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Maya Eleazer

Website: http://www.mayaeleazer.com

Phone: (360) 799-1218

Birth Fee: $1700 to $2000

Postpartum Rate: $35 to $40

Fee Details: Lower sliding fee scale for teen and low-income single mothers. My fee for full-paying first time clients is $2000. $1700 for repeat clients

Birth Doula Experience: 18 years and 300 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 40 families served

Doula Training

  • DONA International, July 2009
Type of Practice: Solo practice

Clients per Month: 1 to 2 births and 1 to 2 postpartum families

Postpartum limits/restrictions: No heavily scented/fragrances houses (glade plug-ins, synthetic fragrances candles, etc.). I am allergic to peanuts, please be cautious about consuming them near me.
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Birth centers are a fabulous option for a safe, supportive, natural birth experience.
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
I love home births. As always, my attention is focused on keeping my clients supported, nurtured and informed of their options if needed.

Breastfeeding Certifications

  • Certified Lactation Educator (Evergreen Perinatal Education, LLC)
  • La Leche League Leader
  • WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor
  • Previous experience as a La Leche League Leader for 5 years

Other Relevant Certifications

  • Loving, Dying Letting Go: Bereavement Support Training

College Education

  • BA/BS

Specialized training or previous experience

  • Addiction Recovery
  • Adoption
  • Cesarean birth
  • Clients on bed rest
  • Domestic Violence
  • Expected stillbirth
  • Families conceiving with ART and IVF
  • High risk
  • Home Birth
  • Induced and high medical technology labor & birth
  • LGBTQP Families
  • Multiples
  • Over 40
  • Plus size mothers
  • Postpartum mood disorders
  • Prematurity
  • Relinquishing mothers
  • Remote and rural clients birthing away from home
  • Single parents
  • Spanish Speaking
  • Special needs babies
  • Survivors of Previous Life Trauma
  • Survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Teens
  • Twins
  • Vaginal breech birth
  • VBAC
  • Waterbirth
  • Women and Families of Color

Special Services Offered

  • Acupressure
  • American Red Cross First Aid and CPR
  • Antepartum doula
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Babywearing education
  • Belly binding
  • Bereavement doula (pregnancy & infant loss)
  • Birth counseling for survivors of childhood sexual abuse
  • Breastfeeding Consultant Services
  • Childbirth Education Services
  • Cloth diapering education
  • End of Life Doula Services
  • Miscarriage Support (Before, During or After)
  • Parenting consulting
  • Placenta encapsulation
  • Reduced rates for women considering adoption
  • Satellite Doula (For remote and rural clients)
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Surrogates and intended parents

Relevant volunteer or advocacy work

I am trained and certified to teach Prenatal Yoga. For 5 years I gained experience offering breastfeeding education, support, and resources as a La Leche League Leader. I have offered my support as a volunteer doula for teen and low-income mothers for the last 12 years. I have a particular interest in working with people who have histories of trauma, and are hoping to have a healing and empowering birth experience.

Languages spoken: English, some Spanish

Service Area Map

Area of practice: Monroe, WA
Travel Range: 25 Miles

Client Testimonials for Maya Eleazer

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Nick Anderson

Having Maya as our birth doula was the best decision we made through the whole process. She helped us make informed, evidence based decisions when our midwives and childbirth educators had us questioning ourselves and the process. We felt so much more prepared and self-assured after our prenatal visits, and between visits as anything came up Maya was there for us. 

During the birth, Maya proved invaluable in helping my wife and I navigate a very rapid rollercoaster of a labor. Because of her presence and ability to keep everyone informed, working at their best and feeling supported emotionally and physically, we came out of the process without a single regret. She also managed to somehow document the process and get some very special moments we'll cherish forever, when taking photos was the furthest thing from my mind but something we'd wanted.

Even more amazing was her care postpartum. She answered what seems like hundreds of new parent questions through our early days, helping us troubleshoot, engage a lactation consultant when we needed and helped us feel so much more capable and confident as parents.

I've heard the term Birth Angel used to describe doulas before and dismissed it as contrived, but after working with Maya it honestly makes sense and I honestly don't know how we would've managed this process without her. My wife and I can't recommend Maya highly enough, and hope that everyone has someone like her at their birth.

Posted 1/4/2018

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einaooka

We first did not think we needed a doula. After all, we had a great team of midwives and we were doing
everything we could think of to prepare for a good birthing experience. However, during the second
trimester after a recommendation from a trusted friend, we debated the idea, interviewed multiple doulas,
and decided to hire Maya. In hindsight, this was the best decision of all we made during pregnancy.

It was clear from the first interview that Maya was a very passionate, knowledgeable, trustworthy and
wholesome individual. During prenatal meetings she made many great suggestions for improving our
house settings, practical daily exercises, improving our birth plan, etc. They were all very hands-on and it
was clear that they all came from her long experience of knowing what worked. These services were not
something midwives could have provided without seeing our actual house situation.

When early labor started I could not differentiate it from false labor until 10 pm. For this reason I had
worked a full-day plus some nesting activities. We realized we needed to contact Maya in the early
morning. Maya came to our home at 3 am, and stayed with us until 7 pm when we were comfortably in
bed as a new family. She was alert and actively helpful advocating for our needs. She guided me through
an extended miles-circuit, and made sure I was comfortable and effectively positioned during the entire
labor.

Maya perceived of our needs, knew the correct actions, and was there every moment. We are so thankful
for Maya's help. Our birthing experience couldn't have been this good without her.

Eina & Morgan

 

Posted 12/28/2017

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Noah Oldham

Hiring Maya was absolutely the best and most important decision we made with regard to the birth of out little boy. From the beginning Maya was gentle with us as first time parents, respected our boundaries, listened to our questions and gave us thoughtful and reasoned answers. She never proselytized or made us feel judged about any of the hundreds of small decisions you're faced with as a new parent, every one of which feels daunting, serious and confusing. She acted as a knowledgeable guide and a friend with our best interests at heart. Our birth changed from a birth center birth to a home birth to a hospital transfer all in the same night and Maya was there with us for every step. If you're not sure what a doula does, Maya explained it to us like this "everything you think a midwife does, that's what the doula actually does" and it's true. Maya is the one who comes to your house before the birth, gets to know you, attends the birth and encourages you through labor, and then follows up with tips and tricks for postpartum and nursing care. In this model the midwifes are like the doctor and the doula is like the midwife. You need a doula and Maya is probably the best one you'll ever work with.
If everything goes as planned and you are planning a birth at a birth center or at home her role is vital and important, but it's when things don't go according to plan where Maya's true strengths shine through. Having her at the hospital with us was of enormous importance. She was insistent without being pushy (with the hospital staff) and we can honestly say that every suggestion Maya made during labor was met with skepticism on behalf of the hospital and absolutely progressed things forward. 24 hours of labor, 4 hours of pushing and 1 seizure later our baby was born and mom and baby were safe and it was all thanks to Maya.

 

Posted 12/21/2017

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Stephanie Nuyda

Maya is wonderful! We hired Maya two years ago for the birth of our son. As first time parents having a home birth, we wanted the support of a doula to give us the best chance for a positive experience. We found Maya through our midwife. Our first interview with her was so reassuring. Her positive, calm and knowledgeable demeanor was very comforting. She was easily available and quickly responsive to any questions or concerns prior and post birth. During birth she was a great presence and we believed she contributed to our amazing birth! Post partum she provided a lot of resources to support my breastfeeding journey. Since we had such a great experience the first time we hired her again for my recent home birth to my daughter. Again she provided unlimited support prior to birth and we focused on preparing for the post partum journey since that is where I felt I needed the most help. During birth she provided much needed physical and verbal support as well as giving my husband the space to share the experience. Post partum she provided SO much breastfeeding and emotional support she felt more like a friend than someone I hired. Don't think twice about adding Maya to your birth team! She is a necessity for an A team! We aren't planning on another child but if I was, we would DEFINITELY hire her again. 

Posted 6/8/2017

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Amy Platt

If you're lucky enough to have Maya as your doula, you have the absolute best asset for your child's birth!

Choosing Maya to be our doula was one of the best decisions that we made for our first child's birth. Maya was professional, knowledgeable, and gently caring, using her experience to provide excellent insightful support. I cannot emphasize how key Maya was in making the whole process a peaceful and joyful experience. She was there for us at every step, making sure we knew the information that we needed to know, discussing our choices with us in advance, and her presence was critical in supporting me through labor. She knew just what I needed and exactly when to comfort and bolster me through the hardest times and when things didn't go as I expected. My husband appreciated how she encouraged and assisted him in supporting me as well, letting him know what was going on and how to help. It was a complete joy to share one of my most life-changing experiences with Maya, and we feel like she is family now. It should go without saying that we'll be calling her as soon as we are expecting our next child.

Posted 2/28/2017

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Alina Metje

Having Maya as a doula made all the difference for me and my family. I suffered from postnatal depression with my first child and had a difficult birth experience, so I was very nervous about welcoming our second child. Thanks to Maya the transition was so much easier than expected. She helped me prenatal staying sane when I went 10 days over the due date and making the right decisions and preparations for a positive birth experience. She helped me during labor to trust my body and realizing my needs. Thanks to her I had no anxiety at all. She helped me postnatal bonding with my baby, healing more quickly and encouraging my husband to make this experience as positive as it can be. I highly recommend Maya to all moms to be and will be forever grateful for her support during this transition. I loved how she respects everyone's individual preferences and wishes without judgment and helps to identify your personal needs. I'm certain I could have avoided or reduced the severety of postnatal depression the first time if I would have had her support. 

Posted 11/14/2016

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Laura DeGooyer

I was very fortunate to have two experiences with Maya providing doula services. Four years ago, Maya was an integral part of the labor team during the birth of my niece. I witnessed the entire birthing process from early labor to delivery alongside my sister as her birth photographer. Maya not only provided incredible labor support to my sister and brother in law but she also helped calm me down as it was extremely difficult to watch my sister experience so much pain and feel so helpless. I knew that when it came time for me to have a baby, I would want a doula to support my family just as Maya was doing for my sister and her family. When I found out early this year (2016) we were pregnant with our first child, my first objective was to assemble the best birth team possible. We interviewed several doulas and concluded very easily that Maya was in a league of her own. She has a wide range of knowledge and experience regarding labor and lactation. Pre-labor, she helped us prepare a concise, easy to follow birth plan which highlighted all our birth requirements. During early labor, she was our first call and helped us expediate the contractions. During active labor, she was by my side - being my advocate and helping me feel confident and relaxed during and between contractions. Post labor, she visited us at home and made some minor adjustments to how we breastfed so it was more comfortable for me and efficient for the baby. My baby is thriving and we could not be happier with our entire birth experience. On the car home from the birth center, my husband, turned to me and said, "Maya was worth every dollar we spent." We highly recommend all expecting families consider hiring Maya as their doula. We won't hesitate seeking her services again for future baby #2. 

Posted 11/12/2016

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Lisa Tiedt

Maya is the gold standard for birth doulas. She's incredibly knowledge about the medical options and community of birth workers. I had a complicated pregnancy and Maya helped me expertly navigate each trimester so that I could have as many of my wants honored as possible. After my birth. Maya also helped enormously with lactation and dietary solutions for my son's colic. Maya helped me to feel honored, respected and supported during delivery and beyond. She's caring, persuasive, goes above and beyond and has your best interest at heart. I'm truly graceful to have worked with her and she'll be my doula for #2. 

Posted 11/1/2016

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Genesis Ramirez

Having Maya as my doula was AMAZING! She was with my husband and I every step of the way from my first contractions to after giving birth. She went above and beyond for my family. My birth didn't go as planned but she helped me thru it all. She  made me feel pampered,safe and comfortable. She was caring, patient and passionate. For my future children I plan on having her as my doula again. I am very thankful I had Maya as my doula.

Posted 10/13/2016

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Kristine Manuel

Maya has been at all three of my childrens births and I wouldn't want to ever give birth without her.  Her support pre, during and after has been a blessing and a sanity saver.  She is a caregiver that truely listens and digests what your saying, what you need and gives the best advice, knowledge and direction to help.  She deeply cares about your entire families well being and it shows through everything that she does.  Her deep knowledge has impacted and helped braxton hicks, baby positions, making birth more efficient and effective, different nursing issues, fussy baby issues, and love and care in a last minute c section.  She 1000% has relieved stress of both myself and my husband in every one of my kids birth experiences.  She has become a dear friend through the love she has given us 5.  Anyone would be truly lucky to have her as a doula and she is extremely worth every cent.  Maya is the best doula out there!

Posted 10/13/2016

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Zandi Carlson

It's been almost a week and a half since the birth of our daughter, and I'm having trouble putting into words how valuable Maya was in this process. My labor lasted on and off for four days, and she was there for us when we needed her. I was so impressed by her expertise in positioning, her attentiveness, her ability to respond to the challenges, and how she put both me and my husband at ease during some very difficult moments. She was available before and after the actual labor to be a support person, a sounding board, and to provide recommendations and resources for additional care. She even spotted a lip tie in our daughter and gave a referral for getting that assessed. She balances friendliness and professionalism with ease-it felt like we'd known her for years. I can't recommend her enough!

Zandi, Aaron and baby Logan

Posted 5/6/2016

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Chris Williams

As a first time farther, supporting my partner through an unmedicated hospital birth full of complications, Maya was an incredible Doula. She struck the perfect balance of knowing when to lean in to support my partner and when to step away and allow us our time to connect and work together as a couple. She was also fantastic about checking in with me on how I was doing. When nurses and doctors were talking about options or sounding alarms she was right there providing calm, experienced guidance. I instantly felt like Maya, our Midwife, and our Nurse were a Team that worked seemlessly together over 21 hours to help my partner bring our son into the world. We felt like we made well informed decisions from the moment we first met with her and have no regrets about the birth experience. The post-partum support she has provided my partner has also been tremendously valuable. I highly recommend Maya as a Doula.

Posted 3/5/2016

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Savannah Jane

Maya is an incredible human. I was 7 months pregnant, 17 years old and planning an uneducated hospital birth when I met Maya. A friend of a friend put me in touch with her because she had helped low-income teen mothers before. She asked me questions that I did not know the answers to-- she made me think about what I wanted out of my birth. I picked her brain, read books, watched documentaries, did online research until I knew that I wanted to leave my stand-offish OBGYN who saw me as a number and walk into the arms of a team of loving midwives who saw me as a person. In the last two months of my pregnancy, I felt more loved, supported, and HEARD than ever before in my life. Maya was there day and night to answer my (almost always "weird") questions and when I went into labor, she was there every step of the way. She made sure I ate, drank, rested between contractions, and got into positions that would help my labor progress. In addition to taking care of me, she made sure that my mom (my other birth partner) was taken care of, as well. She was my support system and I truly can't imagine my birth experience without her. She made me laugh while making all of my birth plan dreams come true. I would recommend this generous, hilarious, genuine beauty of a woman to any and all pregnant women. If you want to eternally cherish your pregnancy and birth experience, Maya is the doula for you!

Posted 2/28/2016

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Erica Gordon

Maya was our doula for the birth of our son, Desmond, March 2012. She was our partner in 36 hours of home labor and 8 of hospital labor and was an amazing amazing help. Maya provided us with emotional, intellectual and most of all, physical support during a very intense and wonderful labor. Some of Maya's greatest strengths are her sparkling personality, wonderful sense of humor and kick ass knowledge and experience in all things baby/childbirth related. Maya worked seamlessly with our midwives and later on with the obgyn, showing respect and care in how she navigated between all of us during very intense moments in birth. She was able to also provide a lot of support and help post partum when I had challenges with breast feeding, resulting in a happy, still breast feeding baby at one year.

Maya is down to earth and will give you the information you need to make decisions along the way during your pregnancy and birth.  I am so thankful that we chose Maya to help us welcome our baby into the world, I have NO IDEA how we would have done it without her. Please feel free to contact me if you want to talk further about our stellar experience with Maya.

 

 

Posted 4/18/2013

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Shauna Monge

We highly recommend Maya's doula service and will use her in the future. This was our first baby and I interviewed 6 doula's and researched many more before deciding on Maya. She has a gentle demanor and really listens to you. My husband has anxiety about birth and was very nervous about being my only support person during the delivery. It was important to me that our Doula understand that hubby will be present & supportive but within what is comfortable to him. I needed a doula who would step in without judgement and help take care of all of us as a unit. Maya did just that and then some! We planned a birth center birth but ended up with a medically necessary cesarean. Maya even joined me in the operating room as my support person. She stayed with us the entire time (36 hours!!) and was always mentally present, positive and generally fun to be around even during a tough time. Maya did absolutely everything to help aid in my progression, comfort and confidence and even though my birth plan didn't play out, she was an important part of me being satisfied and happy with my first birth experience.

There are a lot of choices out there for doula's. Bottom line we made a GREAT CHOICE!! If you are lucky enough that Maya is available for the birth of your child you will be happy you chose her!!

Posted 4/13/2013

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Jennifer Read

My pregnancy was a surprise and I was pretty much in denial that I was pregant my entire pregnancy which is why it took me until I was about 30 weeks pregnant to really start thinking about a doula, and thankfully Maya was available.  Having Maya as our doula was one of the best decisions and investments we made in the birth of our daughter.  She kept in contact weeks prior to my EDD and followed up after the birth.  During the birth process Maya was my advocate the entire time, whispering encouraging words in my ear, and  always having a drink available and cold wet cloth to wipe my forehead without me having to say anything.  She also knew when it was time to change positions, masssage my lower back and even coached me on the sounds that would help getting through contractions easier.  While my partner was with me the entire time, it was our first child and he just didn't know what to do to help me, and Maya was that person coaching us both.  If you are hesitating about getting a Doula, or if you think Maya might be the right fit, trust me, she's the one.  She even brought us a treat at her final offical visit with us, but she was still available for help and lactation advice even after that final visit.  I also had her encapsulate my placenta and it was really helpful with milk production and mood.  I will definitely be using her for any future births and have already recommended her to several pregnant friends.  I had a beautiful birthing experience and Maya played a big roll in helping to make that happen. 

Posted 12/13/2012

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Maren McCabe

I cannot imagine going through labor and delivery without Maya! She was absolutely amazing every step of the way. She came to our home while I was in labor, and shortly thereafter we headed to the hospital as my labor seemed to be progressing quickly. Unfortunately things really slowed down after that as my baby was posterior. The rest of my labor went VERY slowly and I was really getting worn out and discouraged. Maya is very patient with the birth process and does everything she can to help things progress naturally. We tried every position under the sun and kept changing things up to keep my labor moving. Maya was always right by my side helping keep me encouraged and hydrated. She was nurturing when I needed that and more stern when I needed that. I was able to have a wonderful delivery without medication which was what I was hoping for. I don't think we would have had the same outcome without Maya! Initially my husband was unsure if having a doula was really necessary. After our wonderful experience with Maya, he can’t imagine not having a doula and highly recommends them to others.

Posted 9/11/2012

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Aurora Sedmak

When I went into labor Maya’s calmness and experience really showed in her manner. I liked that she had a variety of methods to help labor progress, which included focused breathing, optimal positioning for contractions, movement and yoga techniques, acupressure, herbal tinctures and of course, soothing and encouraging words. She also knew how to have my husband help me, and well as when to call the birthing center for transfer. She was an excellent coach and supportive person throughout the labor at the birthing center for both of us, and knew how to support us as soon as our son was born. When I had to be transferred to a hospital after the birth, Maya did not hesitate to come with us. She really helped my husband in those first few hours because I had to be away from our son for some time, especially since my husband had no idea what to do with a newborn. She did not leave until we were settled and felt we could handle things without her. Even more impressive about Maya is her knowledge and experience with breastfeeding. Before our son was born I had no idea how hard breastfeeding can be. In addition to helping me breastfeeding right after the birth, Maya came to our house 2 days after the birth and helped me find more comfortable positions for both me and my son to breastfeed that optimized his feeding and my comfort, resting and sleeping. She also recommended a wonderful breastfeeding book that I still look at when I have questions. He now has no trouble breastfeeding and is a big and healthy boy.Maya continued to check in every once in a while after the birth, which helped me to ask her some questions about anything I needed some extra support with. I would not hesitate to recommend Maya to anyone having a baby.

Posted 5/6/2012

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The Warrick Family

After reading the benefits of a birth being attended by a doula, we decided this would be one of the key items for the home-birth of our daughter. The birth was perfect. Peaceful, calm, beautiful.... We were surrounded by strong supporting woman. Maya, our doula, was one of them. We cannot imagine the experience without her. She surpassed our expectations. Very professional and respectful of all our wishes. My husband and I felt so comfortable around her.

 Maya arrived at our house early in the labor... when we requested. She worked with positions and comfort through the whole labor. Kept me well nourished and hydrated. She worked REALLY hard. We went from walking in the forest with her... to creating a perfect labor rhythm inside the house once labor progressed.

 It was so nice for her to tie in my husband and also give him a break. It seemed nothing was ever spoken or asked. She seemed to just know what my needs were. All I had to do was focus on the laboring.

She was also so helpful in the first hours and days of breastfeeding. I am so grateful for this. Because of this tender care, our baby started gaining weight right away.

Maya has also been wonderful at checking in on the postpartum phase. This was so beneficial for answering questions of my own changes and needs. Her support and knowledge is so helpful at this time when everything is new.

We would not only recommend Maya.... we would hire her again as our doula! We are so thankful for her support. She helped make the experience so beautiful.

Posted 10/25/2011

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Katy D

It was our first pregnancy, and I wanted a doula because I liked the idea that I would have someone with me who could tend to my needs, and was experienced in natural births. I had a fairly short but intense labor. I started having contractions and my water broke an hour later. I called Maya to let her know that things were getting started, and she said to call her as often as I wanted, and that she would come as soon as I needed her. She came to my house a few hours later, and I was already in active labor. I didn’t really know what I wanted, but Maya did. She was always there with exactly what I needed, whether it was a back rub, hot pack, or water. She knew exactly what I needed, even though I didn’t. She suggested different positions to keep me comfortable, but that would also keep my labor going. She helped me through each contraction, reminding me to breathe. She seemed to always be there the second I needed her, but she was never in the way. We left my house about two hours after Maya arrived. At the birth center, she continued to provide just the support that I needed, and my daughter was born an hour later.

Initially, my husband thought hiring a doula was unnecessary. He thought he could provide any support I needed. From the moment we interviewed Maya, Pete loved her. After going through the birth process, Pete is so glad that we had Maya with us! Physically, he could have done everything Maya did for me, but he wouldn’t have known what to do (how could he know when I didn’t even know?), and I needed him right by me. They were both integral and necessary parts of my birth team.

In the days and weeks following my daughter’s birth, Maya continued to support me, and I feel she played a huge role in me being able to successfully breastfeed. I simply can’t imagine having gone through this process without her, and she will forever be a part of our family. I definitely want her present for my next birth!

Posted 9/15/2011

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chooky chooky

My wife Heather was very concerned about dilation and delivery after watching her sister give birth and hearing stories of how she tore her way out of her mother. Heather assumed from the start that medication would be required to aid dilation, but dreaded the process because of her fear of needles. Maya met with us months before our due date to take notes on our birth preferences and medical history. Maya was confident that Heather would be able to dilate and avoid the dreaded needle. She recommended some good books and videos on labor and delivery to help us prepare.

My wife's water broke at 2am and labor started. We tried to get a little more rest in between the lighter early labor contractions, but we were too excited. We were able to reach Maya on the phone in the early morning with the first call even. Maya was at our door shortly later. At first the contractions were irregular and Maya walked us through positions and exercises to help the baby reposition and dilate the cervix. My wife labored in the comfort of our home for five more hours before going to the hospital. Without Maya to assure us that things were progressing normally we would have been at the hospital during that time. Heather was in labor for an exhausting 19 hours, which is actually relatively short for a first child. From the minute she arrived Maya was helping position, support, encourage, and relax Heather.

Heather gave birth 100% naturally to a very healthy (apgar score 9) baby and we both know that without Maya that our birth plan would not have been followed.
 

Posted 4/10/2011

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Jonah Hister

Our experience with Maya was nothing short of fantastic.  Before labor she made herself approachable and we felt comfortable in asking her all sorts of questions and advice.  During labor she was a forecful yet calm presence as she offered different tools, suggestions, and birthing positions to comfort pain and to help make things progress as smoothly as possible.  She was a constantly by our side but didn't interfere if she felt it wasn't necessary and she was open to feedback (and actually acted on what we said!)  Her experience with breastfeeding was especially helpful to us during the first few days with our baby as she helped to correct some early bad habits and set us up for success.

Throughout our relationship with her, Maya was extremely adept at reading our wishes and feelings, even those that went unsaid.  This made her easy to work with and because she is so adaptable we feel her approach would work well with other clients.  We would not hesitate to recommend Maya to our friends.

Posted 2/21/2011

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Chrissy Byrne

My experience with Maya was limited to her encapsulation services, but in that short time I felt very comfortable with her. I contacted her after my son was born so she could pick up the placeta, she responded quickly and was at our house in no time. When she arrived her presence was like that of a familiar friend. She didn't just pick up the placenta, but made sure things were going well for our family and even helped me troubleshoot some breastfeeding issues. Maya was very timely with our placenta and brought the pills to my house in a glass jar. She even made "Tree of Life" prints for us, which I really enjoy having. If I were to consider having a doula attend my next birth, Maya would definitely be my first pick!

Posted 1/13/2011

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Corinne Meaney

I don’t even know where to begin in writing how grateful I am that I found Maya as our doula. Without her help there is no way I would have had as successful a birth as I did. Upon meeting Maya my first impression was that she was down to earth, open, easy to talk to, and clearly had the experience to help me with my birth.

The day of the birth Maya was incredible. After the car ride and settling to the Puget Sound Birth Center my contractions started to space out and I was a little more comfortable lying on the bed working through things. This is where Maya showed me what it really takes to give birth. I had been under the impressions that in natural birth finding the position that is most comfortable can help manage pain. When in fact, getting more comfortable, and having the intensity of the contractions decrease really brings you no closer to having a baby. Maya gently encouraged me to go for a walk and proceeded to challenge me to do things that would help bring on contractions and bring my baby closer to this world. Without her support I am sure I would have been lying around for another hour thinking that being comfortable was what I needed. Maya continued to make sure that I stayed hydrated, helped point our areas that I was holding tension while working through contractions, and photographed and video taped portions of my birth. Even while providing all of this support I never felt that she was in my face, or overshadowing my husband in his support role.

Maya made it clear from the beginning that she was more than happy to assist us with any concerns after the birth. She made a visit after to help me with breast feeding issues and has even offered to come to our house a second time to help me with some other concerns and I live about and hour away from her!  I am so happy that we found maya and included her in our birth team. I highly recommend her support for your birth.
 

Posted 7/8/2010

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Erin Tasto

Maya was a Godsend. I was a VBAC candidate and knew I wanted a doula in order to have the best chance of success. My first child was a c/s due to breech, so I wanted all the help and support I could for both my husband and me. Her support started before labor as I struggled with hospital policies for VBAC.  Maya was extremely knowledgeable about the hospital procedures and was even able to give me names of nurses who were more experienced with and supportive of natural birth. Her calm demeanor and ability to cut through to the heart of the issue (and clearly explain it) played a key role shortly after we arrived at the hospital. I labored at home for a few hours. Maya helped with positions and offered encouragement, then suggested we head to the hospital. The hospital required fetal monitoring, but they were having trouble finding a heartbeat. Maya asked if we needed a moment to decide on internal monitoring and relayed that desire to the medical staff. Through internal monitoring, heart tones were detected, but the baby was in distress. The chaos in the room grew, but I knew all I needed to do was focus on Maya’s voice. Her voice cut through the chaos, and made it easier to think and make a decision. Soon, we were on our way to the OR and Maya was there, offering support and taking pictures. With my first child, my husband went with him while his vitals were taken and I was left wondering what was going on. This time, Maya was telling me everything that was happening and I didn’t feel alone. Two of my nurses remarked how impressed they were with Maya. Afterwards, at the home appointment, Maya was able to help me make sense of nursing lying down and help affirm my decision to go ahead with the c-section.  It's also comforting knowing I can still pick up the phone six months later and still have that support, advice, and encouragement.

Posted 6/13/2010

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Andreah Thompson

Maya is wonderful.  As soon as I found out that I was pregnant (first time), I knew that I was going to have a drug-free natural birth.  And I knew that I would need extra support to accomplish this feat especially since I would be having a hospital birth.  I knew about doulas from a friend and even though I had a limited budget, I knew I had to have one for labor support.  My partner was more than willing to do all that he could but welcomed the idea of having an impartial "expert".  Maya became my doula and was there for me every step of the way.  Consults over the phone were always reasuring because she is an excellent listener and has a lot of knowledge and wisdom.  She was integral to my days long labor.  It was comforting to have her assurance that every labor sensation I experienced was normal and she helped me with different laboring positions.  She worked very well with my partner and allowed him to support me as much as he wanted, while also giving him opportunituies to take a break or a nap.  She helped me to communicate with the hospital staff.  Without Maya's support I truly believe I wouldn't have had a sucessful natural birth in the hospital.

Posted 9/16/2009

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Heather Carter

Maya was my Doula at our second birth (had I known her durning my first pregnancy, she would have been at our first birth as well!).  Prior to our due date Maya was always available to answer questions and to give information on anything baby and diet related.  My second son was 15 days late, during that time Maya was available with more answers to questions and many suggestions on how to get the ball rolling.  Unfortunately the ball didn't start rolling on its own, however Maya was there to give me reassurance when my OB told me it was time to be induced.  At the hospital Maya was amazing, she kept me calm, cool and directed when we started the induction.  She was understanding of my birth plan and kept my husband very included.  Maya's expierence speaks volumes in labor situations, we used many different positions and she read my labor like a book.  She always seemed to be a step ahead!  The nursing staff loved her, she works well with all kinds of personalities. 

Maya also took some wonderful pictures at our birth and was very inclusive of our toddler.  She gave some great advise on how to keep him happy through the whole pregnancy, birth and introduction process.  He especially loved her visits after we brought the new baby home!  Her aftercare was great making sure I had all the things we needed, offering to grocery shop among other things! 

If you're looking for a great pregnancy and birth expierence you have found the right Doula to choose!

Posted 8/7/2009

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