Postpartum Rate: $50
Postpartum Doula Experience: 5 years and 120 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 4
Voluntary Babywearing Educator at Babywearing International
Languages spoken: English, Polish
First of all I have to tell that I'm from Thailand. I have been here 3 yearsand do not have family in the U.S. Before I had my baby I thought I couldhandle it alone, but after I gave birth I realized how difficult it was. Then my husband found Marta for me. Martabecame my night nurse from when my daughter was just three days old untilfour months. To me it hard to trust someone to take care of my baby especially since I’m from another country but with Marta I felt extremely safe.
Marta also gave me baby guidance but did not push me to do anything I wasn’t comfortable with. She became my advisor, friend and member of my family that I trust. She gave her ideas,solutions or just shared her stories then I could fix an issue by myself. Sherealizes every baby (and parent) isdifferent and adjusts accordingly based on her extensive experience.
I gained more confidence and learned extensively from Marta. She helped me successfully breastfeed andalso use a bottle. My baby became a great sleeper and is all around very well adjusted and very happy. Marta thank you so much, we miss you!!
I consider Marta our “angel doula.”
As a first-time mom, living across the country from both families, of course my husband and I were feeling nervous and clueless about bringing home our first baby.
Marta was the perfect person to have in our home the day we arrived home from the hospital. Coming home from the hospital can feel really overwhelming, but Marta helped us all get settled in nicely and start our new life together with confidence.
i had some postpartum anxiety and she handled that with warmth, grace, and reassurance. I also was not able to move much due to some birth injuries, and she was great about instructing my husband on how to get everything set up at home, including how to properly feed, bathe, and care for our newborn.
Marta is a certified lactation consultant, so she was also helpful to troubleshoot my breastfeeding issues and get that on the road to success. We covered topics like different positions, pumping, using bottles, and checking for things like clogged ducts and mastitis.
We didn’t know this when we hired Marta, but she is also trained in baby-wearing! So she showed us how to baby-wear properly and ergonomically, preventing problems in advance that often discourage parents from baby-wearing.
I also really appreciated how Marta was good about supporting my husband and me as a team, so that we were learning together. It was great bonding for my husband and me to learn together under Marta, and set a good foundation to start our new life as a family.
I would recommend Marta to everyone I know as a postpartum doula, no question about it!
I worked with Marta for a private babywearing consultation. I had purchased a baby carrier but was never confident that my then 3-1/2 month old was comfortable and safe. Marta brought every carrier under the sun with her to my apartment, and we tried each one with my baby to see what was most comfortable for both of us. After she left, I felt confident wearing my baby (assured he was comfortable, safe, and could breathe properly), and without back pain. She was patient, informative, sweet, and so helpful!
Marta was our post partum doula for our first baby (little girl) this past May. She was an absolute angel and the best thing that happened to us post baby. Marta was nurturing and super insightful. She was also wonderful with our baby and wonderful with me. She taught me so many tricks and made me feel confident as I navigated my way thru an unfamiliar process. I highly recommend working with her - I can’t speak more highly of Marta!
Marta was our post partum doula for our first baby (little girl) this past May. She was an absolute angel and the best thing that happened to us post baby. Marta was nurturing and super insightful. She was also wonderful with our baby and wonderful with me. She taught me so many tricks and made me feel confident as I navigating my way thru an unfamiliar process. I highly recommend working with her - I can’t speak more highly of Marta!
I met Marta for the first time in the middle of the night while I was in labor with my first baby. It was an unusual labor, and her warm smile and calm confidence immediately put me at ease. She helped me labor at home for hours, suggesting new positions, and providing tireless support. She told me her own birth stories, and told me about her children. By morning my labor patterns were still very unusual, and she helped me make the decision to go to the hospital when I was a bit panicky and indecisive, informing me of my options.
What I will always remember most, however, was her incredible help at the hospital (NUMC). I had originally hoped for a totally natural birth, but it was becoming clear that an intervention-free birth was not going to happen. She talked me through interventions such as nipple stimulation, rounds of Cytotec, a cervical balloon catheter, Pitocin, and eventually an epidural after. She had my back the whole time.
After the epidural and Pitocin, things took a scary turn, as my body started shaking uncontrollably, and my baby’s heart rate started to slow. At this point, I had been awake and in labor for nearly 48 hours, and was exhausted. Marta immediately jumped into action, turning the heart rate monitor screen away from me so I could not see it. She held my hand, did everything she could to keep me awake, and took control of coaching my breathing every time my baby’s heart rate started to drop, keeping me calm, and more importantly, helping my baby get oxygen. It was a moment where I needed someone to take charge, and she sensed that and did it without hesitation.
The doctors soon raced in declaring the need for an emergency c-section. Marta was my solid rock as the surgical team wheeled me out of the labor room. She gave me the confidence I needed to get through it. I will never forget her amazing care on my son’s birth day, and am forever grateful to her.
Marta was our doula with my first child and her expertise, kindness, and warmth helped our daughter to enter the world healthy and happy. At the delivery Marta’s breastfeeding support was crucial to our first latch as when the nursing staff was concerned with medical matters, Marta ensured our baby started feeding immediately, which was key to our successful breastfeeding since that moment. After delivery we had Marta work with us post-partum where her expertise in baby wearing helped us to baby wear her since she was 1 week old and there’s still no other place our daughter would rather be! We cannot imagine Marta not being a part of our journey to new parenthood and recommend her very highly!
Marta is incredible. She knew just what to do, and how to ask what needed to be done. When I brought my twins home from the hospital, my husband and I, and our toddler, were completely lost. Marta helped us acclimate to our new reality in the most gentile way. She is caring, compassionate, and extremely knowledgable in all things postpartum. Her passion for her work translates in the care she provides to the whole family. I could not give Marta a stronger recommendation!
Marta was wonderful. She was caring and supportive throughout the whole birth experience. My birth was long - 26 hours. Marta stayed with us the whole time, comforted and motivated me to keep going and reminding me of the great reward at the end of it. She equally encouraged my husband and we both felt that her presence had a very positive impact on our experience. I can recommend Marta highly to anyone who is looking for a committed and non-judgmental, warm and caring doula. I would have definitely considered her as my postpartum doula as well but then had my mom join us for a few weeks. I wish her all the best and will recommend her to my friends.
I cannot speak highly enough of Marta as a postpartum doula! I have arthritis and a baby with reflux who needs to be held upright for long stretches of time. Marta came to my rescue, helping to hold my baby so that he could nap and feel the comfort he needed. She is the guru of babywearing and did a wonderful job of holding my son in the wrap (which he loves)! She also helped me to gain confidence all the while I was also gaining strength again during my recovery (a recovery that took a lot longer than I expected!) She was always helpful in ways I hadn't even anticipated: with housework and preparing delicious items my husband and I relished (for example, beet yogurt and marinated chicken!). Most importantly, she is a wonderful teacher who shared her knowledge about babycare and breastfeeding, all of which I desperately needed. My son loves Marta and smiled exuberantly when she visited! Our whole family benefited immensely.
Marta was a great Doula. She was with me and my husband for support before, during and after birth. She was extremely helpful during the time she worked with me and my husband. Although the birth did not go the way I wanted she was supportive and stood by us doing everything she coud to make the process more bearable.
Marta has been a pleasure to work with for the times that we have met she has been very supportive partner emotionally. She has eased my heart in terms of all the questions that I had with delivery on the type of experience and my concerns with breast-feeding and just an overall plan for when my twins would Be delivered. My husband also really enjoyed her presence during our delivery as she created a calm atmosphere for the both of us he was able to interact with the babies and check up on the babies while I was in recovery and he wasn't worried at all because he knew that she was around to take care of my needs. I look forward to the next couple of building that bond as well.
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