Birth Fee: $200 to $950
Postpartum Rate: $30 to $45
Birth Doula Experience: 4 years and 30 births attended
Postpartum Doula Experience: 13 years and 18 families served
Clients per Month: 1 to 3 births and 1 to 3 postpartum familiesPostpartum limits/restrictions: overnight care only
Volunteer prayer coordinator, International missions, YMCA(Y-achievers) board member and volunteer, Youth for Christ volunteer, Northeast Ohio Doula Collective, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for foster care children) volunteer. Health Connect One doula trainer
Languages spoken: English
Marlene was a force of confidence and goodness during my wife's labor and the birth of our son. She was by our side at all hours of the day and night. Amid rotating shifts of nurses, nurse assistants, midwives, and doctors, she gave us steady support. From knowing where and how to put pressure on my wife's back at 3 am to figuring out how to get our son into a better position in utero to calmly coaching my wife during delivery, she came through again and again. During pregnancy, she was full of great tips and resources, and she's provided great postpartum support, too. In short, Marlene played a huge part in making our birth story positive.
She absolutely love her, she's very smart,caring, supportive and have insight to help on everything I've been going through. I feel as though I wouldn't have been able to be as strong as I have without having her in my corner. Thank you so much for giving me her as a worker and friend.
Marlene was an outstanding doula from start to finish! She not only was calm, she was also very discerning in assessing my needs during labor! She helped guide the others involved to maximize a peaceful atmosphere. She really discerned my needs without having to be told. When i was ready to push at the end of my labor, I had really hit a wall emotionally and physically and was feeling like I couldn't do it...Marlene immediately encouraged me to focus, to be calm, and take a deep breath! When I was ready...push! And three pushes later, my baby girl was out! Afterwards, the nurse who said she had been working in the unit for 5yrs said, "this was the most beautiful birth she had ever seen and was in awe of my birth team! It was so peaceful and she was so glad she could have been a part of it!" I would highly recommend Marlene as your doula! I've had 4 children and this was by far my most peaceful, most relaxed, joyful births!
Marlene provided postpartum/nightcare for me. which was a huge help when sleep deprivation was too much of an obstacle to nurse the baby. She was empathetic and was a sounding board when I needed to release stress and anxiety regarding the demands of parenting a newborn.
I would recommend her services to all those moms who are in need of rest and support to help combat against post partum depression and lack of sleep.
My experience with Marlene as my doula was amazing. When I first met with her I told her my concerns and the type of experience I wish to have during labor. She let me know that a natural hospital birth was very possible and that I had nothing to worry about. No matter what time of the day it was, she always made herself available to answer any question I had, pre and post labor. I love bragging about my 6 hour, non medicated labor, with no complications. She was right by my side the whole time. I could not imagine experiencing labor without Marlene as my doula. Anytime I meet a soon to be mom, I highly suggest finding a doula. And if you’re lucky you may find a doula that is as professional and passionate as Marlene.
Marlene was an excellent doula. I'm a first time mom and I didn't know what to expect during labor. Marelene was there explaining stop by stop the entire process. She eased my fears and comforted myself and my entire family. I did 14 hours of natural labor with Marlene by my side. She was an amazing doula. She is very knowledgeable and helpful. She is also very helpful post partum. She has given so many tools for breastfeeding. My baby and I were lucky to have her as a doula.
Throughout my pregnancy, Marlene was an amazing support. I sought after a Doula because I felt lonely in the birthing process with just my husband being there for my first birth just 1 year prior. I felt that my preferences weren't honored the first time around and I was unable to speak for myself during labor and even pregnancy at times. Marlene stood in the gap for me; she asked questions, made suggestions, and stood up for me when I needed someone. She held my 1 year old for me at lengthy ultrasound appointments, they even formed a bond. She calls him her "little friend". At each home visit she always asked me if I needed anything and brought me meals if my son and I were hungry. She's helped me even after my birth by bringing me diapers and breast pump essentials. I know it's her job but I feel in debt to her and i feel I can call her a friend. She is one of the few people I can trust with my children. A great Woman and a Great Doula who really cares about this work.
Marlene was quite the powerhouse in aiding our pregnancy and labor! We most benefited from her insight in creating a birth plan and proper labor positioning. She has a great amount of wisdom, plus the added benefits of mama-bear instincts. You’ll be in anointed hands, should you decide to work with her!
Marlene was our post-partum doula for fourth child, and she worked with us overnight for eight weeks. Marlene was highly recommended – and she did not disappoint. She took phenomenal care of our baby girl and enabled the rest and peace of mind we needed to take care of the rest of our family. She was reliable and professional, and also a pleasure to have in our home. We were very fortunate to have Marlene’s support during this time. We highly recommend Marlene.
My husband and I were blessed to have Marlene Morris by our sides throughout our first pregnancy with our son. From the day we met she was full of knowledge and advise we wouldn't have known we needed to know otherwise. The morning I went into labor she was only a phone call away and we were texting back and forth all day. With every little question I had up until the time came to start to push I felt her loving support. Marlene has such a kind heart and a gentle touch to her that I think anyone could click with her as well as I did. I didn't know what a doula was before my pregnancy, but meeting Marlene and sharing my birthing experience with her, I will be recommending her and the option of a doula to all of my pregnant friends and family.
Marlene's doula service to us was invaluable. This was my second pregnancy/birth and I was determined to not have another c section and to do anything in my power to enable that to not take place again. Marlene was crucial to that process and success. During pregnancy, she prepared us by providing education on different positions to use to ensure correct baby positionbig, positions my husband could do to help during labor and was also connected to an organization and group of midwives that provided additional education and community support if needed. She often checked in with a phone call and visit To check in and see how I was, to hold me accountable to doing my positioning techniques and to see how I thought the baby was positioned. One aspect I didn't anticipate but appreciated about the phone calls was that it was simply a space to talk about all things pregnancy; concerns, excitement, facts, encouragement, logistics, dreams, baby, me, marriage, family. She made herself available to attend a midwife appointment and did so to make sure she was familiar to the midwife and vice versa. During the day of labor and delivery, for both my husband and I, Marlene was present, calm, informative (keeping track of contraction times/intervals), realistic, encouraging, joyful, and hopeful. She came to where we were and alternated with my husband rubbing my back during contractions. Once we were in the hospital, Marlene advocated for things I didn't even remember desiring at that moment. She had written down my requests prior and was able to convey them politely and professionally and firmly to the nurse and midwife. I remember being so grateful she was there in general and in those specific moments. She took pictures of the birth knowing my heart for documentation and I'm grateful. We have a healthy boy, VBAC!! I felt so empowered. She checked in consistently afterward as well. Thank you Marlene for all your help and service to me and my family.
Amazing experience. Marlene is very knowledgeable and genuinely passionate about her job. Knows how to work well with the hospital personnel. Patient, and is willing to go above and beyond to ensure her client is comfortable and getting the best advice, and service. Respectful of others boundaries and concerns. Great multitasker, and friendly. It was important to me that our dog wasn't forgotten about while everyone was at the hospital and Marlene made sure the little guy was well taken care of! When I wasn't able to be home while mom and the baby were resting she made sure they were looked over. would definitely recommend to anyone. She is a huge help and very good at her job.
I couldn't speak any higher of Marlene. First of all, she came to our aid last minute on an evening no one else in Cleveland would want to offer up their free time: Game 7 of the World Series. We were in our first week home with newborn twins and Marlene just knew exactly what I needed, and what our twin girls needed. She has an incredible calming presence, and was just wonderful with the girls. I was trying to find my rhythm with breastfeeding, and Marlene was up to the task of doing whatever I needed her to do. I highly recommend Marlene for her fabulous doula services. Thank you again ??
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