ABOUT ME

Loving Touch Doulas is honored to be able to support families in the Phoenix, AZ area during their pregnancies and births with the highest standards and training available. Packages can also include professional photography and certified placenta services for Doula and Non-Doula clients

Rebecca Turrigiano founded Loving Touch Doulas in 2012. Attending the birth of her first grandson is what led her to become certified, having supported a number of friends prior to his birth, she decide to make it “official.” Over the years, Rebecca has lived in England, Italy, France, Spain, Switzerland and Japan and now is delighted to call Phoenix home. With the unique privilege of being a doula in more than 1 country, she loves working with people of all backgrounds, religious beliefs and birth goals . Always adding to her professional Doula skill set, she is a former Evidence Based Birth® Instructor, Spinning Babies’, ‘Rebozo’ and ‘Acupressure’ trained and has advanced DONA Doula training in ‘Touch for Birth’ techniques. She is also certified to use a ‘TENS’ machine unit in early labor with the permission of your provider and is an IPPA Certified Placenta Specialist.

Amy McLean joined Loving Touch Doulas as a Postpartum Doula and Placenta Encapsulation Specialist in 2018. Married to her husband Ryan of 5 years she is the mother to 4 wonderful boys. An IPPA Certified Placenta Specialist, Amy is currently offering Placenta Encapsulation Services only.

Our goal is to help you have the best prenatal and birth experience possible regardless of the circumstances, and for you and your husband/partner to feel supported and cared for. 

We look forward to connecting with you!

WHY HIRE A DOULA?

Women supported by a birth doula during labor have been shown to have:

  • 50% reduction in cesarean rate
  • 25% shorter labor
  • 60% reduction in epidural requests
  • 40% reduction in pitocin use
  • 30% reduction in analgesic use
  • 30% reduction in forceps delivery

Women supported by a postpartum doula have been shown to :

  • help reduce postpartum mood disorders
  • improve breastfeeding success

 

HOW IS A PARTNERS ROLE AFFECTED BY HIRING A BIRTH DOULA?

Partners supported by a doula should expect:

  • a good birth doula to never try to take over your desired role but rather compliment and support you too
  • a doula to enhance your birth team so that you are freed up to be as involved as you want to be
  • doulas to encourage you to use comfort measures that she has shown you or that you have learned in birth classes and can also step in when you need a break or simply some insight and encouragement
  • that rather than take away from your very special and important role, the right doula will allow you to be able to support your wife/partner emotionally and physically during labor and birth but also be able to relax and feel supported yourself

SERVICES

With many professional packages to provide for all of our clients wants and needs, Loving Touch Doulas serve the entire Phoenix, AZ area.

It is our desire to provide you and your partner/husband with the support necessary to make your pregnancy and birth experience a  positive and rewarding experience. We recognize that no two births and no 2 babies are alike and it is a privilege to assist you in your journey.

BIRTH DOULA SERVICES

Basic Doula Package for $1000.00 Includes:

Prenatal (1.5 to 2 hrs)

  • A free consultation
  • 1 or 2 Prenatal Appointments
  • Telephone and/or email support any time to discuss your questions or concerns
  • Guaranteed back up support from a qualified doula  with the same training and values

During Labor and Delivery

  • Labor and Delivery support starting in active labor (5-1-1 guideline) in your home, hospital or birth center and up to 2 hours after delivery to help establish breastfeeding
  • A birth timeline 

Postpartum (1 hr)

  • 1 postpartum visit to make sure you and baby are doing well and to process your birth together 2- 4 weeks after delivery
  • Assist in any breastfeeding questions or concerns
  • Newborn questions or concerns
  • Postpartum physical changes, etc
  • Unlimited professional resources before and after birth

Encapsulation Package for $1250.00 Includes:

  • Basic Services +
  • Placenta Encapsulation & Tincture 

Professional Photography Package A for $1,350.00 Includes:

  • Basic Services +
  • Labor and Birth Photography/Fresh 48/ or Lifestyle Photography (25 fully edited, high resolution , digital and printed photos) 

Professional Photography Package B for $1,550.00 Includes:

  • Basic Services +
  • Labor and Birth Photography/Fresh 48/ or Lifestyle Photography (50 fully edited, high resolution, digital and printed photos) 

Deluxe Package for $1,600.00 Includes:

  • Basic Services +
  • Placenta Encapsulation & Tincture 
  • Professional Photography Package A 

 Premier Package for $1,800.00 Includes:

  • Basic Services +
  • Placenta Encapsulation & Tincture 
  • Professional Photography Package B

PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION AND TINCTURE

Loving Touch Doulas are proud to be 2 of 3 IPPA certified Placenta Specialists in Phoenix,AZ. Like Birth and Postpartum care, we strive and delight in bringing our clients the standard of care that every Momma should expect and deserves. Knowing your placenta is being prepared in a sterile and purposefully allocated space, just for encapsulation, will provide you with the assurance that you are getting the highest, safest quality if encapsulation possible!

SERVICES OFFERED

Placenta Capsules Mothers can choose either or a combination of the Raw, Basic Heated, or Traditional Chinese Method of preparation for their placenta capsules. There is an additional $25 charge for Basic Heated and Traditional Chinese Methods, due to the extra time and supplies required. For the Traditional Chinese Method, the mother must work with a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, who will prescribe a combination of herbs to use during the steaming process. Those herbs must be provided to Loving Touch Doulas prior to delivery.

Placenta TinctureA strong remedy for both mother and baby, the Placenta Tincture is made from allowing a piece of the mother’s own raw placenta to steep in 100 proof alcohol for eight weeks. The tincture is a liquid form of placenta pills that lasts and can be used for a lifetime! For the mother the tincture can be used to balance postpartum/hormonal fluctuations, decrease insomnia and sleep disorders, ease anxiety and stress during times of transition or emotional distress, increase energy, and to relieve and reduce symptoms of PMS and, later in life, menopause. For the baby (son or daughter 6 months to 3 years old), it can reduce colic and ease teething discomfort, boost the immune system, and ease anxiety and stress during times of transition or emotional distress. If the baby is a girl, it can be used past 3 years throughout her lifetime to help balance hormones and stabilize cycles when menstruation begins. The baby’s biological maternal grandmother can even use the tincture to relieve and reduce symptoms of menopause.

Chocolate Truffles – Mothers who prefer a sweeter option can choose to ingest their placenta in the form of delicious chocolate truffles. The placenta powder is cooked into the chocolate instead of being placed into capsules. It can be done in combination with capsules or solely chocolate truffles.

Smoothie Cubes – Some mothers choose to ingest a portion of the raw, uncooked placenta. Utilizing the placenta raw, directly after birth, can help with immediate postpartum healing and can help control bleeding. A portion of the placenta is cut into small pieces and frozen for use in smoothies, made and prepared by the mother. Smoothie recipes will also be provided. The remaining placenta will then be processed and put into capsules.

Umbilical Cord Keepsake – The umbilical cord is dehydrated and formed into an artistic shape or word, most commonly a heart (depending on the size of the cord). Place in a memory box, shadow box, or on a shelf for display.

Placenta Prints – Prior to processing, the placenta is captured in a beautiful piece of art. The placenta is pressed onto water color paper, making a lovely print that outlines the uniqueness of your baby’s/babies’ placenta. For an additional $15, we can create a color print using safe, ingestible dyes. Prints can be framed for an additional $35. Frames come in white or black.

Placenta Salve – Placenta salve can be used to heal C-Section incisions after the wound is closed. It can lessen scarring, itching, and discomfort. It can also used as soon as 3 days postpartum for hemorrhoids and perineal tearing. Other uses for mother and baby include for burns, diaper rash, eczema, sunburns, and skin irritation. (one 4 oz jar)

PLACENTA SERVICES

Basic Package for $250.00 Includes :

  • Capsules, Tincture, and Cord Keepsake

Chocolates Package for $290.00 Includes:

  • Basic Package + Chocolates

Smoothie Package for $275.00 Includes:

  • Basic Package + Smoothie Cubes

Deluxe Package for $300.00 Includes:

  • Basic Package + Chocolates + Smoothie Cubes

Premier Package for $340.00 Includes:

  • Basic Package + Chocolates + Smoothie Cubes + Placenta Salve

PACKAGE ADD ONS:

Placenta Prints – blood print : $25.00 / color print : $40.00/ framed blood print : $60.00 / framed color print : $75.00 

Placenta Salve: $40.00

Loving Touch Doulas (LTD) is not a pharmacy, pharmaceutical representative, holistic practitioner, herbalist, or medical doctor. Benefits of Placentophagy are supported by ongoing research but have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Placentophagy, (it is intended solely for ingestion by the mother who has birthed the placenta and not for her family members, friends, or other individuals) is a natural nutritional supplement and as such cannot be guaranteed to produce specific results.

 

 

 PROFESSIONAL BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES

Birth Photography in Home/Hospital or Birth Center for $950.00 Includes: 

  • On-call 24/7 starting at 38-42 weeks
  • Unlimited coverage from active labor (6 cm dilated ) until 2 hours postpartum
  • 100-150 professionally edited, digital and printed images in color + black & white
  • High Resolution
  • Print Release

Scheduled Cesarean Births for $550.00 Includes:

  • Arrival at Hospital 1- 2 hours before delivery
  • Unlimited coverage until 2 hours postpartum
  • 100-150 professionally edited, digital and printed images in color + black & white
  • High Resolution
  • Print Release

Fresh 48/ Lifestyle/ Pregnancy Sessions for $350.00 Includes:

  • 60 minutes shoot time
  • Home/Hospital/Birth Center
  • 25 professionally edited, digital images in color + black & white
  • High Resolution
  • Print Release

 


LOVING TOUCH DOULAS IS CURRENTLY NOT OFFERING POSTPARTUM DOULA SERVICES.  PLEASE CONTACT REBECCA FOR RECOMMENDATIONS TO OTHER PROVIDERS

 

GALLERY

BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHY

Rebecca Turrigiano Photography©2019

TESTIMONIALS

After two difficult deliveries, my husband and I decided to seek out a Doula for our third and final child. After meeting with several candidates we selected Rebecca. What a great decision we made! From the prenatal visits, to the delivery room, and post natal contact she was phenomenal. Despite it being Christmas Eve, she was available at the hospital for us when we needed her.  Though my perfect delivery didn’t turn out to be the way I had initially hoped, she was very supportive. Rebecca was the voice of calm during the storm. Her cool collected attitude was exactly what we needed to get through the stressful anxious delivery.  She allowed me to be in control of my labor, while supporting every decision I made. I was grateful to have someone with so much compassion and understanding in my corner. We were thankful that she didn’t try to take control or dictate how I would deliver, even after my initial birth plan changed and labor slowed.  After the delivery she remain in close contact and was extremely supportive and helpful when some complications arrived.

In addition, we also took advantage of her encapsulation and birth photography services. Both were remarkable, and indescribable. Her work is simply amazing! If you were looking for someone to remain calm and support you every step of the way, Rebecca is the perfect match.

Rachel Stryker 1/13/2018

 

We decided to hire Rebecca as our doula for our third baby. Both of our last births did not go as planned so we were praying that things would be different this time around. During my pregnancy there were some complications & every time I reached out to Rebecca with a new update she was so helpful. She also helped us put together our birth plan and was very knowledgeable about all of our options. On my daughter’s birth day I was sure to give Rebecca updates throughout the day but our contractions intensified rather quickly. Rebecca was the first one we called & she helped us determine when to head to the hospital. She met us there just a few minutes after we arrived & helped us navigate through ER to triage & into our delivery room in a matter of minutes! Our labor progressed so quickly and our daughter was born less than 30 minutes after we arrived at the hospital. Rebecca was sure to remind us & our team of everything that we had decided for our birth plan & she helped us stick to it as best we could. She was able to snap some special pictures even though our labor was so quick. After Lillian was born Rebecca stayed with us to make sure we were all settled in & she helped us process everything that had just occurred. I am so thankful that she was with us that day and was able to help us achieve the birthing experience that we desired!

Heather Torrez 1/11/2018

 

I’ll never forget my birth experience with Rebecca. Pregnancy can be such a time of mixed emotions, inner turmoil along with joy and excitement. Rebecca saw through my fear and emotional battles, she saw through them and guided me along never forsaking her role as a doula even before my child was born. Every step of the way she guided us with wisdom and educated us both with facts to prepare us while always making sure we knew what our rights were as expecting parents. Rebecca is so dedicated in ensuring you have the best possible birth, the best possible outcome. I truly don’t know what I would have done without her by my side. She gave me strength when I felt like I didn’t have any left. Her presence and the images she captured will stay with me always. It’s exactly how I want to remember this special moment in my life. Thank you so much Rebecca, Carl and I are so glad to have found you. We are so grateful you were a part of this journey.

Adrianna Savillo 12/13/2017

 

After a lot of research about VBAC, I quickly realized that I was going to need the support of a doula to help guide me through the process.  Rebecca came highly recommended by a friend, and after our initial meeting, my husband and I both knew that she would be a good fit.  She has such a peaceful and calming energy about her that instantly put our fears at ease.  We learned so much from the education that she provided, which helped me come to the realization that in order to have the best chances at the type of birth that I desired, I would need to switch providers.  The idea of finding a new provider so late in the game was overwhelming to me and was not an easy choice to make by any means, but Rebecca made the process less scary and helped me find a group of providers that were more open to some of my birth preferences.  I made the switch at 34 weeks and had Rebecca’s support every step of the way.  Her frequent communication through text was invaluable and helped me to feel encouraged whenever I felt unsure, especially after my due date came and went.  Once I was in active labor, Rebecca met us at the hospital and never left our side.  What happened in the next 5 hours was a bit of a blur, but I remember thinking how calm and professional Rebecca remained, even during moments where I would have been stressed or not able to communicate clearly.  She was so graceful in the way that she worked with the nurses to help us labor in positions that I would have never imagined myself in.  There were many moments where I doubted myself, but in the end, it was Rebecca’s encouragement that helped me to find an inner strength that I didn’t even know I had and I was ultimately able to achieve a fully unmedicated VBAC.  I will never forget how empowered and supported she made me feel during one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and for that I will be forever grateful.

Cory Poetzl 12/5/2017

 

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FOR CURRENT AVAILABILITY 

BIRTH DOULA and PHOTOGRAPHY CLIENTS CONTACT REBECCA TURRIGIANO:

LovingTouchDoulas@gmail.com

PLACENTA ENCAPSULATION CLIENTS CONTACT AMY MCLEAN:

Amy.LovingTouchDoulas@gmail.com