A Grassroots Taos, NM Midwifery
Creating a nurturing space for a peaceful and empowered birth
Taos Mountain Birth Sanctuary is a Private Membership Association (PMA) located in Taos, NM.
TMB offers Midwifery care with a holistic approach incorporating herbal medicine, ancient wisdom and current research for a full spectrum experience.
Founder Rachel Varela
As the mother of two amazing boys, a midwife, prenatal yoga teacher and prenatal/postpartum care provider, Rachel is a wealth of knowledge whose number one concern is supporting you on your journey.
As a midwife, Rachel’s focus is in birth support, prenatal and postpartum care. She fosters a safe and supportive birthing environment and encourages deep listening to one’s own body; a dance between effort, surrender and learning to soften. Rachel studied Holistic Health and the Healing Arts with a concentration in Integrative Massage Therapy and yoga teacher training at the University of New Mexico. She completed her doula apprenticeship with the Taos Homebirth Midwifery.
She teaches child birth education, focusing on breathing techniques, partner support, birthing positions and harnessing the power of voice through vocal toning.
Rachel Varela has been a practitioner of yoga for over 20 years. Under the training of expert instructors, she has studied various yoga styles, including kundalini, vinyasa, hatha and ashtanga yoga. As a trained dancer, Rachel has strong foundations in movement and the mind-body connection.
Doula support can help with pain management during labor through connecting with the breath and harnessing the inner power of your voice. Some of the advantages of practicing with a doula are increased circulation and lymphatic flow, strengthening and toning of muscles and connective tissue. These benefits instill you with the confidence, focus, strength, peace and relaxation you will need for labor, delivery, and recovery.
Having a doula has been shown to reduce pain in labor as well as reduce the need for interventions. Women often experience shorter more productive labors, less postpartum depression, and more success in breastfeeding.
Prenatal care focusing on nutrition, wellness and herbal support
Birth attendance in home or at birth suite
In depth postpartum care incorporating ancient healing techniques
Childbirth education classes
Birth suite rental
Birth tub rental
VBAC (vaginal birth after ceserean)
In hospital labor Doula support
Prenatal and postpartum massage and holistic treatments
Placenta medicine preparation
I look forward to working with you and your growing family!
Please call me, Rachel Mayente-Varela to schedule a free consultation.
– Kind Words –
“Rachel was awesome. She came to my side during labor very quickly, and was my rock. She spoke for me when I couldn’t and asked questions I wouldn’t have considered.
She took care of me and made it 100% possible to give birth VBAC with no ruptures, severe tears or meds. I highly recommend Taos Mountain Birth Sanctuary for every birth.
Rachel is the best!”
“Many of my Taos friends and new mothers bonded over having Rachel as part of our births. She is a friendly member of the community and I admire her spirituality. She is excellent at looking at you as a whole, knowledgeable in her practice, and especially kind and understanding.
I wanted to have a home-birth Vaginal Birth After C-section and Rachel helped me research other medical facilities who would offer VBAC when the Taos hospital would not.
When I went into pre-term labor at 34 weeks Rachel rode in an ambulance with me to Albuquerque in the middle of the night. We watched “Dirty Dancing” because Rachel told me that it is the number one most watched movie by women in labor.
While I was at the hospital Rachel helped me talk with the doctors about my options and brought me homeopathic medicine and used essential oils and massage to help support me in the midst of a frightening crisis.