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While it's easy for us to try to tell you what your experience will be like with the Blissful Midwifery, we feel as though our clients say it best. Read below to find out what our clients have to say about us.

Raquel was so empowering, caring, and knowledgable. She was everything I hoped for in a midwife. Working with her was wonderful for our family and she will forever be in our hearts!                     Rebecca, Fitchburg, WI

Raquel is super professional and made my wife's pregnancy run super smooth. She was extremely diligent and we could always count on her knowledge. If you're looking for an incredible midwife who truly cares about her clients, then you come to the right place. Highly recommend!

                                                                          Phil, Fitchburg WI

"Throughout my pregnancy, birth and recovery, Raquel was a blessing in so many ways. In addition to her wealth of knowledge and experience, she was truly an advocate for me and my wishes for my pregnancy and birth. Without hesitation, I would recommend Raquel to any woman seeking midwife or doula services. I am sincerely grateful for her and my entire birth experience with her."                                                                         Brooke, Madison WI

Raquel was our Doula throughout pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. She is wonderful to work with and is always there to answer questions. She even did our placenta encapsulation, which was a major bonus! I feel so grateful for Raquel and her kind support. I would recommend her to anyone that needs a doula or midwife. ❤❤❤  

                                                                                                                                         Rachel, Janesville WI

"Raquel is so dedicated to helping women and their husbands have a joyful birthing experience! She was so supportive and spent much time answering questions I had throughout my pregnancy prior to and during my very quick birth! Raquel is very knowledgeable and I highly recommend her as a doula and placental encapsulator to anyone and everyone!                                                                                                               Ann, Madison WI

"Raquel was the assisting midwife for the birth of our second child. I did not have the chance to meet her before labor began, and unfortunately, I have not seen her since. We think of her as some kind of birth fairy that arrived when needed and then faded away... I don’t plan to be pregnant again in this life, but if I were I would want Raquel to be there for the birth.  She was a kind and calming presence which is so necessary for welcoming new life."  

                                                                                                                                              Kay, Madison WI

When I found out I was pregnant with Baby #2, I reached out to a placenta encapsulator, Raquel Shoemaker (she is also a midwife!), and met with her about encapsulating my placenta. She explained the process of encapsulation and the potential benefits. When I look back and compare my two postpartum recoveries, they were like night and day. I attribute it partially to a much shorter labor (3 hours of labor with 21 minutes of pushing) and my placenta pills. The day I came home from the hospital, I was doing laundry. My energy levels were much higher than I expected and my recovery was on schedule. I was also able to breastfeed for 15 months and NO MASTITIS! Raquel picked up my placenta from me after I was transferred from Labor and Delivery to Family Care Suites at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. She delivered my placenta pills and heart shaped umbilical cord to me at the hospital before I checked out! I was surprised and excited that it was such a quick turn around time.”                                  Dominique, Verona WI

As my pregnancy with my second child progressed my husband and I had a change in heart for where we wanted my delivery and birth to take place. It was a huge step for us but after much thought, research and prayer we decided to go out on a limb, change care providers last minute, and make those wishes of bringing our second baby into this world in the comfort and quietness of our home come true. My friend kindly did all the leg work of researching midwives in the surrounding areas for me as I was busy caring for an active toddler and growing a baby. She passed on Raquel’s information to us and we set up an appointment to meet together as soon as possible. After meeting Raquel my husband and I felt a sense of peace that she was going to be the perfect fit. We were excited to hire her and were thankful for the outcome. She provided a wonderful sense of knowledge, care and support in those last few months of pregnancy, during labor/the birth of our son, and postpartum. Her calm demeanor and care throughout the whole process was truly a blessing, and it especially helped in keeping me relaxed and feeling secure throughout it all. We happily and safely welcomed our son into our hearts and home with her by our side. We are so thankful we followed through with our gut feeling and made the decision to hire her last minute. We would definitely recommend Raquel to be a part of anybody’s pregnancy, labor & delivery, and aftercare experience as she truly is wonderful at what she does and creates such a rewarding experience!                                                           Karissa, Freeport IL

I would highly recommend Blissful Midwifery for placenta encapsulation. I used this service and have no complaints what so ever! Raquel was very professional and prompt with all communications and pick up/delivery of the capsules. For my 3rd baby and first time having this done, I can see a huge difference in my recovery this time vs my other babies. I have more energy and far less baby blues depression feelings. I wanted to do this for combating fatigue and it’s working so well!! I highly recommend this to any pregnant mamas and recommend Blissful Midwifery!! Thank you so much!                                                                                                                      Micah, Waunakee WI

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