Labor & Birth

Creating a nurturing space for a peaceful and empowered birth

Taos Mountain Doula Varela

Labor and birth is a unique, individual, sacred experience.

No one can predict how your labor and birth will unfold and we will be by your side to support you through the entire ceremony.

When you begin early labor, we will be in communication and together we will decide when it is best for us to join you.

When we arrive, we bring all of the necessary equipment for the birthing process.  

Laboring in your own environment can  help you to relax and feel confident as we care for you.

You can move freely, eating and drinking, trying different positions, and deciding what works best for you. Hydrotherapy can provide pain relief and a gentle transition for baby if you choose to give birth in the water. 

If this is something that you are interested in, we have three different birthing pools available.

We do our very best to keep birth completely natural and intervention free, allowing you to tap into your own innate, ancient body wisdom.

Immediately after birth, the baby is skin to skin for warmth, bonding, and security. 

We offer delayed cord clamping so that the transfer of stem cell rich blood from the placenta to baby is maximized while also increasing your baby’s blood volume and iron count. Delayed cord clamping is beneficial in easing your baby into the outside world in a compassionate way.

We provide immediate breastfeeding support and stay with you after the birth until you feel safe and secure.

I look forward to working with you and your growing family!
Please call me, Rachel Mayente-Varela to schedule a free consultation.


Taos midwife collaboration

 – Kind Words –

We were so lucky to have Rachel. She was supportive, not just during labor but through all the before and after details, that were equally as crazy. I love how she was so accepting of all of our choices, from traditional to non-traditional, holistic to modern, whatever we wanted, her only objective was supporting us in the birth we wanted.

I am most grateful to her for the support after the birth, she really helped keep me together through all of the emotions.

My labor took some unexpected twists and turns, and Rachel was there to reassure all our decisions. 

After we were home she was a constant support. As a new mom I had a million of questions from a stuffy nose, to what was okay to eat, and everything in between. She answered each concern with care and attention, and made sure I had the support I needed for my health, and the health of our new baby. It was, and is, invaluable knowing Rachel is just a phone call away.

Here we are 7 months later and she still checks on us and showers our son with love. She has gone above and beyond what I expected and we hope to have her at our side for the next one!

-Cassandra R.

Rachel is incredible! My labor was very long she was present through it all. Her eyes were so grounding and her words soothing and supportive. She was also wonderful during prenatal and postnatal care.

Rachel is so knowledgeable. All her giftsmassage, yoga, homeopathic care, and being an incredible cookmake her just perfect for this kind of work!”

-Tuesday F.