1 years of experience | 1 families served
Lives in Stoneham, MA
$40 per hour (4 hour minimum)
Available and flexible
Experience & Education
- Certified doula in labor, postpartum and infant care
- Certified childbirth educator (ProDoula)
- Training in labor doula with DONA
- Training with infant feeding with ProDoula
Within 30 min from Stoneham, MA
What can I help out with?
Infant feeding, Light housework e.g. baby laundry, cleaning dishes, Letting parent(s) sleep while you take care of baby, Letting parent(s) go out for a walk/coffee while you take care of baby, Sibling support, Light meal prep, Helping mom learn how to take care of baby
Health Precautions & Exposure
I am fully vaccinated for COVID-19. I wash my hands and wear a mask when out in public. I do my best to limit my exposure and avoid activities such as eating at restaurants indoors, etc. I will occasionally get COVID tests done at various testing sites. I strive to protect my safety as well as your family’s safety and health.
My name is Rebecca Lynn Coluntino, and "Becky" is my nickname. I've been an OT but now CBE, Doula, and Mom to 1 1/2 yr old Joseph, soon to be mom of 2 boys (Michael, due in June 2021). I have been with my husband Joe since 12 years old, and he is a proud real estate attorney. We love going to Italy, skiing, being with our families, dogs, and going to North Conway for get-aways with cousins. I used to be a gymnast, and I now enjoy doing yoga, jogging, and walking in the woods with my son and dogs. On the side for fun, I write children's books and enjoy reading, baking for others, photography, and spending time helping my community!
How do you help new parents?
1) Providing families with unbiased/judgement free, educational/emotional support, always meeting them where they're at, and providing services they need. 2) Knowing how to assess mental health needs, and when to ask for resources when something is out of my scope of practice + striving to provide parents with helpful resources. 3) Being their coach and their positive reinforcement that they're doing a great job, in a sometimes stressful adventure of parenting.
Why did you pursue this career?
I had a baby and instead of being disappointed or traumatized by having a surgery after laboring for 12 hours, I was at peace with it because I hired a doula. I had the education, constant support and postpartum support of my doula; before I had the baby, although I was a health professional, I did not know what a doula really did or all their job could entail. I fell in love with the postpartum and labor doula world + everything birth-related and wanted to pursue this as my new career path. I hope to provide this educational/emotional/physical support to clients and reduce fears, empowering them with knowledge and support as they enter parenthood. It is my honor to give back all that support I felt when I went through my birth experience and beyond. Though switching careers was not an easy decision, I am so glad I did because of my passion for the space, and I'm excited to keep helping my community but now in a whole new way! :)