Reiki: The Energy Doula

Toni describes the benefits—to both the birth attendant and the birthing woman—of the use of Reiki during labor and birth.

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About Author: Toni Rakestraw

Toni Rakestraw has been practicing Reiki since 1999 and received her Level III Reiki Master Teacher certification in 2000. Passionate about pregnancy and birth, she has studied with ICEA, DONA and Ancient Art Midwifery Institute and was a practicing doula from 1994 to 1999. She and her husband run the Organic Birth Web site ( and are launching a new homebirth magazine, Organic Birth, the Voice of Homebirth. They live in Crow, Oregon, with their eight children (four of whom were born at home) and raise chickens, rabbits and vegetables.

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