The Rainbow Sisters provide antepartum, birth, postpartum and bereavement doula services along with group or individual childbirth education in the Madison, Wisconsin area.
I specialize in the support of women and families during bereavement or in subsequent pregnancies.
"There are rainbows in the clouds so that each of us, in the dreariest and most dreaded moments, can see a possibility of hope."
- Maya Angelou -
- Antepartum/Birth/Postpartum/Bereavement Doula -
"Alli has proven her worth to me as a friend and a doula many times over. She is constantly caring, respectful, and inspiring. When I went through the process of laboring and giving birth to my firstborn, Alli was an indispensable part of the preparation leading up to it and that entire day. I always recommend to my friends that they consider a doula in the very least, but to even more seriously consider her. I have said time and again that I wouldn’t want to give birth without her. That’s why I asked her to be with my husband and me again when we became pregnant with our second. She has a calming presence, full of insight and just the right approach to interacting with a laboring woman and those who are there to support her. " ~Ali
" My husband and I were surprised to find we were expecting our first child in the summer of 2011. Though it was our first we knew that both pregnancy and labor would likely consist of many unexpected and uncontrollable turns, twists, and bumps and we both wanted the support of a doula to help us navigate the journey. We were looking for someone who could help support and guide but ultimately would respect the direction and choices that we made for our child. We found that in Alli. Throughout the pregnancy she was an accessible and consistent wealth of encouragement and knowledge on everything from different ways to ease pregnancy symptoms to different pain-management options to consider during labor. Alli was able to help us to understand what we were experiencing, what we could expect, and what our choices were as pregnancy progressed and baby’s due date approached. She supported all of our decisions and answered our questions respectfully and professionally.
When the “big day” came we were again surprised: my water broke three weeks early. Alli was already at the hospital and waiting when we arrived. As we attempted to get active labor to start on its own, went through induction, worked through the ever-increasing pain, and then eventually made the decision to start the epidural she was there with her knowledge, encouragement, and support of all of our decisions. She was able to translate “doctor-speak” and fill in the inevitable gaps in ways she knew we’d understand. She was with us, cheering us on the entire time, all 30 hours, until we were holding our newborn son in our arms. Though the doctors and nurses were all wonderful, before all was said and done we had gone through two attending physicians, two residents, and four nurses. Alli was our one constant, there from beginning to end. As our postpartum doula, Alli continued her trademark encouragement, and assistance as we adjusted to our new life as mommy and daddy. Alli was the best guide we could have hoped for on our journey and we are looking forward to one day asking her to be with us as we once again embark on that incredible experience. " ~Lanette
"Alli was an incredibly kind, supportive, and comforting presence as my postpartum doula. I was absolutely and completely overwhelmed handling my newborn twin daughters after a c-section. She was there to reassure me that I was doing great - that was something I very much needed to hear. Those newborn months were a bit of a blur. But I remember very specifically the most restful nap I ever took in those early months was when Alli was there to help my husband with the babies and encouraged me to actually nap instead of "do" something. She also accompanied me to my very first La Leche Multiples group meeting, getting me out of the house and seeing other people (something I wanted).
Alli is very creative and has lots of awesome ideas (she made a sign for the door asking people to only stay 15 minutes unless they did a chore - I never would have done that on my own). Most importantly, she has a deeply comforting and gentle presence. I am so thankful she was there for me and my family in a very chaotic and overwhelming time." ~Alli P.