Birth Fee: $1000 to $1500
Fee Details: Fee includes two prenatal visits, unlimited phone/email communication, continuous labor support, and one postpartum visit. I may be willing to trade for services or accept a payment plan under certain circumstances. A birth photography add-on package is available.
Birth Doula Experience: 3 years
Clients per Month: 0 to 3Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
We chose Maggie to support us during my gentle planned cesarean birth. Everything was perfectly planned, but our baby girl had other plans by arriving a day early. Luckily, Maggie had planned on taking a flight here the night prior so that she could do my maternity photo session. Maggie beautifully handled the situation and went with the flow. Upon encouragement from the doctor, I decided last minute to try a VBAC. Once Maggie arrived in the delivery room straight from the airport, I could feel my whole body relax. She soothed me between contractions and encouraged me during. She knew when to jump in to help and when to let things happen organically. Unfortunately, the VBAC was not successful and I was prepped for a cesarean. I felt like I had failed, but Maggie told me to be proud of myself for trying and kept reminding me how strong I am. This made me feel very empowered and worthy. In the OR, Maggie soothed my nerves and actually made the process enjoyable by chatting with me and holding my hand. I don't even know how and when she managed to take the beautiful pictures of the birth! In addition to being a fantastic doula and photographer, Maggie and her husband Jesse (my brother), jumped in last minute to take care of our son when our childcare fell through. Maggie truly cares about her clients and will go above and beyond to make the experience special, personal, and worry-free. Maggie, you are a true caring soul and we are so grateful for you. Thank you!
Maggie was the perfect addition to our birth team. During our prenatal meetings with her, we formed an open and caring relationship. She quickly understood our goals for an empowered, calm and safe birth experience that balanced my desire for a “hands-off” natural experience with the anxiety about complications that comes from my medical background as a neonatal nurse. During our birth adventure, Maggie served as a calm, thoughtful mediator between us and the medical team, and her years of experience in a wide array of different birth settings were hugely valuable. Especially when things felt a little scary, Maggie was the ideal sounding board to empower my husband and I to make difficult decisions during a high-intensity, emotional time. Although our journey was filled with twists and turns, because of these moments with Maggie I believe I had the best possible birth experience and safely delivered our daughter.
Maggie was simply incredible! Prior to the birth, she came to our home and presented us with some really useful information in person and also sent some great resources by email. She was always available to answer any questions, and I went into the birth feeling well-informed and prepared. She was patient and compassionate with me as a first-time mother. The birth experience itself ended up deviating significantly from what we had planned, but Maggie was so supportive along the way, both during a challenging labor and in some difficult decision-making that resulted in a cesarean birth (she taught me to call it that, by the way— from her, I learned that the language for taking about this type of birth really matters!). Although I certainly felt heard during the birth process, and like I was able to make my own choices, I still needed to do some processing after the fact, and Maggie supported and guided me in that work.
My partner would like to add that he, too, felt well-supported by Maggie. He was responsible for a lot of the communication with her and found her to be very responsive and helpful. During labor, she enabled him be involved when he might otherwise have frozen up. He had more questions for her than I did, which she answered knowledgeably and with care. Unltimately, we both agree that we’re not sure how we would have done this without her!
Working with Maggie was perfect from start to finish! Although this was our second birth and I was familiar with what my birth options/choices were, having Maggie there each step of the way during this pregnancy was invaluable. I had a doula with my first birth who helped me during an intense, 27 hour labor. I knew if this second labor were to be anything like the first, I'd need the extra set of hands again. While I was at peace with the unexpected events of my first birth, I also knew I wanted things to go differently the second time and wanted a doula who had pletny of helpful ideas and lots of experience. With Maggie as our doula, I got more than someone pushing on my back during labor (which was a HUGE HELP), I also got an advocate on my birth team who really listened to me and took the time to help us think through our plans beyond the labor and delivery. She truly cares about your entire experience, your fears and your joys from your doctor appointments to your postpartum recovery. After each meeting with Maggie, I gained more and more confidence in myself and the unmedicated and positive birth I wanted. She was thoughtful, encouraging, empowering, and educated, providing us with the latest reserach and evidence. Ultimately, I had an amazing and redeeming birth, with Maggie right there by our side from the time we said we needed her. I texted her the morning I thought there was a chance I was starting labor, and she already headed into Charlottesville with her bag ready. When my husband and I said we were headed to the hospital, she was already there waiting! I'm so glad we chose Maggie and am lucky we now get to call her our doula and friend!
Maggie was amazing! From our first phone conversation, I knew Maggie was the perfect doula for my husband and I. Maggie was down to earth, super sweet, professional and you could tell how much she loved being a doula. We met with Maggie twice for prenatal chats, she was full of knowledge and the articles she sent us to read were so helpful! The night I went into the hospital, we called Maggie to give her the heads up that I was contracting every 2 minutes and we wanted to get there before the snow storm was about to hit us. Maggie had her bags packed ahead of time and was out the door once we called her! Once we were all in the delivery room, Maggie was hands on, relaxing me with hip compressions while I was answering the nurse’s questions. She was also checking in with my husband to make sure he was feeling ready and showing him how to help me. Once the contractions started to get unbearable Maggie keep me focused and looked me straight into the eyes and keep telling me, "I am doing great, and breath with her" and reminded me that I truly didn't want the epidural when we talked at our prenatal appt. I am thrilled to say, I delivered 100% natural and all thanks to Maggie support! I don't think I could have delivered my baby girl without medications and without Maggie at my side/face believing in me! I also hired Maggie to do birth photos and to this day, I still stare at the pictures as I can't believe I made a beautiful baby girl! The pictures Maggie took, are images you will cherish forever and brings back those memories! Thank you Maggie so much!
Maggie is an excellent teacher, communicator, advocate, and all-around wonderful person. She meets you where you are and works with you to find a birth plan that fits with your needs, and also sets realistic expectations for what will happen before, during, and after birth. As a trained healthcare provider I had assumed that I knew everything I needed to know about birth and initially was not planning to hire a doula; boy am I glad we had Maggie! Birth in theory is, of course, very different from birth in reality. Everything for my labor went smoothly and I am certain that Maggie's guidance and care throughout the prenatal and birthing process were integral to that outcome. Her soothing guidance and reassurance helped my husband and myself feel at ease and well taken care of. She also provided a postnatal visit at a critical time and restored some sanity for our overwrought, exhausted brains. She is also a wonderful photographer and provided us with photographs of our birthing process that our family will cherish forever. I cannot praise her enough.
Maggie was an excellent doula for us. From the pre-birth sessions up until labor and delivery - and even after birth - she was an excellent support person for my wife and I. In the birth room, her experience shined through. She was able to help my wife as well as me get through the birthing process very well. Added bonus - she takes INCREDIBLE photos if you add on the birth photography option. So glad we enlisted Maggie's help for the birth of our first born! Thanks again, Maggie!
I have to give a huge shout out to Maggie for not only her birth services but her amazing photography. She is by far the best investment I've ever made! He nurtering nature, her guiding hand, her prep support and delivery support are bar none. Her photography skills were the icing on top and I am so grateful to have had her through the entire pregnancy and to have beautiful photos of our baby girl making her way into the world. She's the best!!!
Bend Yoga in C’ville was a huge part of keeping me healthy, happy and feeling as great as one can feel during the 9 months of my first pregnancy; they also introduced me to the idea of having a doula. I didn’t know anyone who had used one before and I had heard many traumatic birthing experiences which had left me incredibly anxious/ terrified for the actual labor and delivery. Maggie immediately was a warm, friendly, down to earth coach for my husband, Eddie, and I - calming our natural fears and encouraging us to feel how we needed to feel. Looking back on how our son’s Birthday progressed, I can say that Maggie being there in person, and on-call in the hours before, 100% positively impacted our experience. After my water broke things went from 0 to 100 real fast, so I lost all sense of time, calm, and mental clarity. She came right to the house and immediately relieved my husband of his fears and anxiety of what to do. Showing him how to squeeze my hips to alleviate pain, assuring me the pain was normal, coaching my breathing and reminding us to change positions. She lead the way on saying when to head to the hospital and reminded me when we got there of my birth plan, asking the nurses to take a step back when they were asking too many questions and helping us to use all the tools available to us. The pain was so intense so fast that in the moment I could not think straight about anything. In the beginning when I told Eddie I wanted a doula, he really wasn’t sold on it, but stepped back because he knew it would help me. After our little Jaden arrived and I saw Eddie and Maggie embrace, I knew how glad he was she was there to help us both. It still brings tears to my eyes thinking about that incredible day bringing our first child into the world and am so grateful to Maggie for all her evidence based education, physical & emotional support and those hip squeezes :) She was meant to be a doula. We all thank you, my dear <3
I was more than apprehensive about getting a doula, we had attended multiple partner prep classes, read books and watched videos. I thought I was ready for anything that labor could have presented us with. Despite my grumblings about spending the money to have someone else in the room during labor, my wife insisted that we get a Doula. It was the best decision she ever made and I will never doubt her again. We interviewed multiple doulas in town and finally clicked with Maggie. Maggie was amazing! She was the perfect combination of caring and professional. We met twice before our due date for prelimnary discussions, tips and tricks on how I could help my wife during early labor. Once my wifes water broke, Maggie was the first person I texted. She was here within an hour and stayed for all 18 hours of labor. Maggie was our advocate and champion in labor and delivery. She was there to help soothe my wife as she went through contractions while I worked to calm her down. We were teammates and we wouldnt have made it to the finish line without her. After our little one was born, Maggie made sure that we were ok and settling in before she left. A week later she followed up with us and even set us up with a meal train. Maggie Williams is a knowledgable, caring, and kind doula. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone that is considering a doula.
Maggie was absolutely amazing! My wife and I would have been absolutely lost without her. She was extremely professional, knowledgable, and I am extremely confident in saying that there is no way it would have gone as smoothly as it did without her. She was there for us every step of the way, and created the safest space possible for us. She advocated for my wife beautifully, respected her wishes, and did everything she could to facilitate what we requested. Not only during the birth, but after as well! She checked in on us, was there for my wife to bounce questions off of, plugged us into some local resources for play dates and support groups, and was just absolutely amazing. I literally could go on and on about Maggie, but I will leave with this: Maggie perfectly empodies and sets the bar for what a doula and birthing advocate should be. Not enough stars in the world to rate my experience with Maggie Williams!!!
My husband and I spent much of my pregnancy unsure about whether or not to hire a doula. My husband had planned and prepared all throughout the pregnancy to be a very active birth partner, so we weren't sure that the added value a doula would bring would be worth the financial investment. However, after having worked with Maggie, we both wholeheartedly agree now that the experience was worth much, much more than the initial financial investment. It was the best decision we could have made!
We hired Maggie just two days before I went into labor, which meant that we had only spoken via phone prior to that day. Meeting someone while in labor could have made for an awkward situation, but Maggie never missed a beat. She immediately jumped into action, and spent the time in-between contractions educating my husband and I on some of the topics we missed since we never met prenatally. Maggie has a calm, confident presence that instantly put me at ease. She tag teamed with my husband seamlessly to provide massage, suggest comfort measures, and repeat mantras designed to help build my confidence in myself. She was never forceful or loud, but did make herself heard when necessary (often to explain to me what my options were once we got to the hospital). I whole-heartedly believe that without Maggie's support, I would not have been able to have the unmedicated birth I had hoped for. I am so happy we had Maggie with us on that day.
Additionally, Maggie provided birth photography services to us in addition to her doula services. Her primary focus is to provide doula services, but she was able to capture some absolutely amazing shots throughout the day. The images document the most important day in our lives thus far—they're invaluable to us.
If you are on the fence about hiring a doula, please contact Maggie. You will be so glad you did!
When we first met Maggie we both felt comfortable and relaxed in her presence. She was alert and present in our first meeting. Her knowledge, combined with a relaxed professional personality, quickly made us realize that she would be a great fit for an experience that would require her skills and qualites. It was our first child, and while my wife had done a lot of research, I had not, on the whole experience of giving birth. One thing that we both quickly agreed upon was that we wanted to have Maggie with us through the process. We did attend some workshops at the hospital which were helpful. Having Maggie come to our house and personally explain the process and experience, prepared us with the knowledge we needed, but also gave us the confidence in knowing that she would be there with us throughout our journey.
When the labor began at around 3 in the morning we called Maggie who arrived in short order. The labor was long. It lasted around 18 hours. Maggie was present and alert for the entire duration. She was comforting, supportive and devoted to making the experience as positive as possible. The labor and experience did not go exactly as planned, but in the end we were greeted with a beautiful healthy baby via C-Section.
I cannot say enough of how integral and helpful Maggie was. Having her with us was a comfort and an unwavering wealth of knowledge that we could rely upon throughout the entire experience. She is passionate about what she does and it shows in every step of the process.
"I could not have made it would out her, no way." A quote from my wife.
Maggie was absolutely one of the best decisions we made in our long journey to our first child. My wife's labor was roughly 36 hours and Maggie stayed by our side the entire time. I'm not sure how she did it - as excited as I was I still needed to take time to rest, but Maggie was right there to jump in and keep my wife motivated and comfortable. She was able to help with everything from positioning on the bed to support during difficult contractions. She consulted us on risk factors for certain birth augmentations, but never judged us or shared her personal opinion on our choices which let us make the best decision for our circumstances.
The home visits were really comforting - we got a chance to know the wonderfully positive and supportive person that Maggie is and we received a ton of insight both from her personal experience and her professional recommendations. We were definitely as prepared as we could have been thanks to her guidance.
There is nobody else we would have wanted in the birthing room with us. The memories she made and captured will be with us forever, and will be shared often with our wonderful daughter. I recommend Magge to anyone looking for any labor support - she truly made it special.
Maggie with Budding Branches Birth Support went above and beyond what my husband’s and my expectations were of her. She went completely out of the way for us and gave us the best possible birth experience, considering our long, awaited birth ended up with a cesarean birth. I was devastated, but she supported me through all the decision-making, gave me mounds of information, which allowed us to make the best decision for me and my child. I was lucky enough to have her there with me during prep, where they wouldn’t allow my husband. This was where I needed the most support and I was thankful for her presence. She helped calm me, rerouted my attention to the birth of my child rather than a surgery. She created a birth environment for me in a sterile operating room, which I can tell you not many people can do this! My husband was more than grateful for her as I was in post-op and he was with our newest daughter. She was able to be there for him when I could not; comforting him and assuring him that I was in good hands. I had a hard time coming out of the anesthesia so she was able to make sure my husband wasn’t alone or uncomfortable. Through the whole birth and after, she made sure our wishes were honored and accepted change in our wishes. She is truly talented and gifted in this profession. She has a true passion for this and it comes out in her actions. If my husband and I are lucky enough to have another, she will definitely be by our sides once more.
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