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Pregnancy and Postpartum Reiki

I’ve had a few inquires about Reiki during the childbearing year from both pregnant and postpartum women, so I wanted to write a few words about how I came to practice Reiki and what a typical Reiki session could look like.

I was receiving Reiki from a husband and wife healing team for several years before I learned the art. For me, Reiki was always more relaxing and longer lasting than a massage and had a more intense quality to it. I would leave a Reiki session clear -eyes (literally) and walking on air. I’d also be in a highly sensitive state and the smallest thing could sometimes knock me off balance and make me upset or sad. Most of the time I woke the next day feeling completely refreshed, balanced and grounded.

I learned Reiki from Molly Fitzpatrick, a local Reiki Master and Acupuncturist at Nurture in 2007. My husband Dave, started on the Reiki learning journey before me and when he came home from his first learning session I wanted to experience what he did. So a few months later I signed up to learn how to share Reiki with others.

A year after becoming a Reiki Master I became very sick, experiencing what I call a mystical health crisis that lasted several months. The only thing that made me feel like I could make it to the next day was Reiki. Reiki provided a space for me to breathe and gather strength. Reiki prevented me from falling into total despair while I was in the midst of shedding many layers of skin.

I began offering Reiki to friends and family and then to women. I love sharing the Reiki energy with pregnant women most of all. There is a beautiful energy exchange that happens when you enter into a healing session with a mom and her baby inside. It’s a very special experience that I am grateful for at every session.

A typical Reiki session with me would be between 60 and 90 minutes, just depending on the conversation, intentions and what comes up for both of us. I like to begin each session by talking about why mom is seeking Reiki – which could be for any number of reasons – just to try it out, back pain, to connect more with baby, looking for more energy, trying to relax, help turn baby, help build immunity, etc.

After settling in with each other and understanding mom’s intention, we may begin the Reiki session or, if it feels right, talk about using crystals, aromatherapy oils, flower essences or oracle cards to facilitate the session.

Depending on where mom is in her pregnancy, she may lay on a massage table on her back or belly, on her side in a bed or sitting in a chair. Reiki can be performed in any position, it’s all about what is best for mom.

If I am working with a postpartum mom, ideally baby will be in mom’s arms or in the same room so baby can receive the benefits of Reiki as well. Children respond very quickly to this healing energy and it’s fun (and informative) to watch their reactions when mom is receiving Reiki.

Mom’s stay full clothed during the session and I may lay my hands directly on mom or hold them a few inches from her body. During the session mom can close her eyes and simply relax. I’ll be placing my hands in various positions on her body, from head to toe. The Reiki energy goes to where it is needed most, so there is no wrong way to give Reiki. I use symbols and techniques that I learned during my training, which help facilitate the energy exchange. After the session mom and I talk about how she feels and end the session together.

To find out more about the logistics of a Reiki session, check out my Services page: http://fullmoonsdaughter.com/services/#reiki-healing

Read an article I wrote in Feb ’09 to learn more about the basics of Reiki: http://fullmoonsdaughter.com/blog/category/reiki-during-pregnancy

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Birth Art Submissions

Birth art submitted by Mychelle Moritz of Nurture, a center for growing families in NE Portland, Oregon.

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Portland Doula Services

Courtney Jarecki, Doula and Health Advocate


Support. Compassion. Energy. Birth. Dance. Movement. Ceremony. Freedom. Life. Joy. Love.

There is nothing on earth more amazing and humbling than witnessing a mama give birth. I  strongly believe in the beauty and power of a woman’s body to birth and am honored to be a part of this experience.

I am trained to provide Doula support during three different times of your childbearing year; antepartum, labor and postpartum. I currently work as a Postpartum Doula at Alma Birth Center and also offer my Pregnancy, Labor and Postpartum services through Nurture, a non-profit center for growing families. My ongoing academic experience includes training at Birthingway College of Midwifery and enrolling with Ancient Art Midwifery Institute where I will be a Midwifery student. Throughout my work and responsibilities, I maintain a flexible schedule to ensure you will never be without Doula support. 

Outside of the birthing world, I love spending time with my amazing husband Dave and puppies Satchel and Maji. Dancing, cooking, meeting friends for tea and hiking are favorite activities and, most recently, learning to crochet has occupied much of my time as well.

I look forward to speaking with you about your baby and birth. Please feel free to call or post a comment to ask questions (it won’t be published unless you say it’s okay).

Antepartum Doula

As an Antepartum Doula, I will support you later in your pregnancy. Antepartum services can be especially helpful if you are a single or teen mom, have multiple children, are on bed rest, have severe morning sickness or have emotional trauma. I will provide informational, emotional, physical and practical support during your pregnancy with pregnancy massage, meal planning, education labor preparation. 

Labor Doula

My work as a Labor Doula means I will provide you with continuous physical, emotional and informational support before, during and just after birth. I will be there for you, your partner and baby after delivery to help in whatever way best serves you.

I can assist with birth plans, birth art, pain coping techniques (massage and touch, positioning, breathing, meditation and visualization, vocalization, aromatherapy, hypnobirthing and healing energy techniques), pregnancy and postpartum diet and fitness designed to ease labor and recovery, Reiki healing, and creative expression and relationship / birth coaching. This time is all about you and what works best for your family.

If time allows, we will meet two-to-three times prenatally where we will get to know each other. We can incorporate any modalities that you and your family need.

Postpartum, we will meet once, during which we will share your birth story and discuss all the challenges and joys that lay ahead. You will also receive any needed breastfeeding support during this time.

Postpartum Doula

Postpartum is a special and sometimes trying time for a new family. I can help ease this transition by providing lactation consulting, infant care techniques, meal planning and cooking, gentle yoga and exercise options, natural healing, light housekeeping, dog walking, nanny care and companionship.


I believe that all families should be able to afford Doula services and all Doulas should be able to pay their mortgages. Therefore I offer my services on a sliding scale, based on what each family can pay. I am happy to discuss pricing options and payment plans with each family and am open to barter and trade.

Antepartum & Postpartum Doula Services: $25 – $35 per hour with a 4 hour minimum.

Labor Doula: During certification process I only ask for reimbursement of transportation and food expenses, usually between $50 – $75.

After certification: $400 – $700. Includes 3 prenatal visits (if time allows), full labor and delivery support, 1 postpartum visit. Additional prenatal visits are available, based on a sliding scale.

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