5 years and 210 births attended
Type of practice: Partnership with 2 or more doulas
Clients per month: 4 to 6
Attends hospital births? No Hospitals
Special Remark: I am a Swedish Doula and serve Swedish Issaquah and Swedish First Hill. In addition to Valley Medical Center, St. Francis, St. Elizabeth, Good Samaritan, St. Joe's, Tacoma General, and Auburn Medical Center.
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
Currently, I work in partnership with another wonder Doula (Kiona Nessenbaum) her website is: https://www.nessenbaumbirthservices.com/. These are the services that we offer: Free Interview 30-45 minutes 2 Prenatal Appointments Labor/Birth 2 Postpartum Visits Kiona and I really enjoy working together! We are both mothers, student midwives and pride ourselves in our passion for caring for the birthing person and baby. How we work is, we each facilitate a prenatal visit separately, then the one on-call will attend the birth, and again we each facilitate a postpartum visit. We do not practice as midwives even though we are students! Although we feel there is an added benefit with each of us having more incite on the medical model and how to work with, through and around it. If you have further questions for either of us, please reach out! Thank you for visiting my profile and Happy Birthing! www.purelydoulacare.com
Lake Tapps, WA Service range 35 miles no ferries
Mercedes was an excellent doula and couldn’t have imagine anyone better. I had a successful VBAC and wouldn’t have been able to do it without her support. My birth experience was better than I could imagine and she also helped my husband to be able to support me in the best way he could.
I highly recommend her for anyone who is searching for a doula that offers a calm, warm and positive presence. She is well experienced and very knowledgeable!
I can't recommend Mercedes highly enough. She was a wonderful doula and significantly enhanced my birthing experience. I didn't use a doula with my first child and now after engaging Mercedes and working with her for my second birth, I am truly a believer in the value of the service. Mercedes helped me understand my body better and manage the pain of childbirth in a way that husband could not do. Mercedes is knowledgeable, patient and above all fun (all of which you want during your labor).
We had a lovely experience with Mercedes. She was flexible in setting up meetings with was great since our schedules are always changing. She was very personable. We are first time parents and really appreciated how knowledgeable she was. She helped prepare us for the birthing process by talking us through what to expect. She also help us prepare for taking baby home by walking us through different positions for breastfeeding and tips for taking care of myself after pregnancy. She took beautiful pictures of the birth to share with us. We highly recommend Mercedes if you are considering working with a doula.
Mercedes was wonderful! She was an incredible guide on my pregnancy and birthing journey. Beautiful, positive energy and she's crazy knowledgeable about anything related to pregnancy and birth. She also took great pictures! I consider her to be an official member of the family now.
Mercedes helped us alleviate some of the anxieties we had if not all of them. Being first time parents, we needed someone to guide us and she did a pretty good job. Our labour was 23 hours and she was there all along for which were really greatful. She is highly dedicated to her job and we would definitely recommend her. She's the best.
At the 11th hour, I had to have a scheduled C-Section at Swedish. I wasn't exactly what role Mercedes would play in the delivery, but I cannot thank her enough for being there for the surgery and for two post-partum appointments at my home. Mercedes was a calming presence before the procedure and, because she is a Swedish doula, she was able to be present in the operating room. It was so great to have her presence in a scary, new environment for both me and my husband. She took photos and helped with breastfeeding as soon as my daughter was delivered. Mercedes visited me at home twice after the delivery - she's helpful in trouble-shooting breastfeeding and other odd things I wanted to ask about (white tongue, sleep, poop).
(continued from above :-) I called Mercedes when I was experiencing early signs of labor late at night on my due date and she immediately packed her bag and came to my house. She then stayed with me during the next 30 hours until my son was born. She eased my labor pains with specialized techniques and her calm, confident, and caring personality made me feel relaxed. She was my advocate in the hospital when I was not sure what was going on and was faced with some unplanned decisions. She was skilled in helping me understand and interpret what was going on minute by minute with my contractions and the health of my baby and me, given the multitude of healthcare professionals we encountered and communicated with during the course of the 30 hours. She is also a gifted photographer and took pictures of my labor, delivery, and post baby photo shoot that I will treasure for the rest of my life. After my son was born, Mercedes followed-up with me in my home many times to see how we were doing, to answer my questions, and address my concerns. I was honored to have Mercedes as my Doula and am grateful every day that she was there to support and ensure that I had a healthy labor and delivery. My son is healthy and happy! Thank You Mercedes!!! You are the best! Love, Mandi and Kempton
Mercedes is a fantastic Doula! She is calm, confident, knowledgeable, supportive, and patient. She is extremely professional and a true expert in her field. I was impressed from the very first meeting I had with her and am honored that she was able to support me through the end of my pregnancy, during my labor, and after the birth of my son. She made me feel as if I was the only client she had and listened and addressed all my concerns. This was my first pregnancy and I was feeling unprepared but Mercedes was my rock. She went out of her way to meet with me various times prior to the birth of my son to talk about my birth plan, answer my questions, and showed me how to use a breast pump. She is an excellent communicator and ensured that I felt prepared and had a game plan for who to contact when I went into labor and what to expect. (continued below :-)
When my wife first said she wanted a Doula I was skeptical and wasn't sure about it, she interviewed a few but Mercedes was the first one I met and we decided we liked her right away. After having our first son I am a firm believer and couldn't recommend her enough. Mercedes is amazing and was a huge support system in our natural birth experience and made my wife worry less than I ever could. We were very blessed to have her by our side!
My experience with Mercedes was amazing.
She is genuinely such a sweet soul that loves to serve people,
The moment we met her with my husband we loved her.
There is a very calming vibe about her and I felt that during labor.
As soon as she showed up, I felt I started to progress quicker because
she helped to calm me down and remind me to just breath.
She also reminded me to call the midwives and thank goodness for that
because I was progressing so quickly I almost gave birth at home!
I feel extremely fortunate to have had Mercedes for extra support.
i can't say enough good things about her but we just love her!
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