• Antepartum & Postpartum Doula Services

  • Are You Considering a Birth Doula or a Postpartum Doula?

    Experience companionship and non-judgmental support before, during and directly after the birth.

    A DOULA is a “mother’s helper”. Also known as a Birth Companion, their role is to support the birthing mother. As an Antepartum and Postpartum Companion, I care for the physical and emotional needs of the mother-to-be and the new mother. Watch here for a deeper explanation.

    I offer you well informed, empathetic, gentle and caring Doula & New Mother Services in ALL of the metro area of Berlin and surrounding areas like Potsdam. Get the exclusive, one family at a time assistance of a trained and experienced professional who will provide continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother and father before, during and just after birth. When Doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer medical interventions, babies are healthier and bonding is easier.

    Numerous studies have shown how positively Birth Companions influence birth. Women with a doula at her side will most likely experience shorter labors with fewer complications, increased positive feelings about the childbirth experience, less need for labor-inducing drugs, less medical interventions such as vacuum extraction and cesareans, as well as a increased pain tolerance.

  • If a doula were a drug, it would be unethical not to use it.

    ~ John H. Kennell, MD

  • My services include unlimited telephone and email support throughout pregnancy. I offer two prenatal meetings to discuss your birth ideals and to get to know each other more. I will meet once alone with the mother-to-be and the second time with all those who will participate during the birth. 10 days before and 10 days after your estimated due date are reserved for you and your family; I am on call, available day and night for the birth. Wherever you choose, I will meet you and support you emotionally, mentally and physically.

  • Hi Laurie, I really have to let you know that both Alex and I completely agree that you are the reason why Vivian was brought into the world without an epidural and with as much naturalness as possible from such a medical beginning. I cannot thank you enough for the incredible gift you helped us bring into the world. Alex and I wanted to share this photo of us with you because it perfectly reflects your incredible knowledge, compassion, and strength. I'm personally in awe and I can never repay you! You will forever hold the dearest place in my heart .

    ~ Laura, entrepreneur and business owner, mother of two day old

  • Laurie Reinke is a sensitive and highly intuitive caregiver with an acute sense for the needs of the new or soon-to-be mother. I was fortunate to have her as a companion for the birth of my daughter, during which she cared for me expertly, providing a soothing and calming presence, as well as concrete tools and ideas for birthing and invaluable translation support. I would strongly recommend Laurie to anyone considering a Doula!

    - Jana

  • My birth didn't go exactly as I imagined it would, and many things didn't go as planned. When I was at the hospital and I had to make quick decisions, I was very glad that I had had the birth preparation with Laurie.
    She gave me the information I needed to be able to understand what was going on at this moment and what options were offered to me. I was more confident were I could easily have been lost.

    ~ Maryan, Actress, Mother of 6 month old.

  • During the birth of your baby, I will provide you and your partner with emotional support and reassurance of the normal birth process. In addition I will provide the mother-to-be with physical support, suggest optimal birthing positions and natural pain management techniques. Most importantly, I will support all choices you make.

    While working with me as a Birth Companion, you will profit from my guidance on prenatal diet, become familiar with Germany's Birth Culture, understand birth terminology, explore your birth setting options and any fears you may have.

    During the birth of your baby, I will provide you and your partner with emotional support and reassurance of the normal birth process. In addition I will provide the mother-to-be with physical support, suggest optimal birthing positions and natural pain management techniques. Most importantly, I will support all choices you make.

  • As a Postpartum Companion, I will support your new family with demonstrating newborn care, support family adjustment, prepare healthy meals and assist with your household, where necessary. Get access to up-to-date, evidence-based knowledge on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents. I can also inform you of various resources in the Berlin area and provide a compassionate environment for recalling your birth experience.

    • support and encouragement
    • support for your partner
    • communication of non medical concerns
    • relaxation techniques
    • some reflexology and acupressure
    • massage and aroma therapy
    • guided imagery
    • position suggestions
    • pain coping ideas and guidance
    • continuity of care
    • breastfeeding assistance
    • follow up communication as needed
  • You did an amazing job in facilitating our experience and enabling us to connect spiritually and mentally to the birth process. Your engagement during and also after the birth helped us tremendously

    Zohar & Yair

  • I can be your trusted companion, in your mother tongue. My own experience as an expatriate, giving birth and raising two children in a foreign country gives me special understanding of the challenges and rewards of life abroad.

    Let's explore together your thoughts on birth; your cultural values of being a mother. I provide an emotionally and physically supportive environment to new mother expatriates while nurturing her into her new role.

    Many times our own mothers cannot come to us after a birth. Or perhaps they can only come for a short time. After well intentioned family and friends have left, many new parents find themselves unprepared for the demanding weeks and months following the birth of their baby. They are under the mistaken impression that while they might need help for a week or two, things will then calm down and they can settle back into their lives — only now with a baby.

    The reality is that the adjustment, both physical and emotional, lasts with some intensity for the first three months following birth. A Postpartum Companion is an invaluable resource at this time, providing knowledge about bed-rest situations, new mother nutrition, breast health, lactation, newborn safety and newborn care. A Postpartum Companion is a mentor, enabling you to better identifying your baby’s needs, how to bathe, massage and sooth your baby.

  • Laurie Reinke is a birth and postpartum doula and one of the most amazing women I've met. She speaks fluent German and is a native English speaker. She was there for me every step of the way and has supported many women here in Berlin. She is *your* trusted person at the hospital to support you physically and emotionally during the birth.

    There are a few people who have supported me in such a way like Laurie did at such an important and vulnerable moment of my life. After birth she was there for my American husband, son and me helping us with everything along the way- physically with healthy food, mother massages and pelvic floor awareness, mentally with strategies to cope with little sleep, and emotionally by showing great empathy. Laurie also facilitated the needed documents from the German authorities.
    All in all, Laurie created a safe and supportive environment in which we could blossom as parents.

    ~ Katerina, Curation assistant TED, mother of one year old

  • From Woman to Mother. From Man to Father. From Couple to Family. A huge transformation has taken place. The birth of a baby begins a remarkable process. A very mother-baby focused process. As a new father, feelings of isolation and exclusion can occur. As your Family Companion, I am able to provide a support to the new mother but also to the new father.

    An appropriate setting to process the birth from the father's perspective and understanding a new father's uncertainties of providing for a family for the future are very important elements of creating healthy family communication. I understand these feelings and we can work together to identify your needs and strategies to adjust to being a family.

  • Laurie has helped us both as a doula and as a guide through the joys of being an expat in the German system of Elterngeld and Kindergeld…..
    Laurie has been amazing for us over the last year and a half. If there's anything I regret, besides not taking more full time Elternzeit off, it's not making more use of her services.

    ~ Duncan Davidson, Principal Engineering Manager, Microsoft, father of 1 year old.

  • Click the button below to contact me or schedule a free phone consulting session. Lets have an introductory phone interview. Afterwards we can schedule a Family-to-Be Planning Session to address any topic to meet your needs and to assess any other needs you may have. We can talk about your options such as Postpartum In-Home Support, New Mother Wellness, Baby Massage, Lactation Support and Young Family Services as well as specific family services that will help you settle in Berlin.

     

  • Current, evidence based information and nurturing support.
    Helping to create confident, capable parents as they start and grow their families in Berlin.

  • Laurie Reinke is a sensitive and highly intuitive caregiver with an acute sense for the needs of the new or soon-to-be mother. I was fortunate to have her as a companion for the birth of my daughter, during which she cared for me expertly, providing a soothing and calming presence, as well as concrete tools and ideas for birthing and invaluable translation support. I would strongly recommend Laurie to anyone considering a Doula!

    ~ Jana

  • I first met Laurie for a lactation consultation. She impressed me with her vast knowledge, and she had a lot of tips and advice. I could see clearly she was a professional I could trust and depend upon.
    It turned out to be so much more then that. For that sensitive time after the birth, I needed someone to help me do the most important thing we usually forget to do during busy times - take care of myself. I was alone, with no family around to assist and make this time easier. I felt so far away from home, so tired and confused. She saw all that and immediately took action. She knew I come from Israel, so she made me healthy delicious "Israeli" food to make me feel more at home and made sure I ate properly. She helped around the house. She reminded me to drink water. Exercise. Rest. She made sure me and my husband get some much needed alone time. She helped me relax through meditation and massaged my aching arms. Since she is also a relocation consultant, she helped us with bureaucratic formalities. The list goes on and on, she has so much to offer and give.
    I feel Laurie really made a difference to me as a young mother, and to all of us as a family. I can highly and wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone in need of assistance during this strange and fascinating time of transition. Since I know she's always searching and finding new ways to enrich her knowledge, I'm curious to see what other skills she will collect by the time our second baby comes along...

    ~ Noa, mother of Michaela

  • I feel very fortunate to have had the support of Laurie after the birth of our second child. She brought a true sense of well-being into our home -- filling it with delicious smells from the kitchen, nutritious food to keep our bodies fueled (and helping mine to recover) and a keen awareness to be supportive of your own needs. If you are too run-down then it's impossible to take good care of your baby. Laurie's reminders became part of my routine which means her support doesn't stop when she isn't physically present. She's well worth it!

    ~ E.G. Senior Manager Marketing

  • After the birth of our twin boys my husband took a month off work. We also have a little boy who was 2 1/2 at the time. The week before my husband returned to work I suddenly panicked about how I was going to cope on my own! A friend recommended Laurie to me. I made an application to our insurers for Haushaltshilfe, which was granted. Laurie prepared many delicious and healthy meals for us, and bought all of the ingredients. This was invaluable as I would not have had time to shop and cook myself. She also made some very tasty treats! Laurie did bodywork with me in the comfort of my own home to help regain my core muscle strength after the pregnancy. Laurie gave some soothing massages to the babies, and also to me when the babies allowed it! Laurie is very knowledgeable about childbirth and young babies and provided some helpful information and advice. I would definitely recommend Laurie to anyone looking for this kind of assistance after having a baby. Laurie is very caring and friendly, and was great to have around at that special time".

    Lorraine, Commercial Property Lawyer