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Janie Rakow


Janie Rakow has been a hospice volunteer since 2001, providing emotional and spiritual support to patients and their families through the end of life process. In 2010, Janie became an end-of-life doula at Valley Hospice’s program started by Henry Fersko-Weiss. In 2013 Janie took on the additional role of a lead doula at Valley. She has functioned as a lead doula for many patients and their families at Valley, as well as in the programs at Holy Name Hospice and Hackensack University Medical Center that INELDA helped create.

In 2015 Janie’s passion for doula work led Janie to join Henry in founding INELDA. The dream she shares with Henry is to bring the doula work to as wide an audience as possible. Besides her years of experience as a doula and her great energy, Janie brings to INELDA her extensive background as a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified financial planner. She worked for 20 years in the fields of tax and estate planning at a large accounting firm and a boutique law firm.

Janie’s work as a doula is complemented by her years of experience as a certified Emotional Freedom technique (EFT) practitioner, hypnotherapist, and Reiki Level II practitioner. She brings the learning from these other modalities to her work as a doula as appropriate and in the context of what people ask for as they face the end of life. Janie can be reached at