Rachael Byrnes

RN, BSN, CLC, Postpartum Doula

As a young girl, no matter the setting, you would find me where the babies were... holding them, caring for them, feeding them, you name it. I naturally spent my early working years babysitting, providing childcare in daycare settings, and working as a nanny for a few different families during my college years. I found value in the strong bond I formed with these families. As time passed, my desire for this connection never once faded, it simply transformed and grew stronger.

During my first year out of nursing school, I cared for first time mothers and their babies through a wonderful home-health nurse visiting program, known as Nurse Family Partnership. I spent my days helping women find confidence in their new role as a mother, through encouragement and education. It was through this experience that my initial passion for providing postpartum care was awakened. Shortly thereafter, I became certified as a Lactation Counselor through Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding, and began offering mothers breastfeeding support as well.

Upon moving to Bozeman in 2016, I landed a dream job of mine: working as a nurse alongside a team of midwives at The Bozeman Birth Center. Caring for women and their families during their intimate childbirth experiences was truly remarkable, and will always hold a special place in my heart. However, when my husband and I welcomed our own sweet daughter into the world, I soon realized that there were other plans in store for me.

It wasn’t until I experienced my own journey into motherhood that I could truly understand just how vast this transition is, and subsequently, how important it is for women to be held and supported during this time. Through reflecting on the hardships I faced as a new mother, my passion for providing postpartum care was reawakened, and my new calling had been found: to help women navigate their own personal passages into motherhood.

With Bachelor's Degrees in both Nursing & Psychology, I am able to bring a unique and professional aspect to postpartum care. I have received both Birth and Postpartum Doula trainings through DONA International, as well as training in Perinatal Mood Disorders.           

As your postpartum doula, I will honor and respect your specific needs, while offering you the support and resources you need to live in harmony with your growing family.