The Rosewater Doula
Kitsap County, and surrounding areas
Hi, I’m Emily McGregor—the Rosewater Doula. I grew up in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Here, I fell in love with all things “crunchy” and holistic, I tell people—its in my “evergreen”-roots. Seven years ago my sister invited me to the homebirth of her son. The experience left me spellbound. My sister’s midwife told me I had a gift, and suggested I become a doula. At the time, I didn’t even know what the word “doula” meant, but I nevertheless felt called to serve birthing people. Years later, my sister then comforted and supported me (and my partner!) during the labor and arrival of my own daughter. Bringing my daughter into the world under such loving circumstances taught me what a doula truly was, and how greatly they are needed in today’s society. I trained with DONA International shortly after. I am enthusiastic, compassionate, and always working to stay current with evidence-based research. I bring harmony and security into a birth space, while empowering birthing people and their partners. I strive to anticipate my client’s needs, and am a strong advocate for their individual values and vision. I feel proud and privileged to work among the other amazing doulas here in Charlotte.
I believe fiercely in the power of support. My purpose is to help the birthing person have a safe, comfortable, empowering, and memorable birthing experience. I offer my clients emotional, physical, and educational support as they journey through a 'hinge' moment in their lives. I feel passionately about doula work and serving all people regardless their race, religion, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. My philosophy as a doula is that birth is a process, not a method. There is no 'correct' way to give birth--each birth is unique, and in turn requires tailored assistance. I assist birthing clients through massage, affirmations, visualization, and other positive coping techniques. My first and only goal as a doula is my clients satisfaction. A powerful phrase that I use often to my clients is "Your body, your birth, your baby. I am here to help facilitate your best birth how you define it."
Yes | DONA international | Jul 2018
- Birth Doula
- Antepartum Doula
- Postpartum Doula
Qualifications, Certifications & Licenses
- Certified Birth Doula
- Certified Hypno Doula
- Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
- TENS units rental
- Military families
- Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
Special Training & Experience
- Cesarean birth
- Clients on bed rest
- Families conceiving with ART and IVF
- Home Birth
- LGBT Families
- Over 40
- Plus size mothers
- Single parents
- Special needs babies
- Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
- Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
- Women and Families of Color
- High risk
Birth Prices Starting At
Additional fee for Hypno-Doula clients
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Emily has the most genuine and loving soul
Emily has the most genuine and loving soul. when we met we instantly clicked and I felt comfortable with her being in my birth space . I had an extremely complicated pregnancy, but she stood beside me and never let it scare her away. she was a constant in what felt like the longest uphill battle that would never end. when I finally went into labor Emily was so attentive and loving and she was able to read the atmosphere of the room and jump into it head first. During my labor I didn’t want to even see my husband and while I knew it was mean, I couldn’t care less. Emily not only reassured my husband that it was a temporary reaction but she also helped make me feel like all my feelings were validated and correct (even when I was mean to my husband.) she truely gave support to the whole family before ,during , and after labor . she is so knowledgeable, and just down to earth and very understanding. I couldn’t have chosen a better Doula to support me and my family. she truely is one of a kind !
Emily was by my side the whole time
I decided to hire a doula because I knew I wanted the support of someone who could help me through the process of having a natural birth. With my first two babies I had epidurals but for my third, my goal was to have a natural unmedicated birth.
From the moment I met Emily I knew I found my doula! At our first meeting she was so nice and seemed so genuine about her love for what she does and the care she puts into her clients. From the prenatal appointments all the way through postpartum she proved it to be true, she was amazing! Always maintaining her professionalism while still feeling like a friend who you could be completely comfortable with. During our prenatal appointments one of the things she did was make sure she had a clear understanding of what I hoped for during birth and also made sure I knew how she would be able to help me achieve my goals.
Once I got into active labor and asked her to come Emily was by my side the whole time. Always a calm reassuring voice. She helped me to relax when I would tense up. Provided massage and a heating pad for my lower back. Encouraged me to move and get into favorable positions. Made sure my music was there, chapstick when I needed it, handing me water, she also provided me with essential oils to smell during labor for various needs. She has everything you can think of in her doula bag of tricks! She was just amazing at anticipating my needs and being supportive throughout labor. It was also just comforting knowing she was there and her faith in me that I could do it.
I can’t say enough how amazing this birth experience was! It will always hold a special place in my heart. As it currently stands my husband and I don’t plan to have any more children but if we do, I would want to do it the same way all over again and with Emily there with us! I am so grateful to have had her as a part of my birth team.
I was so luck to have found Emily
I was late to the game getting a Doula and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to make it all work, I was so luck to have found Emily. She immediately made me feel at ease and somehow more confident that it was going to be ok. Emily was amazing from the first call she knew I was a little stressed about “being behind” in the process so she scheduled a facetime meeting and soon after, I knew it was the right fit,she came to our home to meet my husband. My husband and I had a birth plan and when things changed we were so grateful to have Emily just a phone call away to answer questions and talk us through things. On baby girls’ birthday we called Emily and she was at the hospital in no time, she went to work quietly setting up the room and making it feel more like home. She was encouraging to both myself and my husband who was at times unsure of how to help me. Emily offered suggestions for different positions, coaxed me through contractions with breath awareness, while at the same time making my husband feel important and included as well. We had quite a few changes from our original birth plan due to health reasons, but I’m so glad we had Emily to keep us together and ensured that I was still able to have an amazing birth experience. Emily even took photos on my phone so we had something to look back at and remember that very special day. My husband and I agreed it was the best choice we made during our pregnancy, we highly recommend Emily to anyone looking for an excellent Doula.
I really couldn’t have done it without Emily
When I reflect on the gift Emily gave our family during my birthing time, I become so overcome with gratitude that it brings tears to my eyes. I struggled to write this testimonial only because I don’t know how to cram the depth and breadth of just how blessed we were to have Emily as our doula into one mere testimonial. While words don’t do her justice, I will say she was an absolute angel, and I honestly don’t know how we could have done it without her. Out of all my A-type birth preparations… The 12 books, the 4 birthing classes, the constant streaming of birthing podcasts, the registry, the YouTube videos, the 10 weeks of intensive HypnoBabies homework… Nothing impacted my birth as positively and profoundly as Emily’s comforting presence. She is selfless, intuitive, tender, proactive, and humble in the way she cared for me and my husband through our abnormally long and intense labor. When my husband and I were holding our new beautiful daughter and reflecting on what had just happened, one of the first things my husband tearfully said to me was, “I really couldn’t have done it without Emily.” I wholeheartedly agree.
i would recommend Emily in a heartbeat
i would recommend Emily in a heartbeat. She was exactly the resource my husband and I were looking for in our second birth. She was there as a sounding board in the months and days leading up to our birth, but especially on the day my daughter was born. Our hope was for a VBAC, which we achieved. I owe some of this success to Emily for instilling confidence in me and assuring me that the hospital and birth team I had assembled was on my side. During the birth, she was the calming voice that talked me down during contractions and provided relief via hips squeezes that got me through the toughest stages. She worked really well with the doctors and nurses. She’s a great doula and an excellent addition to any birth team!