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Francesca Marini

Mind-Body Fertility, Pregnancy & Doula Care

Brooklyn, NY Serves families in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens Virtual Support Available


Birth Fee

$1350 to $2050

Postpartum Rate

$30 to $40

Availability Remarks: Virtual Support Available

Birth Fee

$1350 to $2050

Postpartum Rate

$30 to $40

Birth Doula Certifications

  • Cornerstone Doula Trainings - Certified Labor Doula

Postpartum Doula Certifications

  • Cornerstone Doula Trainings - Certified Postpartum Doula

Birth Doula Experience

4 years and 19 births attended

Postpartum Doula Experience

4 years and 27 families served

Doula Training

Not Specified

Type of practice: Partnership with 1 other doula

Clients per month: 2 to 5 births and 0 to 2 postpartum families

Attends hospital births? All Hospitals

Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers

Attends home births? Any Home Birth

College Education


Special Services Offered

  • Lactation consultant/counselor services
  • Prenatal & postpartum fitness services
  • Sibling support (for your older children at the birth)
  • Virtual and remote doula support

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Brooklyn, NY Serves families in Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens Virtual Support Available

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We feel so fortunate that Francesca was our doula. From the pre-baby visits to birth and post-partum visits, she was amazing. My husband and I both felt very comfortable with her. I specifically loved that she was not judgemental about anything and never pushed me to make a certain type of decision. Instead, Francesca gave me all of the information I needed to make important decisions. She also asked us questions that I had not previously considered, but that were ultimately really important in thinking through what I wanted/needed to feel supported before, during, and after birth. I also loved the visualizations she taught me, as well as movements to help with pregnancy pain and encourage my breech baby to flip. Francesca was magic during labor, I was in a lot of pain and the props she brought, as well as massage techniques really helped me. I ended up having to have a c-section, which was something that I was very frightened about. Having Francesca there to support my husband and me was one of the things that made the experience way easier. I especially am grateful that she encouraged me to breastfeed afterwards, which was soemthing that was VERY important to me, but that after the surgery I did not have a lot of energy to initaite myself. I really credit Francesca with the early intervention and help with breastfeeding, which I believ contributed to helping my son latch quickly and helped me feed him easily. I also appreciated Francesca's care in her postpartum visits. I really under estimated how much help I would need, and to have someone to lend a hand and answer all my questions was invaluable. Francesca is a great doula and any parent would be lucky to work with her. 

Rebecca Pollock


Francesca was a warm, knowledgeable and kind presence throughout our birth process. She guided us through techniques for laboring at home in a smart and straightforward way. Even though she wasn’t able to attend our birth and postpartum visits in person due to the Coronavirus, she gave us the confidence we needed to tackle these challenges on our own. Our postpartum visit was especially helpful because I was feeling frazzled and concerned about not being able to breastfeed yet. Francesca coached me through different positions and assured me that I was on the right track. Shortly after our meeting, my daughter latched on to me, and we were off to the races! We’re so grateful for her support! 

Shara and Ed Plough


This is a letter of emphatic endorsement of Francesca Marini, who served brilliantly as our doula for the birth of our daughter. We met Francesca at the initial interview and were immediately on board when she explained the support and guidance that she would bring to the table. Early on, Francesca came to our home for a meeting during which we discussed our birth plan and other concerns. She patiently and expertly took us through everything. She also checked in with us emotionally, which was appreciated more than I can say. Francesca was always available by text and email. When my wife’s water broke, we texted Francesca, and she was at our apartment soon thereafter, and Francesca turned our apartment into a calm, spa-like environment! In the hospital, Francesca helped us get checked in, and she warded off early attempts by the hospital to contradict various elements of our birth plan. In the birth room, Francesca kept my wife (and me!) calm. During this time, while my wife and I were both very anxious, Francesca remained calm and focused, which helped us stay calm and focused. Francesca keet us rooted in the present as she coached us emotionally and physically. After the birth of our daughter, Francesca taught my wife how to breast feed. My wife was really worried about breastfeeding, but with Francesca’s guidance, it was easy and smooth. After we were discharged from the hospital, Francesca came back to our apartment for a post-partum meeting. As before, we had a zillion questions and concerns, and Francesca’s guidance and advice was, as ever, indispensable. I cannot imagine our birth experience without Francesca as our doula. In addition to her top-shelf expertise, she is also genuine, warm, optimistic, and empathetic. If you are lucky enough to have Francesca as your doula, congratulations on having found the best there is. Francesca Marini was only in our lives for a few months, but she will stay in our hearts for the rest of our lives.



When we started working with Francesca and Vickie, we didnt really know what to expect. My wife and I just knew that we would feel more comfortable with someone on our side for this very important moment.

It turned out to be a fantastic experience! From the early meetings, it felt like we clicked right away with both. We really felt they were there to listen to our interrogations, needs. And help us out in the most delicate ways. It all felt very natural.

When birth time came, Francesca ended up being the doula on call, and eventhough the whole birth process was pretty eventful we had such a wonderful experience with her. Francesca attention was undivided and she offered my wife and I the best support in many ways. She was extremely attentive and kind and her soothing presence was crucial in making this experience a smooth and stress limited one for both of us. 

Francesca is such a fantastic person and an amazing doula, we feel so fortunate to have had her support us and we cant recommend her enough! We really feel like a special bond had been created with her, by sharing such an important moment in our lives. And we know for sure we will keep in touch with her in the futur!



I can't say enough good things about Francesca - she is a gentle, encouraging, patient, knowledgeable person who clearly loves her work.  She was a great resource from the time I hired her (very late in my pregnancy), through the birth and into the weeks after.  Her support made it possible for me to get through nearly 22 hours of active labor without an epidural, due to her skills with hip presses, her supply of honey sticks, and her modeling of breathing techniques.  She kept me calm as plans changed and I needed interventions I hadn't anticipated.  She also worked extremely well with my husband, keeping him not just included but centered in the process.  After the birth, she visited me at home and gave me much needed advice about breastfeeding and caring for myself, including the most amazing leg massage to help my super swollen legs!  She's a wonderful advocate to have by your side.  

Inge Colsen



My wife Lisa and me have been so lucky to have Francesca by our side during the birth of our son Raffi on August 1st 2019. Francesca's been the kind, supportive, strong and guiding "big sister" in the room with us while we went through Lisa's first pregnancy. For me, as a partner it was very touching to have Francesca by our side to bounce ideas, thoughts and inevitably also worries through the process. From visiting us at home to communication up to the pregancy was very lovely, gentle and direct. It gave us peace of mind. and when Francesca arrived early morning at the hospital to guide us, it was a relief to see a friendly face we could relate to besides the other lovely hospital nurses. We have a photo inside the delivery room of the doctors and nurses who brought Raffi to us and we're very thankful Francesca was part of the team of strong women who help getting us through this emotionally and physically intense experience. 

We can't thank her enough and would recommend reaching out to Francesca in case you are looking to include a doula in your pregnancy and birth experience.  

Sincerely yours

Inge Colsen


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Dora Kuo


My husband and I had a great time working with Francesca. On the doula visits, she went through detailed birth plan, listened to my needs (and fears), and provided a lot of extra resources such as yoga class and accupuncture info, to help us be prepared. It calmed me down a lot as a 1st time mom! During the delivery, she was so calm and helped me through the process. We got a lot of support from her, and really appreciated her help helping us. 

Laura and Dan


I used Francesca with a duel doula team, and she happened to be on call for when I went into labor. I had 1 pre labor meeting with each doula and my husband and I both felt comfortable, prepared and much more well informed after these meetings because of them.

As far as labor goes, Francesca was immediately available. She came to our apartment as soon as we asked - my husband and she discussed what made sense, as the labor was not following a clear pattern. Ultimately she came over and spent a couple hours with us before going to the hospital. She was a 100% encouraging in every way that I needed.  This included being sensitive about my fear of going to the hospital. She was exactly what I needed, she was supportive, encouraging, provided physical touch that was soothing.  She also gave us helpful information through the whole process. She had a soft touch, slightly encouraging me in the direction of my loose birth plan.  I ended up having an intervention and epidural free labor.  She was completely present the entire time, not even leaving my side once, except when asked by the medical staff. I’m sure my labor would have gone differently without Francesca.  Knowing my prior fears, i cannot fathom the fact that my labor was a positive experience and one that did not leave me feeling small and vulnerable. This is huge for me and would not have been possible without Francesca.



Francesca provided wonderful support through our pregnancy and during/after delivery.  We wanted someone with experience to support us through our first pregnancy and delivery.  I wanted someone who would provide support for myself.  But even more I wanted my husband to feel comfortable and to have guidance in providing the support I would need so that we could focus on each other.  Francesca was able to completely understand what I wanted, providing that and more. 

During labor and delivery she was able to intuitively know what I needed, (ice chips / water / applied pressure to relieve pain / encouragement) even when I couldn't get the words out.  She did a great job of providing moral support - keeping the focus on the mother but also kept my husband involved and supported as well.  

Francesca has a gentle approach and doesn't push her own beliefs/ agenda.  She spends a lot of time getting to know you as a couple and reviewing expectations, hopes, fears.  She is open to the experiences her clients hope to create and support them in attempting to achieve that experience.  I would highly recommend her!

Gail Rankin


I think Francesca's biggest strength as a doula was listening well. I felt truly heard by her throughout it all. Near the end I was having some resentment towards my doctor. Francesca came with me to one of my appointments and helped me to process what they were telling me. Throughout my pregnancy and birth I felt like she was extremely helpful in focusing me. She would remind me of what I wanted. During the birth she guided me there when I was unsure. I wasn’t sure if I wanted an epidural and she was the main reason I was able to get to 8cm before I eventually got it. She encouraged me and helped me to stay calm through the pain but I knew when I had reached my limit and she was also supportive of that. My baby ended up being 10 lbs so it was not an easy birth!!!! It took a lot of emotional and physical strength! One of the nurses afterwards told me how impressed she was that I didn’t need any more interventions (other than epidural) to help get the baby out. It was truly a team effort and Francesca was a very important part of that!

wanda k


We decided to add a doula to our homebirth team just a month before our due date, and we are so glad we did! Francesca made herself immediately available for a couple of pre-birth meetings - she helped us write up a birth plan (as a contingency in case of a hospital transfer), guided us through some visualization exercises (very relaxing!), and was generally cheerful, helpful, and informed.

During labor, she arrived soon after we asked her to be there -- just as we felt I was transitioning to active labor. She took over communications with our midwife, helped coach me in laboring, and made sure my husband was taking care of himself as well.

She also came a week after our baby was born to check in, process the birth experience with me, and just generally lend a hand to 2 sleep-deprived new parents.

In short, Francesca was great! We found her to be generous, attentive, attuned, and all-around a lovely person to have assist in this momentous event for us.

We highly recommend her!

Marina Liu Mello


Francesca has done so much for my little family! She was the doula for our first baby and we could not have asked for a better person for the job! Even before the birth, she helped us prepare for our son logistically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually through deep discussions and guided meditations. 

For the birth, she was there the whole time for my husband and me calmly and tirelessly. Throughout the waves of 18 hour active labor, she held me so tenderly and celebrated all the ways I wanted to express and be in that powerful space. Her intuitive direction knew how to comfort me and she even knew when I just needed someone to breathe with!

We had the birth in our home and Francesca worked seamlessly with our midwives to maintain the safety, comfort, and sacredness of our space. After I birthed my son, she helped to clean, make me food, and was the last to leave making sure the three of us had everything we needed. 

My husband and I had the birth we wanted for our son and Francesca was such an incredibly valuable part of making that happen. Forever grateful for her! 

Thank you for the love and light, Francesca! 

-Marina, Austin, and baby Dirigo 


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