgeon and a cardiac ICU nurse, she spent plenty of time in hospital nurse stations and emergency rooms while growing up. This has given her a deep respect and understanding of doctors and nurses working in the hospital environment; it helps her do her job as a doula more effectively and build respectful relationships with hospital staff when working in a hospital environment. Her two daughters are grown now, but her first birth in 1991, at home with a lay midwife (before lay midwives were legal in California), sparked a desire to become a birth worker someday and offer women the same kind of attuned, connected, heart to heart support that she received. Her second birth, in a hospital, with a nurse midwife, showed her that we need to be doing better when it comes to women birthing in that environment.
She came to Los Angeles in 1995 and raised a family while working as a certified massage therapist, artist, and Reiki practitioner. When she's not working in Los Angeles, she's probably up in Portland, doting on her first grandchild.
Married to a set lighting technician, she has a unique understanding of the demands of the film industry on young families and has geared her services around providing thoughtful, flexible support in this area to people who work "below the line" in film and television production. She offers antepartum services in addition to postpartum support, very flexible scheduling and will show up for you in whatever way you need her to, even being present for very early labor support when needed (because labor can start unexpectedly, even when your partner is out on location).
She completed her first birth doula training in January of 2016 and very quickly followed that up with postpartum and placenta encapsulation trainings, to round out the services she could offer new parents. She recently retrained for labor and is currently working towards completing her birth doula certification with a new organization. She tries to get to advanced skills workshops and additional trainings whenever possible, believing that professional development and staying current on all things birth is critical to providing clients with the best care possible.