4 years and 11 births attended
Type of practice: Partnership with 1 other doula
Attends hospital births? All Hospitals
Attends birth center births? All Birth Centers
Attends home births? Any Home Birth
La Center, WA Service range 50 miles
Malerie was an excellent doula. Going into our first birth, I didn't know what a doula did, nor did I feel the need to hire the extra help. However, Malerie was more than just an "extra hand"; she was a coach, an advocate for our needs and an all around great person to have on our side during the birth process. She taught us some great techniques to cope with the pain of labor and my wife was able to make it through without the assistance of any drugs! I was on the fence about using her services prior to our birth, but I'm glad we hired her. I would definitely hire her again and would reccommend Malerie to anyone who is thinking about using a doula.
Malerie was the perfect doula! She was a critical part of every step of my birthing process, from helping me with my birthing plan all the way up to my post delivery visits. She has a great depth of knowledge and experience. I have learned so much from her about pregnancy, labor, delivery, and postpartum issues. Not only is she knowledgable, but she also has a kind heart and a warm calming presence, which I found extremely helpful throughout the enter labor and delivery process. I absolutely loved my labor and delivery experience and it was in large part due to her. I couldn't imagine ever going with any other doula. She has my full unreserved recommendation and I am excited to use her again when I have another child.
Malerie was a tremendous doula for my wife and me for our first child!
She has an amazing ability to take charge and lead when that is what is needed, making tangible, specific recommendations on what we should do. And yet at other times she would just be "in the background" supporting the process, running for needed things, communicating with the nurses, and taking care of all the small logistics that a new mother and father shouldn't have to worry about at such an important and challenging time. No task was too large or too small for her.
As a person, Malerie is kind, patient, understanding, and cares deeply about knowing what you desire for your birth experience and working to help you achieve that. She asks questions before giving suggestions and cares more about hearing you than about being heard. She takes the time well before your delivery date to meet with you and answer your phone calls and texts to make sure things are going as planned (or to adjust plans as needed, which is so often needed). Even with this compassionate and gentle spirit, Malerie is also strong and assertive when collaborating with doctors, nurses, in-laws, or anyone else who may not be respecting your wishes in the moment. I am thankful she has chosen to use her time and talents in the doula role, and look forward to having her with us at a hopeful future birth!
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